Hong Kong: 1873. The Béthanie Sanatorium was built on a hilltop in Pokfulam, Hong Kong surrounded by dairy pastures by the Missions Etrangères de Paris (the French Mission). Completed in 1875, Béthanie operated until 1974 as a place for priest and missionaries from all over Asia to recover from tropical diseases before returning to their missions. (Bethanie website).
On letterhead "Procure des Missions Etrangeres. Staunton Street Hong - Kong". The letter concerns a payment to be forwarded to Rev Fr. Luis Sabungi, who had left Hong Kong, for Calcutta. One can imagine that Sabungi had recovered from his tropical illness and returned to his missionary post in India. Dated Hong Kong, 18th October 1873, addressed to Messrs Donohoe, Kelly & Co. San Francisco. Osouf acknowledges the letter received from the San Francisco firm of the 13th Sept, which included an exchange for $195.40 on the Hong-Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp.
ALS, paper 11 x 8". Letterhead in the upper left corner. Text written by P. M. Osouf. With old folds, tiny closed short tear left margin, very good overall. Item #27422