San Jose, CA: April 16th 1859. Duodecimo bifolium (ca. 16 x 10 cm). 3 pp. Brown ink written in a legible hand on beige wove paper. Fold marks, otherwise a very good letter and cover.
A historically interesting letter to an associate back home that describes San Jose in its early years of development especially in regards to the business opportunities available. C. E. Smith states that" I am very well pleased with it so far, it is a very pleasant country. It is pretty good grazing country and there is a great deal of grain raised also. I have not been in the mines but from what I can hear the miners are doing very well this season. Farm hands are getting from $30 to $35 and $40 dollars per month." However, Smith also cautions that not all business opportunities are golden and that "a man may knock around and wait for six months to get into a particular kind of business and probably spend a hundred dollars or more before he gets into business, where he might make expenses at something, else as well as not if he would do it." Further he warns that "the people here are pretty fast and especially the rising generation are getting along in a fast age." On March 27, 1850, San Jose became the first incorporated city in the state of California and also the state's first capital, but this only lasted for a year because of a lack of buildings suitable for the state government. Overall an early interesting letter describing early business opportunities in San Jose.
Price: $850.00 USD