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Ralston receipts for silver and gold bars  

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Manuscript receipt for a deposit of gold and silver bars valued at $246,865.59 in the Bank of California, signed by W.C. Ralston

Ralston, William Chapman

San Francisco


June 29, 1867


8 lines, in ink, on letterhead of the Bank of California, with revenue stamp and rubberstamp. 24x10 cm (9½x8").

William Chapman Ralston, founder and cashier of the Bank of California and one of the richest men in California, who was to drown in San Francisco Bay in 1875, and apparent suicide following the collapse of his financial empire, receives "from Capt. Knowles Master of the ship White Swallow bound for Hong Kong China, Ninety Six (96) Silver Bars & three (3) Boxex Gold Bars" valued at the aforementioned figure, "Deliverable to him on return of this receipt properly endorsed." Knowles has signed his name on the back in endorsement. Two stabholes from cancellation or from being on a spindle.

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A little aging, very good.

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