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Unknown to Edward R. Archer, Esqr.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.026 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Whampoa, China Type: Document Date: 6 October 1858 Pagination: 1 envelope ; 6 x 15 cm. Order a Copy

Envelope is addressed to "E.R. Archer, 3rd Assit. Engineer, U.S.S. Steam Ship Powhatan, Hong Kong, China. / Care of [illegible] Speiden, Naval Store [illegible] / Answered Jan'y 14th/[18]59." Reverse: "Written 6th Octr. / Rcd. 29th December/[18]58 / Whampon, China." Multiple postmarks and stamps, the earliest postmark being 1858/10/06 and the latest 1858/12/25.

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