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WESTERN EXPANSION continued...

CALIFORNIA continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
521 c   Up Hill Work, handsome miners illustrated cover published at the Wide West Office, San Francisco, with Culloma, Cal. datestamp and matching Paid and 10 handstamp to Milton
Mills, Minnesota, fresh and very fine.Up Hill Work, handsome miner's illustrated cover published at the Wide West Office, San Francisco, with "Culloma, Cal." datestamp and matching "Paid" and "10" handstamp to Milton Mills, Minnesota, fresh and very fine. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
522 c   Miners Coat of Arms, comic miners illustrated cover published by Barber & Baker, Sacramento used to Racine, Ohio with well struck Placerville Cal.Nov 2910 integral rate
datestamp, cover expertly restored, very fine appearance.Miner's Coat of Arms, comic miner's illustrated cover published by Barber & Baker, Sacramento used to Racine, Ohio with well struck "Placerville Cal./Nov 29/10" integral rate datestamp, cover expertly restored, very fine appearance. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
523   [James W. Denver duels with Edward Gilbert] Four letters, two by California politician James W. Denver, and two by newspaper editor Edward Gilbert, all concerning the duel in
which Gilbert was killed. The first is by Gilbert, who writes Denver on[James W. Denver duels with Edward Gilbert] Four letters, two by California politician James W. Denver, and two by newspaper editor Edward Gilbert, all concerning the duel in which Gilbert was killed. The first is by Gilbert, who writes Denver on July 30, 1852 in response to Denver's defense of Governor John Bigler against criticisms written by Gilbert. After quoting Denver's statement that only an "envious and malicious heart" belonging to a "blackguard" could have made the attacks in the Alta California newspaper, Gilbert writes that "As I am the author of...the articles...I find it my duty to demand from you a withdrawal of the offensive and unjust charges." Denver responds on August 1 that "not one word of the cards you allude to can be withdrawn by me until the articles calling them forth are withdrawn by you." On the same day, Gilbert replies, "It only remains for me to demand the satisfaction known to the code of honor." Denver replies with the name of his second so arrangements can be made. The very next day the parties met and dueled with rifles. The first shot having caused no injury, Denver was prepared to let the matter go, but Gilbert demanded a second shot and was killed instantly. The duel probably prevented Denver from becoming the 1884 Democratic presidential nominee. Denver's first letter has a splotch of discoloration over the word "until". Denver, James W. - American politician, soldier, and businessman (1817-92); secretary of state of California; Governor of Kansas Territory; a Union general in the Civil War; US Representative from California; Commissioner of Indian Affairs; Colorado's Mile High City is named for him. (imagea) (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
524 c   Sutter Creek Cal, Aug 31 (1852), evocative manuscript postmark and 10 rate altered to 20 on buff cover to East Barnard, Vermont with original letter datelined Amador California
July 19th 1852, very fine.H. Barlow writes to his wife Jane thaSutter Creek Cal, Aug 31 (1852), evocative manuscript postmark and "10" rate altered to "20" on buff cover to East Barnard, Vermont with original letter datelined "Amador California July 19th 1852", very fine.H. Barlow writes to his wife Jane that he is in partnership and the superintendent is absent in Sacramento City to buy a team and wagon, while those remaining are cutting down trees for timber and making preparations to start working the quartz mine and that it is hard labor and he is lonesome from home, but he has too much labor and money in it to quite and there is little chance that he can sell his share in the mine. At the end of the long letter he says: "I enclose six remaining gold dollars making twenty in all."Also included is a very fine example of an 1852 gold dollar coin similar to those mentioned in the letter. (imagea) (imageb) (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
525   [Vigilance Committee - 1855 San Francisco Newspaper] "Forwarded by Wm. T. Coleman & Co." red oval handstamp struck twice on the Friday, October 19, 1855 edition of Prices Current and Shipping List of San Francisco, very fine.William T. Coleman was a leader of the San Francisco Vigilance Committee in the 1850's as well as a leading merchant of San Francisco. Est. $400-500

