Lot 350: 1856 Chinese interpreter for San Francisco Police Court

PBA Galleries

2016-01-13 11:47:00


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Lot 350: Author: Morcal, John; Title: Autograph Document Signed - Seeking job as Chinese Interpreter for San Francisco Police Court; Place Published: San Francisco; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: November 14, 1856; Description: Autograph Document Signed. 3 pp. + blank leaf at end (as rear cover).To The San Francisco Board of Police Commissioners, with 2 documents supporting Morcal's application for the position of Chinese language interpreter for the San Francisco Police Court "with all the power of a Police Officer," attesting that he was a US citizen, a San Francisco resident and registered voter "of good repute for honesty and sobriety" with linguistic competence for the job, an important position during the Gold Rush era, when most Chinese in the city could not speak English. Complete description available. Please contact pba@pbagalleries.com for more information. Condition: Chip out of top corner, some other light wear to edges; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $250-350
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