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Vigilance Committee letter sheet 1856  

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Execution of Casey & Cora, by the San Franciso [sic] Vigilance Committee May 22d. 1856. Taken from Cor. Davis & Commercial


San Francisco

Pub. by Britton & Rey



Pictorial lettersheet. Empty lot, surrounded by the Vigilance Committee in formation, with bodies hanging at left from Fort Vigilance. On single of wove paper (the blank conjugate is not present). 20x25.5 cm (8x10").

Jackson, Gold Rush Album , p. 220 (illustrated): “The lithography tells its own story. Not all good citizens approved of the Committee’s high-handed methods, and the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court denounced the Committee’s actions as a rebellion of ‘damned pork merchants.’ But, as seen in the view...mass meetings of San Franciscans turned out to endorse the suspension of normal legal process during the months of June and July.” Peters, California on Stone, p. 69; Baird 68.

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Paper toned, edge wear; good to very good.

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