Autograph Letter Signed ('C. R. Aldrich') from the philatelist and cricketer Charles Roper Aldrich of Huyton, to an unnamed female correspondent, regarding a possible exchange of African stamps with the Indian ones of 'Mrs. Dighton'.

Charles Roper Aldrich (1935), philatelist and cricketer, of Park House, Huyton, near Liverpool [Mrs Dighton; stamp collecting]
Publication details: 
Park House, Huyton, near Liverpool. 26 November 1895.
SKU: 11557

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Fair, on aged and chipped paper. As 'Mails for India leave at the end of the week', he considers the letter to be more convenient for her to forward. What attracted his attention to 'Mrs. Dighton's advertisement was the mention of African Stamps which she wished to obtain in exchange for those of Travancore'. He describes his own interests: 'I am especially strong in African Stamps having much correspondence from the West Coast'. He lists sets he would be willing to send to Mrs Dighton 'in exchange for 3 or 4 full sets of Navancore'. He also has some 'rather valuable' Nigerian and Liberian stamps, 'also some Ivory Coast and a few Gambia Stamps'. He asks if Mrs Dighton might be able to procure for him 'some of the old issue (1854) India stamps', and if she 'takes an interest in Philately', he would be 'very pleased to exchange an occasional correspondence with her especially as I have no friends in India with whom to do so'. He mentions other stamps he is interested in. 'As I never buy or sell stamps I am the more anxious to arrange exchanges with someone who is able to obtain Indian old issues and native state stamps'.