California Postal History

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  • Lot# : 3730 California Postal History

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    California Prison Related Covers, comprised of #212 on 1c entire with printed "John McComb/ State Prison, Sacramento Co, Cal" cc and tied by "State Prison California Oct 22 1887" duplex and grid cancels; #213 tied on cover with printed "Warden's Office/ California State Prison/ San Quentin Cal" by "San Quentin Cal Jan 22 1888" target duplex; UX7 with Stockton Cal Sep 15 1883 and Oakland Cal Sep 15 Rec'd" cancels plus a "$25 Reward" notice printed on the back side, some light wear but a Fine selection
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    Lot# : 3731 California Postal History

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    1863/72 Bank Check/ Deposit Slips with Revenues Affixed, 1863 Wells, Fargo & Co. $100 deposit slip with 5c Agreement; 1865 Bank of California check with Federal 2c Bank Check and Nevada 2c revenues; 1867 Bank of California check with Federal 2c and Nevada 5c revenues; 1872 Bank of California deposit slip for $1,030 with Federal 5c Certificate and Nevada 5c revenues, usual punch/ slit cancels and trivial edge wear, Fine and attractive
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    Lot# : 3732 California Postal History

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    Wells, Fargo & Co. California Covers with Bonus, four covers with Wells Fargo imprint and fair to good strikes of La Grange, Marysville, Monterey and Woodside (?), usual mixed condition, VG-VF, bonus of Downieville Star just tying #26 on cover to Oakland and unmailed envelope with "Paid" printed frank for Pacific Stage & Express Co. showing horse-drawn coach and its route stops
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    Lot# : 3733 California Postal History

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    "Camp Cass near Red Bluff Tehama Co California August 29th 1859" dateline on a letter enclosed in an envelope addressed to Indianapolis franked with 1857 10c Green Type III (33) tied by partial strike of "Red Bluff Cal Sep 3 (?)" cds with another strike at left, manuscript "Via Los Angeles", cover overall aging and with missing backflap, VG-Fine; letter from soldier's wife to cousin notes happiness of "tent life" in California compared to life in the city and extolling the virtues of the California flora and faunarnCamp Cass was located at Red Bluff, Tehama County. It was originally an American Fur Company post, but on May 26, 1859 Company A, 6th Infantry arrived to occupy the Camp until August 3, 1859. The detachment had left Camp Cass on September 7, in compliance with Special Department Orders No. 94, dated September 1, 1859.
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    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
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    Lot# : 3735 California Postal History

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    "Appraiser Generals Office/ San Francisco Oct 31 1853" heading on a letter to George Gordon (Boston Postmaster) in response to his letter (notes he was just about to publish it in the newspaper) concerning mail problems to California from the East Coast, mentions mails left on the Isthmus of Panama due to "the accident to the Railroad Bridge", also comments regarding mail service to interior California cities and towns and the eagerness of the residents to receive such mail saying "...the whole people turn out in a body and rush for the Post Office. Long lines are formed to every delivery some five or ten and $5 id frequently paid to a man near the window for his chance...", ends by denying he's made any charges against Boston postal clerks and offices but simply wants to explain California's feelings and that he maintains the Boston Post Office "the model post office", Very Fine; accompanied by an 1853 "Placer Times & Transcript" clipping commenting on poor quality of postal service to San Francisco
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