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United States Postal History continued...

William Tatham Collection of California Postal History - Stockton continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
762   imageStockton, Cal., Sep 28 / 40. Large cds with integral rate in blue on cover to Huntsville, Alabama, undated but necessarily an 1850 use given the postmark type, minor corner wear, Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

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Est. $100-150
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763   imageStockton, Cal. Two 1850 covers to Massachusetts, both with blue "Stockton" cds & matching "40" rate handstamp, one with straight line "Paid" handstamp, one is a rebacked cover front, few minor flaws, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

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Est. $150-200
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764   imageStockton, Cal., Nov 1. Large serifed cds in blue (doubled) and small "12½" rate handstamp in matching blue on folded letter sheet (contents incomplete) to Secretary of State William Van Voorhies in San Jose, "Election Returns" and "Mail" sender's endorsements, affidavit inside indicates election returns from Calaveras County once accompanied, undated but necessarily an 1850 use given the postmark type and rate, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

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Est. $150-200
SOLD for $1,600.00
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765   imageStockton, Cal., Jan 4. Large serifed cds in blue and purple manuscript "12½" rate marking applied in San Francisco on folded letter to Portland, Oregon, letter (1 page) is headed "Stockton Cal, Jany 1st 1851" and from a farmer "on a Rancho five miles from Stockton" to a friend, the writer seeks buckwheat seed in hopes of growing that crop along with barley, lightly soiled, Very Fine and interesting use, not rated by the Stockton postmaster presumably because he was unsure of the correct postage for a letter to Oregon.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $250.00
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766   imageStockton, Cal., Feb 18. Large serifed cds in blue and large oval "40" rate marking in matching blue on cover to Huntsville, Alabama, undated but necessarily an 1851 use given the postmark type and rate, cover corners repointed, one light stain, Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

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Est. $100-150
SOLD for $50.00
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767   imageStockton, Cal., Mar 4. Large serifed cds in blue and large oval "40" rate marking in matching blue (oval is faint) on folded letter to Chillicothe, Ohio, also manuscript "40" notation, letter (3 pages) is from a miner to his brother back home and datelined "Cannacker Gulch, Calaveras County California, Feb 15th 1851", letter reads in part "for 50 miles 'round me the miners are not averaging more than 4 dollars per day… on the Trinity River new and rich diggings are discovered… 350 or 400 miles from me… every ravine in California… is prospected or dug over, the ground is being dug 2 and 3 times over where it paid… the Indians steal all the mules, horses, oxen, etc. that they can… I think they will be driven out of the country this coming season", some separation at the folds, edge wear, a couple small stains, F.-V.F., ex-Knapp.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

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Est. $150-200
SOLD for $550.00
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768   imageStockton, Cal., May 4, '51. Manuscript postmark and manuscript "40" and "Pd" rate marking on folded letter to Oxford, Connecticut, letter (1 page) is written in verse from a man to a woman back home and datelined "California May 1, 1851", letter begins "There was quite a rush, To the Post Office last night, And I among the rest, Was happily blessed, With a letter, which gave real delight", minor edge wear, Very Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

The "destruction of Stockton by fire" is referenced in the letter in the previous lot. That fire may be the reason why the Stockton postmaster resumed using manuscript postmarks for a short time in 1851.
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Est. $300-400
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769   imageStockton, Cal., May 9. Large serifed cds in blue and large oval "12½" rate handstamp in matching blue on portion of folded letter sheet (no contents) to Governor John McDougal in San Jose, undated but necessarily an 1851 use given the postmark type and rate, minor edge wear and lightly soiled, a trifle trimmed along the bottom, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $75 - 100. (Image1)

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Est. $75-100
SOLD for $1,700.00
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770   imageStockton, Cal., May 28. Large serifed cds in blue and large oval "80" rate marking in matching blue on folded letter to Sterling, Massachusetts, manuscript "1851" notation by the postmark, letter (3 pages) is from a man to his father back home and datelined "Buena Vista Quartz Vein, Mariposa County Alta California, May 18th 1851 (Saxons Creek)", letter is mostly about another relation but includes "We have got a little gray squirrel who sleeps with me every night… I am to work for… 150 a month… I have just learned of the destruction of Stockton by fire, among the ruins are… my trunks… containing all my fine clothes", bleach spots around the edges, F.-V.F., a scarce 80¢ double rate use, ex-White
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Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $475.00
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771   imageStockton, Cal., Jun 26. Large serifed cds in blue and large oval "12½" rate handstamp in matching blue on portion of folded letter sheet (no contents) to Governor John McDougal in Vallejo, "recd July 7th 1851" docket inside, Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Kramer.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

