1824 Opium Trade Stampless Letter - Sumatra - Augustus Osborn Danvers Mass.1824 For Sale
This rare folded stampless letter is dated "Qualabattoo (Sumatra) Feb. 26th 1824". The letter addressd to "Mr. Sylvester Osborn Danvers Mass." was shipped by the Brig Persia, Captain Endicott. The letter was written by Agustsus Osborn to his parents. The letter starts "We arrived on the coast th 22nd of November after a long passage, found the markets very dull for Opium but sold some of the Muskets and other small articles at a decent profit". Osborn complains that he brought too much Opium and that he would not be able to sell it all in Sumatra. He writes "Opium is very low & dull it is impossible to say when or where we shall ever be able to sell the large quanity we have on board. Tomorrow we shall sail for Padang to endeavour to sell our Liquors." He also writes about the death of his cook "On the passage out our Cook died of plurisy or liver complaint, but expecting that case, general health has prevailed on board the ship & through the blessing of Providence I have enjoyed & still continue to enjoy mine remarkably." This interesting190 year old letter has some oldclear document tape on the folds on the blank page otherwise very good condition! !
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