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Sale 85: The Westpex Sale

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Foreign Mails

Lot 1130    

(Transatlantic Mail) 1845-1851 Letters from Selah Hobbie, 3rd Asst. Postmaster Gen., important group of 14 letters (3 from his wife and 1 from family member) including excellent 1847 letter from Frankfurt to PMG Cave Johnson where Hobbie was attempting to negotiate European postal treaties, 1847 letters on aboard SS Washington and from Bremen, 1851 from Panama having journeyed from Chagres, and 10 letters (1845-1850) including additional from the official post office visit to Europe in 1847, the Frankfurt Aug. 28th 1847 letter to Johnson reads in part "…Mr. Dubost of the French Post Office Dept. was not prepared on the final day set…to give me his final counter proposition to mine…He said he must take time until next week…I satisfied myself at Antwerp and Rotterdam of the unpractableness of those places in the winter as ports for the American Mail Steamers. At Amsterdam I obtained some information (& hope to have more communicated) which will enable me to report a suitable port of call (I trust) where we can leave the mails for Amsterdam & the Low Countries…commence my negotiations with the Director General of the Thurn & Taxis posts…hasten on again to Bremen to close the arrangements which were interrupted by Mr. Bancroft's call on me to repair to London. From Bremen I shall again go to London in the strong expectation that by the time the Lords of the Treasury will have rescinded the 1/ tax on our letters; for I am satisfied they will do it if they take the matter up…"; the two 1847 letters on board the Washington and from Bremen are long and very detailed about the luxurious travel aboard the new steamer and the royal welcome in Bremen; the 1851 letter from Panama to his wife is after being appointed special agent and postal commissioner to Cuba and Panama describes travel in great detail, his negotiations were crucial to both the steamship/rail route and to the future politics resulting in the Panama Canal, etc.; the final batch of ten letters includes 5 written while on the historic 1847 trip to Europe, Very Fine.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

A WONDERFUL GROUP OF IMPORTANT HISTORICAL LETTERS FROM SELAH HOBBIE AND FAMILY CONCERNING POSTAL MATTERS AND TRAVEL.

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Realized: $950

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