Quartz Rock Mariposa Gold Mining Company Stock Certificate (107288)

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Quartz Rock Mariposa Gold Mining Company Stock Certificate   (107288)
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#21 in ink on top. Issued for ten shares (10971 to 10980). Signed by secretary J Waddell and directors Thomas Kelley and Erskine. Incorporated in London. "Fully paid up Scrip for one share." J. and F. Biden, Printers, 97, Cheapside. 6 x 8.75" Pinholes, folds, stains. This is one of the original Fremont-Hoffman companies. Lord Erskine secured the rights to work a 21 year lease. When the supt. arrived in California in 1852, Fremont's men refused to give him control of any land. He found a quicksilver claim nearby and then they took over the Mary Harrison and Virginia mines at Maxwell Creek near Coulterville, California in April 1853. The existing Mexican workers demanded a pay increase, but the company hired Chinese at a lower cost. They had Mexican, Chinese, French, German, English, and American employees. [See Money Pits, Woodland, pgs. 114-120 for a detailed history of the company] Ken Prag Collection

Date: c1852
State/Country: California
City/County: Mariposa