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    Lot 1

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - BRITISH OCCUPATION OF RANGOON/YANGON - CAMPAIGN LETTER TO G.B. WITH KEDGEREE & PORTSMOUTH SHIP LETTERS; Very fine 20 July 1824 EL (full typed transcript) from "Rangoon" (folds to show internal dated heading beside the address-panel) to "WETHERBY/194" (fine red mileage mark on top flap; redirected to London) with v. fine 2-ring "CALCUTTA/GENERAL POST OFFICE" mark (m/s 19 Sept. date) and boxed red "INDIA LETTER/PORTSMOUTH" on the front, but also with a very fine boxed "KEDGREE/POST OFFICE/SHIP LETTER" on the top flap. From Lieut. William Gossip with an update on the problems of the rainy season following the capture of Rangoon on 10/11 May, including; "I am now on Guard in Rangoon. We yesterday morning started on a cruize through the mud: about 1,000 or 1,200 men, but unfortunately were stopped about half a mile from our advanced p[iqu]ets by a Nullas so deep that one of the mounted officers at the front, on attempting to cross was obliged to swim for it, horse & all... we are now not to go out, except on emergencies, until the dry season sets in..." With plans for an exchange to a different Regiment, and details of the loss of many horses before the Campaign started because of high transport costs. An early letter from this first part of the War; of Exhibition Quality. [Ex Cavendish April 1999 auction, lot 248; realised £483.]

    Estimate: £1000

    Filby Burma, Lot 1

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - BRITISH OCCUPATION OF RANGOON/YANGON - CAMPAIGN LETTER TO G.B. WITH KEDGEREE & PORTSMOUTH SHIP LETTERS; Very fine 20 July 1824 EL (full typed transcript) from "Rangoon" (folds to show internal dated heading beside the address-panel) to "WETHERBY/194" (fine red mileage mark on top flap; redirected to London) with v. fine 2-ring "CALCUTTA/GENERAL POST OFFICE" mark (m/s 19 Sept. date) and boxed red "INDIA LETTER/PORTSMOUTH" on the front, but also with a very fine boxed "KEDGREE/POST OFFICE/SHIP LETTER" on the top flap. From Lieut. William Gossip with an update on the problems of the rainy season following the capture of Rangoon on 10/11 May, including; "I am now on Guard in Rangoon. We yesterday morning started on a cruize through the mud: about 1,000 or 1,200 men, but unfortunately were stopped about half a mile from our advanced p[iqu]ets by a Nullas so deep that one of the mounted officers at the front, on attempting to cross was obliged to swim for it, horse & all... we are now not to go out, except on emergencies, until the dry season sets in..." With plans for an exchange to a different Regiment, and details of the loss of many horses before the Campaign started because of high transport costs. An early letter from this first part of the War; of Exhibition Quality. [Ex Cavendish April 1999 auction, lot 248; realised £483.]

    Estimate: £1000 ×

     



     

    Lot 2

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - ARAKAN EXPEDITION - LETTER REF. THE FORCE EN ROUTE FROM CALCUTTA VIA CHITTAGONG; 13 Dec. 1824 - 6 Jan. 1825 EL (full typed transcript; small stain on front) from "Ge[orge]. Thomson" ("Field Pioneer Commandant of the Corps of Temporary Pioneers in charge of the Pontoon Train Surveyor &c") started at "Fort William" (Calcutta) but continued on 21 Dec. "In the Sunderbunds" and posted in Chittagong (6 Jan. 1825; fair boxed namestamp on flap and matching fine boxed "Post Paid/Sa. Wt./Rs As" on the front) to Scotland with news of the gathering of the Army heading for the Arracan, charged "1/8½" with fine boxed "INDIA LETTER/DEAL" on the front. Fascinating contents inc.; "The Army under Genl. Morrison marches from Chittagong about 10th January (about 10,000 strong). We proceed to Arracan, where there is a Division of the Burmese Army; after routing them [!!] and taking the Fort, we proceed to Aeng.... If we force through, we shall have a fine open Country before us... The Expedition to Rangoon has completely failed. The European Force is reduced to 900 effective men from 6,000... Their [the Government's] beggarly system of economy caused a mutiny in the 47th N[ative]. I[nfantry]. at Barrackpore last month, which was stopped by shooting some dozens of the poor fellows and ordering 200 to be hung...I shall put it [this letter] into the dawk at Burrisaul [modern Barisal, near Chittagong]..." Important historical letter from the eve of the Arracan Campaign.

    Estimate: £750

    Filby Burma, Lot 2

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - ARAKAN EXPEDITION - LETTER REF. THE FORCE EN ROUTE FROM CALCUTTA VIA CHITTAGONG; 13 Dec. 1824 - 6 Jan. 1825 EL (full typed transcript; small stain on front) from "Ge[orge]. Thomson" ("Field Pioneer Commandant of the Corps of Temporary Pioneers in charge of the Pontoon Train Surveyor &c") started at "Fort William" (Calcutta) but continued on 21 Dec. "In the Sunderbunds" and posted in Chittagong (6 Jan. 1825; fair boxed namestamp on flap and matching fine boxed "Post Paid/Sa. Wt./Rs As" on the front) to Scotland with news of the gathering of the Army heading for the Arracan, charged "1/8½" with fine boxed "INDIA LETTER/DEAL" on the front. Fascinating contents inc.; "The Army under Genl. Morrison marches from Chittagong about 10th January (about 10,000 strong). We proceed to Arracan, where there is a Division of the Burmese Army; after routing them [!!] and taking the Fort, we proceed to Aeng.... If we force through, we shall have a fine open Country before us... The Expedition to Rangoon has completely failed. The European Force is reduced to 900 effective men from 6,000... Their [the Government's] beggarly system of economy caused a mutiny in the 47th N[ative]. I[nfantry]. at Barrackpore last month, which was stopped by shooting some dozens of the poor fellows and ordering 200 to be hung...I shall put it [this letter] into the dawk at Burrisaul [modern Barisal, near Chittagong]..." Important historical letter from the eve of the Arracan Campaign.

