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    Pony Express-Related Letter, Waddell & Russell, Sacramento City, [California] October 11, 1852. An historic letter from the early days of the Gold Rush involves a bill of exchange drawn by William Waddell payable to the order of William H. Russell, by Joseph L. Waddell of Sacramento City, for the sum of $2500. This is an important document relating to two of the founders of the Pony Express, datelined Sacramento and dated 1852. One page, signed and notarized letter dated October 11, 1852 from Sacramento City. It was originally dated at Lexington, Missouri 8/6/1852, endorsed by Russell Waddell and Bankers Page & Bacon. The letter notes that Page & Bacon made a thorough search in an attempt to locate Mr. Waddell of Sacramento but were unable to find him and were notified he had left the state "Gone to parts unknown". Page & Bacon, the holders of the exchange, sent this letter to William W. Waddell in Lexington, Missouri as a demand for payment.

    Russell, Majors, and Waddell formed the famous Western shipping firm known as the Pony Express, which terminated at Sacramento City. Russell and Waddell also had an express company in the Colorado Gold Rush area of Pikes Peak in the early 1860s, known as the Pike's Peak Express. This letter may be the only remnant document from original members of this trio involving Sacramento, and clearly illustrates the pairs' involvement in the California Gold Rush. Measures approximately 8.50" x 10.75".

    Condition: Very fine, very light tears in folds at bottom.


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