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Sale 85: The Westpex Sale

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California Postal History

Lot 779    

(1849 California Constitution at Monterey) 1849 (Sep.) "San Joaquin Dist., Tuolumne River, Election Returns", docketing on gray folded cover addressed to Hon. B Riley Governor, Monterey, Upper California, privately carried, marked "Rec'd Sept 3d 1849"; minor fold toning, Fine and rare early use.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

The state was divided into 10 districts - San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Louis Obispo, Los Angeles, Sonoma, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Monterey, San Jose and San Francisco to send delegates to the California Constitutional Convention at Monterey (Sept. 1 to Oct. 13, 1849). General Bennett Riley was Military Governor of California from April 13, 1849 to December 20, 1849. The convention met at Monterey on Sept. 1, 1849 and by Oct. 12th, had formed a State Constitution providing for an American Civil Governor. A month later, the people ratified it and on Dec. 20th Riley yielded his authority to Peter M. Burnett, ending a period of 3½ years of Military Government in California.

Realized: $725

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