    Estimate: £750 ×

     



     

    Lot 3

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - BRITISH OCCUPATION OF RANGOON - OFFICER's "INGERAM/POST PAID" Ship Letter" TO G.B.; 18 Jan. 1825 EL (full typed transcript) from Lieut. W. Gossip in "Rangoon" (where the British forces had finally repulsed the Burmese Army on 15 December, partly thanks to the use of Congreve Rockets) to Yorkshire (redirected from Tadcaster to York) with mainly fine rare boxed "INGERAM/POST NOT PAID" on the flap (endorsed "11 As the 24th Feby. 1825" with matching ink m/s "Ship Letter" on the front), also having double-oval "OUT STATION/MADRAS/SHIP LETTER" transit d.s. (4 March) on the front and boxed "INDIA LETTER/DEAL" on the flap. The letter includes "...we are expecting to march for Prome in a very short time...we are certainly to move shortly, but how and when seems to puzzle everybody". Good Campaign Cover of Exhibition Quality. [Ex Cavendish April 1999 auction, lot 252; realised £253.]

    Estimate: £750

    Filby Burma, Lot 3

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - BRITISH OCCUPATION OF RANGOON - OFFICER's "INGERAM/POST PAID" Ship Letter" TO G.B.; 18 Jan. 1825 EL (full typed transcript) from Lieut. W. Gossip in "Rangoon" (where the British forces had finally repulsed the Burmese Army on 15 December, partly thanks to the use of Congreve Rockets) to Yorkshire (redirected from Tadcaster to York) with mainly fine rare boxed "INGERAM/POST NOT PAID" on the flap (endorsed "11 As the 24th Feby. 1825" with matching ink m/s "Ship Letter" on the front), also having double-oval "OUT STATION/MADRAS/SHIP LETTER" transit d.s. (4 March) on the front and boxed "INDIA LETTER/DEAL" on the flap. The letter includes "...we are expecting to march for Prome in a very short time...we are certainly to move shortly, but how and when seems to puzzle everybody". Good Campaign Cover of Exhibition Quality. [Ex Cavendish April 1999 auction, lot 252; realised £253.]

    Estimate: £750 ×

     



     

    Lot 4

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - BRITISH OCCUPATION OF PROME - EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT OF START OF PEACE NEGOTIATIONS SENT TO INDIA; Fine 5 Oct. 1825 EL from "Prome" (folds to show internal heading beside address) to "Masulipatam" with fine "MADRAS/BEARING POSTAGE [A10]" cds across the join; from "[Brigadier] R[ichard]. Armstrong" (signed on the front as well) to his daughter (full typed transcript) with a detailed account of the recent peace negotiations, inc. "On the 29th ult., I embarked with Sir Archd C[ampbell, the British C-in-C] to accompany him to Neounbenzein [?]to attend the negotiation for peace...at a Bamboo house erected for the occasion at equal distance between British and Burmese Camps. 16 of us were to meet the Key Wonghee...a most splendid array they made with their golden chattahs, golden caps, embroidered ear covers and embroidered dresses...They were not accompanied by any troops... The proposed conditions were: 'Their cession pf Arracan to us and an indemnification in money for the expenses of the War', but without mentioning any specific sum... they were unable to accede to such terms and begged for a reference to the Ava and a prolongation of the armistice...this was conceded...to 2nd November..." Important Historical account of the start of negotiations which ended (after one last uprising) with the Treaty of Yandabo in Feb. 1826. Exhibition Quality.

    Estimate: £1000

    Filby Burma, Lot 4

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - BRITISH OCCUPATION OF PROME - EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT OF START OF PEACE NEGOTIATIONS SENT TO INDIA; Fine 5 Oct. 1825 EL from "Prome" (folds to show internal heading beside address) to "Masulipatam" with fine "MADRAS/BEARING POSTAGE [A10]" cds across the join; from "[Brigadier] R[ichard]. Armstrong" (signed on the front as well) to his daughter (full typed transcript) with a detailed account of the recent peace negotiations, inc. "On the 29th ult., I embarked with Sir Archd C[ampbell, the British C-in-C] to accompany him to Neounbenzein [?]to attend the negotiation for peace...at a Bamboo house erected for the occasion at equal distance between British and Burmese Camps. 16 of us were to meet the Key Wonghee...a most splendid array they made with their golden chattahs, golden caps, embroidered ear covers and embroidered dresses...They were not accompanied by any troops... The proposed conditions were: 'Their cession pf Arracan to us and an indemnification in money for the expenses of the War', but without mentioning any specific sum... they were unable to accede to such terms and begged for a reference to the Ava and a prolongation of the armistice...this was conceded...to 2nd November..." Important Historical account of the start of negotiations which ended (after one last uprising) with the Treaty of Yandabo in Feb. 1826. Exhibition Quality.

