Lot 401Barlow, Sanderson & Co. The Great Southern Overland Mail & Express Co., letter datelined "Kansas City May 11 1866" from T.J. Barnum, a partner of the firm regarding its creation to his brother reading in part: "…Who ever heard of an old stager to quit untill he had to. I am in to for four years more when I hope to give up this wild life and stay at Home…I shall be in New Mexico Arrizona & Probably California as we have got the Great Southern Overland Mail & Express from the Missouri River to San Diego - the largest but one in the United States. The firm is Barlow Sanderson & Co. Your humble servant myself is the Co. thats where the joke comes in but I am the youngest Partner & the name is long enough so it won't do to cover the Stage all over with letters…", accompanied by original cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by circle of wedges duplexed with "Kansas City Mo. May 12" cds to his brother at Middlefield Centre N.Y., Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.