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1782 entire JAMAICA to GB carried by (HMS) Ardent. Man of War. 'Jacques & Fisher'

1782 entire from JAMAICA to GB, carried by (HMS) Ardent. Man of War with PORTSMOUTH / SHIP LRE h/s. From 'Jacques & Fisher, Kingston' to 'William Philip Perrin'- merchant owner of Grange Hall Estate, Jamaica. Slave owner. Letter refers to the "the risks from the Enemy" (Pirates targeted shipping) GR watermarked paper. [April 1782. Battle of the Saintes - the Comte de Grasse, forcing the French and Spanish to abandon a planned INVASION of JAMAICA. The British captured a number of ships including ARDENT and a convoy under Rear-admiral Graves escorted the prizes on the journey back to England]
Jamaicas internal strife was accompanied by external threats. A large French fleet, with Spanish support, planned to invade Jamaica in 1782, but the British thwarted the plan at the Battle of the Saintes, (April 912, 1782), in the AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Ref: 315-007.

Price: £250.00
1795 entire 'Captain Bower, "Earl How" East Indiaman'. account HMS BOYNE blew up

1795 (1st. May) entire from 'Captain Bower on board "Earl How" East Indiaman'. mss "some of her shot struck our Ship". Letter transcribed giving eye witness account how HMS BOYNE caught fire and blew up. The Royal Marines of the vessel were practicing firing exercises. [The death toll on Boyne was only eleven men. Because the guns were always left loaded, the cannons began to 'cook off', firing shots at potential rescuers making their way to the ship, resulting in the deaths of two seamen and the injury of another aboard Queen Charlotte, anchored nearby] Ref: 315-047.

Price: £200.00
1804 (Nov) entire [HMS] LEOPARD, off Dover. Lieut 'John Forbes' re: letter to Admiralty

1804 (Nov) entire [HMS] LEOPARD, off Dover. Lieut 'John Forbes' re: letter to Admiralty. [She served during the Napoleonic Wars: 1803 1815, and was notable for the actions of her captain in 1807.
1-3 Oct 1804 fire ships expended and the trial of a new form of fire boat known as a "catamaran," on the French flotillas anchored off Boulogne.
The Chesapeake-Leopard affair: 22 Jun 1807 the Leopard weighed per the Bellona's instructions and some five leagues from the land bore down to speak the US ship Chesapeake, to discuss the problem of British deserters onboard the Chesapeake. Her CO refused to discuss the subject, resulting in 3 broadsides being fired by the Leopard in order that the Captain could carry out his instructions.
[On 25 December 1803 HMS Suffisante was wrecked due to a poorly-chosen location and the officers had mishandled the situation. "Lieutenant John Forbes" should have taken the watch, but remained below, leaving a midshipman in charge. The master, John Coleman, had gone below for his dinner and left the pilot in charge of the positioning; Coleman stated that he was unaware that the pilot had gone ashore. Heathcote was below dining with his officers and unaware of the developing situation. The court martial found him partly to blame for the loss and reprimanded him but did not punish him. It also reprimanded Coleman, and sentenced "Forbes" to the loss of one year's seniority] Ref: 315-046.

Price: £120.00
1811 entire to 'Col Macpherson, Cluny'. From 'James Macpherson, Sergeant 92nd Regt'

1811 (Jan.) entire to 'Colonel Macpherson, Cluny'. From 'James Macpherson, Sergeant 92nd Regt. recruiting Edinb'. mss. .. "your kind promise of recommending me for a commission in either the Abedeen or Invennes Milita .. recommendation of me to Colonel Cameron of the 92nd Regt., I was appointed Serjeant in 1804 .. my age is 26 unmarried". Faults. Ref: 312-064.
[John Cameron of Fassiefern. Born Inerscadale 1771; served on Corsica 1796; served in Irish rebellion 1798; served at Helder 1799; served in Egypt 1801; Major in 92nd Foot5 April 1801; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 25 April 1808; Lieutenant-Colonel23 June 1808; commanded 1/92nd Foot 1809 to 1815; served at Walcheren1809; served in Peninsula October 1810 to April 1814, wounded four times; commanded brigade in 2nd Division in Peninsula June and July 1813; brevet Colonel 4 June 1814; wounded and thrown from horse at Quatre Bras 1815, died shortly afterwards]

