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Bank of California Opium Seizure Certificate - Rare! (107761)

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Bank of California Opium Seizure Certificate - Rare!  (107761)
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Rare. We have not seen these before. Blue Bank of California form, United State of America District Court for the Northern District of California. For the case of "the United States vs. 134 Boxes Opium." Dateline San Francisco, Aug. 18th, 1864. Paying Charles James, Collector, $1110. Signed by the district judge and clerk. Signed on the back by James. Black print on blue paper. Lith. Britton & Co., San Francisco. 4.5 x 8.25" Some soiling. The first shipment of Chinese opium fifty-two boxes in all arrived in San Francisco in 1861 aboard the clipper Ocean Pearl. By 1864, "the Year of Opium" in San Francisco, huge shipments were arriving regularly, and the City's first three big drug busts occurred. On January 16th and April 22nd, shipments from the ships Derby and Pallas were seized.

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Country (if not USA):
State: California
City/County: San Francisco
Date: 1864