Auction: 20010 - The Philatelic Collectors' Series Sale
(x) British Honduras
Early Letters and Handstamps
Incoming Mail from the United Kingdom
1858 (15 Sept.) large part entire from London to Lieut. Holmes of the Royal Artillery bearing 1855-57 wing-margin 6d. lilac cancelled with "76" duplex and with Belize double-arc datestamp (B2) on reverse, and 1859 (15 Feb.) entire letter ex he same correspondence, rated "6" and showing Lombard St. datestamp at right, the reverse with Belize double-arc datestamp (B2); fold faults though a scarce pair as few incoming letters have survived prior to 1860
Note: Lieut. Holmes, who served with The 2nd. West India Regiment, was part of a force that there was there to protect Belize City from the sea following a fear of reprisal raids after the Battle of St. George's Caye in 1798. The strength of the regiment was just 17 officers, 17 sergeants, 6 drummers and 367 rank and file. Note that the address on both of these covers is inscribed "British Honduras", although the settlement only became a British Colony in 1862
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