Wednesday, December 28, 2016

CPRR letter, 1872

From: "Chris from Trains"

I have a hand written letter on Central Pacific Railroad letterhead from the office of the President, Sacramento dated February 10, 1872. It is addressed to the CEO Bank Of Cal (Assume Bank of California) Mr. S. Franklin.

This letter talks about the Rev. Scott and was written from what appears to be Dave or maybe Daun Z. Yoslz. ...

The back side of the letter is page 3 of notes that Rev. Scott made. Yes, I happen to have pages 1, 2 and 4 of his notes. ...

Anyone have any idea who is the person that wrote this letter? Perhaps the security for the president? To further make this interesting the Rev. Scott wrote what appears to be a church sermon on the back of this letter.

—Chris Skow

CPRR letter 1872-02-10

CPRR letter 1872-02-10


Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Larry Mullaly"

Daniel Z. Yost was Leland Stanford’s long-time personal secretary. At this time Stanford, former governor of California, was President of the Central Pacific Railroad. Anything from Yost most likely came from Stanford himself.

—Larry Mullaly

12/28/2016 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Kyle Wyatt"

Per the 1872 Langley San Francisco Directory:

Stephen Franklin is the Secretary (not "CEO") of the Bank of California in San Francisco.

Rev. William A. Scott is the pastor of St. Johns Presbyterian Church in San Francisco.

Daniel Z. Yost is the private secretary of Leland Stanford, and lives in San Francisco.


12/28/2016 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Chris from Trains"

Hi Larry,

Thank you so much for the information. Is this letter worth anything even with it being so faded?


12/28/2016 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See related.

On eBay the seller does not need to know what an item is worth, because the bidders will decide the price.

12/28/2016 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Larry Mullaly"

I think it is fun document and illustrates the use of free passes for select friends of the railroad leaders, although this is the first time I have seen the economy, “half price pass” used. I suspect a dealer in antique manuscripts could put a price on it. There are thousands of similar documents in archives but it is rare to be able to purchase one.


12/29/2016 7:58 AM  

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