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BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS

box 1, folder 1

Appointments, commissions and notices of election 1852 - 1853

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Notifications as a Court of Sessions associate justice (1852-1853), justice of the peace (1852), San Diego board trustee (1853), and public administrator (1853). (6 leaves)
box 1, folder 2

Appointments, commissions and notices of election 1854 - 1855

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Notifications as San Diego City trustee (1854-1855), school commissioner (1854), and school trustee (1855). (5 leaves)
box 1, folder 3

Appointments, commissions and notices of election 1860 - 1861

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Notifications as San Diego County supervisor (1860), and county treasurer (1861). Morse was first appointed treasurer on the death of Frank Ames and then was elected in his own right in September, 1861. (3 leaves)
box 1, folder 4

Appointments, commissions and notices of election 1865 - 1878

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Notifications as Internal Revenue Service deputy collector (1865), city trustee (1867), public administrator (1875), and city treasurer (1878). (4 leaves)
box 1, folder 5

Articles in trunk sent home 1857

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Handwritten list after death of Morse's first wife, Lydia, and departure for Massachusetts of his infant son, Edward, with Mrs. Stevens. List mentions sending Lydia's jewelry and hair. (1 leaf)
box 1, folder 6

Business card, ca 1860s

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Printed card listing Morse as San Diego agent for the Phoenix Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut. (1 leaf)
box 1, folder 7

Business card, ca. 1880s

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Morse's card representing partnership in Morse, Noell & Whaley, real estate dealers, notaries public, and insurance agents. Services included warrants purchased, money loaned, taxes paid for non-residents and rents collected. (1 leaf)
box 1, folder 8

Business card, undated

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Printed personal card unaffiliated with any business. (1 leaf)
box 1, folder 9

Certification of license to practice law 1856

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Handwritten document, with raised seal, showing eligibility to practice law in California. (2 leaves connected with metal fasteners)
box 1, folder 10

Deposition statement 1858

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Handwritten statement regarding satisfaction of an $8065.46 judgment against Morse by A.J. Chase, (San Francisco merchandise wholesaler) that details Morse's estimate of the expenses the sheriff incurred in seizing his store. (1 leaf)
box 1, folder 11

Estate of Ephraim Weed Morse 1907

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Correspondence and receipts regarding Morse's small estate including City of San Diego water bills. (6 leaves)
box 1, folder 12

Eastern Homestead 1851 - 1874

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Includes documents regarding the estate of John S. Morse (father) including a list of his estate's value in 1851, a copy of his will (1868), an appraisal of the estate at the time of death (1873) and other receipts and notes. (14 leaves)
box 1, folder 13

Eastern Homestead 1871 - 1878

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Includes draft and notarized deed transferring the family farm on Bear Hill, West Amesbury, Massachusetts to Morse's son (1878). Includes a West Newbury Mutual Fire Insurance Company policy (1873) showing the types and values of the homestead buildings. (6 leaves)
box 1, folder 14

Eastern Homestead 1873 - 1891

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Correspondence, receipts and notes with Morse's brother-in-law, Leonard Sawyer, who lived and worked on the Homestead farm and apple orchard after John Morse's death. Includes correspondence from Susan E. Sawyer (Sawyer's second wife) and Andrew Sawyer (Morse's nephew and administrator of Leonard Sawyer's estate). (36 leaves)
box 1, folder 15

Eastern Homestead 1873 - 1891

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Wood and lumber business, Part 1. Includes contracts, lists of lumber sold, and miscellaneous notes regarding Morse's arrangement with his cousin, Elbridge Melville Morse, to cut and sell wood and lumber. Also includes plans to export apples to Liverpool, England, and the building of a new barn. (17 leaves)
box 1, folder 16

Eastern Homestead 1873 - 1891

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Wood and lumber business, Part 2. Includes correspondence regarding Morse and cousin Elbridge Morse's business account. [See also Elbridge Morse correspondence in Series 5A.] (46 leaves)
box 1, folder 17

Invitation, ca. 1850s

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Printed card and envelope announcing a Masonic event at the Gila House by committee members Joseph Smith, T.R. Darnall, George Lyons, D.B. Hoffman, and E.B. Pendleton. (2 leaves)
box 1, folder 18

Notary Public 1854 - 1860

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Includes notices of commission and handwritten list of persons bonding Morse. (5 leaves)
box 1, folder 19, oversize FB47303

Notary Public 1855 - 1862

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Four printed certificates memorializing Morse's notary public status autographed by Governors John Bigler (1855), J. Neely Johnson (1857), Miller S. Latham (1860), and Leland Stanford (1862). (4 leaves)
box 1, folder 20

Reference letter 1849

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Amesbury, Massachusetts School Board Committee's letter recommending Morse as having an "irreproachable moral character." Also signed by Samuel Walker of the Boston Custom House. (1 leaf)
box 1, folder 21

Spiritualism notes 1866 - 1868

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Handwritten notes regarding messages from spirits. Includes detailed reference to the Walker racial affair where Mary C. Walker (the soon-to-be Mrs. Morse) was dismissed from her position as school teacher after lunching with an African-American woman. (19 leaves)
 

EDUCATION AND JUVENILIA

box 1, folder 22

THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF PRACTICAL BOOK-KEEPING by James Bennett 1836

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Autographed by Ephraim W. Morse who used this book in secondary school to learn the methods he would later use as a shopkeeper. 1 book (55 leaves including a large fold-out of engraved samples attached before title page)
box 1, folder 23

