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    Tombstone, Arizona: Group of Documents Relating to Mining Activities of Prominent Tombstone Businessman. Nine items relating to Tombstone businessman J.J. McClelland. 1) A stock certificate, #36, of fifty shares, 10.5" x 8," certifying that J.J. McClelland "is the owner of fifty shares of TEN DOLLARS." The certificate, which includes the stamped seal of the company, is dated November 16, 1893 and signed McClelland as president. The Maricopa Mica Mining Company, based in Chicago, was incorporated to work mines in Arizona Territory. McClellan was one of the incorporators and served as president. 2) An account book, 3.5" x 5.75," with "J.J. McClelland/In Act...Wolcott." Written in ink, probably by McClelland, on the cover. Four of the approximately seventy-six pages have expenses listed for groceries, probably from a store owned by Frank Wolcott, one of Tombstone's grocery merchants. The account book is bound in cardstock with tape covering the spine. 3) ALS from John M. Bender to the Gift of Gold Mining and Milling Company, January 14, 1911 on Gift of Gold Mining and Milling Company letterhead, 8.5" x 11,"certifying that "J.J. McClelland of Arizona, President of the Gift of Gold M. & M. Company, is hereby authorized and empowered to cast my vote as Director of said Company at all meetings of the Board of Directors...until further notice." Included with letter is a cancelled postal cover (stamp removed) addressed to "Mrs. Helen McClellan." Helen McClelland may have been one of J. J. McClelland's seven daughters. 4) Gift of Gold Mining and Milling Company's Mines Prospectus (n.p., n.d.). Pamphlet, eight-pages, with thick paper covers, 3 3/8" x 6.25" which includes prospectus, articles of incorporation, and a list of officers and board of directors of the company. Cover has an image of the locations and sizes in feet of the four mines. The pamphlet has signs of past water damage and several pages suffer some loss of text due to pages sticking together after water damage and several pages have scotch tape over small tears. 5-6) Two bi-fold pamphlets offering a public sale of Gift of Gold Mining & Milling Company stock at 12.5 cents per share in order to complete the "working of the shaft to a depth of two hundred feet." The pamphlets, dated March 31, 1910, measuring 3 3/8" x 6 3/8," are printed (green) on all four sides. 7) Same pamphlet, dated March 1, 1910, printed in red, and including "Aug. S. Guillot & Co. Fiscal Agents Dallas Texas" at bottom of last page. 8) Bullion Den Group of Mines Attention! Bi-fold pamphlet, 3.5" x 6," offering interest in the group's mining ventures. The pamphlet, printed in black on all fours sides, is undated. Apparently, the Gift of Gold Mining and Milling Company name had changed to the Bullion Den Group. 9) Wells, Fargo & Co's Express Freight Receipt, 8.5" x 5.5,"and dated February 18, 1896. The package was received from "Mrs. J. J. McClelland, valued at $20, and addressed to "Mrs. Alex K. Jones, Tempe, Texas." The back of the receipt includes Wells Fargo advertisements. John Jovian McClelland, a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, was a Kentucky liquor salesman who moved to Tombstone in the early 1880s, where he became a prominent businessman in mining, serving for a time as president of the Gift of Gold Mining and Milling Company, which managed four mines: Gift of Gold, Big Bonanza, Bullion Den, and Missing Link. He died on his ranch near Tombstone on September 13, 1913 at the age of 73. All items in lot are in good condition, except where noted.

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