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MANUSCRIPT ACCOUNT LEDGER FOR A SAN FRANCISCO COMPANY PERFORMING A VARIETY OF SERVICES FOR SEVERAL CALIFORNIA MINING COMPANIES IN THE 1860s, INCLUDING RECORDS OF WAGES PAID FOR CHINESE, BLACK, AND WHITE LABORERS, AND PRINTING WORK BY EDWARD BOSQUI AND OTHERS]
[San Francisco, 1870. [22]pp. Folio. Contemporary paneled sheep, calf corners, gilt morocco spine labels. Minor wear and rubbing, light staining. Occasional minor thumb-soiling. Very good. A brief but informative cash ledger kept by a San Francisco company that performed a variety of tasks for a number of California mining companies. The occasional entries occupy twenty pages of a large folio ledger, and document costs of all kinds related to mining efforts in the second decade after the California Gold Rush. Particularly fascinating are the segregated payment entries between laborers of various races, here represented by Chinese, whites, and blacks, many of whom are identified by name. The ledger opens with three pages of expenditures related to the "Cost of Ware House Corner of Sansome and Broadway," listing amounts paid for various excavating and building services for 1860 and additions made in 1867, a total of just more than $8700. This location, about three blocks away from the wharf at the Embarcadero, would have been ideal for shipments going in and out of San Francisco. The remainder of the entries concern accounts related to mining companies or mining company services, such as assessments, freight, drayage, and assay work. The companies include the Heckendorn Gold & Silver Mining Company, the Honest Gold & Silver Mining Company, the American Gold & Silver Mining Company, the Salt Spring Valley Mining Company, the St. Charles & St. Joseph Mining Company, Sylvester Bowman (who bought fifty shares of Golden Age and Empire in 1865 and received cash from the Pacif … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]

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