Auction: 21041 - The "Dubois" Collection of Jamaica Postal History and Stamps - Part II
18th. Century Overseas Ship Letters
1798 (20 May) entire letter (front and back pages separated) from Kingston "p H.M Cutter Wm. Pitt" via London to Ireland, rated at Packet charge to London plus charge to Ireland re-appraised from "1/8" to "2/6", London transit datestamp on reverse
Note: Due to the war against France there was often a shortage of Packets to take the mails, due to loss or capture. On 18 March 1798 the situation was particularly bad and Francis Freeling reported to the Postmaster-General that there was none available to take out the Jamaica mail. Application was made for the loan of a naval vessel and in this case the mails were sent by the naval cutter "Wm. Pitt" under Lieut. Haswell from Plymouth on 28 March 1796. This letter was carried on the return journey
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