GB ‘Free’ mail from Malta 1839


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Letter from a Naval officer on board HMS Hastings; “As I hear that an India messenger is expected tonight…(bound for Spithead)…I scribble a few lines”. “The Admiral has ordered the ‘Rodney’ ‘Asia’, ‘Vanguard’ & Castor’ to escort us to Maritimo…(in Sicily)”; 2 ring crowned FREE 29 April 1839; signed H. Whealley (cf No S853); no b/s: a fascinating letter