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::: MAIL RATES - Early Treaty Rates :::

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Summary of Letter Rates, July 1, 1851 to May 16, 1855 - The Early Treaty Period
July 1, 1851 to September 12, 1851


Type of Letter Hawaiian Postage U.S. Postage Ship Fee Per Letter Total Double
Prepaid to United States, East Coast 10 6 2 18 34
Collect to United States, East Coast 10 10 2 22 42
To San Francisco, or other port of entry; rate includes ship fee 10 6 per letter - 16 26
To Other West Coast Destinations, Prepaid 10 3 2 15 28
To Other West Coast Destinations, Collect 10 5 2 17 32


  • Effective September 13, 1851, Hawaii reduced the rate on foreign mail from 10 per half ounce to 5 per half ounce.

September 13, 1851 to May 16, 1855


Type of Letter Hawaiian Postage U.S. Postage Ship Fee Per Letter Total Double
Prepaid to United States, East Coast 5 6 2 13 24
Collect to United States, East Coast 5 10 2 17 32
To San Francisco, or other port of entry; rate includes ship fee 5 6 per letter - 11 16
To Other West Coast Destinations, Prepaid 5 3 2 10 18
To Other West Coast Destinations, Collect 5 5 2 12 22


  • United States domestic rates changed effective April 1, 1855, but Hawaii was unaware of the new rates and continued using the old rates until the mail of May 16, 1855.

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