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Sent by express

Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Lamping and Co.’s Express, Kennedy and Co.’s Half Moon and Pescadero Express, Karns and McConkey’s Express, and Jones and Russell’s Pike’s Peak Express.

No. 423 Sent to A. Daneri in San Francisco, California. Taken by Lamping and Co.’s Express, which bought out Langton’s Express in 1865 from Downieville to Marysville. Wells Fargo operated over these lines after 1866.

No. 424 Unused cover with a frank for Lamping and Co.’s Express.

No. 425 Unused cover with franks for Lamping and Co.’s Express and Wells Fargo.

No. 426 Sent from Downieville, California, to A. Daneri in San Francisco. Taken by Lamping and Co.’s Express and sent partway by Wells Fargo.

No. 427 Sent from San Francisco, California, to Mrs. M. F. Tomkins in San Jose. Taken by Kennedy and Co.’s Half Moon and Pescadero Express.

No. 428 Unused cover with an illustrated frank featuring a stagecoach for Karns and McConkey’s Chloride and San Marcial Stage, Mail, and Express Line in New Mexico.

No. 429 Sent to Mrs. Eliza Hamand in Somerset, Ohio. Taken by Jones and Russell’s Pike’s Peak Express Company, which bought Leavenworth Pikes Peak Express, the first express between Leavenworth and Denver. Its first trip was on May 28, 1859, and it failed one month later. Jones and Russell only lasted four months, failed, and were taken over by the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express (COC and PPE), which later operated the Pony Express. The COC and PPE also ran into trouble, and depended on Wells Fargo to operate the western half of the Pony Express in 1861.