|Although the Chinese did not have a pony express for regular mail, the government pony express had been established along the north-south, and east-west government routes. Each route had many stations, where the riders could change horses. A rider's recorded speed to carry an emperorial message to south China may take 20 days from Beijing to Canton a distance of 3500 miles.|
Here we have a China 1884 Qing Dynasty Emperor Quand Xi Reigned year 10, 8 month and seventeen day, 0 hour Official Military Pony Express Cover, with a military order contained therein, and a return receipt. This envelope is 120 years old and is perserved as the day it was received. It is valued at about $10,000.
|The front cover measures 14" x 8". It came from the Qing War Department, with the date year 10, 8 month, 17 day 0 hour with the government Manchu Red Seal on the left. It required the pony express to travel 100 Li a day, which is about 50 miles per day.|
|Two more red seals on the back cover.|
|The Military Order measures 10" x 8" with a statement to order the Jin Hai Naval Station, naval coast guard to assist the shipper of transport the naval lumbers to go through all the ports without delay, signed off with a large manchu Red seal, and the same date 10, year 8 month 17 day 0 hour return receipt required.|
|The return receipt measures 9" x 3". It stated the letter from the war department has arrived at Twin Cities Station, at 10 year 8 months and 25 days, 0 hour. It took 8 days for the pony express to reach Twin Cities Station, (the name of one of the pony express stops).|
Information kindly proved by Dominic Lee, Anchorage, Alaska, December 2004.