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Freeman & Co. Bill of Lading JR Snowden to San Francisco 1855

This is a receipt for one box of then-value $135 from JR Snowden in Philadelphia on July 3, 1855 to San Francisco. The bill of lading is with Freeman & Co. New-York to California Package Express and is cream colored with black scrollwork on the left margin featuring a sidewheel steamer en route. Snowden was Treasurer of the US Mint from 1847 to 1850 and then Director of the US Mint from 1853 to 1861. The reverse shows the printed insurance contract and “Recd July 28/55” in cursive ink.

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