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Wiltsee Collection panels 61-70

2019-03-20T14:00:45-08:00
Posted on March 18, 2019

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Gregory’s Express.

No. 354 Sent by Gregory’s Express from Sacramento, California, to the State Comptroller Winslow Pierce in Vallejo. Possibly dated August 10, 1852.

No. 355 Sent by Gregory’s Express from Marysville, California, to Charles W. Crosby. Inside is a letter dated October 1, 1851 from J. W. Shuiffer.

No. 356 Sent by Gregory’s Express from Marysville, California, to Charles W. Crosby. Inside is a letter dated September 22, 1851 from Pachard and Co. requesting no more deliveries of potatoes.

No. 357 Sent by Gregory’s Express to Albert Dibblee in San Francisco, California.

No. 358 Sent from San Francisco, California, to the Secretary of State in Sacramento. Taken by Gregory’s Express and Todd and Co.’s Express. Inside is a letter dated May 7, 1852 from L. Maynard asking for a copy of an act concerning S. Maynard.

No. 359 Sent from San Francisco, California, to Rev. Isaac Owen at the Methodist Parsonage on 7th Street in San Francisco. Inside is a letter dated July 7, 1851 from Rev. William Taylor.

Bill of exchange for $1200 sent by Gregory’s Express from San Francisco, California, to the company’s eastern agents, Thomas and Hitchcock at 149 Pearl Street, New York City, New York. It is dated December 12, 1851. It is signed by Joseph W. Gregory of Gregory’s Express. The receiver of the money is Daniel R. Clark.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Gregory’s Express.

No. 360 Sent by Gregory’s Express from San Francisco, California, to the Comptroller of the Currency Winslow L. Pierce in Sacramento. Possibly dated June 29, 1852.

No. 361 Sent by Gregory’s Express from San Francisco, California, to Secretary of State W. Van Voorhies in Sacramento. Inside is a letter dated March 8, 1852 from R. S. Clyde about Clyde’s recent appointment as a Notary Public for San Francisco.

No. 362 Sent by Gregory’s Express from Marysville, California, to the Comptroller of the Currency Winslow L. Pierce in Sacramento. Possibly dated May 16, 1852.

No. 363 Sent by Gregory’s Express from Marysville, California, to G. D. Street at a white house on Powell Street, between Clay and Washington Streets in San Francisco. Possibly dated June 7, 1852.

No. 364 Sent by Gregory’s Express from San Francisco, California, to the Comptroller of the Currency Winslow L. Pierce in Vallejo. Inside is a letter dated November 4, 1852.

No. 365 Sent by Gregory’s Express from San Francisco, California to A. C. Peachy at the House of Representatives in Sacramento.

No. 366 Sent by Gregory’s Express from Honolulu to Joel Turrill, U.S. Consul for the Sandwich Islands in Oswego, New York. Possibly dated April 2, 1852.

No. 367 Sent by Gregory’s Express from Marysville, California, to the Comptroller of the Currency Winslow L. Pierce in Sacramento. Possibly dated February 15, 1852.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Gregory’s Express.

No. 368 Sent by Gregory’s Express from the company’s agents Thompson and Hitchcock in New York to Edward H. Stephenson at Mormon Creek, California. Inside is a letter dated December 18, 1850 from E. S. Stephenson.

No. 369 Sent by Gregory’s Express from the company’s agents Thompson and Hitchcock in New York to R. R. Carrington in San Francisco, California. Inside is a letter dated January 18, 1851 with news from family and friends back home.

No. 370 Sent by Gregory’s Express from the company’s agents Thompson and Hitchcock in New York to R. R. Carrington in San Francisco, California. Possibly received May 20, 1851.

No. 371 Sent by Gregory’s Express from Glasgow, Scotland, and forwarded by the company’s agents Thompson and Hitchcock in New York to Daniel Gibb in San Francisco, California. Inside is a letter dated February 20, 1852 from Wilson Hunson.

No. 372 Sent by Gregory’s Express from Glasgow to Daniel Gibb in San Francisco, California. Inside is a letter from Wilson Hunson dated September 24, 1852. This letter arrived aboard the steamship the Brother Jonathan.

No. 373 Sent by Gregory’s Express from Glasgow to Daniel Gibb in San Francisco, California. Inside is a letter dated August 27, 1852 from Wilson Hunson.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Gregory’s Express, Gregory and English’s Moore’s Flat and Eureka Express, and Greenhood and Newsbauer Northern Express.

No. 374 Gregory’s Express letter book containing a 24 page letter from a miner in Columbia dated December 1, 1851 to his brother John whose last name and address are unknown.

