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Sent by express

Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Reynolds and Co.’s Express, Reynolds Todd and Co.’s Express, Reinkings Coast Express, and Ritner’s Salmon River Express.

No. 527 Sent from New Bedford to Walter S. Rounsewell in Stockton, and then probably forwarded by Reynolds and Co. Express to Sonora.

No. 528 Sent by Reynolds and Co.’s Express from Sonora to John De P. Teller in San Francisco, California. This letter accompanied two shipments of gold dust valued at $1186 and $1594.

No. 529 Sent by Reynolds Todd and Co.’s Express from Sonora to John De P. Teller in San Francisco, California. A shipment of gold accompanied this letter with a 1% transportation fee.

No. 529A Sent by Reynolds Todd and Co.’s Express from San Francisco to Pilsbury “Chips” Hodgkins in Sonora, California. Inside is a letter dated March 19, 1852 from George N. Cheever.

No. 530 Sent November 8, 1861, from Smith’s Ranch to Joey Pilkington in Olema, California. Reinkings Coast Express ran between Fort Ross, Tomales Bay, and North Marin County points, collecting and delivering letters to the U.S. Mail, in this case at Smith’s Ranch.

No. 531 Taken by Ritner’s Salmon River Express from Salmon River to Shasta and from there by mail to A. Budelmann in Brinkum, near Bremen, Germany. Ritner’s Express operated from 1853 to 1858.

Photograph of Sawyer’s Bar at Salmon River, California, 1930s.