(Reader’s question/Q&A) I am student and collector of Pre-stamp postal history between USA and Asia. While I have found fair bit of literature on Pre-1860 postal history between USA and China and Japan, I have not been able to find any such information on mail between Korea and USA. I understand US churches including Baptist mission sent missionaries to not only to China and Japan but also to Korea. I understand there was an American missionary in 1840s in Nongong, Korea. Can you or someone in your society help me with the stampless mail from Korea to USA?
As an example: here is a scan of a 4+ page missionary letter from a Baptist Missionary Bronson’s wife to her sister in Springfield, NY USA. The letter is datelined Nongong (Korea), July 19, 1846 and was apparently privately carried by a ship captain and handed over to Baptist Mission Room in Boston received Boston PO cancel dated 6 October 1846.
I would be interested in learning more about pre-stamp mail between Korea and USA. Do KSS members know of other examples of similar early correspondence from the pre-stamp period? What would be interesting to know is what is the earliest known mail from Korea?
I am also puzzled by the missionary based in Nongong which I understand is a small industrial town now.
Also, I have not yet transcribed the letter as I found it difficult to read. If anyone in your society can transcribe the letter, one can learn a great deal more.
Ravi R. Vora
Life Member: APS
Member: US Classic Society, Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library