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Cover Type: Foreign origin, inbound to USA stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Jan 9, 12
Edited on:Aug 16, 21
Postmark: Jul 25, 1836
Origin: Elsinore Roads, DENMARK
Destination: Boston, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES

Transatlantic letter datelined Elsinore Roads (Helsingor, Island of Zeeland, Denmark) July 25, 1836, addressed to Boston. Red SHIP fancy arc in ribbon over 6 handstamp, applied in Boston. Manuscript forwarding agents marking "Le Pelly & Marcusen" from Elsinore. They were also consuls based in Helsingör (Elsinor) in Denmark.  Docketing: "Gershom Winsor, Elisnore 27 July 1836, State of the Ship Archimedes."

Contents regarding report on voyage on the ship Archimedes from West Indies to Europe. Excerpt: "I was compelled to take Spaniards in Havana who cannot understand a word of English. The mates are afraid of them because they have been pirates and I have had much that was disagreeable and vexations on the passage." The letter begins "The Archimedes arrived here on the morning of the 19th after 37 days passage" (from Havana).

The addressee of the letter was Thatcher Magown (born 1775), who established a highly successful mercantile firm operating from Boston with a fleet of ships actively trading in ports throughout the world up to the late 1870s. Magown's ships were noted for their speed and dependablity, and the sailing vessel Archimedes is listed in the company's records as part of his fleet.

Identification of forwarders names courtesy of Sören Andersson.

Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes