Nevada and California: 1862-1896. Various dates and formats, 1862-1896. The usual folds and light age toning, occasional light wear. Overall, Very Good.
1) Autograph letter from the French banking firm Lazard Freres to Adolph Sutro, dated at Paris, February 3, 1874, signed "Lazard Freres", regarding financing for the Sutro Tunnel. "We are at your disposal to telegraph whatever you think proper... We are happy to know that in spite of the failure with the public perception, you have means sufficient to work ahead without interruption for thirty months." Also mentions elections for board members. European investment in the Sutro Tunnel had been essential for its completion, "Final success was guaranteed when the British bankers Robert and Hugh McCalmont invested heavily in Sutro Tunnel stock." - American National Biography.
2) Autograph letter, signed, from Virginia (City), July 19, 1874 from John Nugent to Sutro. A letter concerning Sutro's ill-fated political bid to replace the retiring William Stewart. Nugent writes: "Last night the Republican County Committee met and... overwhelming majority for Sharon." William Sharon, a mine-owner, fierce capitalist and enemy of Sutro who Sutro would call "a thoroughly bad man - a man entirely void of principle," would eventually win the election.
3) Promissory note in Sutro's hand and signed by him, dated at San Francisco, April 6, 1862. Sutro borrows $654 from David Ubiger [sp?], with a note in separate ink showing Sutro's repayment with $39.24 of interest. The loan took place during the period after the burning of Sutro's mill in Dayton, when he was planning for construction of what would eventually be the Sutro Tunnel.
4) Autograph letter signed by C.N. Harris, to Adolph Sutro, dated July 13, 1878, on letterhead of the United States Land Office, Carson City, Nev., 3 pp. Harris had been traveling with a J.D. Moore to Virginia City, where they met Sutro on the train and offered to prospect for him in the area west of Mt. Davidson. Harris states that he and Moore have checked out the land in question and made copies of the notices posted by a Joseph Brown, which have been forwarded to Reno for recording. Harris attests to the value of the land in question and says that he strongly believes "upon the sinking of a deep shaft and judicious explorations therefrom, bonanzas are to be found. He goes on to say that he and Moore are willing to give Sutro a controlling interest in the project if Sutro agrees to the project.
5) Autograph letter signed, from a A.L. Brewie, dated at San Mateo, January 18, 1878, to Sutro, concerning his son Edgar. Presumably a caretaker, Brewie is quite dissatisfied with Edgar's progress in his studies: "Edgar's slowness. . . gives us dissatisfaction. . . The animal predominates--heedlessness is the rule. Play is the pressing desire and all they learn has to be forced [?] them."
6) Autograph letter signed from L.M. Coffin to Sutro, dated at Empire City, Nevada, July 3, 1878. The letter concerns the purchase of wood, and informs that it "will not be turned over the Mexican Dam, until you make the necessary arrangements. . . "
7) Autograph letter signed from John I. Ginn, dated at Winnemucca [Nevada], docketed on verso as dated August 26, 1874. One leaf, letter on recto only. Ginn discusses Sutro's ill fated Senate bid, has consulted with lawyer S.S. Grass in the Court Hose, has tentative interview with Alex Wise, and Julien of the Register has engaged a hall but securing a larger venue for an upcoming talk would be "much better."
8) Manuscript letter signed by an illegible author to Adolph Sutro, dated August 16, 1878, written on the letterhead of Minnequa House, Minnequa Springs, Pennsylvania, 2 pp. The letter discusses the author's ill health and mentions learning that Sutro's brother and family are also currently staying at the resort.
9) Autograph letter signed of James Delavan of Virginia City, dated February 9, 1878, to Sutro. 2 pp. Delavan relates to Sutro in an urgent tone that a Mr. Thompson has a pump coming from Scotland via Cape Horn to San Francisco. "With it he could handle all the water in the mines on the Comstock from the Utah to the Impereal & Empire, & insinuated that the Sutro Tunnel would not be needed for drainage." The pump will take five years to complete to comply with "the agreement made between the Tunnel Co. and mining companies." Delavan goes on to ask Sutro for a job in the tunnel or elsewhere on the premises for the bearer of the letter, Delavan's nephew.
10) Telegram from J.D. Bethel on Western Union letterhead, March 29, 1874. "Meeting last night opposed to amendment so far as obtaining patents only think it is advisable to let matter rest."
11) Billhead from Wormley's Hotel in Washington DC, August 15, 1876 to "Mr A. Sutro," with charges of $28 for a fourteen day stay.
