Lot 195: Californian pioneer (1803–1880) known for his association with the Gold Rush as the owner of Sutter's Mill, where gold was first discovered by James W. Marshall. Rare ALS signed "J. A. Sutter," one page, 7.75 x 9.75, February 3, 1858. Letter to Silas Selleck, a noted photographer in San Francisco. In full: "When I was with you, we forgot in a hurry my Orthographe, therefor I have the pleasure of sending you a few." In very good condition, with repaired separations to intersecting folds (one vertical separation passing through the first letter of his last name, with slight paper loss affecting it), and scattered toning. Selleck was a noted prize-winning photographer in the area, and was awarded a bronze medal at the 1858 San Francisco Mechanics' Institute Exhibition for an ambrotype of Sutter; this portrait was judged 'a well executed specimen of the art.'
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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