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    Western Rail and Mining Archive. Spanning the last thirty years of the nineteenth century, this exceptional lot contains seven items and includes stock certificates, checks, and a personal letter. John Bidwell Stock Certificate Signed. One page, 12.5 x 4.75", Chico, California, October 18, 1867. Certificate for twenty shares of Chico Gold and Silver Mining Company stock, signed by Bidwell as President of the company. Richly engraved. Very fine.
    John Bidwell Envelope Endorsed. 5.5" x 3.25" envelope, Chico, California, November 30, 1868. Envelope sent "Overland" from Washington DC to Bidwell's wife, endorsed on verso as having been "Read by J. Bidwell." Light age toning; near fine.
    Ben Holladay Check Signed. One page, 8.75" x 3.5", Portland, Oregon, June 11, 1870. Check for $1000 drawn against the Oregon and California Rail Road Company, signed by Holladay as president of the company. Engraved railroad vignette; gold Internal Revenue stamp. Very fine.
    John Bidwell Stock Certificate Signed. One page, 9.75" x 6.75", Washington City [California], February 24, 1872. Being a certificate for fifty shares in the New Mexico Mining Company. Handsomely engraved and signed by Bidwell as President of the company. Light age toning; some wear. Very good condition.
    James G. Fair Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, written on recto of first page only, 5.25" x 8.5", Virginia City, Nevada, May 3, 1881. Important California miner and capitalist James Fair writes to Mrs. Louise Gates to say that "My house is filled with paintings, and I have no use for any more." Light age toning. Fine condition.
    Albert and James B. Stetson Check Signed. One page, 8.75" x 3.25", San Francisco, California, March 12, 1890. Check for $75 drawn against the California Street Cable Railroad Co., which operated three cable car lines on California Street in San Francisco from 1878 to 1951. Signed by James B. Stetson as president and Albert Stetson as secretary. Moderate age toning. Fine.
    Adolph Sutro Check Signed One page, 8.5" x 3.25", San Francisco, December 11, 1897. The Nevada Bank was, at the height of the silver boom, the largest bank in America. Check is signed by Adolph Sutro, a successful engineer and tycoon who built San Francisco's Cliff House, the Sutro Baths, Sutro Heights and the Sutro Railroad, and later served as mayor of San Francisco. Moderate age toning; faint dampstaining; chip at upper right corner. Very good condition.

    Prospective buyers are advised to view all items in the lot carefully prior to bidding.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2009
    16th-17th Tuesday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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