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Lot Catalogue Number Description Catalogue Value or Estimate
691 1831 (September 12) Folded lettersheet with dateline "Rupert's House 12th Sept 1831" from Richard Hardisty, Chief Factor, Cheapside, London, England - letter reads in part:

"An Indian arrived here from Moose by whom I received 3 letters, I am directed to send him off back again this afternoon."

Routed via Moose Factory HBC on their annual supply ship to England, where letter entered mail at Deal handstamped Deal Ship Letter, rated "1/4" stg (to collect) for postage to London; clear NO 14 1831 arrival CDS on back. Minor ageing but a rare origin - Rupert's House being a remote (east of James Bay) outpost, HBC's oldest trading post.

Provenance: Charles deVolpi, May 1982; Lot 27
Allan Steinhart, May 2005; Lot 1403


Photo (30K)
Est. 2000.00 +
692 1832 (February 14) Folded lettersheet from Scotland to Moose River HBC Territory in Rupert's Land, via H.B. House, London and carried by H.B. Ship to James Bay; manuscript 1/2½ stg internal postage to London and handstamped "Add / ½" on obverse; strong impression of Musselburgh / Penny Post straightline on back, along with red FE 18 backstamp. Letter has H.B.C. a very rare "MR" (Moose River) script, appears to have been placed on the top letter of a bundle to aid sorting and delivery; Rec 8th June 1832 docketing at top. Somewhat stained but a rare cover bearing the HBC script, Fine; ex. Allan Steinhart Collection (May 2005; Lot 1404)

Photo (30K)
Est. 1500.00 +
693 1832 (February 21) Folded lettersheet from Scotland to Fort Albany, Moose River HBC Territory in Rupert's Land, via Hudson's Bay House, London and carried by H.B. Ship to James Bay; manuscript 1/2½ stg internal postage to London and handstamped "Add / ½" on obverse; strong impression of Musselburgh / Penny Post straightline on back, along with red Feb 23 and Fe 25 backstamps. Letter has H.B.C. "MR" (Moose River) script - allegedly the top letter of a bundle to aid sorting and delivery; Rec 8th June 1832 with docketing at top. A rare cover bearing a HBC script, VF; ex. Allan Steinhart Collection (May 2005; Lot 1405)

Photo (35K)
Est. 1500.00 +
694 1837 (April 6) Folded lettersheet from Alexander McLeod, HBC Chief Trader at Fort Resolution - Great Slave Lake, Rupert's Land (now in NWT), endorsed "Care of James Hargrave, York Factory" addressed to John Stewart at H.B. House, London. Mail travelled via HBC canoe to York Factory and by HBC supply ship to England, where letter entered the mail at Deal, handstamped Deal Ship Letter rated "1/4" stg (to collect) for postage to London, clear OC 25 arrival backstamp; docketing "25 Oct 1837". Exceptionally clean and fresh with intact red wax seal on reverse, VF

Provenance: Charles deVolpi Fur Trade Collection, May 1982; Lot 30
Allan Steinhart Collection, May 2005; Lot 1409

ACCORDING TO THE STEINHART SALE THIS COVER IS SECOND EARLIEST COVER ORIGINATING FROM PRESENT DAY NORTH WEST TERRITORIES TO ANOTHER COUNTRY.


Photo (27K)
Est. 2500.00 +
695 1837 (April 22) Folded lettersheet from Samuel Black, fur trader and explorer, at Fort Colville, Columbia River, Rupert's Land (now Washington State) to York Factory, sent through Rocky Mountains via river and lake systems by HBC canoe to York Factory, James Bay; redirected to H.B. House, London by HBC supply ship, entering the mail at Deal and handstamped Deal Ship Letter, rated "1/4" stg (to collect) for postage to London; docketing "25 Oct 1837" (near 7 mouth transit). An appealing and well-travelled cover, VF

Provenance: Charles deVolpi Fur Trade Collection, May 1982; Lot 31
Allan Steinhart Collection, May 2005; Lot 1410



Photo (27K)
Est. 2000.00 +
696 1837 (August 13) Folded lettersheet from Charles Ross, HBC fur trader, at Cumberland House, Rupert's Land (now in Saskatchewan) to H.B. House, London, via HBC canoe to York Factory and by HBC supply ship to England, where letter entered the mail and handstamped Deal Ship Letter, rated "1/4" stg (to collect) for postage to London; docketing "25 Oct 1837". Letter has interesting content regarding the difficulties of an organizing an unexpected trip to the Columbia, VF

Provenance: Allan Steinhart Collection, May 2005; Lot 1414

ACCORDING TO THE STEINHART SALE - THIS IS THE EARLIEST REPORTED COVER FROM PRESENT DAY SASKATCHEWAN IN PRIVATE HANDS.