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
526 c   [Vigilance Committee, Yankee Sullivan] Grass Valley, Cal.Jun 4 (1856) red datestamp on 10c Green entire (U17) cancelled by pen strokes to Fallsburgh, N.Y. with original letter
talking about Yankee Sullivan and vigilantism in California, very fi[Vigilance Committee, Yankee Sullivan] Grass Valley, Cal./Jun 4 (1856) red datestamp on 10c Green entire (#U17) cancelled by pen strokes to Fallsburgh, N.Y. with original letter talking about Yankee Sullivan and vigilantism in California, very fine.L.E. Leaman writes to his brother in Fallsburgh: "I send you by this mail some twelve or thirteen papers containing full particulars of the great excitement in this state - The People are bound to clean out the murderers Gamblers thieves &c &c. I wrote to you last mail and sent you papers, did you receive them - Yankee Sullivan is gone in "his guilty concience was too much for him. You will see the account of his arrest by the Vigilance committee and his committing suicide &c &c. I never saw such an excitement in my life. There are thousands all through the mountains organized and ready to go down to San Francisco and assist the Vigilance committee. The Atlantic mail will be up to night. There was no fighting nor any smash up on the Isthmus (Panama) this trip. There is bound to be a regular revolution in this state....send out of the state about a hundred of the worst cut throats and then one can live here with some safety...."Francis Murray, alias Yankee Sullivan, was an English prize-fighter of Irish birth. He had been shipped, as a convict, to Australia, where he escaped to the United States. Sullivan was arrested by the Vigilance Committee for stuffing a ballot-box and rigging elections. Found guilty he was sentenced to be transported out, of the territory of the United States, never to return to California under penalty of death. On May 31, 1856 Sullivan committed suicide. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
527 c   [Vigilance Committee, James King of William] San Francisco, Cal., Jun 5 (1856) datestamp ties 10c Green, Ty. III (15), clear to large margins, to orange cover to Savona, N.Y.
with FromNoisy CarriersMail77 Long Wharf S.F. Cal handstamp on r[Vigilance Committee, James King of William] San Francisco, Cal., Jun 5 (1856) datestamp ties 10c Green, Ty. III (#15), clear to large margins, to orange cover to Savona, N.Y. with "From/Noisy Carrier's/Mail/77 Long Wharf S.F. Cal" handstamp on reverse, long letter concerning the proceedings of the Vigilance Committee and the death of James King of William, fine cover with excellent content.John T. writes under the dateline "Sunday June 1st, 1856": "...We have been having terrible times here since you left, I will send you some more papers by this mail that will give you full accounts of the proceedings of the Vigilance Committee & c, the numbers of the committee I should guess must be by this time 10,000 people they are governed by an Executive Committee which consists of some 20 to 30 of the best merchants in town they keep several hundred men on duty all the time guarding their rooms & prisoners & are looking up the "Hounds" around town, they have got any quantity of guns, cannon & ammunition & besides almost every member has his revolver & knife. Gov. Johnson & the Authorities that was have ordered them to disband & to give up the prisoners but they wont & I think they would have a sweet time forcing them to do it..." (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
528 c   Columbia, Cal., July 19 (1856), clear datestamp tying 10c Green, Ty. III (15), clear to mostly large margins all around, to cover to Taylors Falls, Minnesota with original
letter from a gold miner, very fine.Columbia, Cal., July 19 (1856), clear datestamp tying 10c Green, Ty. III (#15), clear to mostly large margins all around, to cover to Taylor's Falls, Minnesota with original letter from a gold miner, very fine. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
529 c   San Francisco News Letter, P.M.S.S., Golden Age, June 20, 1857 printed directive on stunning all over steamship and train illustrated design of San Francisco News Letter to
Panama with 10c Green, Ty. III (15, corner nick), large margin to touchiSan Francisco News Letter, P.M.S.S., Golden Age, June 20, 1857 printed directive on stunning all over steamship and train illustrated design of San Francisco News Letter to Panama with 10c Green, Ty. III (#15, corner nick), large margin to touching at base, tied by "San Francisco, Cal./20 Jun" datestamp, arrived in Panama with large "DUE 10" handstamp, because the rate at the time (as published in this S.F. News Letter) was 20c, fresh and extremely fine; illustrated in Letters of Gold by Jesse L. Coburn on page 96; ex-Baker.This type of news letter was prepared and printed with current news to date for the sailings of the ships of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

SOLD for $30,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
530 c   [California to Mexico] folded letter with integral address leaf to Colima, Mexico correctly prepaid 20c rate with left margin horizontal pair 10c Green, Ty. V (35, right stamp
with corner missing) tied by San Francisco, CalMay 21, 1861 datest[California to Mexico] folded letter with integral address leaf to Colima, Mexico correctly prepaid 20c rate with left margin horizontal pair 10c Green, Ty. V (#35, right stamp with corner missing) tied by "San Francisco, Cal/May 21, 1861" datestamp, arrived in Colima with double oval "Correos Colima/Junio 29, 1861" postmark and matching "4" reales due handstamp for inland transmission from Manzanillo, very fine. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
531 c   Placerville and St. Joseph Overland Telegraph Company, red on buff telegraph office illustrated design cover with 3c Rose (65, corner creases) tied by Placerville, Cal.Jun 30
datestamp, very fine ex-Jessup.Frederick A. Bee established thPlacerville and St. Joseph Overland Telegraph Company, red on buff telegraph office illustrated design cover with 3c Rose (#65, corner creases) tied by "Placerville, Cal./Jun 30" datestamp, very fine; ex-Jessup.Frederick A. Bee established this pioneer telegraph company in 1858. It was the first telegraph line to be strung eastward from California to Nevada and in June of 1861 it was incorporated with other interests as the Pacific Telegraph operating as the Overland Telegraph Company. Building crews, working from both ends, completed the line on October 24th thus bringing to an end the need for the Pony Express, which made its last run in November of 1861. The cover is addressed to A.W. Bee, brother of Frederick Bee. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
532 c   California and Oregon Coast Overland Mail Co. J. L. Sanderson & Co. corner card cover with handsome six-horse stage coach through the mountains design to Berryvale, California
with 3c Green (158) tied by blue California town cancel, slightly redCalifornia and Oregon Coast Overland Mail Co. J. L. Sanderson & Co. corner card cover with handsome six-horse stage coach through the mountains design to Berryvale, California with 3c Green (#158) tied by blue California town cancel, slightly reduced at right, very fine. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
533 c   Coast Line Stage Company, corner card cover with handsome six-horse stage coach through the mountains illustration to Providence, Pa. and forwarded to Meshoppen, Pa., with
horizontal pair 3c Green (158, lifted to reveal corner card and hinged baCoast Line Stage Company, corner card cover with handsome six-horse stage coach through the mountains illustration to Providence, Pa. and forwarded to Meshoppen, Pa., with horizontal pair 3c Green (#158, lifted to reveal corner card and hinged back in place) tied by quartered cork cancels, matching "San Buenaventura, Cal./Feb 20" datestamp, slightly reduced at right, very fine.This California stage and express was owned and operated by Flint, Bixby & Company from January 1, 1868, to about 1880. They ran stages, carrying the U.S. mails and Wells, Fargo express from San Francisco to Los Angeles and San Diego including Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $7,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
534 c   Oklahoma for Starvation, Kansas for Desolation, Texas for Devastation, Nebraska for Damnation, Going to Cal. to Sponge on my Relations, to Hell with the Democratic
Administration, slogan on the side of a Conestoga wagon design hand painted legal-Oklahoma for Starvation, Kansas for Desolation, Texas for Devastation, Nebraska for Damnation, Going to Cal. to Sponge on my Relations, to Hell with the Democratic Administration, slogan on the side of a Conestoga wagon design hand painted legal-sized cover to Los Angeles with 2c Pink, Ty. III (#267a) tied by "Cincinnati, O/Apr 20, 96" duplex postmark, two small sealed tears and soiled on reverse, very fine design from 40 years before the Dust Bowl sparked migration to California. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
