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California Gold Rush pioneers ship Scottish beer to Hawaii and Tahiti – 1860 Letter  

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San Francisco shipping pioneers send Scottish beer to Hawaii and Tahiti – Letter

Cross & Co..

San Francisco


Dec. 20, 1860


Autograph Letter Signed. 1 pg. + stampless address leaf. To John Jeffrey, Edinburgh, Scotland.

After the Gold Rush was well underway, the Cross company, while investing in gold mines and property development on the San Francisco waterfront, also specialized in the import and export of European goods in San Francisco – including the Ale produced by their fellow Scot, Jeffrey, whose beer they shipped to Hawaii and the South pacific.

“…We have nothing later from Guayamas, but we urged J. Robinson, through their Agents here, to close out your Ales on hand with the least possible delay. With a view to keep up our connexion with Honolulu and Tahiti for Ale, we lately sent 20 hhd to the former port and are about to ship 10 hhd to the latter. We bought Bass No. 3 in the finest possible order, at $30 in bond, and the result will enable us to judge whether we ought to send on any of yours of a similar quality, on the recommendation of our friends. In the meantime you will be good enough to say whether you would approve of our relieving your stocks in such a manner, if a free sale at a fair price cannot be secured here..."

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