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This folded letter was datelined at Habana on December 19, 1834. It is written to the same individual at Santander, Spain, as the previous letter.

In this case, the Havana post office placed the letter aboard the vessel Gerardo Cayo (Cayetano). Upon arrival at Santander, the mail was brought to the quarantine station, slit with a sharp knife, as indicated by the arrow in the illustration, and disinfected by fumigation, the same as the previous letter. See International Mail (1)

While the amount of postage due is the same as previous, this time the post office clerk stamped “5 Rs” in red, instead of black. The reason for the color change is unknown.

The recipient, Señor Vega, docketed receipt on February 4, 1835, over six weeks after the letter had been written.

Tome I, p.2a: Havana to Santander, Spain. 19 December 1834
(Red arrow added to indicate fumigation cut).

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