Finding aid of the Bradford W. Elliot Papers C058840

Finding aid prepared by Alexandria Brown / Michael Lange
Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1272
(415) 959-1849
pkeats@californiapioneers.org
12/20/2011


Title: Elliot, Bradford W. Papers
Identifier/Call Number: C058840
Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
Language of Material: English
Storage Unit: B001392
Storage Unit: C058840
Physical Description: 1.0 folder (1 item)
Date: 1850
Abstract: This folder contains two copies of a letter from John M. Bailhache regarding a his donation of a copy of a letter by Elliot to Mason Brayman on 03/10/1850, as well as a typed transcript of said letter. The letter describes Elliot’s overland journey to San Francisco that same year and the lifestyle and habits of the people of San Francisco.
creator: Elliot, Bradford W.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

There are no restrictions on access.

Preferred Citation note

Bradford W. Elliot Papers. The Society of California Pioneers.

Donor

Gift of John M. Bailhache, date unknown.

Biographical/Historical note

Elliot was a member of the Mormon Church and attended Zion’s Camp. In 1843 he sailed with Brigham Young from Pittsburgh to St. Louis. On September 17, 1850 he and several associates applied for Special Administration of the Estate of Hiriam Gates.

Scope and Contents note

This folder contains two copies of a letter from John M. Bailhache regarding a his donation of a copy of a letter by Elliot to Mason Brayman on 03/10/1850, as well as a typed transcript of said letter. The letter describes Elliot’s overland journey to San Francisco that same year and the lifestyle and habits of the people of San Francisco. He also describes the landscape and environment he experienced while crossing by wagon train from Mount Pleasant, Iowa to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1849 and then from Salt Lake City to California during the winter of 1849 and 1850. The transcript maintains Elliot’s misspellings and poor grammar. Many of the comments he makes may be exaggerations, though Elliot appears to have believed some of them to be true.

Existence and Location of Originals note

The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107 owns a typed transcription of the letter from Elliot to Brayman. John Howell owned original handwritten letter, unsure of current location.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Brayman, Mason, 1813-1895
Gambling--California.
Overland journeys to the Pacific
Prostitutes--United States.
San Francisco (Calif.)--Social conditions
San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs
Sweetwater Crossing (Wyo.)