    Estimate: £1000 ×

     



     

    Lot 5

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - BRITISH OCCUPATION OF PROME - OFFICER's LETTER TO G.B. WRITTEN ON THE EVE OF THE BATTLE IN WHICH HE WAS KILLED; Fine long 30 Nov. 1825 EL (folds to show internal heading beside address) from Lieut. "W. Gossip" in "Prome" to his father in Wetherby (redirected to London) with a very fine oval "MADRAS/SHIP LETTER" d.s. (27 Dec.) and v. fine boxed "INDIA LETTER/LONDON" on the flap. The letter talks of military promotion, but ends significantly; "...several letters are lost between this and England...as the Burmahs have of late succeeded in cutting off some of our boats... Report says that the Burmahs are in great force and strongly stockaded very near us, but as they won't come to attack, we must go to attack them; tomorrow is spoken of..." [The current describer first noted in his description (when this letter was newly discovered back in 1999) that; "one wonders if poor Lieut. Gossip came to a sticky end the next day...". Now that we have the internet, it did not take me long to find the answer this time; the Battle of Prome - the final engagement of the War - was indeed fought the very next day, and Lieut. John Marshall's 1830 history of the war (addendum to p. 101) notes that; "On the 1st & 2nd Dec. 1825... Lieut. William Gossip [and one other of the 41st] were killed". Ex Cavendish's April 1999 auction, lot 255; realised £345.] A poignant and historical letter of Exhibition Quality.

    Estimate: £750

    Filby Burma, Lot 5

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - BRITISH OCCUPATION OF PROME - OFFICER's LETTER TO G.B. WRITTEN ON THE EVE OF THE BATTLE IN WHICH HE WAS KILLED; Fine long 30 Nov. 1825 EL (folds to show internal heading beside address) from Lieut. "W. Gossip" in "Prome" to his father in Wetherby (redirected to London) with a very fine oval "MADRAS/SHIP LETTER" d.s. (27 Dec.) and v. fine boxed "INDIA LETTER/LONDON" on the flap. The letter talks of military promotion, but ends significantly; "...several letters are lost between this and England...as the Burmahs have of late succeeded in cutting off some of our boats... Report says that the Burmahs are in great force and strongly stockaded very near us, but as they won't come to attack, we must go to attack them; tomorrow is spoken of..." [The current describer first noted in his description (when this letter was newly discovered back in 1999) that; "one wonders if poor Lieut. Gossip came to a sticky end the next day...". Now that we have the internet, it did not take me long to find the answer this time; the Battle of Prome - the final engagement of the War - was indeed fought the very next day, and Lieut. John Marshall's 1830 history of the war (addendum to p. 101) notes that; "On the 1st & 2nd Dec. 1825... Lieut. William Gossip [and one other of the 41st] were killed". Ex Cavendish's April 1999 auction, lot 255; realised £345.] A poignant and historical letter of Exhibition Quality.

    Estimate: £750 ×

     



     

    Lot 6

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - CRITICISM OF THE CONFLICT (& OF NEW STEAMER MAIL SERVICES) IN "BENARES/POST PAID" COVER; Fine 3 Apr. 1826 E from "Sooltanpoore" (endorsed on front) to London with manuscript "Sultanpore" (PO marking?) on the top flap with 2-ring "BENARES/POST P[AID" transit mark across the join with "11 r[upees]" rate alongside; also with Calcutta cds (11 Apr.) and boxed "INDIA LETTER/PORTSMOUTH" on the front. The large part contents includes criticism of the Burma campaign; "...Campbell within a few days march of their Capital; end how it may, the Burmese War, entered into hastily and carried on in so ill-judged and arranged a manner will add but little worn credit as soldiers or wealth as a nation. Our Expedition against Bhurlpore ended successfully... [criticism of Army cut-backs]...I see in today's paper the arrival of the Falcon Steamship...a long passage...the Scheme will hardly answer...[people will avoid a 3-month voyage in place of 4 months] where the carelessness of an Engineer...may send crew and cargo flying through the air... I see notices...the Stanmore having been burnt... the Packets have been transferred to other Ships sailing later...". Good letter sent as the uneasy Peace in Burma was not yet certain.

    Estimate: £300

    Filby Burma, Lot 6

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - CRITICISM OF THE CONFLICT (& OF NEW STEAMER MAIL SERVICES) IN "BENARES/POST PAID" COVER; Fine 3 Apr. 1826 E from "Sooltanpoore" (endorsed on front) to London with manuscript "Sultanpore" (PO marking?) on the top flap with 2-ring "BENARES/POST P[AID" transit mark across the join with "11 r[upees]" rate alongside; also with Calcutta cds (11 Apr.) and boxed "INDIA LETTER/PORTSMOUTH" on the front. The large part contents includes criticism of the Burma campaign; "...Campbell within a few days march of their Capital; end how it may, the Burmese War, entered into hastily and carried on in so ill-judged and arranged a manner will add but little worn credit as soldiers or wealth as a nation. Our Expedition against Bhurlpore ended successfully... [criticism of Army cut-backs]...I see in today's paper the arrival of the Falcon Steamship...a long passage...the Scheme will hardly answer...[people will avoid a 3-month voyage in place of 4 months] where the carelessness of an Engineer...may send crew and cargo flying through the air... I see notices...the Stanmore having been burnt... the Packets have been transferred to other Ships sailing later...". Good letter sent as the uneasy Peace in Burma was not yet certain.

