[op] Stampless Cover, 1854 Front to James Gadsden (The Gadsden Purchase):
bearing red NEW ORLEANS OCT to Mexico City vian VERA CRUZ (dated oval). "PAID 10" prepaid U.S. rate and ship fee "4" reales handstamp Mexican rate. On exhibition page.
Est. Cash Value $150-200
James Gadsden, a prior President of the South Carolina Railroad, was an advocate of a transcontinental railroad via a southern route. He was appointed by President Pierce as the Minister to Mexico and negotiated the Gadsden Treaty leading to the Gadsden Purchase by which the U.S. acquired the southern section of Arizona and the southwestern portion of New Mexico, simplifying the construction of an east-west railway line.