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7 code used ST. JAMES, Barbados postal history
(M2-R) dated 7/MY 14 85 as arrival on QV d Post Card to The Spring Plantation, St. James, reverse printed text headed Bridgetown with buying prices refined sugar, and molasses per gallon.
£48


MAIL TO AN INDENTURED INDIAN LABOURER "No.531" AT VALLEY ESTATE, Jamaica postal history
1901 use of India QV anna PSE (indicia damaged) reg. to Indian indentured labourer "No. 531" at Trinity Valley Estate addressed Pershad Kewat c/o The Govt emigration agent for Jamaica at Kingston pmk'd AHRAULA 12 OC 01 with additional QV a, 2 x QV 1a stamps on reverse pmk'd MAHUL (and taken to Ahraula for frontal registration) and additionally tied by both SEA POST OFFICE A/19 OC 01 cds and JAMAICA REGISTERED d/ring oval dated NO 22 01, this full of character small cover from a family member would display perfectly should it be opened-out.
Pershad Kewat was an indentured Indian labourer from Fatehpore (Fatehpur), Mahul in Azamgarh. He came to Jamaica as passenger 531 in 1899 on the vessel Rhine (launched in Port Glasgow in 1885 and mainly carried indentured Indians to the Colonies until 1907). The 14 may be a reference to the voyage number. There were 615 passengers on that voyage, the only occasion the Rhine visited Jamaica. It seems he was at Trinity Valley Estate (although possibly Unity), but had to be located through the Government immigration agent.
£240


DOMINICA postal history
1932 printed sender cover from A.A. Baron, BELL HALL & BARON GARDEN ESTATES to New York marked "Per S.S. Munamar" with KGV 2d pmk'd New York PAQUEBOT arrival duplex dated JUL 19 1932.
£25






BERBICE, British Guiana postal history
BERBICE./7 DEC 1815 tiny 2-line handstamp (19mm incl. stop x 2mm) across top flap of clean entire from Hope & Experiment plantation to Belfast rated 2/4 changed 2/7 changed 2/11. Possibly the clearest of the three recorded examples. The easy-to-read contents written by John McLennen refer to receipt of stores on board the Ship Margaret Bogle arrived Demerara along with the Paragon, expectancy of a good cotton crop, 60 bales Ginned which will be shipped soon, I planted 10 acres of Plantains, the long dry season has been very much against the cattle throughout the Colony, some Estates have lost 15 of their finest Oxen, back land of this estate full of Bederie bush which is not answer for pasture, loss of lambs the last wet season due bad distemper, there can be no proof against Alfred of being an obia man, I made oath before the Governor about 140 Bales of Cotton shipped on board the Cesar, any damage must have been done after delivery to the Ship, the Negroes are in good health and spirits, which is a pleasure to me.
The other two examples of this rare 2-line dated 18 Oct 1815 and June 26 1816
£1425
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