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Sent by express

Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Todd and Bryan’s Express and Todd and Co.’s Express.

No. 566 Addressed to Hiram Brown in San Francisco, California, but on the reverse is a note that this letter was opened by mistake. Sent from Keokuk, Iowa, to California where Todd and Bryan’s Express delivered this letter January 29, 1850. This was probably the first organized express in California as A. H. Todd was the first expressman. It ran from San Francisco and Stockton to the Southern mines. It lasted only six months, until July 13, 1850, when Bryan left and A. H. Todd continued, forming Todd and Co.’s Express.

No. 567 Taken by Todd and Bryan’s Express to San Francisco, California, and there turned over to Berford and Co.’s Express to San Jose. It was addressed to William Van Voorhies, California’s Secretary of State.

No. 568 Sent from Montrose, Iowa, to California, where Todd and Co.’s Express picked it up at Stockton and delivered to John S. Haines at the celebrated “Hawkeye House.”

No. 569 Sent to Peter Baker in San Francisco, California. Taken up by Todd and Co.’s Express from Carson’s Creek and dropped in the San Francisco Post Office.

No. 570 Taken by Todd and Co.’s Express from Stockton to San Francisco, California, where it was delivered to the Post Office, which forwarded this letter to Charles Crosby in San Francisco, California. Inside is a letter dated April 15, 1851 from G. Washburn.

No. 571 Taken by Todd and Co.’s Express from Stockton to San Francisco, California, where it was delivered to the Post Office, which forwarded this letter to bankers Burgoyne and Co. Inside is a letter dated March 10, 1851, from W. H. Robinson and Co. concerning a draft of $140.00 to go by the first steamer to Panama.

Photograph of Murphy’s Camp, California, 1930s.