Printed letter sheet sent in 1834 with maritime advertising.
[Glasgow]: October 22, 1834. An illustrated advertising sheet with 3 columns of Glasgow shipping advertisements, which serves as writing paper for a half penny hand written letter. The letter is from Gilkison & Brown to Messrs. Davidson & Syme lawyers, and comments that there are no vessels from Clyde to New York at present, "nor will there be any for some weeks". It quotes the cabin and steerage passage rates also.
Gilkison & Brown were maritime agents for the Canada Company in Glasgow; they acted as ship and insurance brokers, and commission agents. Emigration from Scotland to Canada and other destinations was in response to tenant congestion and starvation, as well as land owner bankruptcy. In the 1830s 20,000 highlanders emigrated to Canada.
The maritime advertising, printed in 3 columns, is for: the Royal Exchange Assurance of London; individual ads for 10 ships all out of Glasgow and bound for ports all over the world, including New York; Calcutta; Trinidad; the Cape of Good Hope; Trieste Italy, Genoa, Kingston, Jamaica and Honduras; and St. Thomas. Each ad is accompanied with an engraved sailing ship.
The letter is addressed to Messrs. Davidson & Syme, Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, and franked also with a stamped 24 Oct 1834. "COCLK PM" is stamped in 2 sections due to the letter fold.
15 3/4 x 9 3/4"; folds to 7 7/8 x 9 3/4". Wax seal caused small hole affecting some words in manuscript text.
A lovely example of a used letter sheet. Very good overall. Item #24462