Early California Mail

More pertinent, geographically, are the relay express services of Governor Stephen W. Kearny of California and of Major Chorpenning. General Kearny, as military governor of the new territory freshly wrested from Mexico, established a horse courier service of two soldiers, one at San Francisco and the other at San Diego. Starting on alternate Mondays, they kept a semimonthly schedule, exchanging mail sacks at a convenient halfway point. Kearny’s postal service gave transportation to both official communications and private letters without charge.