Lot 65: 1850 California Gold Rush letter, swindler's notorious overland expedition

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2016-01-13 11:46:09


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Lot 65: Author: N/A; Title: Swindler Parker French 1850 letter about a passenger on his notorious "Express Train" to the California gold fields; Place Published: New Orleans; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1850; Description: Parker H. French. Secretarial Autograph Letter Signed (by S.E.White), New Orleans, May 28, 1850 1pg. + stampless address leaf. To Mutual Insurance Co., Hartford.About life insurance for Austin Babcock, one of the 250 "passengers" on French's ill-fated California "Express Train", a giant scam organized by the most colorful of Gold Rush adventurers - bold entrepreneur and charming swindler, bandit and diplomat and California politician. As letters written by Parker French himself are virtually non-existent, this secretarial letter in his name, dated two days before the French expedition left New Orleans for Texas, is an historical rarity. Condition: Very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $300-500
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