Lot 1096(Texas) "Velasco, July 21st 1838", dateline on folded letter to Port Gibson Miss. with "Sam. Ricker Jr., New Orleans Agent of the Texian Post Office" oval agent backstamp and black "Steam Packet Columbia" two-line handstamp (Milgram 266), entered mails with red "New Orleans La., Aug 12" cds and matching "Ship" handstamp with red ms. "20¾" rating for 18¾¢ postage plus 2¢ ship fee; light overall toning, a Very Fine use.
Estimate $300 - 400.
During the period of the Texas Republic 1836-1845, a regular service between Galveston and New Orleans was operated with an agent based in New Orleans for the "Texian Post Office". One of the vessels providing the service circa 1838-42 was the Columbia, a 140 ton side paddle steamer built in 1835 at Cincinnati Ohio. This letter was surely brought down the Missouri-Mississippi rivers to New Orleans by steamboat. At New Orleans, Ricker sent it by the Gulf steamboat "Columbia", either via Galveston or Brazos.