Lot# 3734 - Sales #3047-51

  • Lot# : 3734 California Postal History

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    1859 Gold Mining Letter from La Grange, Cal, enclosure in a cover addressed to Atlanta franked with 3c Dull red (26), tied by "La Grange Ca May 12" cds, Fine; letter dated May 11 starts with "..let you know how the people is getting of the gold down hear.", "...the people has bin searching for so long it is sayd to be the richest mine that has ever been discovered in the state...", and encourages Mr Wilkes to come and visit to see for himself; there is an addition to the letter dated May 18th concerning the mining interest and some Court issuesrnIn 1849, a group of French sailors jumped ship in San Francisco Bay, commandeered a small whaleboat, and set sail for the gold mines. Upon reaching a promising location on the Tuolumne River, they commenced mining and were rewarded for their desertion by discovering rich placers. The sailors sent word to friends and relatives and their small camp grew into quite a sizable settlement, known throughout the region as French Bar or French Camp. The name changed to La Grange in 1854 and had become an important city and in January of 1856, it became the county seat of Stanislaus County, which it remained until 1862 when the seat was voted away to Knights Ferry. By this time the easily obtained placer gold had been mined out
    Start Price : 50.00 USD
    Current Opening : 55.00 USD
    Hammer price : 80.00 USD