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Annandale East Coast Plantation, British Guiana postal history
1894 use of 2c grey/cream Post Card written Annandale E.C. to Georgetown pmk'd DEMERARA RAILWAY SP 12 94 d/ring.
£36






BERBICE, British Guiana postal history
BERBICE./7 DEC 1815 tiny 2-line handstamp (19mm incl. stop x 2˝mm) 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





BRITISH GUIANA postal history
Berbice, 6th July, 1815 str. line handstamp (35 x 2mm high), partly doubly struck which displays on upper flap of entire headed Hope & Experiment to Hugh McCalmont in Belfast rated 2/6 changed 3/3. Only five examples currently recorded. Ex LESLIE RAY. The easy-to-read contents from John Lennan mention the cotton crop, multiplying cattle and sheep due low prices, a recent heavy squall which brought no less than 7000 plantation trees to the ground, the current planting of land for plantains which was under water for 3 years, purchase of some Negroes at Vendue, the Negoes being pretty healthy at present, Jack having died from old age, and the woman Quasheba having died, supposed, from the effects of obia, done by the Negro Alfred, a request for a box of pipes for the Negroes plus better jackets.
The four other examples being dated 22 June 1814 (two separate entires), 11 March 1815, and 13 May 1815
£1250
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