No. 375 Blank Gregory’s Express letter book dated 1851.

No. 376 Gregory’s Express letter book from 1851 containing an 18 page letter from John N. Beard in Portland, Oregon Territory, to either a friend or family member named Jim whose last name and address are unknown.

No. 377 Sent to E. Krieg in Washington, California by Gregory and English Moore’s Flat and Eureka Express. Possibly dated 1867. This express company advertised that it had additional connections to Nevada City by connecting with Wells Fargo.

No. 378 Sent to the Cashier of the Pacific Bank in San Francisco, California. Sent part of the way by Greenhood and Newbauer, Northern Express, which operated from Weaverville to Shasta from 1857-1866.

No. 379 Sent to Fritz and Ralston in San Francisco, California. Sent by Greenhood and Newbauer, Northern Express, which operated from Weaverville to Shasta from 1857-1866.

No. 380 Sent to Fritz and Ralston in San Francisco, California. Sent by Greenhood and Newbauer, Northern Express, which operated from Weaverville to Shasta from 1857-1866. Forwarded by Wells Fargo in Marysville.

No. 381 Sent to Fritz and Ralston in San Francisco, California. Sent by Greenhood and Newbauer, Northern Express, which operated from Weaverville to Shasta from 1857-1866.

No. 382 Sent to Fritz and Ralston in San Francisco, California. Sent by Greenhood and Newbauer, Northern Express, which operated from Weaverville to Shasta from 1857-1866.

No. 1306 Gregory’s Express letter book containing a 19 page letter from Dr. William Prentiss in Sacramento, California, dated October 24, 1850 to his wife E. Prentise in Iowa.

No. 1307 Gregory’s Express letter book containing three letters from Dr. William Prentiss in California, to his wife E. Prentise in Iowa. The first letter is dated January 4, 1851, from Sacramento, the second is dated January 31 from Purbelo Valley, and the third is dated February 11 from Sacramento.

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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.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Hawes and Co.’s and Hinckley and Co.’s. A freight receipt for Dodge and Co.’s is also included.

No. 389 Sent to A. Hunt in New York City, New York. Taken by Hawes and Co.’s San Francisco and New York Express with agent J. W. Carrington representing the company in New York. The cover contains a stamp from G. F. Nesbitt in New York.

No. 390 Sent from Georgetown, California, to C. C. Carpenter. Sent in March 1861. The Colorado Territory had only just been formed from the Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, and New Mexico territories, which is why this letter is addressed to Denver City, Kansas. Taken by Hinckley and Co.’s Express Mail.

No. 391 Sent from Madison, Wisconsin, to George T. Clark. The Colorado Territory was later formed from the Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, and New Mexico territories, which is why this letter is addressed to Denver City, Kansas Territory. Taken by Hinckley and Co.’s Express from St. Joseph, Missouri.

No. 392 Sent to Judy Ambrose Cosset in Claremont, New Hampshire. Taken by Hinckley and Co.’s Express. Inside is a letter dated February 8, 1861 from Ezra J. Dickey.

Shipping receipt dated March 25, 1851, for three packages from A. G. Kimball in San Francisco, California, to the County Clerk in San Louis Obispo.

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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.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Holland, Morley and Co.’s Express.
No. 400 Sent from La Porte to Downieville, California. Sent by Holland, Morley and Co.’s Express. This short lived express served Plumas County to Marysville, and bought out Everts, Wilson and Co. about Oct. 1862. It was succeeded by Wheeler and Co.’s Express on Nov. 28, 1863.

No. 401 Sent from La Porte, California, to William Trimble in Healdsburg. Taken by Holland, Morley and Co.’s Express to Marysville where Wells Fargo forwarded the letter.

No. 402 Sent from La Porte, California, to Kleckner and Brothers in Port Wine. Taken by Holland, Morley and Co.’s Express.

Drawing and History of La Porte, California.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Hopkinson’s Express.

No. 403 Sent from Ed Bunill to James Whartenby in Nevada City, California. Taken by Hopkinson’s Express. This small mountain express ran from Nevada City to Red Dog, Walloupa, You Bet, Little York, and Dutch Flat from 1863 to 1868.

No 404 Sent from James Holmes to James Whartenby in Nevada City, California. Taken by Hopkinson’s Express.

No. 404a Sent from James Holmes to James Whartenby in Nevada City, California. Taken by Hopkinson’s Express.

No. 404b Sent from James Holmes to James Whartenby in Nevada City, California. Taken by Hopkinson’s Express.

No. 404c Sent from Ed Bunill to James Whartenby in Nevada City, California. Taken by Hopkinson’s Express.

