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Lot# 10099 - Auction 291-297

  • Lot# : 10099 New South Wales

    1846 (Aug 11): Official entire letter emdorsed O.H.M.S. from Singleton to James Raymond, Postmaster General in Sydney struck witth framed "FREE" handstamp in red. Reverse with "SINGLETON / ♚ / AU 11 / 1846" oval despatch datestamp across flap. The letter's contents talking of a robbery: "...The Mail between here and Maitland was stopped about one mile on this side of Black Creek on its way to Maitland yesterday the 10th inst. by two Armed Men and the Mail bags taken. There was three letters containing cash, one of my own containing the enclosed orders and cheques about the same sum of Mr. Thos. Cullen's and about £17 of a Mr. Craddock's. I have despatched two parties to endeavour to recover the Bags and any letters they may find. Mr. Munro the Contractor has also gone to endeavour to recover the Bags etc. I will let you know the result when they return by next Post". Slight tear at top but most interesting scarce.rnProvenance: Collection E.R. Slade Slade, Harmers, London, 18-19 April 1979, lot 51; Collection Brian Peace, Prestige, Melbourne, 27 July 2009, lot 1123.rnNote: James Raymond arrived in Sydney in 1826 and became Postmaster in 1829, the title being changed to Postmaster General in 1835. He held the post until his death in 1851.
    Starting bid : 2,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,500.00 CHF