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Abby Sale 18 Nov 05 - 08:15 AM
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Subject: Happy! - Nov 18 (Dear John Butterfield)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 18 Nov 05 - 08:15 AM


Happy Birthday!

John Butterfield

was born

11/18/1801
(d.11/14/1869).

Along with Wells & Fargo he founded American Express in 1850 and the Overland Mail Co. in 1857. He won the government contract to carry mail from St. Louis to San Francisco and the first such arrived in San Francisco 10/10/1858.

The Dear John letter thus became possible out west.

        As was rambling around one day all down on the public square
        The mail coach had arrived, and I met the mail-boy there
        He handed to me a letter, that gave me to understand
        That the girl I left in old Texas had married another man.

                "Girl I Left Behind Me," DigTrad filename[ GIRLEFT.

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