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ORIGINAL CARTE DE VISITE PORTRAIT OF REV. BELA N. SEYMOUR, WHO ESTABLISHED THE FIRST CHURCH IN THE CALIFORNIA GOLD MINING REGION].

Gold Rush]: [Seymour, Bela N.]:

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From Nick Aretakis (Manteca, CA, U.S.A.)

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[San Francisco?]: S.P. Sanders, Traveling Photographer, [circa 1865]. Original carte de visite photograph 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches, affixed to a slightly larger mount. Tax stamp on verso. Light wear. Near fine. This carte de visite is an original photograph of the Rev. Bela N. Seymour, who established the first church in the California gold mining region. Seymour and his wife came to California from New York in 1855. They settled in Oroville the next year, formed a church in 1857, and by 1858 they had constructed their own brick building. Oroville (and the gold regions generally) certainly needed religion during the Gold Rush. In his memoir of his time there, Seymour described the settlement of some 4000 as "the wickedest mining camp in California." Seymour would go on to found other churches in California in the 1850s to 1870s, before returning to his native New England, where he preached for several more years.This photograph can be dated to circa 1865 by the three-cent George Washington tax stamp on the verso, which was required on photographs sold between August 1, 1864, and July 1, 1866. The verso of the mount bears the imprint of "S.P. Sanders, Traveling Photographer." Peter Palmquist notes that Sanders was active in San Francisco in 1865 and 1866. Seymour's signature is printed in the image, just below the photograph which depicts the bearded minister from the chest up. A rare image of a pioneering Gold Rush preacher. Bookseller Inventory # 1069

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Title: ORIGINAL CARTE DE VISITE PORTRAIT OF REV. ...

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