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    1853 August 10, Diamond Springs to Willow Springs, Calif. Folded circular with a perfect strike blue oval "Adams & Cos./ Express/ Diamond Springs" and red oval "Adams & Co./ Mormon Isl'd/ Aug. 14" handstamps and manuscript "50¢" rate, Extremely Fine and choice.

    Estimate $5,000-$7,500


    THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF A PRINTED CIRCULAR (AS OPPOSED TO A NEWSPAPER) CARRIED BY A CALIFORNIA EXPRESS COMPANY.

    This letter, from the South Fork Canal Co. and Bradley, Berdan & Co, was one of 31 copies sent to companies "incorporated for the purpose of conducting water from the streams to the mines on elevated grounds, for mining purposes." It invites the respective company representatives to a meeting to devise measures for petitioning the U.S. Congress for appropriate rights-of-way through public lands for canal projects.

    Since the circular contained no handwriting, it could have been sent through the regular mails for just 1¢. But apparently the senders felt that the 50¢ express company fee was justified due to the importance of the meeting.

    From the Ron Cipolla Collection


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    11th-14th Friday-Monday
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