Transatlantic cover Paris, France
July 10, 1857, folded letter from Havana, Cuba, sent unpaid through the British mail system to Paris, France. It was carried from Havana (July 11) to St. Thomas (Jul 16) by Royal Mail Steam Packet Company (RMSP Company) steamship "Dee," where it was transferred to the RMSP Company steamer "Parana" for transit to Southampton (August 1). At London on August 3 it received the boxed 1F60c handstamp to show that it was an unpaid letter from overseas and exchanged with France at the bulk rate of 1-franc 60-centimes per 30 grams of letter weight. This was to compensate the UK for transit expenses incurred. Upon arrival at Paris (August 4) the letter was marked for 16 decimes postage due to pay the French internal rate and the British debit for a letter between 7.5 and 15 grams.