Lot 61 of 627:
1850 Letter to San Francisco Gold Rush lawyer and future California Governor Henry Haight  

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Letter to new San Francisco lawyer, future California Governor
George K. Budd, for Budd & Park, bankers
[St. Louis?, but postmarked New York]
April 25, 1850

Autograph Letter Signed. 2pp. + address leaf. To Henry H. Haight, San Francisco, 

A business and legal letter, asking Haight to collect judgments secured in New Orleans against Hamlet Davis (who “has made considerable money since his arrival on the Pacific”), asking how Tiffany “has made out” as a speculator “since his arrival”, informing Haight that notice of his newly-established San Francisco law practice had been published in New York, and “wishing you every success in your new enterprise on the shores of the Pacific…”

25 year-old Henry Huntley Haight had just begun to practice law in Gold Rush San Francisco, newly-arrived from St. Louis, as was his uncle, Henry W. Haight, who opened the San Francisco branch of a prestigious St. Louis banking house. Henry, the uncle, had the distinction of having a street in downtown San Francisco named in his honor, but Henry, the nephew trumped him, being elected the tenth Governor of California after the Civil War. Hamlet Davis was another banker who had come west from New Orleans, making his fortune in gold-rich Nevada County until he went bankrupt in 1855. And entrepreneur W.H.Tiffany had come to San Francisco to invest in real estate, in which he tried vainly to interest his brother Charles, who had just opened a Paris branch of his jewelry company, renowned for catering to the New York upper crust.  A fine association item of early San Francisco Gold Rush movers-and-shakers.


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