Bookkeeping exercise ledger 1837

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Autographed and dated by Morse on the inside front cover. Student practice book that contains realistic business account entries by Morse. 1 notebook (17 leaves)
box 1, folder 24

Bookkeeping exercise ledger 1838

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Autographed and dated by Morse on the inside front cover. 1 notebook (24 leaves)
box 1, folder 25

Bookkeeping exercise ledger 1839

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Autographed and dated by Morse on the inside front cover. 1 notebook (25 leaves)
box 1, folder 26

Bookkeeping exercise ledger 1839

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First eleven pages have laid-in and pasted-in newspaper clippings of a serial entitled, "Pollyanna Grows Up: The Second Glad Book," by Eleanor H. Potter. 1 notebook (19 leaves includes 1 leaf of newsprint laid-in)
box 2, folder 1

Bookkeeping exercise ledger 1840

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Autographed and dated by Morse on the inside front cover. (1 leaf)
box 2, folder 2

Bookkeeping exercise ledger 1840

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Autographed and dated by Morse on the inside front cover. (1 leaf)
box 2, folder 3

Bookkeeping exercise ledger 1840

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Autographed and dated by Morse on the inside front cover. (1 leaf)
box 2, folder 4

Bookkeeping exercise notes, ca. 1840s

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Handwritten notes of homework to-do lists and a list of his classmates, aged four to fourteen. (33 leaves) [Note: These papers were formerly laid-in Morse's book in folder 21.]
box 2, folder 5, oversize FB47304

Cursive handwriting sampler by C. Bascom, ca. 1840s

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Printed sampler that students used to learn penmanship. Includes handwritten practice notes by Morse. (2 leaves)
box 2, folder 6

Newburyport High School report cards 1838 - 1841

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2 3/4" x 4 1/2" printed cards recording Morse's absences, tardiness, behavior, etc. Each card is signed on verso by his father. (45 leaves)
box 2, folder 7

YOUNG ASTRONOMER 1833

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Paperback children's book autographed by Morse in child's cursive script and includes a printed book plate "Ephraim W. Morse, Newburyport." The text includes Vesta, Juno, Pallas, and Ceres (now known as asteroids) in an eleven planet solar system as was the early 19th century convention. 1 paperback book (44 leaves includes covers)
 

DIARIES AND NOTEBOOKS

box 2, folder 8

Diary, 1852, and Notebook, 1855

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Includes 2 3/4" x 4" leather-bound notebooks with handwritten annotations on Morse's sea voyage to California, early California experiences including his horse being stolen and retrieved, his appointment as justice of the peace and judge of elections (November, 1852), and someone's threat to shoot him. The 1855 notebook is largely blank. 2 notebooks (1852 - 73 leaves, 1855 - 57 leaves)
box 2, folder 9

Diary 1866

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3 1/2" x 6 3/4" leather-bound "Bancroft's Diary for 1866" with handwritten annotations. Includes a copper and silver mining inspection trip to Baja California with detailed descriptions of the St. Ursula, La Fortuna, Nueva Provendencia, Palestina, Giant, and Martonell's silver mines. 1 notebook (84 leaves)
box 2, folder 10

Diary 1867

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3 1/2" x 6 3/4" leather-bound "Bancroft's Diary for 1867" with handwritten annotations. Includes comments on Vettiger's estate inventory, measures of distances to various San Diego and Mexico locations, locations of township boundary markers, and notes on horse breeding. 1 notebook (90 leaves)
box 2, folder 11

Diary 1868

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3" x 5" leather-bound pocket diary with handwritten annotations of miscellaneous reminders, names, addresses, business transactions, and state vote counts for the 1868 presidential election. 1 notebook (69 leaves includes one laid-in sheet)
box 2, folder 12

Diary 1869

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3 1/4" x 6" leather-bound "Bancroft's Diary for 1869" with handwritten annotations. Includes a recipe said to cure rheumatism, a June 17th notation regarding moving the Express office to "New San Diego," and a September 18th annotation, "A great day for San Diego" noting the arrival of Governor Seward, Generals Stoneman and Hunter, and other dignitaries, and a pasted-in newspaper article about stamp requirements for legal paperwork. 1 notebook (136 leaves includes one laid-in sheet)
box 2, folder 13

Diary 1871

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3 3/4" x 6" leather-bound "Bancroft's Diary for 1871" with handwritten annotations. Includes mileage estimates, recommended books on geological surveys, botany, and architecture, weather notations, real estate transactions, steamer arrivals and departures, meeting reminders, etc. 1 notebook (108 leaves includes 3 laid-in sheets and 1 sheet for four postage stamps)
box 2, folder 14

Notebook 1854 - 1855

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3" x 4 3/4" leather-bound notebook entitled, "E.W. Morse - Housekeeping Expenses A/C." Includes comments on food and wood purchases and the date he began boarding with O.W. Gould (July, 1855). 1 notebook (22 leaves includes covers)
box 3, folder 1

Notebook 1856 - 1857

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3 1/4" x 4 1/2" leather-bound notebook with clasp and handwritten annotation including comments on financial transactions, recommended books, a list of male and female names, his infant son's weight, and a notation that Morse "put hair of Lydia in breast pins and rings, and presented to her sisters." (1 item)
 

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

 

Miscellaneous Materials - Morse

box 3, folder 2

THE COURSE OF TIME: A POEM, by Robert Pollok 1841

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2 1/4" x 3 3/8" hard-bound book annotated, "off Cape Horn, April 20, 1849." (1 item)
box 3, folder 3

THE ENGLISH VERSION OF THE POLYGLUT BIBLE 1845

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4 1/4" X 2 3/4" leather-bound book with slide-through clasp. Autographed and dated on verso of first printed page, noting latitude and longitude off Cape Horn on April 20, 1849. Includes a list of favorite bible passages on the inside back cover, notations on his son's birth, his wife Lydia's death, and the death of a former chaplain in West Amesbury, Massachusetts on a blank page at the end of the Old Testament. 1 book (557 leaves)
box 3, folder 4

HISTORICAL RELIGIOUS EVENTS by John W. Barber 1828

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Includes a hard-bound book with a bookplate annotated, "Ephraim W. Morse, Newburyport." 1 book (88 leaves)
box 3, folder 5

Menu card, ca. 1904

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Printed menu with prices of the "Coffee Club" restaurant, located at 1327 E Street, San Diego, which Morse frequented in late life. (1 leaf)
box 3, folder 6

Miscellaneous materials, ca. 1850s-1860s

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Includes a dinner invitation in Bushville, a note asking Dr. Hoffman to return a borrowed book entitled, LOS GRINGOES, a list of peaches and when they ripen, handwritten tally of votes for Ames and Morse, a list of jurors in the Evans case, and a list of California's springs and geysers (for possible camping trip, ca. 1866.) (10 leaves)
box 3, folder 7

New Hampshire Commissioner of Agriculture and Immigration 1889

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Printed price list of abandoned farms available for purchase. (4 leaves)
box 3, folder 8, oversize MC19002

Newspaper fragments 1854 - 1903

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Includes SAN DIEGO HERALD (12/16/1854) listing properties to be sold in "sheriff's sale" with annotations by Morse noting real owners, which lots assessed twice, etc., an EVENING TRIBUNE (2/21/1903) article regarding a lawsuit against Morse by the receiver of the Consolidated Bank of San Diego with notation by Morse criticizing the lawsuit, an extra-large version of the SAN FRANCISCO JOURNAL OF COMMERCE, San Diego edition, undated, featuring biographical sketches of San Diego's "most prominent citizens," including Morse. (4 leaves)
box 3, folder 9

Stencil, ca 1900

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Cut-out stencil on posterboard for "E.W. Morse." Verso side reveals photographs of Republican party candidates in Haverhill, Massachusetts. (1 leaf)
box 3, folder 10

Travel expenses 1853

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Itemized list of Morse's share of expenses owed to Thomas Whaley for bringing Lydia Morse to California from Massachusetts along with Mrs. Whaley and Mrs. Poole. (1 leaf)
box 3, folder 11

Wraps

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Miscellaneous paper with annotations that Morse used to organize his papers and letters. (13 leaves)
 

Miscellaneous Materials - Family

box 3, folder 12

Estate of Moses Sawyer 1844

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Handwritten note by John S. Morse (father) regarding an administrator's sale of land and brick-making machinery of Moses Sawyer (uncle.) (l leaf)
box 3, folder 13

Morse, Edward (son) miscellaneous materials 1870 - 1908

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Part 1. Miscellaneous notes and receipts, high school social and reunion invitations, and correspondence with cousins, aunts, and uncles. (28 leaves)
box 4, folder 1

Morse, Edward (son) miscellaneous materials 1887 - 1908

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Part 2. Includes business and personal receipts, cancelled notes and mortgages, and a handwritten copy of an undated and unattributed poem, "In the Library." (70 leaves)
box 4, folder 2

Notebook - Lydia Ann Morse 1854

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Handwritten record of letters sent and received created after her arrival in San Diego. Also lists expenses she incurred as well as money earned doing washing and mending. 1 notebook (21 leaves includes covers)
box 4, folder 3

School compositions and letter of recommendation, ca. 1870s

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Juvenile handwritten prose by Edward Morse (son) and his 1874 letter of recommendation from the School Committee of Amesbury, Massachusetts. (13 leaves)
 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

Family

box 4, folder 4

Gray, Joseph W. (brother-in-law) 1858

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(2 leaves)
box 4, folder 5

Gray, Laura (sister-in-law) 1854 - 1868

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(22 leaves)
box 4, folder 6

Gray, Lydia and William (in-laws) 1853 - 1868

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Includes writing from other Gray family members in shared letters and an anonymous letter to Morse regarding Deacon Gray's poor finances in 1868. The Grays raised Morse's son after the death of their daughter. (8 leaves)
box 4, folder 7

Gray, Sarah (sister-in-law) 1853 - 1858

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Includes writing from Maria Gray, the youngest sister-in-law, in a shared letter. (18 leaves)
box 4, folder 8

Greeley, Horace, undated

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Partial handwritten letter and signature. (1 leaf)
box 4, folder 9

Kay, Ann Chase (niece) 1883 - 1884

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Niece who lived with Mary C. Morse's mother, Lucy Walker, until her death. (8 leaves)
box 4, folder 10

Kimball, Judith (cousin) 1870

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(2 leaves)
box 4, folder 11

Morse, Alden B. (cousin) 1849 - 1889

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Part 1. Includes 1849 newspaper article about other Amesbury, Massachusetts residents departing for California on the brig ARK. (70 leaves)
box 4, folder 12

Morse, Alden B. (cousin) 1849 - 1889

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Part 2. Includes original agreement to sell carriages in San Diego, Morse's trader's license, business receipts, and a printed copy of the will of Morse ancestor, Anthony Morse. (15 leaves)
box 4, folder 13, oversize FB47305

Morse, Alden B. (cousin) 1849 - 1889

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Part 3. Morse's onion-skin paper copy of a letter (May 9, 1885) explaining his financial situation. (7 leaves)
box 4, folder 14

Morse, Edward Wallace (son) 1869 - 1875

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Part 1. (48 leaves)
box 4, folder 15

Morse, Edward Wallace (son) 1876 - 1882

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Part 2. (78 leaves)
box 5, folder 1

Morse, Edward Wallace (son) 1883 - 1890

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Part 3. Includes announcement in March 9, 1888 letter of the birth of Morse's grandson, Charles Ephraim Morse. (75 leaves)
box 5, folder 2

Morse, Edward Wallace (son) 1891 - 1899

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Part 4. Includes a carbon copy of the Pioneers of San Diego resolution in honor of Mary C. Morse after her death on May 17, 1899. (61 leaves)
box 5, folder 3

Morse, Edward Wallace (son) 1900 - 1903

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Part 5. (59 leaves)
box 5, folder 4

Morse, Edward Wallace (son) 1903 - 1905

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Part 6. Includes stationery with depictions of Southern California landmarks, landscapes, and buildings (see letter of January, 1904), and newspaper articles. Also, includes printed prospectuses, advertisements, and other promotional materials Morse used as writing paper. (73 leaves)
box 5, folder 5

Morse, Edward Wallace (son) to Mary C. Morse 1869 - 1880

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Includes printed card about the Sequoias entitled, "The 'Big Tree' of California" and a highly descriptive account of an 1870 Morse camping trip from San Diego to Julian City to visit the mines. (50 leaves)
box 5, folder 6

Morse, Elbridge Melville (cousin) 1849 - 1890

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(32 leaves)
box 5, folder 7

Morse, John S. (father) 1849 - 1870

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(47 leaves)
box 6, folder 1

Morse, Lydia Ann (nee Gray) (wife) 1852

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(1 leaf)
box 6, folder 2

Morse, Mary Chase (nee Walker) (wife) 1866

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Part 1. Letters of courtship while Mary lived in Spring Valley and Morse would travel out each weekend to visit her. (38 leaves)
box 6, folder 3

Morse, Mary Chase (nee Walker) (wife) 1866 - 1874

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Part 2. Includes draft of a poem by Morse entitled, "As half in shade," and two prose compositions by Mary, one entitled, "Sunshine," and one unfinished piece entitled, "The Bible." Also includes a printed flyer for the Friends' School for Boys in Philadelphia run by Morse's boyhood friend, E.M. Huntington. (52 leaves)
box 6, folder 4

Morse, Sarah A. (cousin) 1855

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(1 leaf)
box 6, folder 5

Neal, Maria Morse (sister) 1850 - 1889

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Includes a pressed flower in the September 6, 1850, letter, as well as some personal correspondence from Philip Neal (brother-in-law). [See also Neal, P.J. in Series 6, Business and Legal Documents.] (61 leaves)
box 6, folder 6

Philbrick, Joseph (cousin) 1881 - 1882

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Joseph was Mary C. Morse's cousin. (4 leaves)
box 6, folder 7

Sargent, Patten (cousin) 1879

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Includes mention of City of San Diego bonds. (1 leaf)
box 6, folder 8

Sawyer, Frances (niece) 1867 - 1868

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Daughter of Hannah Weed Morse Sawyer (sister). Upon marriage, Frances' surname became Nowell. (3 leaves.)
box 6, folder 9

Sawyer, Hannah Weed (nee Morse) (sister) 1850 - 1867

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Includes letters from her daughter, Ella Maria, and son, Andrew. (12 leaves)
box 6, folder 10

Sawyer, Susan E. (Leonard Sawyer's second wife) 1888

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(2 leaves)
box 6, folder 11

Sawyer-Tuscon, Ella (niece) 1890

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(1 leaf)
box 6, folder 12

Stevens, Fannie (Mrs.) 1857 - 1859

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Woman who delivered Morse's infant son to the Gray family in Massachusetts and died shortly thereafter. (8 leaves)
box 6, folder 13

Walker, Lucy (mother-in-law) 1877 - 1881

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Part 1. (33 leaves)
box 6, folder 14

Walker, Lucy (mother-in-law) 1881 - 1883

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Part 2. Includes writings of Anna Chase (later Kay) (niece) upon Lucy Walker's death in 1883. Also includes a financial note from Mrs. Walker in Morse's favor and a copy of her will. (44 leaves)
box 6, folder 15

Walker, Samuel (cousin ?) 1867

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Includes a response to Morse's inquiry regarding shipping copper ore to Massachusetts for smelting. (2 leaves)
box 6, folder 16

Weed, Amos (cousin) 1852 - 1871

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Weed accompanied Morse to California, stayed in northern California longer, but then resided in San Diego before returning to Massachusetts. Includes correspondence from Seth B. Blake, a fellow forty-niner. (41 leaves)
box 6, folder 17

Weed, Daniel (cousin) 1850 - 1890

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Includes copy of a Morse telegraph to Weed. (22 leaves.)
 

