Samoa 1847 (31 Dec) entire letter from Rev. George Turner at Malua to 'Revd Henry Nisbet of Samoa, care of the Revd J. P. Sunderland, Agent of the Lon. Miss. Society, Sydney', with 'SHIP-LETTER/SYDNEY' arrival circular date stamp (MR 9 18(4)8) on upper flap, which would open for display.
Rated '1/-', with interesting sender's endorsement on face panel 'If Mr Nisbet has left please forward to L.M.S. Mission House ...... London', which clearly proved an unnecessary precaution. The fascinating contents make reference to the difficulties of communications (with the charming comment 'The Post Office folks are our best friends after all') and describe recent missionary activity in Samoa.
A desirable early letter between two important figures in the development of Samoa. Postal history at its finest.
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