International Mail (8)
Another letter posted through the British post office
at Havana, dated July 10, 1853, again addressed to Bordeaux.
It was carried by Royal Mail Steamer Company packet Avon
to Southampton, and then on to London. London did not
record the arrival date, but the British exchange clerk
did apply his box type “Colonies/ &c Art. 13”
Vol I, p16: Havana to Bordeaux, France. 10 July, 1853.
In this case, the letter was placed in a sealed letter
bag bound for Calais. At Calais, it was handstamped in
red “Angl./ Calais, 2 Aout. 53,” meaning “English
[mail arriving at] Calais [on] August 2, 1853.”
The French exchange clerk rated the letter “30,”
meaning 3 francs due. The letter was apparently triple
weight, weighing between 15 and 22.5 grams. The letter
was then forwarded to Paris, where in turn it was routed
back to Bordeaux, arriving on August 3. Its time in transit
was about three weeks.