General and Business

box 7, folder 1

Anderson, Joseph A. 1856

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(2 leaves)
box 7, folder 2

Ames, Joseph Judson 1855 - 1857

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Founder and editor of the SAN DIEGO HERALD (1851-1860). (7 leaves)
box 7, folder 3

Belknap, Augustus 1856 - 1857

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San Francisco investor interested in buying San Diego county bonds and other investments. (6 leaves)
box 7, folder 4

Blackstone, John 1856

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Writing from Los Angeles, where he had secured a job driving for Banning and Willson [sic], and assured Morse of his ability to soon pay his account. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 5

Bryant & Company 1857

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San Francisco merchant enclosing a consignment of goods for Morse to sell in San Diego. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 6

Carothers, J.H. 1856

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Correspondence settling his account with Morse and sending correspondence from Dunbar. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 7

Chase, A.J. 1853 - 1856

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Correspondence regarding filling Morse's orders, prices and availability of goods, and whether any steamers are going to San Diego. (34 leaves)
box 7, folder 8

Chase, A.J. 1856 - 1858

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Includes information on Morse's orders and mention the 1856 activities of the San Francisco Vigilante Committee. Also, contains a message of condolence after the death of Lydia Gray Morse. (22 leaves)
box 7, folder 9

Collins, John, ca. 1857

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Correspondence from French Camp, CA, asking if Morse had received Collins' land warrant. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 10

Compton, Mary 1869

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Handwritten note to her son, George W. Johnson, who was at Ballast Point (Pt. Loma). (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 11

Cota, Manuelito 1857

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Correspondence from Agua Tibia, written in Spanish, from the chief of the Luiseño tribe of Native Americans who occupied land near the San Luis Rey Mission. Cota was reported to have been a participant in the Temecula Massacre of January, 1847. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 12

Cox, Delila to Mrs Morse 1856

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Resident of San Bernardino, CA. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 13

Darnall, Thomas Rylan 1854 - 1857

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Part 1. Early San Diego citizen (1853-1859) and office holder, as well as partner with Morse in an Old Town store and in the failed Jesus Maria Mine venture. Includes affidavits of purchase of land by Darnell sold for unpaid taxes and a receipt for a license to sell spirituous liquors and the use a billiard table for W.W. White (1854). (30 leaves)
box 7, folder 14

Darnall, Thomas Rylan 1858 - 1860

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Part 2. Letters to Morse after the debt-ridden Darnell left San Diego in 1859. Darnall writes from Colorado City, CO, Tucson, AZ, Kentucky, and from his father's ranch in Platte City, Missouri. (21 leaves)
box 7, folder 15

Donahue, James 1860

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San Diego resident regarding his drinking and lamenting the town's comments. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 16

Dunbar, Edward E. 1857

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Writing from Calabasas (Los Angeles County) regarding the land warrant of Joseph Sheppard. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 17

Eldred, Lydia B. 1857

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Writing from San Francisco for her father about Morse's payment of taxes on their San Diego land. (2 leaves)
box 7, folder 18

Foster, Colin 1857

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Writing from San Andreas (Calaveras County) inquiring if Morse knows the whereabouts of John Gordon. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 19

Freeman, James E. 1855

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Letter from a friend and surveyor who was surveying mountains near Monterey, California. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 20

Goodwin & Company 1857

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Correspondence from San Francisco wholesale grocer, Charles Goodwin. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 21

Gould, O.W. 1853 - 1856

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Friend of Morse and Darnall writing from San Francisco and Fort Yuma. (4 leaves)
box 7, folder 22

Groom, Robert W. 1857

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San Diego county surveyor (1856, 1859, 1861-63) and state assembly representative (1858, 1960). (3 leaves)
box 7, folder 23

Hammett, A. 1863

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Correspondence regarding shipping oil to Shedd and Wright of San Francisco. (15 leaves)
box 7, folder 24

Hammond, J.F. (Dr.) 1856

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Correspondence from a military surgeon stationed at the Mission, who had cared for Lydia Morse, declaring he no longer wished to practice medicine in San Diego. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 25

Harrison, D.A. 1868

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Morse's response to a physician contemplating a move to San Diego in which Morse states his opinion of the existing eight doctors in San Diego. Includes an envelope stamped, "Return to Writer." (2 leaves)
box 7, folder 26

Haycocks, George 1867

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Morse writes regarding Haycocks' share in the Encinitas Mine. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 27

Hescel, Hugh 1857

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Correspondence from a Los Angeles resident regarding a financial note paid by Mr. Groom. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 28

Heusch, R., ca. 1857

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Writing from the San Antonio Mine regarding his non-receipt of a keg of powder. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 29

Hinton, F. 1857

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Correspondence from a miner at Colorado City. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 30

Hooper, George F. 1862

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San Francisco wholesaler. Includes an official 1861 bill of lading for goods shipped on the steamer SENATOR and a sheet of County Treasurer 1857 $3.00 poll tax receipt blanks that Morse used as stationery. (10 leaves)
box 7, folder 31

Horton, Alonzo 1867 - 1874

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Correspondence from San Diego's "new town" founder and real estate developer. Includes correspondence from San Francisco (1867) where Horton was promoting San Diego, deeds, leases, lists of lots in which Horton and Morse's shared an interest, records of Horton's account with Morse, and a list of lots Horton deeded for a proposed transcontinental railroad (1871). (54 leaves)
box 7, folder 32

Huntington, E.M. 1855 - 1871

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Correspondence from Morse's West Amesbury, Massachusetts friend who later ran a school in Philadelphia. (4 leaves)
box 7, folder 33

