lot # 151 - europa grossbritannien
1841: 1 d. red-brown, lettered MI, used with an extraordinary irregular block of twelve 1841 2 d. blue, plate 3, lettered AE-AL / BI-BL, all tied to 1843 cover from Dromore, Ireland addressed to General O'Donnell, lately appointed Caprtain General of Cuba, tied by Maltese Crosses in black. Reverse with DROMORE cds in green (Oct 12), Dublin transit in red and London cds in red (Oct 14). Stamp AE defective and two further 1 d. or single 2 d. stamps missing from the cover (rate to Cuba was 2/3d.) and the letter-sheet somewhat cracked due to tropicalisation but an extraordinary franking to a very rare destination. Cert. Holcombe (1994).rnrnNote: O'Donnell was sent to Cuba as Captain General during October 1843. He is credited with the massacre of 1844 known as the repression of La Escalera. Thousands of slaves and free-coloured people in Cuba were confined in dungeons, were tortured and executed in what became known as the 'year of the lash'.
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