Sale 1272 — United States Postal History
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 14-15 December, 2022
Category — San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western Express
A FINE APPEARING EASTBOUND PONY EXPRESS COVER, CARRIED IN NOVEMBER 1860, THE MONTH LINCOLN WAS ELECTED AND THE NATION MOVED CLOSER TO CIVIL WAR.
This cover was carried on the Pony Express trip from San Francisco that left on October 31, 1860, and arrived in St. Joseph on November 12. While en route, six days before arrival in St. Joseph, Abraham Lincoln was elected president.
FKW Census E34. Trip ET-44. Ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Walske
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY 25-CENT BLUE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS STAMP ON A COVER FROM THE CELEBRATED CRITTENDEN CORRESPONDENCE.
This cover was sent to Clara C. Crittenden by her son Howard, from Aurora. Clara's husband, Alexander Parker Crittenden, was a prominent West Coast attorney, who also resided in Virginia City. The move to Nevada became necessary after California passed a law prohibiting the practice of law by anyone who would not take the loyalty oath. “Parker” Crittenden was a pro-Southerner who chose to relocate to Virginia City, rather than swear allegiance to the Federal government. His wife stayed in San Francisco for some time, and the two corresponded frequently while he was away. A few years later he was shot dead by his mistress in front of his wife and son.