Huse, Charles E. 1857

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Correspondence written for the father of the late C.W. Gould, Captain Robert W. Gould, of Salem, Massachusetts, inquiring of Morse regarding his son's character and if an estate was left. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 34

Kohn, H.L. 1857

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Correspondence from San Francisco resident asking Morse to pay taxes on his San Diego land. (2 leaves)
box 7, folder 35

Lassator, James Ruler 1857

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Correspondence from the California pioneer who owned the Green Valley ranch in the Cuyamaca mountains east of San Diego. Lassator writes regarding the building of a road and supplies needed from Morse, including shirts, pants, black hats, and whiskey for his Native American workforce. Includes an 1866 letter regarding Sarah Lassator, after her husband's death by murder, in January, 1865. (2 leaves)
box 7, folder 36

Leighton, William 1857

Note

Correspondence from Campo del Omo regarding politics, mines, and plans to return to San Diego. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 37

Litch, George H. 1852 - 1858

Note

Correspondence from a friend in Union Village, Vermont. Includes a letter from George's father, Samuel. (25 leaves)
box 7, folder 38

Main and Winchester 1854

Note

Correspondence from San Francisco harness and saddle makers giving advice regarding leather "muchillas," (woven carrying bags used by Central and South American Indians, similar to saddle bags.) (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 39

Martinez, Manuel 1857

Note

In Spanish. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 40

Merrill, C.S. 1857

Note

Correspondence asking Morse to forward his carpet bag. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 41

Morris, G.R. 1857

Note

Correspondence regarding Tom Darnall and sale of the Jesus Maria Mine. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 42

Orr, George 1866

Note

Correspondence from Morse advising Orr in regard to a claim against the estate of James Ruler Lassator. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 43

Ossuna, Julio 1866

Note

Correspondence from Ossuna to the San Diego county auditor advising him to deliver the monthly warrant for his salary to Morse. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 44

Person, Alice (sister of Rufus Morgan) 1880

Note

Correspondence to Dr. Woodson thanking him for informing her of the death of her brother from eating poison mushrooms. Morgan was in a beekeeping enterprise with Morse. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 45

Pond, John P. 1857

Note

Correspondence from San Luis Rey (now Oceanside, CA) advising Morse he is too busy to build a house. Includes correspondence to John's brother, William, of New York City, vouching that John has been "industrious, temperate, prudent, and economical" for the last two years. (4 leaves)
box 7, folder 46

Poole, Charles H. 1855 - 1857

Note

Correspondence with friend and San Diego mapmaker (1856) that includes discussion of previous maps and problems, a condolence letter upon the death of Mrs. Morse, San Francisco Vigilante Committee activities, and a list of books Poole left in San Diego and wished to sell. (10 leaves)
box 7, folder 47

Poole, Mary A. 1856

Note

Correspondence to Lydia Morse, with whom she had travelled to California from the east coast, with mention of a severe San Francisco earthquake on February 15, 1856. (3 leaves)
box 7, folder 48

Poole, P.J. 1856

Note

1 leaf.
box 7, folder 49

Porter, Rufus King 1856 - 1857

Note

Correspondence with the Spring Valley pioneer, writer, and friend whose father founded SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN magazine. Mary Walker lived on the Porter's ranch, prior to her marriage to Morse, teaching Porter's daughter, Rufina. (4 leaves)
box 7, folder 50

Rathburn, Charles 1857

Note

Mail carrier (by mule) between Tucson and Maricopa Wells, Fort Yuma and Colorado City. Rathburn was also a member of the San Diego Guards. (6 leaves)
box 7, folder 51

Robinson, James (Judge) 1856

Note

Correspondence regarding politics and the outlook for San Diego, written shortly before this San Diego pioneer's death. (1 leaf)
box 7, folder 52

Ryer, W.M. 1856

Note

Correspondence from Stockton, California, regarding a possible land purchase. (1 leaf)
box 8, folder 1

Ryerson, George 1857

Note

Correspondence from Los Vallecitos informing Morse that he and W. A. Winder were the owners of the San Antonio copper mine. (1 leaf)
box 8, folder 2

Salorio, R., ca. 1857

Note

Note regarding forwarding mail to La Paz, Baja California, Mexico. (1 leaf)
box 8, folder 3

Smith, Joseph 1857

Note

Note advising Minter to pay Morse the funds that Minter owed to Smith. Morse and Smith were partners in a sheep ranch on Smith Mountain, now Palomar. Smith was murdered by a British ship deserter he hired who was reportedly interested in Smith's Native American wife. (1 leaf)
box 8, folder 4

Stene [?], George, ca. 1870s

Note

Envelope addressed to the Horton House hotel with a note on verso side mentioning Horton as treasurer. (1 leaf)
box 8, folder 5

Stone, Francis and Carlos Eschrich 1857

Note

Correspondence regarding his account and its satisfaction. Eschrich's note is in Spanish. (2 leaves)
box 8, folder 6

Vulcan Iron Works 1854

Note

Letter from R. E. Raimond, Engineer, regarding necessary machinery for a saw mill. (1 leaf)
box 8, folder 7

Warner, Jonathan T. 1855 - 1857

Note

San Diego pioneer, first state senator (1851-1852), supervisor (1853-1855), and owner of Warner's Ranch. Correspondence from daughter, Belle Warner, for her father, from Los Angeles. (4 leaves)
box 8, folder 8

West Amesbury, Massachusetts post office 1851

Note

Correspondence from postmaster Stephen Bayley regarding a new law requiring prepayment of postage on newspapers. (1 leaf)
box 8, folder 9

