Lanman & Kemp Correspondence from Mexico
Mazatlan, Mexico, October 28, 1858, per Carmelita to San Francisco, enters the mails December 5, 1858 rated ship 12, comprised of 10¢ domestic postage for distance over 3,000 miles to New York, plus 2¢ ship letter fee. Carried overland by the Butterfield southern route.
Vera Cruz, Mexico, 12 July 1859, circular date stamp, “per vapor Tennessee” on the Vera Cruz to New Orleans steamship route, New Orleans July 17, 1859 transit marking, rated 10¢ due for distance less than 2,500 miles.
Vera Cruz, Mexico, November 7, 1859, circular date stamp, per Vera Cruz to New Orleans steamship route, New Orleans November 11, 1859 transit marking, rated 10¢ due for distance less than 2,500 miles.
Jalapa, Mexico, May 3, 1861 dateline, enters mails at Vera Cruz 4 May 1861, “via del Tennessee” Vera Cruz to New Orleans steamship route, probably marked as individual letter in Vera Cruz then bundled as a drop rate packet to M.A. de Lizardi & Co. forwarder in New Orleans, franked with 3¢ 1857 and re-enters the mails in New Orleans, Confederate States of America, May 20, 1861 (approximately 2 weeks before mails from the Confederacy via Tennessee were suspended). Cover probably should have been rated 10 cents.
Mexico City, Mexico, May 1861, franked with vertical pair Mexico 1 Real, New York "STEAMSHIP 10" apparently misdirected to the Dead Letter Office June 21, 1861 when mails to the south were stopped at the start of the Civil War. Postal clerk may have read Nueva York as New Orleans, or mail from Mexico was intentionally sent to the Dead Letter Office to check for trade with the Confederacy. Rated 10¢ due as incoming steamship letter for distance under 2,500 miles.
Vera Cruz, Mexico, August 31, 1862, NY "STEAMSHIP 10" rated 10¢ due for distance under 2,500 miles.
Matamoros, Mexico, June 2, 1879, enters the mails Brownsville Texas, June 3, 3¢ green 1878 American Banknote pays domestic postage to New York, June 11, 1879 receiver.
Veracruz, Mexico, April 5, 1917, franked with pair 5 centavos orange issue of 1910 with blue overprint of 1916. Sender corner card from G. Muller Sucr. Drogueria Veracruzana.