Price: £25.00
1881 (7th. July) cover and letter South AFRICA to GB with CAPE TOWN p/m

1881 (7th. July) cover and letter from South AFRICA to GB with CAPE TOWN p/m. 1st. BOER WAR ended 23rd. March 1881. mss .. "Col. Hassard expects to retire in December next. I was out hunting yesterday on "Harlequin", no sun. The Mauritius detach'mt have arrived, also three new lieutenants".
From '[Lieutenant (Captain) W.R.H. Crauford of the 91st Highlanders' was present at the battle of Gingindlovu, the relief of Eshowe, and commanded the convoys of the column during the advance of Crealock's Division to Port Durnford. [William Reginald Houison Crauford: 1879 ZULU WAR CAMPAIGN MEDAL. South Africa Medal 1877-79 with clasp '1879'] Ref: 315-051.

Price: £90.00
1899 cover SUDAN to 'General Sir E. Collen KCIE, Simla, India'. OMDURMAN p/m.

1899 (July) cover from SUDAN to 'General Sir E. Collen KCIE, Simla, India' with s/r. OMDURMAN p/m. canc. 1 Piastre adhesive [Officers RATE] Known correspondence from 'R.F. Meiklejohn'. MAHDIST War 1881-1899. Lt. Ronald Forbes Meiklejohn [1/R. War. R.] took part in the battles of the Atbara, Khartoum and Omdurman. The Battle of Umm Diwaykarat on Nov. 25, 1899 marked the final defeat of the Mahdist state in Sudan, when Anglo-Egyptian forces under the command of Lord Kitchener defeated what was left of the Mahdist armies. Ref: 315-012.

Price: £190.00
1900 (5th. Nov.) cover CHINA to Germany s/r. Marine Schiffspost No. 23 p/m.

1900 (5th. Nov.) cover from CHINA to Germany with s/r. Marine Schiffspost No. 23 p/m. - 'S.M.S. Worth' at WUSUNG. Boxer Rebellion: 2 Nov. 1899 7 Sep 1901. [German expeditionary force included Wrth and on 25th. Oct. 1900 returned to WUSUNG via Yantai. There she joined the blockade of the Yangtze River and then she was detached to cover the disembarkation of the German expeditionary corps outside the Taku Forts.] Ref: 315-048.

Price: £65.00
1902 (May) cover BOER WAR to GB. '1st. NZ Brigade'. NEW ZEALAND Contingent

1902 (May) cover from the BOER WAR to GB with d/r. ARMY POST OFFICE / POTCHEFSTROOM p/m. From 'Trooper W. Southern, 5256. 1st. NZ Brigade'. [Trooper William Southern, NZ North Island Regiment, B Squadron, 8th. Contingent embarked from North Island on SS "SURREY" on 1st. Feb. 1902] Late NEW ZEALAND Contingent. Ref: 315-044.

Price: £200.00

1903 PPC from TANGANIKA to Germany with s/r. DAR-ES-SALAAM DEUTSCHE OSTAFRIKA p/m. canc. 3 PESA adhesive. East Africa. Ref: 315-133.

Price: £15.00
1912 (Feb) cover VIETNAM to 'Madame Grossin, France. TONKIN p/m.

1912 (Feb) cover from VIETNAM to 'Madame Grossin, France with d/r. TONKIN p/m. INDO-CHINE adhesives. Probably from 'Colonel Grossin, Commt. la 4th. Legion de Gendarmerier'. Also s/r. SARTHE receipt p/m. to rear. Ref: 315-130.

Price: £20.00
1912 PPC ADEN to GB '64 Coy RGA, Aden'

1912 PPC (Gibraltar) from ADEN to GB with part d/r. ADEN p/m. From 'WG Gent Br, 64 Coy RGA, Aden' [Royal Garrison Artillery] Ref: 315-147.

