Lot 561China, 1838 (Jan. 12) Canton, China to London, England, folded letter datelined "Canton Jany 12. 1838" from Jos. Archer to William Wetmore care Morrison Cryder & Co. at London, endorsed per "Ab. Robinson" at bottom left, "Ship Letter / Portsmouth" framed handstamp and manuscript "1/-" due rating, red London (5.24) arrival backstamp, some interesting opium content "…And if just the … at … Lintin passage boats was boarded just last night and three chests opium seized by the Madarines, old Tingana is in trouble about it, the Mandarines want to squeeze him $50,000. the plea is that just lives in me of his Factories and that consequently he is responsible for his acts. old Honqua has been sent to Whampoa to examine and report to the Vice Roy what vessels have opium on board. I think this business must be brought to a crisis…", fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.