By the Act of August 14, 1848, "letters conveyed from one to any other place in California: 12 ½ cents". This letter was mailed June 26, 1851, four days before the end of the rate.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $120.00
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William Tatham Collection of California Postal History - Marysville
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
772   imageMarysville, Cal., May 30 / 40. Large cds with integral rate on folded letter to the postmaster at Pinckney, Michigan, also large "40" rate handstamp in blue likely applied in Pinckney, letter (1½ pages) with personal content is from a farmer to his wife, which is strange because she is not the addressee, letter is datelined "Lapon's Ranch Molino Co. California, May 24th 1850", which is also strange because there was never a Molino County in California and this letter is necessarily and 1851 use given the postmark type and rate, letter mentions "our crops look fair at present, what success we shall have in disposing of them is yet in the future, which depends upon the amount of emigration to this country", minor corner wear, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
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773   imageMarysville Cala, July 28. Manuscript postmark and manuscript "40" rate marking on folded letter to Dowagiac, Michigan, letter (2½ pages) is headed "Marysville July the 4th 1850" and from miner to his daughter back home, letter discusses family matters and ends with prices current, in between the writer reports he and another man "arrived the 22th day of August… we worked together in the first mines a little while and then… we went up the Sacramento about 250 miles… we made about 800 dollars through the winter… we located provisions up the river… we have 2 teams and 10 pack mules… the water being by the melting of the snow so that we cannot work in the mines much 'til August", small scrapes between the postmark and rate marking, a bit soiled, bleach spots, Fine and very early for this town, just five Marysville manuscript postmarks are recorded.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)

Est. $400-600
SOLD for $325.00
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774   imageMarysville Cala, July 28. Manuscript postmark (same date as the previous lot) and manuscript "80" rate marking on folded letter to Monticello, Illinois, letter (3 pages) is from a miner to his brother back home and datelined "June the 5th 1850, Sierra Nevada N Fork of N Yuba", letter is about family plans and includes prices current, the writer also mentions "The water is too high for us to do much yet 'tho we have taken four thousand dollars out of the bank in the last two months, we have not worked hard either… there is six of us in partnership, two sailors Tom and Bill clever fellows… Tom can beat the gals at cooking, we live about as well as you do at home… excuse the scribbling, my seat is a stone my desk the same", small holes on the fold lines and a bit soiled, Fine and rare, the only recorded Marysville manuscript postmark showing the 80¢ double rate.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)

Est. $400-600
SOLD for $475.00
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775   imageMarysville, Cal., Dec? ? / 40. Large cds with integral rate and straightline "Paid" handstamp on cover to Brunswick, Maine, undated but necessarily an 1850 use given the postmark type and rate, ink blot at top, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
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776   imageMarysville, Cal. Two covers to the East Coast, both with large Marysville, Cal. cds with integral "40" rate, one with straightline "Paid" handstamp and "40 /proof" pencil notation, one is a rebacked cover front, other refolded with edge wear, Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
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777   imageMarysville, Cal., Mar 19 / 12½. Large cds with integral rate on folded letter to San Francisco, letter (1½ pages) is from a man to a friend or business associate and datelined "March 15th, 51, Long Bar Yuba River California", the writer states "I have not worked over 10 days all winter" due to illness that he describes in detail and "There are a good many men to work on this Bar at present. None makes over 8 dollars per day on average. Many less. If you can I wish you would send me some money… send it by some express to Marysville", a couple small stains, Very Fine, just 3 examples of this postmark type showing the 12½¢ rate are recorded.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $300.00
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778   imageMarysville, Cal., June 30 / 80. Large cds with integral rate on cover to Rushville, Illinois, also manuscript "Paid" and "80 cts" endorsements with "Paid" deleted, undated but necessarily an 1851 use given the postmark type and rate, cover restored with lining added and corners repointed, a couple bleach spots, card reinforcement inside, Very Fine appearance, the only recorded example of this postmark type showing the 80¢ double rate.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

This cover provides an appropriate close to this collection. The cover was sent on the last day of the "40" rate period.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $280.00
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California Postal History
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
779   image(1849 California Constitution at Monterey) 1849 (Sep.) "San Joaquin Dist., Tuolumne River, Election Returns". Docketing on gray folded cover addressed to Hon. B Riley Governor, Monterey, Upper California, privately carried, marked "Rec'd Sept 3d 1849"; minor fold toning, Fine and rare early use.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

The state was divided into 10 districts - San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Louis Obispo, Los Angeles, Sonoma, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Monterey, San Jose and San Francisco to send delegates to the California Constitutional Convention at Monterey (Sept. 1 to Oct. 13, 1849). General Bennett Riley was Military Governor of California from April 13, 1849 to December 20, 1849. The convention met at Monterey on Sept. 1, 1849 and by Oct. 12th, had formed a State Constitution providing for an American Civil Governor. A month later, the people ratified it and on Dec. 20th Riley yielded his authority to Peter M. Burnett, ending a period of 3½ years of Military Government in California.
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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $725.00
Will close during Public Auction
780 14 imageCamptonville, Cal., Dec 24 (Yuba). Clear first type cds (YUB-260) on cover to Attica, O., franked with large margin "1855, 10¢ green, type II" canceled by matching "Paid" handstamp; stamp with corner bend slightly creasing at top right, otherwise Very Fine, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 14; Estimate $400 - 600. (Image1)

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Est. $400-600
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781   imageColumbia, Cal., Apr. 11 (Tuolumne). Blue cds with matching "Paid 6" in circle on cover to Maine with illustrated corner card "New York & California Steam Ship Line., For San Francisco., C. Morgan Agent, 5 Bowling Green, New York" corner card showing steamship, Very Fine and attractive, and scarce early version of design, This steamship line was taken over from Vanderbilt. (See Dec. 1996 Western Express).
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $290.00
Will close during Public Auction

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