Whaley, Thomas 1853 - 1854

Note

San Diego pioneer and Morse's partner in an Old Town general store from 1853-1856. Correspondence from San Francisco documents goods desired, availability and prices. Includes a letter from New York (8-5-1853) shortly before Whaley's marriage to Anna E. Lannay and his trip back to California accompanying the new Mrs. Whaley, Mrs. Morse, and Mrs. Poole. Whaley explains his delay because his cousin had him arrested under a non-resident debtors act. (15 leaves)
box 8, folder 10

Winder, W.A. 1857

Note

Writing from Fort Yuma regarding mining operations. (3 leaves)
box 8, folder 11

Wirtz, Dr., ca. 1857

Note

(1 leaf)
box 8, folder 12

Wise, N. 1857

Note

El Monte, CA, resident writing regarding his hope to soon pay his San Diego debts. (1 leaf)
box 8, folder 13

Wright, A.S. 1857

Note

San Francisco resident writing regarding the taxes on the Binsley's land in San Diego. (2 leaves)
box 8, folder 14

Unidentified, ca. 1857

Note

Poignant letter from a mother to a young daughter hoping for a visit. Includes a crayon drawing of a woman holding an American flag. (2 leaves)
 

BUSINESS AND LEGAL DOCUMENTS

box 8, folder 15

Ames, John Judson - Business account 1855 - 1857

Note

Includes a subscription receipt for fifty dollars to establish the SAN DIEGO HERALD newspaper, offsets to Ames account with Morse, and a list entitled, "catalogue of books for sale." (10 leaves)
box 8, folder 16

Business card, ca. 1850s

Note

Printed card of M. Richardson & Co., San Francisco dealers in vegetables, poultry, eggs and butter. A.J. Chase's name is handwritten on the card, and the name of J.S. Fong is crossed out. (1 leaf)
box 8, folder 17

Business memorandum 1856 - 1858

Note

Includes an early account ledger for Mannasse & Co., letters of credit, William Vettiger's account, and John Hayes' note appointing John Pond as power of attorney over the affairs of his ranch during his absence. (14 leaves)
box 8, folder 18

Business memorandum 1856 - 1860

Note

Documents business with Louis Rose (including Morse becoming his power of attorney, 1858) and a handwritten list of James Donahue's papers and deposits being held by Morse (1860). (23 leaves)
box 8, folder 19

Business memorandum 1864 - 1868

Note

Miscellaneous price lists, notes of conversations and an argument during a land auction (Morse was auctioneer), instructions for George P. Tebbetts while Morse was away, a list of Morse's activities on his birthday (October 16, 1866), and a conveyance of Lot 717 from George A. Pendleton to Morse for $50.00. (19 leaves)
box 8, folder 20

Business receipts and notes 1850 - 1860

Note

Includes receipts for a road tax payment (1853) and Lydia Morse's passage from San Francisco (1853), lists of purchases from San Francisco wholesalers, a note in Spanish to Jose M. Estudillo regarding Morse's acceptance of horses to settle Estudillo's debt, and Estudillo's reply (1867). (77 leaves)
box 8, folder 21

Court of Sessions 1855

Note

Handwritten notes on legal actions taken. (1 leaf)
box 8, folder 22

Fees in contested election 1852 - 1853

Note

Handwritten notation of fees in contested election case of James W. Robinson vs. Daniel B. Kurtz and another party. (2 leaves)
box 8, folder 23

Fisher, estate of Mrs. and guardianship of Louisianna Fisher 1856

Note

Handwritten lists of expenses Morse incurred. 3 year-old Louisianna was the daughter of German parents, Gustav and Sophia, but what happened to them is not clear in the files. Louisianna's guardian may have been Surgeon Keeney associated with the United States military. (3 leaves)
box 8, folder 24

Instructions for George A. Tebbetts 1863

Note

Morse's instructions regarding items shipped from San Francisco describing with particularity who the items are for, including two pure-bread Fox Hound dogs for Joseph Smith. Includes mention of Morse's accompanying and delivering a small girl, perhaps Louisianna Fisher. (2 leaves)
box 8, folder 25

Instructions to Martin Trimmer 1866

Note

Includes directions as what individuals get credit and how much, mine payroll information, and other expenses. (2 leaves)
box 8, folder 26

Instructions to Morse from Whaley 1853

Note

Detailed instructions regarding the San Diego store and what is to be done during Whaley's absence. Includes the location of sealed papers in case Whaley is involved in an accident. (1 leaf)
box 8, folder 27

Johnson, George A. (Captain) 1862

Note

Business records and notes regarding the account Johnson maintained in regard to the Johnson and Captain A.H. Wilcox's Colorado Steam Navigation Company which ran a line of packet boats. Johnson married Maria Estefana Alvarado of San Diego, served as collector of customs, and owned the Los Peñasquitos Ranch. (15 leaves)
box 8, folder 28

Land abstract regarding lot C of block 124, ca. 1870s

Note

Handwritten list of transactions regarding fractional shares of this lot in which Morse and Horton had interests. (1 leaf)
box 8, folder 29

Legal memoranda - Miscellaneous 1855 - 1863

Note

Morse's records when serving as auctioneer, abstracts, and the Walter Murray vs. Lorenzo Soto judgment and payment to Sheriff McCoy. (2 leaves)
box 8, folder 30

