Item #22234 ALS Accompanying Farewell Gift to Pioneering California Orchardist Edward Berwick. Edward Berwick.
ALS Accompanying Farewell Gift to Pioneering California Orchardist Edward Berwick

ALS Accompanying Farewell Gift to Pioneering California Orchardist Edward Berwick

London: 1865. Paperback. 10" x 16" (folded to 10" x 8") ALS on the occasion of Edward Berwick's departure for America in 1865. Edward Berwick was born in London in 1843 and worked at a London bank before sailing to the United States to seek his fortune in 1865. This farewell letter reads in full "15 Lombard Street/London 28 June 1865/ To Mr. Edward Berwick/Dear Sir/We beg you will kindly accept/this Medicine Chest as a slight token of our esteem for/your character, and it is presented with every good/wish for your safety, health and prosperity in your/new enterprise/We are, Dear Sir/Yours truly” - signed by 17 persons, likely his banking associates. Settling in Carmel Valley, California, Berwick pioneered California's first commercial pear orchard, specializing in the Winter Nelis pear, which became famous worldwide as the "Berwick pear." Berwick became prominent on the Monterey Peninsula and was a regular diner at Jules Simoneau's restaurant, along with artists including Jules Tavernier and writer Robert Louis Stevenson during his stay (Stevenson spent a night in Berwick's barn). He was an early proponent of establishing the parcel post system and an Isthmus of Panama canal, and was a committed pacifist, lecturing nationally including at Chautauqua assemblies. Offered together with an 8" x 10 1/2" 1908 TLS on Office of the Postmaster General letterhead and signed by General George von L. Meyer thanking Berwick for his support of 'the proposed parcel post extension.'. Item #22234

Price: $250.00

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