Photo (32K)
Est. 3000.00 +
697 1838 (July 7) Folded lettersheet with dateline "St. Boniface de la Rivière Rouge 7 juillet 1838" written by Joseph-Norbert Provencher, first Catholic Bishop of Western Canada, endorsed "Via New York & Le Havre" sent prepaid to Lyon, France. Carried by canoe by the summer HBC packet to Lachine, where it was posted at Quebec with light double OC 17 1838 dispatch, clear circular New York OCT 24 transit along two paid handstamps and manuscript "11" (postage to the border) and "18¾" (US to New York) rates, boxed "PAYS D'OUTREMER / PAR LE HAVRE" handstamp; clear Paris datestamp along with blurred French marking on reverse. A very early and rare cover mailed to France, VF

Photo (32K)
Est. 1500.00 +
698 1839 Folded cover (without content) from Samuel Black, fur trader and explorer who at the time was stationed at Fort Okanagan, Rupert's Land (now Washington State) - date and origin are according to ex. Allan Steinhart lot description. Addressed to John Stuart, H.B. House, London, carried free of charge by HBC canoe to York Factory and onto HBC supply ship to England, where it entered the mail at Brighton with Ship Letter Brighton boxed handstamp on back; original address crossed out and manuscript "Forres NB" in place, rated "2/8" stg (to collect) for redirected postage from London to Scotland; partially visible OC 15 1839 circular datestamp in red on reverse. Minor edge wear, a rare HBC outpost cover, Fine

Provenance: Allan Steinhart Collection, May 2005; Lot 1420 - lot description states letter was dated "1839 Mar. 12" and originated from Fort Okanagan.

Photo (31K)
Est. 750.00 +
699 England to Red River Settlement Lot of nine covers (three have no content or dates) originating from the UK between May 1840 and June 1851 to Rev. John Smithurst, Red River Settlement. Except for one cover (British postage stamp excised) rated "2/" mailed from Wirksworth, via H.B. House, London with rare "RR" script, all were carried by HBC free of charge on supply ship to York Factory, then by HBC canoe to Red River Settlement. Also one cover mailed from Middle Church (January 289, 1852) to Smithurst's address in London plus a damaged cover mailed within UK to same addressee. Condition varies from mixed to Fine, an unusual and seldom seen group.

Photo (45K) Photo 2 (45K) Photo 3 (45K)
Est. 1000.00 +
700 1844 (February 26) Folded lettersheet from Middleton, England posted at Wirksworth FEB 28 and rated "2"stg addressed to Rev. Smithurst in care of the Church Missionary Society, London which forwarded their mail to HBC supply ship to York Factory, James Bay; then by HBC canoe brigade to Red River Settlement. Only certain individuals were entitled to send letters free of charge. The sender did not enjoy such benefits and the letter was rated "4/4"stg (to collect) in manuscript on reverse. A remarkable hefty rated cover from the UK to Red River Settlement, VF

Photo (39K)
Est. 1000.00 +
701 Reverend John Smithurst correspondence - a wonderful lot of 12 internal covers addressed to him at Indian Settlement, Red River Settlement, carried by Hudson's Bay Company from various locations in Rupert's Land / Red River Settlement. From earliest to latest (according to dateline) - York Factory June 1844, Cedar Lake June 1845, York Factory August 1846, unknown origin July 1847, two letters from Alex Christie at Lower Fort Garry May 1849 (one to Mrs. Jenny Hickenburger), Riviere du Pas January 1849, Cumberland Station January 1849, Grand Rapids September 1849, Norway House September 1849, Middle Church (likely 1850), Partridge Crop March 1851. Apart from the Norway House being stained at left all covers are in an excellent state of preservation. F-VF or better

Photo (23K) Photo 2 (23K) Photo 3 (24K) Photo 4 (25K)
Est. 2000.00 +
702 1851 (February 14) Folded lettersheet with Hudson's Bay House, Lachine" handwritten inside, addressed to Rev. Smithurst, Red River Settlement; carried by HBC via winter express sled at Sault Ste. Marie, in nice shape, VF; also similar addressed (very early correspondence to Rev. Smithurst) folded lettersheet from the Bishop of Montreal, dated December 15, 1840 via HBC winter express, stained but shows docketing "Rec'd at St. Marys 13 Feby 1841" on reverse, Fine. A scarce pair of all-Canadian winter route covers.

Photo (21K)
Est. 350.00 +
703 1852 Folded cover mailed by Rev. J. Smithurst on his return voyage to Western Canada (Red River Settlement) to Fort Sault St. Marie, carried by HBC summer express boat to Sault St. Marie, redirected to Niagara, posted at Sault St. Marie with AU 1 1852 datestamp in red and manuscript rate "3", Orillia AU 6, Toronto AU 8 and Niagara AU 9 arrival backstamps. Overall light wrinkling, a neat cover travelling from Western Canada through Upper Canada, F-VF

It is interesting to note that soon after 1851, most of the Red River Settlement mail was carried through the US instead of the more difficult Canadian overland passage via Sault Ste. Marie.

Photo (28K)
Est. 500.00 +
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