James King of William Gold Rush Ephemera with Extremely RARE Original Auction Catalog

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James King of William Gold Rush Ephemera with Extremely RARE Original Auction Catalog
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James King of William (1822-1856) was a crusading San Francisco, California newspaper editor whose shooting death in 1856 resulted in the establishment of the second San Francisco Vigilance Committee and changed the politics of the city. King was among the first newspapermen to be honored by the California Journalism Hall of Fame.

Items include:

1) James King paid taxes to the [illegible] of Georgetown for real estate taxes on 4 May 1848 in the amount of $2.87, signed by [illegible] Jewell Coley.

2) Rental agreement between Wm Holt and James King of William 25 February 1854. Holt agreed to pay King ten dollars a month so he could place a house on Kings lot no. 173 on Market Street. The lease stipulates that at any time, King could ask Holt to move the house and he would have to do so immediately.

3) John Morrow and William Newton Meeks lease a room to King in a building at 276 Montgomery Street for a period of one year. The rent was $550.00 a month. King had to pay a down payment of $1650.00 with the rest of the rent to be paid on the first of the month until November 1850 when the "whole year shall have been paid in full.

4-7) Four covers of various sizes

* Notes of Month + year belonging to C. M. M. G;

* Samuel Stettinius Esq. San Francisco by Mr. King;

* Mr. James King of William San Francisco California from Gilbert Rodman. Rodman, along with Thomas Corwin, wrote a special report to the U.S. Treasury in 1850 on revenue collection in California;

* 1912 one cent cancelled stamp mailed in San Francisco, in December with an advertisement for the upcoming 1915 World's Panama-Pacific Exposition. On the cover, "Documents concerning James King of Wm. Obtained Jan. 1913. The addressee's name has been blocked out. One pamphlet to Mission Dolores, no date, gives the history of the church, such as the first marriage, first baptism, and first burial.

8) Original 1913 James King of William Auction Catalogue. Fourteen pages. Lists 'The Books, Letters, Papers, Pictures of James King, of Wm. To Be Sold at Auction in the Sutter Street Salesroom" by H. Taylor Curtis, Auctioneer. Numbers 56 & 62 in the auction are two of our items. They were among 227 lots up for auction. Pamphlet has been folded in half, the long way, and has a portion of the front page ripped from the right corner. Inside the front page, the terms of sale are listed. Extremely Rare.

Date: c1850 Location: San Francisco, California HWAC# 56908