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Auction: 21013 - Important Stamps and Covers of the British Commonwealth - Conducted behind closed doors
Lot: 3166

Missionary Mail
1885 (28 Aug.) letter written in French on 'Sacred Heart Mission' notepaper headed 'au Général Scratchley, Port Morseby' and signed 'La Navarre supérieur/ de la Mission du Melanesie/ et Micronesia/ a thursday Isld', light strike at upper-left of the triple-oval 'asst. dep. commr/ received/ new guinea.' cachet in violet, with Scratchley's notation in red pencil: 'Capt Musgrave would you reply if neccessary, say I have left & asked you to reply PHS'; The earliest recorded letter into British New Guinea, a highly important letter. Photo

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