New York and London: De Forest & Son, 1833. Unbound. Three-page stampless folded letter dated 9 February 1833 sent from De Forest & Son of New York to Frederick Huth and Company of London. The letter measures approximately 16” x 9¾” unfolded. The front cover bears a manuscript notation “Columbia” in the upper right corner and an annotation on the reverse that reads “Only double / Fredk Huth.” It has a two-line, rectangular “Dartmouth Ship Letter” handstamp on the reverse along with a circular red receiving handstamp dated May 7, 1833. Additionally, there is a circular black Dartmouth postmark dated May 8 that would have been applied when the letter was forwarded to London. There is a “3/2” (three shilling, two pence) manuscript rate marking on the front indicating the total postage including the cost of receipt at and forwarding from Dartmouth. In nice shape; three-inch split along one fold. Very good. Item #008982
De Forest begins his letter with a transcription of a letter previously received from Huth describing the state of the hide business in Europe including prices of various types, e.g., California, Salted, Calcutta, Africa, and Chile. De Forest then responds with a similar description of the state of the business in New York as well as short summary of cotton, flaxseed, clover seed, sugar, and coffee prices. He also queries Huth about serving as an intermediary for a hide wholesaler in Bilbao. A very nice example of transcontinental packet mail that provides insight into international commerce in the early 19th century.