    Estimate: £300 ×

     



     

    Lot 7

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - CHEDUBA ISLAND - RARE COVER FROM THE BRITISH GARRISON - SENT UNPAID TO CALCUTTA; 22/23 June 1826 EL (folds to show internal heading beside address) from "Cheduba [Island]" (off the Aracan coast south of Akyab) to Calcutta with a mainly fine oval Calcutta "GPO/JULY [24]/Bg. Pg.[11]" on the top flap; sent from the tiny British Garrison on this unhealthy island that was maintained for a short time after the Peace Treaty had been signed. The long cross-written contents (full typed transcript) include; "The number of casualties since we left Calcutta now amount to 131. During last month we buried 42 men, and within the present month, including today, 60. We are now 307 strong including drummers, of which number 280 are in hospital. My company... 61 men can only furnish 5 for duty...A party of 100 or 200 resolute Burmese might annihilate us to a man..." The writer is also on the sick list. One of very few letters recorded from this brief and pointless Occupation of Cheduba Island. Exhibition Item. [Ex Gerald Davis, 1990, lot 2360; realised £253.]

    Estimate: £750

    Filby Burma, Lot 7

    THE 1st ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1824-26 - CHEDUBA ISLAND - RARE COVER FROM THE BRITISH GARRISON - SENT UNPAID TO CALCUTTA; 22/23 June 1826 EL (folds to show internal heading beside address) from "Cheduba [Island]" (off the Aracan coast south of Akyab) to Calcutta with a mainly fine oval Calcutta "GPO/JULY [24]/Bg. Pg.[11]" on the top flap; sent from the tiny British Garrison on this unhealthy island that was maintained for a short time after the Peace Treaty had been signed. The long cross-written contents (full typed transcript) include; "The number of casualties since we left Calcutta now amount to 131. During last month we buried 42 men, and within the present month, including today, 60. We are now 307 strong including drummers, of which number 280 are in hospital. My company... 61 men can only furnish 5 for duty...A party of 100 or 200 resolute Burmese might annihilate us to a man..." The writer is also on the sick list. One of very few letters recorded from this brief and pointless Occupation of Cheduba Island. Exhibition Item. [Ex Gerald Davis, 1990, lot 2360; realised £253.]

    Estimate: £750 ×

     



     

    Lot 8

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - AKYAB + KYOUK PHYOO - EARLY BOXED "Paid" MARKS OF BOTH P.O.s ON PORTSMOUTH "INDIA LETTER" TO G.B.; 26 May 1838 EL (long cross-written contents) from a British Officer in the tiny military outpost at "Kyouk Phyoo in Arracan" to Scotland with fair claret-red boxed "KYUK PHYOO/Paid" (few known; only Jan. to Aug. 1838) nicely placed on the front (part overstruck by GB marks) endorsed "Ship Letter" and so with fine red boxed "AKYAB/Paid" (only known 1837/8) on the top flap and fine red boxed "CALCUTTA/G.P.O./SHIP LETTER" d.s. (18 June) across the join and charged "1/6½" with fine boxed "INDIA LETTER/PORTSMOUTH" on the front. One of the earliest known Kyoukphyoo markings, and a rare post-War pre-1840 Burma cover. The contents (which would repay full transcription) talk of the local Burmese and fever; "Jungle Fever is the scourge of this District, and is such as to entitle it to the name of 'the Land of Fever and Death'..."! Two very rare Burma prestamp marks on one cover.

    Estimate: £500

    Filby Burma, Lot 8

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - AKYAB + KYOUK PHYOO - EARLY BOXED "Paid" MARKS OF BOTH P.O.s ON PORTSMOUTH "INDIA LETTER" TO G.B.; 26 May 1838 EL (long cross-written contents) from a British Officer in the tiny military outpost at "Kyouk Phyoo in Arracan" to Scotland with fair claret-red boxed "KYUK PHYOO/Paid" (few known; only Jan. to Aug. 1838) nicely placed on the front (part overstruck by GB marks) endorsed "Ship Letter" and so with fine red boxed "AKYAB/Paid" (only known 1837/8) on the top flap and fine red boxed "CALCUTTA/G.P.O./SHIP LETTER" d.s. (18 June) across the join and charged "1/6½" with fine boxed "INDIA LETTER/PORTSMOUTH" on the front. One of the earliest known Kyoukphyoo markings, and a rare post-War pre-1840 Burma cover. The contents (which would repay full transcription) talk of the local Burmese and fever; "Jungle Fever is the scourge of this District, and is such as to entitle it to the name of 'the Land of Fever and Death'..."! Two very rare Burma prestamp marks on one cover.

    Estimate: £500 ×

     



     

    Lot 9

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - THAILAND/RAMREE - RARE EARLY COVER TO BANGKOK VIA CALCUTTA FORWARDING AGENT & SINGAPORE; Exceptional 24 Oct. 1839 EL (folds to show internal heading beside address; with two reinforced & slightly toned filing folds that hardly detract) from an American Missionary ("Rev. G.S. Comstock") in "Ramree [Island]" to a fellow-missionary in "Bangkok, Siam" endorsed "Care Revd. J. Tracey, Singapore" with a partly fine small boxed "FORWARDED/BY/J.W. ROBERTS/Agent/CALCUTTA" (filing crease) on the top flap, also endorsed "Pr [Ship] Time" on the front with a manuscript Postal Rate ("37"?; rate from Calcutta to Singapore?) nearby; the contents discuss the Buddhists' reluctance to convert and the ravages of cholera in Akyab etc. One of the earliest recorded covers from Ramree, and one of the earliest known ingoing to Siam. Important Exhibition Item.

