Mark Twain in the West: An Exhibition
Mining in Nevada Territory

Samuel and Orion Clemens’s Overland Trip West

Receipt for Samuel and Orion Clemens’s stagecoach passage from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Carson City, Nevada Territory, on the Wells Fargo and Pony Express’s Central Overland California and Pike’s Peak Express line (which soon became known as the “Clean Out of Cash & Poor Pay Express”). Orion paid $300 the day before their 26 July 1861 departure, and promised to pay the balance within thirty days. Orion wrote on the verso: “Fare from St Jo to Carson”.

Received St Joseph July 25, 1861 of Mr Orion Clemens Three Hundred Dollars on account of his and Saml L. Clemens fare to Carson City or any other point on our Route East of Placerville in Coach leaving St Joseph July 25, 1861.
$300.00/100                Paul Coburn Agt.  C.O.C.
Per Nat Stein           & PPE&Co

Rec’d St Jo. July 25, 1861, of Mr Orion Clemens His acceptance of this Date at 30 Days for One Hundred Dollars, favor of BM. Hughes, Prest—in full for Balance of above fares.

$100.~                     Paul Coburn Agt COC & PPE&Co
Per Nat Stein
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