Virginia City, Montana to Richview, Illinois: 1872. Envelope or Cover.
This letter is written on official “Territory of Montana. Executive Department” letterhead, dated November 13, 1872. It is accompanied by its official “Executive Department / Montana Territory” mailing emvelope which is franked with a three-cent green Washington stamp (Scot #147) and cancelled with a circular Virginia City postmark (also dated November 13) and cork killer. The envelope had been roughly opened—but later repaired—causing minor damage to the stamp; however the cover is quite attractive. The letter is bright and fresh. Transcript included.
In this letter, Governor Potts answers a query from an Illinois man about the possible to relocate to Montana. An unabashed promoter of his state, Potts responds with vigor and excited encouragement:
“If you wish to enter the stock business no place on the Continent can offer you better advantages and I doubt if as good as Montana. The N.P.R.R [Northern Pacific Rail Road] will be in Montana next year and during the building of 600 miles of the Road through Montana Cattle and Sheep will bring a good price. You will be able to purchase Stock here in the Spring at a fair price as many have large herds and will be compelled to sell some in the Spring. Come and see the Country in May next and if you don’t like it we will promise to let you leave at any time.”. Very good. Item #009583