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    Overland Stage Autograph Letter Signed Agent Joseph S. Roberson Salt Lake City, Utah 1865. Joseph S. Roberson Letter Signed "Jo. S. Roberson". One page, 8" x 10". By 1862 the company he was working for, the Central Overland and Pike's Peak Express Company, was purchased by stage coach magnate Ben Holladay. The only form of communication along the Overland Stage line of the early 1860s was written. Notes moved between station and line agents on the Salt Lake City to Virginia City line in a matter of two to four days. These notes were often requests for supplies, animals or queries on passengers.

    Transcribed Letter in full: Paul Coburn (Assistant Superintendent) Dear Sir, Eastern stage yesterday brought news by passenger, from Alex Benham, whom he met him in Sulphur Springs (Utah) that two suspicious persons were there the day before. Benham said that while at Sulphur Springs (Utah) a man (who used to be employed somewhere on the line, whether East or North, I couldn't find out) came to him and asked if any inquiries had been made at Salt Lake City for anyone. Benham said no, and asked why. The fellow said he had just come from Virginia City - had been mining there - got in a dispute with his partner and had killed him - said he had rode his horse 300 miles, - and didn't know but they were after him, and pretty soon an older man came to Benham and went through the same conversation. He Benham said nothing that would lead them to suspect that he knew anything, because he said there- but at Hallock he would give the information. The men were traveling with a large train. The police and everybody here are on the look out, and every suspicious person is watched. But as yet no body has been apprehended. Yours Truly Jo. S. Roberson. Very interesting historical letter.

    Very fine, very easy to read.

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