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Rare View of Steam-Boat Landing, Sacramento City With Gold Miner's Letter
California Letter Sheet (USA, 1851 - 1851)

[California Letter Sheet]View of the Steam-Boat Landing Sacramento City, from K Street (Upper), L Street - M Street (Lower).J.H.Pierce del. [on stone. ll of both; Printed by Ch. Peregoy on stone lr of both;Published by Conner & Forrest, Stationers 2nd St, between J & K]. Two illustrations top and bottom in excellent condition. Baird and Magee #321; Peters p.177.

In addition is a colorful three page letter from gold miner Andrew W.Carny, "Californea", September the 29, 1851. He writes of a departed uncle and a man from home who had "exchanged the broad cloth for a miner's uniform where he changed his looks so much that I did not know him but learned from a storekeeper that there was a man named Spout ther. I tried to find him again but could not. I left Big Bar and have not seen nor heard of him since. I heard that George Conklin was down near where I was at work ...You seem to manifest some fears of me being trict to one side by the roudys; as for the roudys I am one among them and they might find some trouble in getting me to one side; beside the roudys do not take the trouble of puting a person to one side unless there is a fair prospect of geting gold enough to pay them for it. For this reason I think there is no danger of them attacking me..." He goes on to detail a mining stock swindle: "I understand that the Rocking Bar Mining Company has paid one hundred per cent on the stock- great Excitement- ha ha ha. A pity that we can not here anything about it her it is all a humbug. There is no more mine don on Rockey Bar in the first place. If the President and Secretary should think to hold or claim all of rockey bar they would have enough to do. only twenty feet is allowed to each man on a bar and if they leave there clame on the bar to dam the river it is open for any other person to take up and work...I was at Rokey Bar the last days of August or the first of September of last year and ther was only three men to work on Rokey Bar, the President and secretary had just left. About to or three weeks after that it commenced to rain and [raised] the water so that it stopt nearby al mining operations on the rivers so that I am satisfied in me own mind that the rockey bar Companey did not get the first dolar there last year. And I shall venture a guess where the company Raised the one hundred per sent. If you recollect when the company sold the first shares and raised the first money. They started some masheanery Round the horn and came acrost the ismus to set it in moshen so they did start it. But what kind of mashenery was it. Let me guess- boots, shoes, socks, flanel shirts, pants, and such other articles as set in Californey from three to five hundred per sent above the cost. The President and Secretary could well afford to return to the stockholders their money after having the youse of it one year without interest. It is not a very slow game to raise a little money on rockey bar which is nothing more or less than a big blew rock with hardley gravel enough to cover its nakedness. If the old shares of the Rockey Bar Mining Cominey which you consider to be worth over six thousand dollars was set up and sold at aucksion they would not fetch twenty-five sents if sold on the bar...." He then talks of his own mining experiences and expectations: "I have been mining on the South fork of the American River this summer. I have don midling well. The most of the miners is leaving for home- a great many will leave the country this fall. Mining is very dul along here at present. I have worked out mi claim and am agoing to prospect for a new plase to work. the river diggins is pretty well work out. The miners are turn ther atention to the tops of the mountains and are finding rich deposits of Gold. I think that the mining is only Comence. We have onley got the surfis gold and the big lumps lay a little deaper..."


Maori Christian Missionary Broadside
William Jones (Australia, 1832 - 1833)

Christian Maori Broadside, c. 1833. Printed broadside of Matthew 19:13-15, titled "Children brought to Christ," in English, and "Ka mau-ria nga ta-ma-ri-ki ki Te Ka-rai-ti" in Maori (printed by William Jones, Sydney), 18 x 15 inches. Presumably for use in Church Mission Society schools. (See Williams, A Bibliography of Printed Maori to 1900). Scattered age toning, else fine.


An Original Business Card of J.P.Morgan
John Pierpont Morgan (USA, 1837 - 1913)

A small card on which is printed, "Mr.J.Pierpont Morgan / 219 Madison Avenue". The address is probably where the Morgan Library is now located. This tiny relic of a giant financier comes from the estate of one of his assistants.

Morgan made so many enormous deals in his life that it would be impossible to list them all, dominating the American financial scene for decades. He merged Edison General Electric with Thomson-Houston Electric Company to form General Electric (1892) and led a coalition of bankers and other financiers that stopped the panic of 1907. He also was involved in the merger of Carnegie Steel and several other steel companies to form the United States Steel Corporation. His personal collection of art, books, and manuscripts is unequalled.


Unused Guest's Ticket to the Republican National Convention of 1900
[1900 Republican Convention Ticket] (USA, 1900)

An unused first day mint condition ticket including the stub to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, June 19, 1900, . Printed by E.A.Wright, Philadelphia, with his imprint on the reverse. Independence Hall, the seal of Philadelphia, and the Liberty Bell are engraved on the front, with an elaborate green engraving of City Hall on the reverse of the main ticket.

Held from June 19th to June 21st, the Convention unanimously nominated William McKinley for President, and Theodore Roosevelt for Vice-President replacing the previous Vice-President, Garret Hobart, who had died in 1899. McKinley easily won the presidency but was assassinated in 1901 launching Roosevelt into the presidency.


Rare 6 1/4 Banknote Issued in Philadelphia Near the End of the War of 1812
Timothy Blake (USA, 1815)

A small demand note for six and a quarter cents, printed on one side by the Philadelphia printer, Lafourcade, signed by Timothy Blake, and dated January 19th, 1815.Bold eagle and shield at top center with the words "WAR RESOURCE!!" above the engraving. Extremely rare;numbered 55. Hoober 305-716.