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Hawaii - Postal History

Lots 2513-2522 Lots 2523-2530

Lot 2513    

Hawaii, 1844 (Jul. 4) Honolulu, H.I. to "Don Quixote", Coast of California, gray folded cover docketed "From R.G. Davis, July 4th 1844" in Honolulu to William H. Davis, on board Am. Bark Don Quixote, endorsed "pr. favor Dr. Gillchrist" at lower left, carried on the U.S.S. Levant from Honolulu Jul. 5th via San Francisco to Monterey arriving Aug. 8th, reverse with oval "Forwarded by Thomas O. Larkin, Monterey, California" forwarder handstamp and manuscript "14 Aug" date below; cover staining, Very Fine, ex-Wiltsee.
Estimate    $5,000 - 7,500.

A RARE 1844 COVER FROM HONOLULU VIA FORWARDER THOMAS LARKIN AT MONTEREY.

This letter was carried by Dr. Edward Gilenrist aboard the U.S.S. "Levant" to Monterey and left with Thomas O. Larkin to be forwarded to William H. Davis who was the super cargo aboard the American Bark "Don Quixote" that sailed between Honolulu and along the coast of California 1841-45.

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Lot 2514

Hawaii, 1846 (Nov. 16) The Friend Honolulu, Ouhu, H.I. Newspaper, new papers with some various articles including Marine Intelligence, Business Announcements and leading article "Letters from California No. III" of American Emigrants in Arms, etc.; lower right corner missing, Fine early Hawaii newspaper.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 2515

Hawaii, 1849-1853 Whaling correspondence including one from Maui, group of four letters from whaler comprising two 1849 letters from New Bedford, 1853 from Hong Kong, and 1853 from Maui with some interesting content, "Ship Emily Morgan, Sandwich Islands, Maui, Oct. 1853, Dear Parents, I again write you from this place. Since last writing from Hong Kong we have taken near _ bbls and at _ present 1800 sperm and am now preparing for home and shall probably be in New Bedford next May or the first of June…I have learned the value of time and although these 4 years & better may seem to you as completely thrown away yet I assure you I have made a fortune, not in silver and gold but in Experience. I have learned a lesson - at a dear price it is true - But I have learned the value of time, of meaning of true friends, etc., Feb. 1853 letter datelined "On board Ship Emily Morgan, Port of Hong Kong. China, Feby. 1853" and reading in part "My dear parents, when I last wrote you stated we should go to Sydney, N.S.W. But learning bad accounts from that region in regard to the gold mines and the description of ships crews…On the 4th of Decr. last we buried Mr. Lowe, our 2nd mate. He was from Auburn N.Y. About one year since he was taken with the Diarrhea, tried all remedies that could be procured but failed…He was buried…with the impressive service of a sea burial. He was an excellent officer and a king and obliging shipmate…"where sorrow is never known but where joy and harmony shall reign forever." On the 15th of Dec. last made Pleasant Island in company with Ship Roscoe of N.B. - and learned the Brig Inga of New Bedford Capt. Barnes was cut off by the natives. The Capt. and all of the crew but two are supposed to have been murdered. This took place on the 6th of Dec. It has been customary for ships to allow the natives to come on board and bring their trade. In this manner they boarded the Brig and since had possession they then rifled her and attempted to scuttle her but failed. The wind and current being against them they abandoned her and she drifted off. It is not known whether any person was left on board alive. At the time of receiving this information our decks were crowded. It was estimated that some 3 or 400 on board. A white man living on the Island told the Capt. the natives had come on board to take us and advised him to get fire arms ready. Accordingly muskets were loaded, boarding knives, revolvers, etc. were out in order…This man then told the natives; we were too well purposed for them to undertake anything. However, they debated a long time over it and glanced wistfully at the Spades overhead and had made up their minds to continue operations when the lookout sang out "Sail Ho"…This frightened the natives and they left for shore. We took the two white men from the Island to save their lives, the two from the Brig were detained ashore as prisoners, much to our joy and satisfaction we had clean desks once more. Our escape is considered by all as providential…There is a great necessity for use of our naval vessels in this region of the World (King Null Group) for since we have been cruising about here some 30 or 40 whites have been killed by the natives and 2 or 3 ships taken - a short time since the crew of the Brig Thomas Pence (all natives) of San Francisco mutinized and killed the Capt. (Capt. Isaac Hussey of Nantucket), steward & cook, also seventy wounded 1st and 2nd mates - The mutineers went ashore at Sydney Harens Is. - on of the group - Also at Covils Isl.,a few degrees to the northward a California schooner was cut off by the natives and all hands were murdered…I am [happy] to learn, before long, that all these Group natives have been taught a severe lesson…"; some age spots, Fine.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

A FASCINATING GROUP OF WHALING LETTERS DESCRIBING THE PERILS OF THE HIGH SEAS.

