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::: Covers Bearing United States Stamps in the Middle Treaty Period :::

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Honolulu continued to carry United States stamps during most of the Middle Treaty Period. Records show stamps in denominations of 1, 3, 5, 10, 12 and 30 were ordered from the San Francisco post office. Scott Numbers of United States stamps recorded on Hawaiian mail from this Period are: 1 (Scott No. 7, 20, 24 and 63), 3 (Scott No. 11, 26, 64b and 65), 5 (presumably Scott No. 29 but no covers with a US 5 stamp have been noted in this Period), 10 (Scott No. 13-15, 33, 35 and 68), 12 (Scott No. 17, 36, 36b and 69) and 30 (No. 38). A 10 stamped envelope (US Scott No. U18a) is recorded but there is no evidence the Honolulu post office stocked them.

56 - Mar 5 Munson Coan

Franked with a 10 US Scott No. 15 affixed at Honolulu. Postmarked March 5, at Honolulu and April 5 at San Francisco; carried to San Francisco on the American bark Yankee, departing March 5, 1856 and arriving San Francisco March 20. Honolulu would have been charged the extra 2 through the accounts. The patron undoubtedly paid an additional 7 in cash to pay the 5 Hawaiian rate and the 2 ship fee.


60 - Nov 26 to Dutton

Franked with a pair of 1 US Scott No. 24 and a single 10 US Scott No. 35 affixed at Honolulu. Postmarked November 26 at Honolulu and December 21, 1860 at San Francisco; carried to San Francisco on the American bark Comet, departing November 26, 1860 and arriving San Francisco September 18. From San Francisco, the letter was carried East by Butterfield stage.

61 - Nov 9 to Howland US No. 26 (x4)

Franked by two pairs of 3 US Scott No. 26 affixed at Honolulu. Postmarked November 9 at Honolulu and November 28, 1861 at San Francisco; carried to San Francisco by the American clipper ship Speedwell, departing November 9, 1861 and arriving San Francisco November 27. From San Francisco the letter was carried overland by stage across the Central Route.

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