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Sent by express

Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by J. W. Hoag and Co.’s, Hoffman and Co., Hogan and Co.’s, and the Holladay Overland Mail and Express Company.

No. 393 Sent from Benicia to San Francisco by Pacific Express, and then on to E. L. Beard, President of the California State Agricultural Society, at the Mission in San Jose by Hoag and Co.’s Express. The succession in Contra Costa of express companies was: Almy and Co.’s, Swart and Co.’s, Herre and Co.’s, J. W. Hoag and Co.’s, Bamber and Co.’s , and Whitney and Co.’s Express.

No. 394 A cover with no address but several handstamps for Wells Fargo and J. W. Hoag and Co. Express.

No. 395 Sent to George Gillespie in Sacramento, California. Inside is a letter dated July 23, 1850 from E. F. Gillespie in Hangtown, later known as Placerville. Taken in part by Hoffman and Co. Express which later probably became part of Hoffman and Little’s Express.

No. 396 Sent from San Juan to Quong Yuen in San Jose, California. Taken by Hogan and Co.’s North San Juan and Humbug Express. This small, mountain express ran from North Bloomfield, (Humbug) and North San Juan to Nevada City, and connected with Wells Fargo.

No. 397 Sent from Virginia City, Montana, to Henry C. Leach in Denver, Colorado. Sent in December 1866, just after Wells Fargo bought the Holladay Overland Mail and Express Company.

No. 398 Sent from Virginia City, Montana, to Henry C. Leach in Denver, Colorado. This pre-paid envelope for the Holladay Overland Mail and Express Company was actually taken by Wells Fargo in May 1867.

No. 399 Sent from Virginia City, Montana, to Henry C. Leach in Denver, Colorado. This pre-paid envelope for the Holladay Overland Mail and Express Company was actually taken by Wells Fargo in May 1867.

Photograph of the Old Hotel at North Bloomfield, California, 1930s.