    Estimate: £500

    Filby Burma, Lot 9

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - THAILAND/RAMREE - RARE EARLY COVER TO BANGKOK VIA CALCUTTA FORWARDING AGENT & SINGAPORE; Exceptional 24 Oct. 1839 EL (folds to show internal heading beside address; with two reinforced & slightly toned filing folds that hardly detract) from an American Missionary ("Rev. G.S. Comstock") in "Ramree [Island]" to a fellow-missionary in "Bangkok, Siam" endorsed "Care Revd. J. Tracey, Singapore" with a partly fine small boxed "FORWARDED/BY/J.W. ROBERTS/Agent/CALCUTTA" (filing crease) on the top flap, also endorsed "Pr [Ship] Time" on the front with a manuscript Postal Rate ("37"?; rate from Calcutta to Singapore?) nearby; the contents discuss the Buddhists' reluctance to convert and the ravages of cholera in Akyab etc. One of the earliest recorded covers from Ramree, and one of the earliest known ingoing to Siam. Important Exhibition Item.

    Estimate: £500 ×

     



     

    Lot 10

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - MOULMEIN - EARLIEST KNOWN 2nd-TYPE BOXED "MOULMEIN/Paid" ON COVER TO G.B. VIA FRANCE; Fine 11 Sept. 1841 EL from "Moulmein...about opposite to the Burmese town of Martaban...of the ancient Kingdom of Pegu..." to Scotland "via Marseilles" with a very fine bright red boxed "MOULMEIN/1841 September 11/Paid [Rupee 1-1 Ship and Overland Postage]" nicely placed on the lower flap, charged "3/6" on delivery with a fine red oval-framed Bombay "INDIA" on the front; the earliest recorded date for this dated Paid mark. Good family contents (full typed transcript) from a passenger on a ship from Sydney to GB, having previously come from Manila, but the writer and Captain very unwell.

    Estimate: £300

    Filby Burma, Lot 10

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - MOULMEIN - EARLIEST KNOWN 2nd-TYPE BOXED "MOULMEIN/Paid" ON COVER TO G.B. VIA FRANCE; Fine 11 Sept. 1841 EL from "Moulmein...about opposite to the Burmese town of Martaban...of the ancient Kingdom of Pegu..." to Scotland "via Marseilles" with a very fine bright red boxed "MOULMEIN/1841 September 11/Paid [Rupee 1-1 Ship and Overland Postage]" nicely placed on the lower flap, charged "3/6" on delivery with a fine red oval-framed Bombay "INDIA" on the front; the earliest recorded date for this dated Paid mark. Good family contents (full typed transcript) from a passenger on a ship from Sydney to GB, having previously come from Manila, but the writer and Captain very unwell.

    Estimate: £300 ×

     



     

    Lot 11

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - MOULMEIN - BOXED "Paid" DATESTAMP ON COVER TO G.B. BY SHIP "ENTERPRISE" & "VIA SOUTHAMPTON"; 25/26 Feb. 1845 E from "Moulmein" to Huth in London "Overland" & "Via Southampton" endorsed "[Per Ship] Enterprise" with a fine red boxed "MOULMEIN/1844 February 26/Paid [R1-3]" mark (year date error; filing crease) on the lower flap, charged "1/-" on delivery. Good early cover from Burma.

    Estimate: £200

    Filby Burma, Lot 11

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - MOULMEIN - BOXED "Paid" DATESTAMP ON COVER TO G.B. BY SHIP "ENTERPRISE" & "VIA SOUTHAMPTON"; 25/26 Feb. 1845 E from "Moulmein" to Huth in London "Overland" & "Via Southampton" endorsed "[Per Ship] Enterprise" with a fine red boxed "MOULMEIN/1844 February 26/Paid [R1-3]" mark (year date error; filing crease) on the lower flap, charged "1/-" on delivery. Good early cover from Burma.

    Estimate: £200 ×

     



     

    Lot 12

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - NORTH BORNEO/MOULMEIN - "H.M.S. CRUIZER" LETTER TO G.B. FROM THE SHIP's COMMANDER "L.G. FANSHAWE"; 22 Jan. 1846 EL (folds to display internal heading beside address) from "H.M.S. Cruizer, Moulmein" to an M.P. in London "Via Southampton" with v. fine red boxed Calcutta "INDIA/PAID" on the front matching the "CALCUTTA/G.P.O./SHIP LETTER" backstamp (4 Feb.) and so with no charge on delivery. Good contents (full typed transcript) from Commander "L.G. Fanshawe" of the 'Cruizer' who had recently returned from North Borneo where he and his ship had been involved in the famous Battle of Marudu Bay where the 'Cruizer' and 5 other HM Ships had fought against the pirates, and which led directly to the British establishments of Labuan and British North Borneo, incl.; "I am amused at the Admiralty sending Lord Fitzroy Somerset to you for information about Maludu...I, however, did not mean to describe myself as Commanding the Expedition, for I was third in rank...in case it might be wished to bring Borneo into the foreground on Captain Bethune's return from his mission there...". Important Historical cover. [Ex Gerald Davis, 1985, lot 1015; realised £70. With a photocopy of the front of the well-known 3 Oct. 1845 letter from Fanshawe to his father that was mentioned in this letter and which described the battle in detail.]

