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71 - 28Jan bisect to BC

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. Aug. 25, 1870 MH 245.02 Ajax Addressed to Sally Small, San Francisco; also bears a Scott No. 32
2. Sep. 2, 1870 MH 245.02 Ajax Addressed to Henry Zerkles, Baltimore; also bears a Scott No. 32
3. Sep. 24, 1870 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Addressed to Sally Small, York, Pa.; also bears a Scott No. 32
4. Oct. 25, 1870 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Addressed to Henry Bond, Conn.; also bears a Scott No. 32
5. Nov. 1, 1870 MH 277.12 Comet Addressed to Sallie Small, York, Pa.; also bears a Scott No. 32
6. 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
7. Nov. 29, 1870 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Addressed to Brooks, Japanese Consul, San Francisco; also bears a Scott No. 32
8. Jan. 28, 1871 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Addressed to Jones, Victoria, B.C.; also bears four 5 (Scott No. 32) and two U.S. 1869 12 (Scott U.S. No. 117), underpaid 3
9. 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
10. 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)
11. Mar. 2, 1871 MH 277.12 Moses Taylor Addressed to Sussex, England, it bears a Scott No. 32 which was added to replace a missing stamp; also bears a pair, United States Scott No. 114 (3) stamps. A Philatelic Foundation opinion states the cover is "not genuine" but the only part wrong is the added Scott No. 32, in my opinion.
12. 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, overpaid 4.

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 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. One or two examples of Scott No. 31b in combination with a Scott No. 32 are known on pieces large enough to establish they were genuinely used and cut from their original envelopes.

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