Price: £12.00
1913 (Mar) ps cover VIETNAM to 'Monsieur Grossin, le Colonel de Gendarmerie, France

1913 (Mar) ps cover from VIETNAM to 'Monsieur Grossin Pierre, le Colonel de Gendarmerie, France with d/r. HANOI / TONKIN p/m. INDO-CHINE postal stationary envelope. Probably from 'Colonel Grossin, Commt. la 4th. Legion de Gendarmerier'. Also s/r. SARTHE receipt p/m. to rear. NB: Paper remains. Ref: 315-131.

Price: £15.00
1914 'gift-parcel' PC FRANCE to GB. APO 44 p/m. '19th. Field Ambulance'

1914 'gift-parcel' PC from FRANCE to GB with d/r. APO 44 p/m. and censor 1973 h/s. From 'Pte. C. Bateson, 19th. Field Ambulance, 19th. Brigade, C Sec.' [19th. FA originally attached to 19th Brigade; 6th Division for 5 days in Oct 14; 2nd Division Aug 15 Nov 15] Ref: 315-016.

Price: £10.00
1914 (13th. Sept) ps Field Service PC FRANCE to GB. ABPO p/m. 'J Davis'

1914 (13th. Sept) ps Field Service PC from FRANCE to GB with d/r. ABPO p/m. From 'J Davis'. Folded and surface fault. Ref: 315-097.

Price: £8.00
1914 (Sept) cover FRANCE to GB. BAPO p/m. censor 1/69 h/s. LONDON PAID m/c.

1914 (19th. Sept) cover from FRANCE to GB. BAPO + p/m. and censor 1/69 h/s. Also LONDON PAID m/c. dated 23rd. Sept. Worn and flap ,missing. Ref: 315-090.

Price: £9.00
1914 illustrated cover ALGERIA to 'Col. Commandant la Legion de Gendarmerier, Le Mans'

1914 (Dec) illustrated cover from ALGERIA to 'Monsieur Grossin, Colonel Commandant la Legion de Gendarmerier, Le Mans' [France] with s/r. ORAN p/m. [2nd. Compagnie de Cavaliers de Remonte. Detachement d'Oran] NB: Paper remains to rear. Ref: 315-125.

Price: £15.00
1915 (March) real photo PPC INDIA to 's.s. Kashgar, Bombay, India' BOMBAY p/m.

1915 (March) real photo PPC from INDIA to 's.s. Kashgar, Bombay, India' with d/r. BOMBAY p/m. [Merchant Navy ship SS Kashgar] Ref: 315-022.

Price: £8.00
1915 (May) Field Service PC W. Front to GB. FPO 2M p/m. North Midland Division

1915 (May) Field Service PC from the Western Front to GB with d/r. FPO 2M p/m. North Midland Division. Ref: 315-093.

Price: £7.00
1915 Honour Envelope W. Front to France. FPO D.51 p/m. Mission Militaire Francaise

1915 Honour Envelope from the Western Front to France with d/r. FPO D.51 p/m. and tri. censor h/s. Also Mission Militaire Francaise / FRANCAISE POSTAGE h/s. From '51st Division angalaise, Sectur postal No. 2'. French interpreters and personnel. Roughly opened.. Ref: 315-126.

Price: £8.00
1915 PPC South AFRICA to 'Delagoa Bay'. ARMY BASE PO 6A p/m. censored

1915 (Feb) PPC from South AFRICA to 'Delagoa Bay' with d/r. ARMY BASE PO 6A p/m. [Northern Force - Occupation Period] and boxed POSTAGE FREE / BASE 6 PASSED BY CENSOR h/s. From 'Hugh Edwards, 2nd. Batt. Train Scottish'. mss .. "Was in action a few days ago, felt awful". Also diamond LORENCO MARQUES receipt p/m. [Mozambique, East Africa] Faults. Ref: 315-158.

Price: £35.00