    Estimate: £500

    Filby Burma, Lot 12

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - NORTH BORNEO/MOULMEIN - "H.M.S. CRUIZER" LETTER TO G.B. FROM THE SHIP's COMMANDER "L.G. FANSHAWE"; 22 Jan. 1846 EL (folds to display internal heading beside address) from "H.M.S. Cruizer, Moulmein" to an M.P. in London "Via Southampton" with v. fine red boxed Calcutta "INDIA/PAID" on the front matching the "CALCUTTA/G.P.O./SHIP LETTER" backstamp (4 Feb.) and so with no charge on delivery. Good contents (full typed transcript) from Commander "L.G. Fanshawe" of the 'Cruizer' who had recently returned from North Borneo where he and his ship had been involved in the famous Battle of Marudu Bay where the 'Cruizer' and 5 other HM Ships had fought against the pirates, and which led directly to the British establishments of Labuan and British North Borneo, incl.; "I am amused at the Admiralty sending Lord Fitzroy Somerset to you for information about Maludu...I, however, did not mean to describe myself as Commanding the Expedition, for I was third in rank...in case it might be wished to bring Borneo into the foreground on Captain Bethune's return from his mission there...". Important Historical cover. [Ex Gerald Davis, 1985, lot 1015; realised £70. With a photocopy of the front of the well-known 3 Oct. 1845 letter from Fanshawe to his father that was mentioned in this letter and which described the battle in detail.]

    Estimate: £500 ×

     



     

    Lot 13

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - KYOUK PHYOO - SUPERB & LATE USE OF THE BLACK BOXED "Bearing" ON INTERNAL COVER TO AKYAB; 1 Dec. 1849 EL from "Kyouk Phyoo" to Akyab endorsed "Bearing" on the front with a superb black boxed "KYUK PHYOO/[1/12/49]/Bearing [0.1.0]" (latest recorded date for this rare mark). The letter concerns a cargo just received by the Ship 'Pearl'. Most attractive example of this rare mark and an early internal Burma cover. [Ex Gerald Davis, 1990, part lot 2011.]

    Estimate: £500

    Filby Burma, Lot 13

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - KYOUK PHYOO - SUPERB & LATE USE OF THE BLACK BOXED "Bearing" ON INTERNAL COVER TO AKYAB; 1 Dec. 1849 EL from "Kyouk Phyoo" to Akyab endorsed "Bearing" on the front with a superb black boxed "KYUK PHYOO/[1/12/49]/Bearing [0.1.0]" (latest recorded date for this rare mark). The letter concerns a cargo just received by the Ship 'Pearl'. Most attractive example of this rare mark and an early internal Burma cover. [Ex Gerald Davis, 1990, part lot 2011.]

    Estimate: £500 ×

     



     

    Lot 14

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - SANDOWAY - THE ONLY KNOWN (?) PRESTAMP MARK - ON PREPAID INTERNAL COVER TO AKYAB; Remarkable and fine small 15 June 1851 EL (addressed & written entirely in fine native script) to a "Merchant & Agent, Akyab" with a very fine red boxed "SANDOWAY/[15th June/51/Paid [1 anna]" (small closes seal tears at foot where struck slightly over the wax seal) on the reverse endorsed "¼ Tolah". Believed still to be the only recorded Prestamp mark of Sandoway (only this date recorded by Davis/Martin and by Proud). [Mentioned by Davis/Martin on page 11 as proving the postal rate weights of the period.] Important Exhibition Item. [Ex Gerald Davis, 1990, lot 2013; realised £528.]

    Estimate: £750

    Filby Burma, Lot 14

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - SANDOWAY - THE ONLY KNOWN (?) PRESTAMP MARK - ON PREPAID INTERNAL COVER TO AKYAB; Remarkable and fine small 15 June 1851 EL (addressed & written entirely in fine native script) to a "Merchant & Agent, Akyab" with a very fine red boxed "SANDOWAY/[15th June/51/Paid [1 anna]" (small closes seal tears at foot where struck slightly over the wax seal) on the reverse endorsed "¼ Tolah". Believed still to be the only recorded Prestamp mark of Sandoway (only this date recorded by Davis/Martin and by Proud). [Mentioned by Davis/Martin on page 11 as proving the postal rate weights of the period.] Important Exhibition Item. [Ex Gerald Davis, 1990, lot 2013; realised £528.]

    Estimate: £750 ×

     



     

    Lot 15

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - AKYAB - RARE PRESTAMP COVER TO HOLLAND - VIA CALCUTTA & MARSEILLES; 25 Dec. 1852 E (part addressee's name erased) from "Akyab" to Amsterdam "Per P & O Steamer via Marseilles" with a mainly fine red boxed "AKYAB/Paid" d.s. (8as rate) on the flap and with red boxed Calcutta "INDIA PAID" on the front (matching the 3 Jan. 1853 backstamp), also charged "650" on reverse on delivery with red "S/1/-" (credit to GB PO) and fine red 2-ring "INDES OR./2 MARSEILLES 2" transit cds (16 Feb.) on the front. Remarkable destination from Burma at this early date. [Ex Gerald Davis, 1990, lot 2008; realised £154.]

    Estimate: £240

    Filby Burma, Lot 15

    THE YEARS OF UNEASY PEACE, 1838-52 - AKYAB - RARE PRESTAMP COVER TO HOLLAND - VIA CALCUTTA & MARSEILLES; 25 Dec. 1852 E (part addressee's name erased) from "Akyab" to Amsterdam "Per P & O Steamer via Marseilles" with a mainly fine red boxed "AKYAB/Paid" d.s. (8as rate) on the flap and with red boxed Calcutta "INDIA PAID" on the front (matching the 3 Jan. 1853 backstamp), also charged "650" on reverse on delivery with red "S/1/-" (credit to GB PO) and fine red 2-ring "INDES OR./2 MARSEILLES 2" transit cds (16 Feb.) on the front. Remarkable destination from Burma at this early date. [Ex Gerald Davis, 1990, lot 2008; realised £154.]

