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San Jose - Early Documents & Letters

Lots 849-854

Lot 849

(San Jose) 1837 (Jan. 24) General Mariano G. Vallejo Ordenes, this is the second of six documents which are called collectively "Communicaciones" from Jan. 7th 1837 to Jun. 10th 1839, this relates to the military defense of the Northern Frontier, reorganization of the Presidual Companies, specifically those responsible for protection of Santa Clara and San Jose, this was printed by the Zamorano Press - Monterey or Sonoma 1837, Very Fine.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

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Current Opening Bid: $190

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Lot 850    

(San Jose) "Pueblo de S. Jose Julio 22 Jul 1838", datelined on 2+ page folded letter written in Spanish to Antonio Peralta, Rancho San Antonio, Very Fine and rare early San Jose letter.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

Pacheco's Ranch was 18,000 acres in Contra Costa County. Rancho San Antonio, also known as the Peralta Grant, was a 44,800-acre land grant by Governor Pablo Vicente de Solá, the last Spanish governor of California, to Don Luís María Peralta, a sergeant in the Spanish Army and later, commissioner of the Pueblo of San José, in recognition of his forty years of service. The grant, issued on August 3, 1820, embraced the sites of the cities of San Leandro, Oakland, Alameda, Emeryville, Piedmont, Berkeley, and Albany.

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Current Opening Bid: $350

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Lot 851

(San Jose) "Pueblo de San Jose, Saturday. Decr. 16th 1848" The First California Hanging of Americans, dateline on one page blue "Sentence" document, reading "That they shall - David A. Davis, William Campbell and Mather Freer be hung by the neck until they are dead on Monday next between the hours of 10 & 2." and signed by several and approved by "K.H. Dimmick, Alcalde", Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Accompanied by a short story "A Pioneer Reminiscence, The First Hanging of Americans in the State of California" concerning Davis, Campbell and Freer and their crime of stealing gold dust.

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Current Opening Bid: $150

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Lot 852

(San Jose) 1850 (Aug. 31) Payment to Band for Celebration of California Admittance Into the Union, gray letter of $50 payment to "Band Employed on the day of the Celebration of the admission of California into the Union" and signed "George Whitman", reverse with receipt note of $50 in San Jose; some faults, Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 853    

(San Jose) 1894 Grand Fiesta, San Jose Cal., multicolor illustrated festival cover showing cowboy at left bearing 2¢ Columbian (231) tied by barred oval of "San Jose, Cal. May 24 '94" duplex to local address, complete strike below, Very Fine and attractive, a rare design.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $100

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Lot 854    

(San Jose) San Jose Festivals, 1896-99, group of three advertising covers comprising two different 1896 Santa Clara County Carnival of Roses, and 1899 State Inauguration Day, Very Fine trio.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $70

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Lots 849-854

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