535   [Images of the San Francisco Earthquake Fire, 1906], A chilling group of 40 Photographs, all but four of them of the city during and after the fire, about 5 by 7 (though many
with corners clipped, or cut into ovals), the first taken at 10 am on[Images of the San Francisco Earthquake Fire, 1906], A chilling group of 40 Photographs, all but four of them of the city during and after the fire, about 5" by 7" (though many with corners clipped, or cut into ovals), the first taken at 10 am on April 18. Three give a dramatic illustration of the spread of the fires, showing the city from Fell and Fillmore Streets at 10 am and then at 4 pm on the 18th, with massive smoke plumes in the distance, showing how the fires had spread, and then at 4 pm on the 19th, when the fires are only a few blocks from the photographer. The ruins of Nob Hill, Synagogue Emanuel, the Grand Hotel, Hall of Justice, Moler college, and other landmarks are in individual images. A few photographs show now-homeless residents camped in Alamo Square, with the photographer's notation showing the location of his bed at the extreme left of the image. Thirteen images are present twice, usually with notations on only one copy, and often with differences in exposure to highlight different features of a scene. The four additional images are from a vacation in Hawaii, 1900s style. Most with mounting traces on verso, overall fine. Early on the morning of April 18, 1906, the city of San Francisco, built largely of wood, was battered by a powerful earthquake that could be felt in Los Angeles and Oregon. Though the quake had caused widespread destruction and death, it paled in comparison to the more than thirty fires that soon burned across the city due to broken gas lines, fires that could not be extinguished because the earthquake had damaged water lines, too. They raged out of control for four days and nights, leaving over $5 billion in devastation (in today's dollars) and claiming over 3,000 lives. (imagea) (imageb) (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $2,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
536 c   California cover balance, eight covers and a piece featuring 12c Black (#17) attempted bisect usage to pay the 6c rate but not recognized and stamped "10" due by the San Francisco office, "Sacramento, Cal." datestamp with integral "12½" rate and "1.50" express charge on folded cover datelined at "Rio de los Mokeloma, May 27, 1850" from a forty-niner, cover with pair 3c Orange brown (#10) and Noisy Carrier's handstamp and more, generally fine-very fine. Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
537 c   California cover balance of twelve 19th century covers, featuring two covers from the same correspondence to Bordeaux, one in 1863 paying the 15c single rate with pair 1c Blue, 3c Rose and 10c Green (#63, 65, 68) the other 1862 paying the 45c triple rate by 3c Rose, 12c Black and 30c Orange (#65, 69, 71), also 1868 cover to Peru with 10c Green and 24c Lilac (#68, 78), a stampless 1854 cover to Canada, 15c Black (#77) to Bordeaux with P.F. certificate, 10c Green, Ty. II (#14) to Wisconsin and 10c Green, Ty. V (#35) to New York, all of the above originating in San Francisco, in addition there is a cover with "Fort Bidwell, Cal/Modoc County/Feb 12, 1889" postmark franked by six 2c Green (#213), some stamp or cover faults, many fine-very fine. Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
THE MORMONS AND UTAH
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
538   [Mormon Issued $5.00 Kirtland Banknote] Issued without having a charter granted by the State of Ohio, the Kirtland Safety Society Bank was established by the burgeoning Mormon
population in and around Kirtland in 1836. Ohio would reject two separ[Mormon Issued $5.00 Kirtland Banknote] Issued without having a charter granted by the State of Ohio, the Kirtland Safety Society Bank was established by the burgeoning Mormon population in and around Kirtland in 1836. Ohio would reject two separate applications for a bank charter, and, as the Panic of 1837 swept through the banking industry throughout the entire county, the bank failed in November 1837. Signed by Joseph Smith as Cashier, and Sidney Rigdon as President, this About Uncirculated note is a prime example of Mormon type. Smith and Rigdon would be fined $1,000 each for running an illegal bank, likely due to their religious beliefs, and would soon flee to Missouri. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