    Estimate: £240 ×

     



     

    Lot 16

    THE 2nd ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1853-54 - PROME - PREPAID 1/- RATE OFFICER's COVER TO G.B. VIA EGYPT & SOUTHAMPTON; Fine April 1852 env. (no contents) initialled by Lt. Col. "E[dward]. A. H[oldick]." (same hand and initials as on the EL in the following lot) whose unit was known to be at Prome at this date, to his brother in GB endorsed "Overland via Southampton" charged "1/-" with a v. fine red boxed Calcutta "INDIA" on the front matching the 2 May Calcutta "SHIP LETTER" backstamp; Holdich was serving with the 80th Regiment and on 19 March 1853 he was with the Expedition that captured the Burmese robber chief Myattoon's stronghold in Donabyu and went on to command an infantry wing at Prome. Rare campaign cover from the 2nd Burma War. [As per included copy of 1890 Army List references.]

    Estimate: £300

    Filby Burma, Lot 16

    THE 2nd ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1853-54 - PROME - PREPAID 1/- RATE OFFICER's COVER TO G.B. VIA EGYPT & SOUTHAMPTON; Fine April 1852 env. (no contents) initialled by Lt. Col. "E[dward]. A. H[oldick]." (same hand and initials as on the EL in the following lot) whose unit was known to be at Prome at this date, to his brother in GB endorsed "Overland via Southampton" charged "1/-" with a v. fine red boxed Calcutta "INDIA" on the front matching the 2 May Calcutta "SHIP LETTER" backstamp; Holdich was serving with the 80th Regiment and on 19 March 1853 he was with the Expedition that captured the Burmese robber chief Myattoon's stronghold in Donabyu and went on to command an infantry wing at Prome. Rare campaign cover from the 2nd Burma War. [As per included copy of 1890 Army List references.]

    Estimate: £300 ×

     



     

    Lot 17

    THE 2nd ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1853-54 - TOMBOO - CAMPAIGN COVER FROM BRITISH OFFICER WITH 1st-TYPE 2-RING "*RANGOON*/JUNE"; Lengthy 16/20 June 1853 EL from "Burmah, East Indies, Tomboo" [where a small Military post was established in 1853] sent unpaid from Lt. Col. "Edward Holdich" (see previous lot) to his brother in GB "Overland via Southampton" charged "1/-" with a very fine rare 2-ring "*RANGOON*/185[3]/[20] JUNE" mark on the top flap endorsed "B[earing?]", with fine red boxed Calcutta "INDIA" on the front and matching fair 28(?) June boxed backstamp. The contents (full typed transcript) includes; "This War is virtually over - Pegu has been annexed & the country cleared of hostile Burmese except a few bands of dacoits or robbers which there will always be after a protracted war...the Governor General is decidedly averse to any further advance... to be relieved in October next...we are to get a medal & six months batten for this war...I never felt comfortable at Prome... the Barracks are about 100 yards away to my left... My command is but small... my own Company (64) & about 50 sepoys... I report direct to the General...". Rare Campaign cover from the closing stages of the War.

    Estimate: £500

    Filby Burma, Lot 17

    THE 2nd ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1853-54 - TOMBOO - CAMPAIGN COVER FROM BRITISH OFFICER WITH 1st-TYPE 2-RING "*RANGOON*/JUNE"; Lengthy 16/20 June 1853 EL from "Burmah, East Indies, Tomboo" [where a small Military post was established in 1853] sent unpaid from Lt. Col. "Edward Holdich" (see previous lot) to his brother in GB "Overland via Southampton" charged "1/-" with a very fine rare 2-ring "*RANGOON*/185[3]/[20] JUNE" mark on the top flap endorsed "B[earing?]", with fine red boxed Calcutta "INDIA" on the front and matching fair 28(?) June boxed backstamp. The contents (full typed transcript) includes; "This War is virtually over - Pegu has been annexed & the country cleared of hostile Burmese except a few bands of dacoits or robbers which there will always be after a protracted war...the Governor General is decidedly averse to any further advance... to be relieved in October next...we are to get a medal & six months batten for this war...I never felt comfortable at Prome... the Barracks are about 100 yards away to my left... My command is but small... my own Company (64) & about 50 sepoys... I report direct to the General...". Rare Campaign cover from the closing stages of the War.

    Estimate: £500 ×

     



     

    Lot 18

    THE 2nd ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1853-54 - AKYAB - UNPAID ("PER DAWK BEARING") COVER TO CALCUTTA WITH BOXED "AKYAB/Bearing" MARK (EKD); 11 Sept. 1853 E (edge wear & small hole at top right of address panel) to Calcutta endorsed "Per Dawk Bearing" with a 90% very fine boxed "AKYAB/18[53/9/11]/Bearing [8as]" (earliest known date) nicely placed on the top flap with red 5 Oct. Calcutta "G.P.O." backstamp. Things in ARakan were returning to normal, but (see following lots) in Pegu to the south the British Occupation continued.

    Estimate: £200

    Filby Burma, Lot 18

    THE 2nd ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1853-54 - AKYAB - UNPAID ("PER DAWK BEARING") COVER TO CALCUTTA WITH BOXED "AKYAB/Bearing" MARK (EKD); 11 Sept. 1853 E (edge wear & small hole at top right of address panel) to Calcutta endorsed "Per Dawk Bearing" with a 90% very fine boxed "AKYAB/18[53/9/11]/Bearing [8as]" (earliest known date) nicely placed on the top flap with red 5 Oct. Calcutta "G.P.O." backstamp. Things in ARakan were returning to normal, but (see following lots) in Pegu to the south the British Occupation continued.

