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Certification of Vigilance Committee member 1856  

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Handwritten note certifying Thomas C. Lancey to be a member of the Committee of Vigilance

Gates, George

San Francisco


Aug. 25, 1856


Autograph note, signed by George Gates as Captain Commanding the Doane Guards. 12 lines, in ink, on sheet of lined paper measuring 17.5x11.8 cm (6¾x4¾").

Temporary certification of Mr. Lancey's membership, reading in full: "San Francisco, Aub. 25, 1856. I do hereby certify that Thomas C. Lancey No. 4470 is an active member of the Committee of Vigilance in good standing, and a private in the Doane Guards (11th Division) and duly entitled to a certificate of membership. Signed George Gates, Captain Commanding."  Thomas C. Lancey was the subjet of a 1947 article in the Pacific Historical Review by Lawrence Clark Powell, "Thomas C. Lancey, Chronicler of '46," and is listed in Bancroft's Pioneer Register

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