539   [Mormon issued $10.00 Kirtland Banknote] This Kirtland Ten is a beautifully engraved and gorgeous gem of a note, perfectly centered with available margins on all sides. Issued
in February 1837 without a state charter issued by Ohio, this “bank” w[Mormon issued $10.00 Kirtland Banknote] This Kirtland Ten is a beautifully engraved and gorgeous gem of a note, perfectly centered with available margins on all sides. Issued in February 1837 without a state charter issued by Ohio, this “bank” would cease operations in November of 1837. It is said that church leaders of the Church of Latter Day Saints asked people to retain their notes beyond the collapse of the bank, as the notes would one day have value again. Signed by Joseph Smith as Cashier and Sidney Rigdon as President. (Image) Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
540   Missouri Mormon War of 1838, important content letter by Joshua Belden, a non-Mormon, Howard Country, MO, November 5, 1838. He tells his mother in Newington, CT that:Peace has
again been restored and the Mormons all taken prisoners...The MormoMissouri Mormon War of 1838, important content letter by Joshua Belden, a non-Mormon, Howard Country, MO, November 5, 1838. He tells his mother in Newington, CT that:"Peace has again been restored and the Mormons all taken prisoners...The Mormons have claimed the upper Counties of this state as the site of their New Jerusalem, a claim, as they say, founded immediately on a revelation from the Almighty...They have also both publicly and privately declared that every slave was free...that this wicked generation was shortly to be cut off, meaning all of the citizens of Missouri, except those of their own faith. For some months past they have been fortifying their town, Far West, providing themselves with arms, ammunition, &c. as though, they soon intended to take possession, by force, of the lands they profess were given to them, and have been very troublesome neighbors. The day of our general election, an altercation took place between a white man (as we term our own citizens...) and a Mormon...The Mormon was protected by his party. The civil authority interfered. The Mormons refused to be tried by any tribunal, other than that of the Mormons, and at their own town...The officers of the civil authority were repulsed in their attempts to take the first transgressor or the leaders of the Mormons." Things escalated, and "The Militia were ordered out. The Mormons to the number of some three hundred retired to De Witt (in Carroll County), a small town owned principally by them...The citizens who had volunteered camped out a short distance from De Witt."Governor Lilburn Boggs concluded that he had no charges against the Mormons that justified the use of militia and disbanded it. A commission was called to arbitrate, and decided that the Mormons should be restricted to Far West, Caldwell County, and be reimbursed for their property in DeWitt. But then the Mormons: "commenced making depredations on the property of the citizens of Daviss County (sic, Daviess, adjoining Caldwell County; it was sparsely populated and most of the men were off with the anti-Mormon militia) driving off their stock, picking and carrying off their corn, burning their houses, and driving women and children out, & oftentimes without any covering...Women with infant children not four days old were driven out in the night, exposed to the inclemencies of the weather, denied even a blanket...The county seat and another small town were burned to ashes...The Governor...ordered Gen. Clark of this county to repair immediately to the spot with a Thousand of the Militia...Capt. Bogart's Company of 60 men had been sent out to reconnoiter & had been supprised by some 300 Mormons and compelled to flee...Another company of some 200 were fired on from a Block House...They returned the fire, took the Block House & found thirty five of the Mormons dead...About this time seven of the principal leaders of the Mormon party and 400 men gave up their arms & surrendered." Since then, "every man & family suspected of Mormonsim was ordered & compelled to leave nearly if not all of the upper counties."Several partial splits have been repaired with archival tape. These difficulties in Missouri led Joseph Smith and his followers to settle in Nauvoo, Illiniois. (imagea) (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $10,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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