    Estimate: £200 ×

     



     

    Lot 19

    THE 2nd ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1853-54 - PROME/RANGOON - SOLDIER's CONCESSION RATE COVER TO G.B. WITH RARE 2-RING "*RANGOON*/FREE/SHIP LETTER"; 10 Jan. 1854 EL (full typed transcript; slightly grubby) from "Prome" to London headed & countersigned for the Concession Rate for a Private Jones (of the "2nd E.B. Fusiliers") with a partly overstruck mainly fine very rare 2-ring "*RANGOON*/FREE/SHIP LETTER" (Proud SL10; only known Sept. 1853 to July 1854) across the join beside a fine red boxed "CALCUTTA/G.P.O./SHIP LETTER" d.s. (11 Sept.; inverted date) which matches the mainly fine boxed "INDIA" on the front; charged only "2[d]" on delivery in London (with Stepney "SY" Missent mark). Fascinating contents about ongoing conflict: "We are... a short distance from the boundaries of the King of Burma and near the limits of his territory which has been annexed by the British as a compensation for the expenses of the late War. ...this Regiment are continually going out to apprehend robbers & disperse bodies of armed men who are roving about the country... Since my arrival, the Commissioner... was murdered by the Burmese in his bed... a party of 50 men (me amongst the number) were ordered to... a village about 15 miles distant and try to apprehend them. We started, mounted on elephants, just after midnight... we succeeded in capturing about 50 robbers, but the murderers had escaped...". Rare 2nd Burma War Soldier's Campaign Letter.

    Estimate: £500

    Filby Burma, Lot 19

    THE 2nd ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1853-54 - PROME/RANGOON - SOLDIER's CONCESSION RATE COVER TO G.B. WITH RARE 2-RING "*RANGOON*/FREE/SHIP LETTER"; 10 Jan. 1854 EL (full typed transcript; slightly grubby) from "Prome" to London headed & countersigned for the Concession Rate for a Private Jones (of the "2nd E.B. Fusiliers") with a partly overstruck mainly fine very rare 2-ring "*RANGOON*/FREE/SHIP LETTER" (Proud SL10; only known Sept. 1853 to July 1854) across the join beside a fine red boxed "CALCUTTA/G.P.O./SHIP LETTER" d.s. (11 Sept.; inverted date) which matches the mainly fine boxed "INDIA" on the front; charged only "2[d]" on delivery in London (with Stepney "SY" Missent mark). Fascinating contents about ongoing conflict: "We are... a short distance from the boundaries of the King of Burma and near the limits of his territory which has been annexed by the British as a compensation for the expenses of the late War. ...this Regiment are continually going out to apprehend robbers & disperse bodies of armed men who are roving about the country... Since my arrival, the Commissioner... was murdered by the Burmese in his bed... a party of 50 men (me amongst the number) were ordered to... a village about 15 miles distant and try to apprehend them. We started, mounted on elephants, just after midnight... we succeeded in capturing about 50 robbers, but the murderers had escaped...". Rare 2nd Burma War Soldier's Campaign Letter.

    Estimate: £500 ×

     



     

    Lot 20

    THE 2nd ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1853-54 - MEEADAY/RANGOON - RARE RED 2-RING DATESTAMP ON UNPAID COVER EX MILITARY SURGEON TO G.B.; 7/17 Apr. 1854 env. (with contents - full typed transcript - opened out for display) from "A. Gibbon, Surgeon 65th N. I." at "Meeaday" to Aberdeen sent unpaid "via Marseilles" charged "1/10" with a mainly very fine slightly overstruck 2-ring "*RANGOON*/185/[17] APRIL" struck in red ink (rare thus) on the reverse endorsed "Bearing in full", with Calcutta boxed "INDIA" on the front and matching boxed backstamp. The contents include; "...an attack which was made on the night of Sunday last on the small bazaar which is outside the gate of our fort...A party of dacoits (or Burmese robbers)...rushed the bazaar...Our guard... fired repeatedly on them, and the soldiers had some narrow escapes, balls...through some of their caps and coats... The robbers had to be off without getting any booty..." [and left one of their number wounded, who the writer operated on "I amputated the fractured thigh...but he sunk...". He notes that the HQ is about to move to "Thyetmew". Rare Campaign cover from the Annexation of Pegu period.

    Estimate: £300

    Filby Burma, Lot 20

    THE 2nd ANGLO-BURMESE WAR, 1853-54 - MEEADAY/RANGOON - RARE RED 2-RING DATESTAMP ON UNPAID COVER EX MILITARY SURGEON TO G.B.; 7/17 Apr. 1854 env. (with contents - full typed transcript - opened out for display) from "A. Gibbon, Surgeon 65th N. I." at "Meeaday" to Aberdeen sent unpaid "via Marseilles" charged "1/10" with a mainly very fine slightly overstruck 2-ring "*RANGOON*/185/[17] APRIL" struck in red ink (rare thus) on the reverse endorsed "Bearing in full", with Calcutta boxed "INDIA" on the front and matching boxed backstamp. The contents include; "...an attack which was made on the night of Sunday last on the small bazaar which is outside the gate of our fort...A party of dacoits (or Burmese robbers)...rushed the bazaar...Our guard... fired repeatedly on them, and the soldiers had some narrow escapes, balls...through some of their caps and coats... The robbers had to be off without getting any booty..." [and left one of their number wounded, who the writer operated on "I amputated the fractured thigh...but he sunk...". He notes that the HQ is about to move to "Thyetmew". Rare Campaign cover from the Annexation of Pegu period.

    Estimate: £300 ×

 

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