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    Very Early Printed Letter Sheet from Hawaii

    1834, December 24, 1834, Lahainaluna, Maui, Hawaii to Peacham, Vt. Folded letter on large letter sheet, 10½" x 16½", printed on one side with a list of the Directors, Faculty and Students of the new High School on Lahainaluna, the inside of the two-page sheet contains a letter from Rev. Ephraim W. Clark, an instructor at the school to his brother, Russell, in Peacham; the address panel, which is heavily toned, has a somewhat faded red "New London, Ct., Jul 1" c.d.s. with matching SHIP handstamp and manuscript "20¾" rate; substantial separation has been reinforced and irregular piece missing, affecting the letter but not the printed text; otherwise a Fine and rare early Hawaiian printed letter sheet.

    Estimate $3,000-$4,000

    The letter left Maui on 25 December 1834 aboard the whaler Brig Don Quixote. A report in the 15 May 1835 Essex Gazette of Salem, Mass. states that Don Quixote was in Oahu on 29 November 1834 and planning to leave for Boston on or about 1 January 1835. The report continues that the ship was in Callao, Peru on 7 January and in Valparaiso Chile on 18 April. She arrived in New London on 1 July 1835 and the letter entered the mails at New London the same day.

    From the Ron Cipolla Collection

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    11th-14th Friday-Monday
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