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Sent on January 25, 1871, to H. Nathan Junior & Co. in Victoria, British Columbia via San Francisco. Under the Postal Convention between Hawaii and the United States, six cents Hawaiian postage paid a single letter rate to any destination in the United States. Letters going beyond the United States needed United States stamps to pay the postage under whatever treaty existed between the United States and the destination country. Under the Postal Treaty between the United States and British Columbia six cents paid the single letter rate in 1871 for delivery to any British Columbia destination. This cover was a quadruple rate cover and required 24 Hawaiian postage and 24 United States postage to carry it to British Columbia via the United States. The sender paid the Hawaiian postage with four 5 Scott No. 32, a bisect 2, Scott No. 31 (31b) for 1 credit, and 3 in coin and paid the United States postage with a pair of 12 United States stamps, US Scott No. 117.


Hono. Date Hono. Cancel Ship Notes
1. July 23, 1870 MH 245.02 Ajax Piece bearing a Scott No. 31b and No. 32. (Siegel sale 931, lot 4144)
2. Aug. 25, 1870 MH 245.02 Ajax Cover addressed to Sally Small, San Francisco; cover also bears a Scott No. 32 (Advertiser Sale, Siegel #769, lot 3225)
3. Aug. 25, 1870 MH 245.02 Ajax Cover addressed to Sarah Millins, Albany, NY, with CARRIER postmark dated Sept. 14 at Albany; Honolulu postmark extensively enhanced (file image)
4. Sep. 5, 1870 MH 245.02 USS Kearsarge Addressed to Henry Zerkles, Baltimore; also bears a Scott No. 32 (Roosevelt Sale, lot 490; Adler Sale, lot 699)
5. Sep. 24, 1870 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Addressed to Sally Small, York, Pa.; also bears a Scott No. 32; repaired (PF cert #5011; Wolffers #48, lot 595; Siegel #1196, lot 1191)
6. Sep. 24, 1870 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Cover front addressed to Williams, New London, CT, also bears a Scott No. 32 (file image)
7. Oct. 25, 1870 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Addressed to Henry Bond, Conn.; also bears a Scott No. 32 (Siegel #353, lot 1000; Siegel #1009 (Golden), lot 655)
8. Nov. 1, 1870 MH 277.12 Comet Addressed to Sallie Small, York, Pa.; also bears a Scott No. 32 (Wolffers #49, lot 626; Aall (Siegel #805), lot 427)
9. Nov. 1, 1870 MH 277.12 Comet Cover front addressed to Shanghai; also bears a Scott No. 32 and United States Scott Nos. 113 (x2) and 115 (Wolffers #49, lot 626; Aall (Siegel #805, lot 427))
10. Nov. 29, 1870 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Addressed to Brooks, Japanese Consul, San Francisco; also bears a Scott No. 32 (Siegel #720, lot 1521)
11. ? - Moses Taylor Addressed to Small, York, PA with SF postmark dated Jan. 8; no Hawaii postmark; also bears a Scott No. 32 (Siegel #1009 (Golden), lot 656; Siegel #1156, lot 3891)
12. Jan. 28, 1871 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Legal size quadruple rate cover addressed to Nathan Junior, Victoria, B.C. (illustrated above); also bears four Hawaii 5 stamps (Scott No. 32) and two U.S. 1869 12 stamps (Scott U.S. No. 117), underpaid 3 (likely paid in cash); (Siegel #784, lot 2114; Siegel #819, lot 2281; Bennett #275, lot 98; PF cert #0413750)
13. Feb. 1, 1871 MH 277.12 A.P. Jordan Addressed to Redding, Kentville, Nova Scotia; also bears a Scott No. 32 and pair, United States 3 stamps (U.S. Scott #114) (Knapp, sale II, lot 2485; Tows sale, lot 129; Harris, sale II, lot 281; Siegel #313, lot 191 and #375, lot 949; Ishikawa US sale, lot 633; Siegel #846, lot 2524)
14. Mar. 2, 1871 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Addressed to Robins, Guernsey, Channel Is.; also bears a Scott No. 32 and United States Scott No. 148 (6) (Siegel #769 (Advertiser Sale), lot 3253)
15. Mar. 2, 1871 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Addressed to Miss Burne, Sussex, England; also bears a pair of US 3 stamps (U.S. Scott No. 114) and a 5 Scott Hawaii No. 32 that did not originate but was added to replace a missing stamp (PF cert #515700 states the cover is genuine but that that the 5 Scott No. 32 was added; repaired (Wilson Sale, lot 14; MH, fig. 31; Harmer 5/11/43; Harris sale I, lot 263; Siegel #350, lot 242 and 369, lot 245; Wolffers #52, lot 655; Pietsch sale (Shreve 9/96), lot 1382)
16. Mar. 2, 1871 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Addressed to Richfield, British Columbia; also bears a Scott No. 32 and a 10 United States stamp, U.S. Scott No. 150, overpaid 4 (HRHarmer #2947, lot 194; Siegel #958, lot 808)

Note: A cover postmarked July 27, 1870, with type 245.02, bears Scott Nos. 32 and 31b plus a US No. 114 pair and a manuscript "On Her Majesty's Service." The Philatelic Foundation opined that the stamps did not originate on this cover. Another cover postmarked September 11, 1876, with postmark type 233.24, bears a "31b" along with a Scott No. 33. The "31b" is faked, in my opinion. In addition to the cover piece listed above, one or two more cover pieces are known with Scott No. 31b in combination with a Scott No. 32 on pieces large enough to establish they were genuinely used and cut from their original envelopes.

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