List of Valuable Books for Sale by H. H. Bancroft and
Geo. L. Kenny, Sacramento City, California
[Sacramento, Calif.: Bancroft & Kenny, 1852].

When Bancroft arrived in California, he went first to Sacramento to make contact with commission merchants to whom his brother-in-law had previously sent consignments. George H. Derby's untimely death, at age thirty, on September 15, left Bancroft and Kenny with the task of selling the stock as soon as possible so that Derby's estate could be settled. Kenny then entered a partnership with William B. Cooke in San Francisco, where he successfully sold all the books. In 1856, Bancroft's widowed sister, Cecilia, loaned Hubert the $5,500 profit from the sale as capital with which to start a business in San Francisco.

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