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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854: Envelope from Varna to Kent endorsed 'via Marseilles', from the same correspondence as the previous lot, without letter but with transcript, mailed unpaid and struck with French ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU A datestamp (June 19) in black. Charged as an unpaid letter from France on arrival in Dover with manuscript '10' due to pay. Envelope endorsed "From Aladyn, June 17, 1854" on front. The transcript reports the rumoured move to Silistria and the problems of supply. "The people fly before the Russians as they advance and the towns and villages are quite deserted....Capt. Simmons reports that 90'000 Russians are before Silistria but the Turks lie with dogged determination behind the ramparts and have repulsed every assault". A scarce use of the French Army P.O. by a British Officer, fraternisation between the two Forces was not encouraged. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat, Cavendish, Derby, 9 Sept 2015.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold