Canada and the Channel Islands





March 29, 1879.  Halifax to Jersey, Channel Islands

3¢ and horizontal pair of 1¢ Small Queens paying the 5 cents per ½ ounce letter rate to Jersey tied by HALIFAX / N.S. duplex cancel (type DNS-128[1]).  It was received in Jersey on April 9, 1879 and back stamped accordingly for a total transit time of twelve days.  The cover included a letter which is transcribed below.

Halifax N.S.
March 28, 1879

I have your paid favour of the 11th inst. with account current and draft on the London and Joint Stock Bank for £41.4.6 in settlement for which please accept our thanks.

I am happy to state in answer to your kind enquiries that Mrs. Reeves has gained strength rapidly and that our daughter grows and thrives.  I can assure you that she was much wanted in our household, our last dear one dying so suddenly after her return from England.  a void was created which until the birth of this our last dear one was severely felt, but now to some extent this advent has helped matters and Mrs. Reeves grows brighter with the change.  Many thanks for the congratulations.  I am glad that the Christmas card arrived safe.  Being Winter scenes they will give you an idea of our Canadian Winter.  We are now branching out into Spring and gladly look forward to the days of "Birds and Flowers", a happy change from the cold, drear winter.
With our united regards and wishes to you and Mrs. Marett
    Sincerely Yours,
        A Reeves

The rates

Canadian Postage
Rate Description
5 cents per ½ ounce letter rate to the UK

[1] Cloutier, Stéphane.  Catalogue of Canadian Duplex Cancellations.  3rd ed. Thornbury, Ontario: Conestoga Press, 2005



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