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Pony Express - collecting mail for the very first run...

Item # 702621

April 02, 1860


* Pony Express - prior to 1st trek
* Saint Louis, Missouri

Page 3 has a very interesting article concerning the beginning of the Pony Express service, outlining the charges. The text is headed: "The California Pony Express" and is datelined St. Louis, with portions including: "We learn...that they commence receiving despatches for the California Pony Express today. Each message will be numbered & will be forwarded from the first station of the telegraph line in Carson Valley in the same order as received here...Triplicates will be sent & every precaution will be taken to prevent their destruction by water or wear & tear. The tariff from St. Louis to any point in California, including express & all other charges, will be $5.30 for the first ten words..." with more (see photos). Quite historic in that they were collecting "mail" for the run on April 3rd.

This page also has a very brief report headed: "Seizure of a Suspected Slaver", being the ship Jehossee. Complete in 8 pgs., some foxing to the front page, a few minor margin tears, mostly great condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War