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::: MAIL RATES - Middle Treaty Rates :::

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Summary of Letter Rates, May 16, 1855-August 30, 1863 - The Middle Treaty Period:

United States domestic postage rates changed on April 1, 1855. They became known in Hawaii in time to be applied to the mail of May 16, 1855. Until then, the 1851 rates continued to apply.


Type of Letter Hawaiian Postage U.S. Postage Ship Fee Per Letter Total Double
Letters
To U.S. East Coast paid or unpaid 5 10 2 17 32
To U.S. under 3,000 miles paid or unpaid 5 3 2 10 18
To U.S. East of Rocky Mountains after 27 Feb 1861 5 10 2 17 32
To U.S. West of Rocky Mountains after 27 Feb 1861 5 3 2 10 18
To San Francisco 5 6 per letter - 11 16
To SF after 27 Feb 1861 5 5 per letter - 10 15
To Inland California and Oregon 5 3 2 10 18
From the U.S. East Coast (before Nov., 1856) 5 10 - 15 30
From the U.S. East Coast (after Oct., 1856) 5 10 2 17 32
From SF and the West (before Nov., 1856) 5 3 - 8 16
From SF and the West (after Oct., 1856) 5 3 2 10 18
Newspapers - 1852 rates stayed in effect 2 1 1 4

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