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Lot 2516    

Hawaii, 1898 (Dec. 29) Salzburg, Austria to Honolulu, Hawaii, postal card franked with Austria 3kr green tied by "Salzburg, 31 12.98" cds addressed to unknown recipient in Honolulu as evidenced by partial "Honolulu Advertised, Feb 20, 1899" backstamp in red, then sent to Naalehu, Hawaii, with note about return Apr. 2nd 1899 to Vienna, bearing 2¢ rose (81) tied by purple "Naalehu, Apr 3 1899" cds for inter-island return to Honolulu, Honolulu (4.13) duplex, San Francisco (4.13) transit cds, blue Vienna (4.29) arrival cds ties Austria 2kr postage due pair; some creasing, Fine and colorful incoming use from Austria.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 2517    

Hawaii, Aloha Nui. Honolulu Harbor, picture post card bearing 2¢ red (279B) tied by "Honolulu, H. Isls. Dec 11 1900" duplex to Moscow, Russia, purple "T/ 15 Centimes." due handstamp, blue crayon "5" due rating, Moscow arrival cds and oval handstamp with "12k" due rating; small edge tear and corner creases, F.-V.F. and scarce early territorial use to Russia.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 2518    

Hawaii, Aloha Nui, "Nuuanu Avenue Honolulu", picture post card with "Nuuanu Avenue Honolulu" scene, stamp missing but shows "Tulare Cal Mar 7, 1905" cds addressed to Seattle, Wash., Fine and scarce card.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $100

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Lot 2519    

Hawaii, Department of the Attorney-General, Bureau of Police, Honolulu, H.I, official printed corner card cover bearing 2¢ rose (81) tied by "Honolulu. H.I., Feb 14, 1899" duplex to O.S. Meyer, Molokai, fine strike of "Kaunakakai, Molokai, 1899, 15 Feb" arrival cds (MH #255.01, R2); reduced slightly at left, Very Fine, ex-Nettles.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 2520    

Hawaii, F.A. Hosmer, A.M., Oahu College, Honolulu, H.I., printed corner card on cover with typewriter address to WM. McInerny, Honolulu H.I. bearing 1¢ yellow (74) tied by "Honolulu. H.I. Jun 8, 1896" duplex, F.-V.F. Meyer-Harris No. OC-CC-3.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $70

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Lot 2521    

Hawaii, n Postal Service. Money Order Business, imprint cover with "Honolulu H.I., Mar 1 1889" cds endorsed "Per U.S.S. 'Alert' " to Hon. Fred Windenburg, P.M. General, Honolulu; erosion spot, otherwise Very Fine and scarce imprint.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 2522    

Hawaii, "Honolulu, Oahu, Decr. 7th 1824", dateline on 4+ page folio letter from Rev. Levi Chamberlain to his uncle Richard Chamberlain of Boston Mass. sent privately, he writes "…My employment continues to be mostly of a secular nature…and any service on the missionary ground…most fully meets my original intention in devoting myself to the cause. I have for a number of months satisfaction to see making laudable improvement. The number of reading scholars at this place has materially decreased since the breaking out of the rebellion at Kauai. But the return of Karaimoku [Regent to Queen Ka'ahumanu, during the absence of King Kamehameha III during his voyage to London in 1823], from that is land recently, the scene of war and bloodshed, but now happily restored quiet, which is soon expected, will be regarded as a signal for the revival of the schools, and commencement of new operations. The authority & influence of the chiefs are necessary in order to the successful prosecution of our work. If the chiefs should express any dissatisfaction at the establishment of schools, it would be impossible to induce the common people to attend them. The special favor of Providence shown to this mission is apparent in the patronage and continuance which it receives from the chiefs. Karaimoku [also known as Kalanimoku] and Ka'ahahumanu, the former during the king's absence & the latter the favorite wife of the late King Kamehameha, both persons highly respected in the nation, not only approve of the common people's attending to the means of instruction, but command it upon the pain of their displeasure. John Adams [Kuakini] the Gov. of Hawaii also required his people to attend to the palapala (the term used to express the whole system of instruction and himself became a teacher. He has requested akini (40,000) elementary books in the native language to be sent to him from this place for his people, and Makau, another chief of influence, and a very interesting man, has asked for a mano (4,000) more. Were that number printed and at our disposal, it would furnish but one copy to half the inhabitants of the island. The translation and printing of books is an important branch of missionary work. The mission has a yet published but three books -- a spelling book of 16 pages, 58 pages of hymns, and an elementary sheet of 4 pages. It is in contemplation to publish before long a catechism and another spelling book. Mr. Bingham [Rev. Hiram] has commenced the translation of the Gospel of Matthew, but it must be obvious the work will go on slowly, owing to our present imperfect acquaintance with the language. I make but very slow progress myself in acquiring the language…" and signed Levi Chamberlain, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

A WONDERFUL HISTORICAL LETTER FROM REV. LEVI CHAMBERLAIN TO HIS UNCLE RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN.

Rev. Chamberlain was a bachelor member of the Second Company of American Missionaries who sailed from New Haven Ct. on Nov. 20th 1822 in the Ship "Thames", arriving at Honolulu on Apr. 27th 1823, following an extremely tedious voyage of 158 days. Appointed Superintendent of Scular Affairs for the Mission. He completed three early tours of the island of Oahu by foot, teaching classes to native instructors who were improving themselves in reading and writing.

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Lots 2513-2522 Lots 2523-2530

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