Panel 65

Sent by express

This panel contains letters sent by Harnden Express, A. M. Hinkley and Co., and Hawley and Co.’s Express. Henry Wells worked at Harnden Express before creating other express companies, including Wells Fargo.

No. 383 Sent to William H. David in Honolulu, “sandwich Islands” (later known as Hawaii.) Inside is a letter from Robert in Boston, Massachusetts, dated June 10, 1840. This letter traveled by Harnden’s Express in Boston to New York and on to the Pacific.

No. 383a Sent to Lieutenant Samuel R. Knox aboard the U.S. ship Plymouth at Port Mahon in Marseilles, France. Inside is a letter dated November 30, 1844 from Robert Knox in Charlestown. Sent in part by Harnden’s Express, which was the first express company in the U.S. started by William H. Harnden in 1839.

No. 384 Sent to Mrs. L. P. Foster in Brooklyn, New York, from Robb Foster. Possibly sent 1854. Taken by A. M. Hinkley and Co. Isthmus of Panama Transit Express which ran from Panama to New York. The frank features a map of Panama, and lists the company’s New York agent as J. W. Carrington.

No. 385 Sent to Cornelius Matthews at 142 Broadway in New York City, New York. Taken by A. M. Hinkley and Co. Isthmus of Panama Transit Express from Panama to New York where it was forwarded by Metropolitan Errand and Carrier Express, also owned by A. M. Hinkley.

No. 386 Sent to William A. Beecher from Sacramento to San Francisco. Inside is a letter from April 4, 1850. Taken by Hawley and Co.’s Express. During the gold rush, many small express companies quickly merged to offer more extensive service. Hawley and Co.’s Express bought out Weld and Co.’s Express in January 1850 and Angle and Co.’s Express July 8, 1850. Later that year, they sold out to Freeman and Co., who eventually joined with Wells Fargo.

No. 387 Sent to Ellis and Curtry from Sacramento to San Francisco. Inside is a letter from D. Paign sent in September 1850. Taken by Hawley and Co.’s Express.

No. 388 Sent to Charles Homer in Sacramento, California. Taken by Hawley and Co.’s Express.