No. 404d Sent from James Holmes to James Whartenby in Nevada City, California. Taken by Hopkinson’s Express.

Photograph of Heydlauff’s store and express station in Red Dog, California, 1930s.

Photostat of printed Hopkinson’s Express frank from collection of Edgar B. Jessup.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Gregory’s Express, J. Bamber and Co.’s Express, A. M. Hinckley and Co.’s Express, and Jones and Edgar’s Express.

No. 1322 Sent from San Francisco, California, to John Mace at Carmine Street, New York. Taken by Gregory’s Express.

No. 1323 Sent to Belloo Brothers and Siscan in San Francisco, California. Inside is a letter dated April 23, 1852, from Sacramento. Taken by Gregory’s Express.

No. 1324 Sent to Warren and Co. on J Street in Sacramento, California. Taken by Gregory’s Nevada City Express.

No. 1325 Sent to Ebenezer Bourne in Warehouse, Massachusetts. Inside is a letter dated May 20, 1852 from a friend in New York City, New York. Taken by Gregory’s Express.

No. 1326 Sent to Dr. W. J. Knox in Oakland, California. Inside is a letter dated June 9, 1863 from San Francisco. Taken by J. B. Bamber and Co.’s Contra Costa Express.

No. 1327 Sent to William N. Pierson in San Francisco, California. Taken by J. B. Bamber and Co.’s Contra Costa Express.

No. 1328 Sent to J. D. Vandewort in San Francisco, California. Taken by J. B. Bamber and Co.’s Contra Costa Express from their office at Bacon and Hardy in Oakland.

No. 1329 Sent to James L. Martel in San Francisco, California. Inside is a letter dated October 18, 1854, from his brother B. R. Martel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Taken by A. M. Hinkley through Panama.

No. 1330 Sent to N. J. Walker in the Dalles City, Oregon. Taken by Jones and Edgar’s Canyon City Express. Contains a note indicating that it was opened by mistake December 1864 with the name rewritten as John O. Walker.

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

No. 405 Sent to Walter L. Rounsevell in Sacramento, California. Forwarded by Hunter’s Express from Sacramento to Greenwood for $1.70. This cover once contained a letter dated June 9, 1851, from New Bedford, Massachusetts. Hunter and Co.’s Express served the territory between the various Forks of the American River. Wells Fargo joined with Hunter’s Express on July 15, 1854.

No. 406 Sent to Walter L. Rounsevell in Sacramento, California. Forwarded by Hunter’s Express from Sacramento to Greenwood for $1.35. This cover once contained a letter that left New Bedford, Massachusetts October 21, 1851.

No. 407 Sent from Fairfield, Connecticut to Henry Sturges in Sacramento, California. Forwarded by Hunter’s Express from Sacramento to Murderer’s Bar for $1.25, more than $30 today.

No. 408 Sent to the Secretary of State of California, W. Van Voorhies. Received April 27, 1852. Taken by Hunter’s Express from Coloma to Sacramento.

No. 409 Sent by Hunter’s Express from Coloma, California, to A. P. Catlin in Mormon Island. Inside is a letter dated April 21, 1852 from General Thomas H. Williams.

No. 410 Sent to Tandler and Co.’s in Sacramento, California. Features a cut out frank for Hunter’s Express from Yankee Jim’s. Inside is a letter from Polly Miller in German Prairie to her uncle, J. L. Miller.

No. 411 “Memorial from the residents of Placerville, California, for legislation for better observance of the Sabbath.” Received and referred to the Committee on Public Vice and Immorality in Sacramento. Taken by Hunter’s Express.

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

No. 412 Sent to Sacramento, California. Inside is a letter dated May 13, 1852, from Lewis Mason in Bird Valley. Taken by Hunter’s Express from Auburn to Sacramento. For a short time in 1852 Hunter and Co.’s Express extended to Auburn.

No. 413 Sent to John S. Hager in San Francisco, California. Taken by Hunter’s Express from Placerville to San Francisco.

No. 414 Sent to Tandler and Co. at Sacramento Street in San Francisco, California. Taken by Hunter’s Express from Mud Springs, later known as El Dorado. Also contains a Wells Fargo handstamp.

No. 415 Sent by Hunter’s Express from Mud Springs, California, to Tandler and Co. in San Francisco.

No. 416 Sent to Tandler and Co. at Sacramento Street in San Francisco, California. Taken by Hunter’s Express from Mud Springs, later known as El Dorado. Also contains a Wells Fargo handstamp that was applied when it left by Wells Fargo from Stockton.

Photograph of “Mud Springs” now El Dorado, 1930s.

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