Lot 821Santa Fe, N.M. (Robbed Mail), 1855 orange buff cover with partial "Santa Fe, Sep 25" cds originally tying 10¢ green adhesive, mail was robbed enroute between Independence Mo. to St. Louis on the Hall contract route, letter opened roughly and partially submerged in the Marie River causing stamp loss, manuscript "Robbed Mail" across top by Jefferson City Mo. postmaster; expected faults, Fine.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A REMARKABLE "ROBBED MAIL" USE ON THE HALL CONTRACT ROUTE FROM SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO TERRITORY.
On Wednesday night, the 24th, the Western mail was robbed at Lisletown, on the Osage river, ten miles from Jefferson City. The bag containing the New Mexico mail was cut and numbers of letter packages broken open. Next day the mail was found in the Marie River, close by. One Charles S. Gilbert, formerly stage-driver, was arrested on suspicion. (from the Daily National Intelligencer of November 2, 1855)