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Letters from California

Letters from San Francisco.

No. 1025 Sent from San Francisco, California, to Washington D. C. and forwarded to Lexington, Virginia. Inside is a letter dated May 26, 1850, from Thomas Henley to William H. English: “I don’t think you have ever seen an act of man to justify the opinion that I would ever in this distant country take the advantage of any man much less a friend and partner to the amount of a single dollar. I know one thing that but for me your interest in this country would long since have been quick and gone far beyond your reach and I should have had my share of the spoils …”

No. 1026 Sent from San Francisco, California, to G. Clarke Smith in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

No. 1027 Sent from San Francisco, California, to Marshall Smith I. Boothbay, Maine.

No. 1028 Sent from San Francisco, California, to Elbert H. Jones at Oyster Bay, Long Island in New York.

No. 1029 Sent from San Francisco, California, to Mrs. Cynthia Ellis in Waterville, Maine.

No. 1030 Sent from San Francisco, California, to David P. Elmer in Bridgeton, New Jersey.

No. 1031 Sent from Boston, Massachusetts, to Ellis Crosby & Co. in San Francisco, California. Inside is a letter dated December 11, 1849, from W. Hapgood and Charles Crosby to Ellis Crosby and Co. The letter includes an invoice of goods shipped by Hapgood on the Charlotte River. The correspondence demonstrates the difficulty of doing business coast-to- coast in 1849. Hapgood had sent goods by ship with John Ferguson. The ship and goods arrived, but Ferguson didn’t: “A member of your firm Mr. Crosby informs me that Ferguson had not arrived up to Nov. 1st and through his influences I am to trouble you in the matter He (Mr. C.) Says Mess. Greely Fetton and Co. agreed to store the goods for a charge until Ferguson should arrive. Now whether they have stored them of where they are is more than I know …” Hapgood asked Quincy to find out what happened to the goods and “advise me per first mail of the result of your investigations.”

No. 1032 Sent from Boston, Massachusetts, to Ellis Crosby and Co. in San Francisco, California. Inside is a letter dated September 10th, 1850, from Mr. Hapgood. While most of the letter discusses business arrangements, Hapgood remarked on the personal difficulty he had reaching his brother in California: “I had a letter from my brother of the 21st July. He was working on Feather River and I have addressed a letter to him in your care and you will oblige if you can forward directly to him by private hand if not hold on till he sends for it. What account have you from Adams and Co. about the letters! I have forwarded to my brother 6 or 8 by them to your care and none of them have reached their destination.”

No. 1033 Sent from Boston, Massachusetts, to Daniel Gibb of San Francisco, California. Inside is a brief letter dated June 7, 1851, from Mr Booth that “Your of the 30th April was duly received. Enclosed I hand you four Custom House Certificates duly signed and sealed.”

Photograph of Douglas Flat, California, 1930s.