12) Two telegraphs to Sutro at Willard's Hotel, one dated 5 February 1873 from Emma Haeffner asking Sutro to answer her previous letter; and the second dated 19 February 1873 from E.D. Cooke regarding the adjournment of a military committee.
13) Accounting sheet, dated 31 August, 1873, "Statement shewing probable amount required to liquidate Bills for August 1873" listing the expenses incurred by the Sutro Company for that month, including items such as dynamite, lumber, hardware, etc. Large leaf, folded, with expenses broken down: San Francisco bills, local bills, amounts due estates, payroll estimates, all totaling $25,558.89. Signed at end by Thos. Jas. Tiddy? Business listed include: Thos. H. Selby & Co., M.C. Hawley & Co., Farwell I& Co., Castle Bros., Locke & Montague, Conroy O"Connor & Co., G.B. Hitchcock & Co., Main & Winchester, Whittier Fuller Co., Cal, Powder Works, &c.
14) Return of Receipt & Disbursements, in the amount of $102, Sutro, dated February 27, 1873.
15) Autograph letter signed, dated at Virginia City, July 18, 1978, to H.H. Sheldon Esq. at Sutro, from James Jewell Constable signed by Joe Josephs as deputy. Asks Sheldon to advise of his intentions regarding assignment of Mark Strauss vs. John C. Bryant in the amount of $55. Sheldon's reply and signature below, wherein he explains why he knew nothing about it and asks what needs to be done in the two cases.
16) Typed copy of a Writ of Attachment in the Case of William M. Pierson and Robert B. Mitchell, Plaintiffs, vs. The Comstock Tunnel Company, Defendant, U.S. Circuit Court, District of Nevada, dated July 13, 1894, signed in type T.J. Edwards, Clerk. Orders the U.S. Marshal to attach and safely keep all the property owned by Defendant as may be sufficient to satisfy the Plaintiffs' demand of "nine thousand dollars, or thereabouts, besides interest and cost of suit." Folio, 2 leaves, attached at head with glue, majority typed, a few ink notations and dates and names filled in. First leaf completed on both sides, second leaf blank save for docketing on verso.
17) Manuscript listing of stock share allocation, single sheet, tissue type paper, undated, begins with shares carried over and marked at head "Continued", with Adolph Sutro's name on it. Columns for certificate number, name and number of shares. While the company is not noted on the document, it is likely listing shares of the Sutro Tunnel Company being that the following listed individuals at the head of the document were officers and trustees of the company and are each listed as purchasing several thousand shares: Samuel Merritt, Michael Reese, and Joseph Aron. Other names of the 30+ listed include: John B. Barry, Wm. James, Bridget Gallagher, Joseph Eaton, Mrs. Sarah Willis, Mrs. J. Niclues, Mrs. Daugay, Wm. Smith Wright, Wm. Roberts, Dewey & Co., A.C. Knox, &c. Old folds, some tears to extremities, several small holes [loss of several letters and numbers].
18) State Controller Warrant, State of Nevada Controller's Department, Carson City, Jan. 23, 1896, Registered No. 94, to be paid out of the Legislative Fund to George Ernst, $128.40. Rubberstamp marking the warrant paid. Ernst was an advisor to Sutro and made the first survey for the tunnel.
19) Sutro, Adolph. The California Monopolists Against the Sutro Tunnel. N.p., 1874. Pamphlet, 6 pp. A diatribe written by Sutro against the California Bank ring and the press. A fine example.
Adolph Sutro [1830-1898], second Jewish Mayor of San Francisco, was a Prussian-born developer and mining engineer turned populist politician and important figure in nineteenth century California and Nevada. His largest engineering achievement was the construction of the Sutro Tunnel in Nevada. This material mostly concerns the period when the Sutro Tunnel was nearly complete, in 1878. It shows the varied aspects of Sutro's endeavors- - securing financing, navigating the political landscape (which had proved treacherous to Sutro in the 1860s). Sutro was able to complete the tunnel in spite of significant political hurdles, including his unsuccessful State Senate bid in 1874. Several documents relate to the financing of the tunnel, another shows the threat of a new pump arriving from Scotland in 1878 which potentially could have made the tunnel obsolete. Sutro would eventually divest himself from his investment in 1880 just before silver mining in the region crashed, using his fortune for various endeavors including amassing one of the largest private libraries in the United States. Item #36661