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First National Bank of Austin Assay Receipt

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First National Bank of Austin Assay Receipt
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This document illustrates how intertwined all of the various businesses of the period were with mining. Fairchild, the publisher of this assay receipt and the owner/editor of the Austin newspaper Reese River Reveille, was a California Gold Rush miner. This certificate for mill pulp was most likely deposited by the Manhattan Silver Mining Co. Although this is not stated directly, this has the Manhattan - the largest of all of the Austin Mines of the period - written all over it. They were known to get their assays done here and this is the 34th and 35th assay that was done at the same time. Allan Curtis was their agent and he was a director of the First National Bank. Teh receipt shows J.R. Murphy, Assayer. 1867. For assay of "mill pulp." Under name of mine or company, it just lists No. 35 and No. 36. Two deposits valued at $296.85 and $208.91 in silver. Signed by Murphy as assayer. Allegorical vignette on the left. Folds and heavy soiling. Measures 4.5" x 8.5" State: Nevada City: Austin, Lander Date: HWAC# 99380