Little & Company 1855

Note

Wholesaler of Pilch lozenges which Morse sold on consignment. (2 leaves)
box 8, folder 31

First National Bank of Amesbury 1873 - 1889

Note

Business records, receipts, an account booklet, postcard, and correspondence regarding bond coupons and other Massachusetts note transactions. Includes two notes from the Provident Institution for Savings (1874, 1889). (22 leaves)
box 8, folder 32

Neal land account 1858 - 1905

Note

Records in regard to land owned in San Diego by Morse's brother-in-law in Massachusetts. Includes original multi-colored San Diego city and county tax receipts, tracings and copies of maps regarding Pueblo lot No. 256 showing the railroad right-of-way, lease agreements, an abstract of the title to the land, and miscellaneous account notes. (49 leaves)
box 8, folder 33

Painter, Frederick J. estate 1853 - 1854

Note

Includes inventory and appraisal, claims for the estate of physician Painter, notices of estate sale, and a copy of Morse's letter informing Painter's sister, Mrs. James Witherspoon, of his death. (14 leaves)
box 8, folder 34

Pierce, James - Building notes 1886 - 1887

Note

Notes entitled, "Extracts from the Diary of J.M. Pierce" containing complaints and allegations Pierce made against Morse in regard to the building they built and owned in partnership. (6 leaves)
box 9, folder 1

Private notes 1866 - 1870

Note

Part 1. Includes a note from R.W. Laine of the Pacific Union Express asking Morse's advice for a San Diego agent, a note regarding statements by Horton about Morse, comments on the controversy of moving the city and county records from Old Town to New Town (1870), a purported copy of one of Horton's marriage certificates, notes regarding possible litigation against Horton and other political intriques. (25 leaves)
box 9, folder 2

Private notes 1868 - 1872

Note

Part 2. Includes notes on conversations about Morse, political and financial dealings, a note on verso of a printed Grant & Colfax electoral ticket (1868), notes regarding formation of a "Committee of Safety," a list the San Diego Publishing Association directors, land, bank and railroad dealings, and a letter to the editor regarding water. (21 leaves)
box 9, folder 3

Private notes 1870 - 1871

Note

Part 3. Morse's notes regarding Chamber of Commerce meetings including a draft of a resignation letter. (6 leaves)
box 9, folder 4

San Diego and Gila, Southern Pacific and Atlantic Railroad Company 1854

Note

Includes a notice of Morse's election to the position of stock commissioner, as well as notices of meetings. (3 leaves)
box 9, folder 5

Samples - legal language, ca. 1860s

Note

Handwritten sample of legal language for use in wills. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 6

Smith, Joseph, Estate of 1869

Note

Documents regarding a probate court action for claims Morse made showing part of his claim was void as beyond the two-year statute of limitations and part was ruled valid. (3 leaves)
box 9, folder 7

Wilcox, John A. 1856 - 1857

Note

Notes and calculations in regard to Wilcox's business account. (9 leaves)
 

CALIFORNIA MATERIALS

box 9, folder 8

Agreement to Discourage Use of Reals 1864

Note

Handwritten pledge signed by San Diego merchants including Morse, Donahue, Hollister, Rose, Mannasse & Company, and Sloane, to discourage the use of foreign gold coins. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 9

Balboa Park quit claim deed scandal 1874

Note

Morse's handwritten sixteen-page account (fashioned as a letter to his wife) describing the events of July, 1874 involving Horton and a deed issued to Gunn, Felsenheld, Arnold, and Choate for land that was to be reserved for Balboa Park. (16 leaves)
box 9, folder 10

California state legislative acts regarding San Diego 1855

Note

Correspondence from William C. Ferrell, member of the California state assembly for the 1st District (San Diego) (1855-1856) discussing various bills of importance to San Diego. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 11

Campaign materials 1859

Note

Printed ballot handout, in Spanish, featuring Leland Stanford in his first, unsuccessful run for Governor of California. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 12

Campaign materials 1867

Note

Printed ballot ticket of the Union Party for California state and county positions including E. W. Morse for county treasurer. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 13

Campaign materials 1867

Note

Printed ballot handout of the Democratic Union state and county ticket. Includes handwritten entries for many of the county positions. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 14

Campaign materials, ca. 1868-1878

Note

Includes small "caucus tickets" for S.S. Culverwell, Jose G. Estudillo and Charles A. Wetmore for city trustees, "pledged to the recovery of the tidelands for the city," and the "People's ticket" featuring James McCoy, A.E. Horton, and Captain M. Sherman. (6 leaves)
box 9, folder 15

Campaign materials, ca. 1883

Note

Printed ballot flyer for the first supervisor's district of the Regular Democratic ticket with motto, "Economy and Reform." Lists local San Diego candidates for judge, district attorney, sheriff, treasurer, surveyor, etc. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 16

Campaign materials 1884

Note

Printed ballot handout of the "Regular Republican Ticket," including local San Diego candidates. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 17

City land schemes, ca. 1860s

Note

Handwritten account of method used by the city of Anaheim to divide city land. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 18

County statistics, ca. 1858

Note

Handwritten response to a circular sent to county assessors. Includes acreage, geographic descriptions, estimates of agricultural production, livestock values, and mining operations. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 19, oversize MC19001

Newspaper fragments 1854 - 1892

Note

Includes CALIFORNIA CHRONICLE (12/18/1854) advertisement by city trustees for "Sale of Valuable Real Estate in San Diego, E. W. Morse, Secretary," SOLANA COUNTY HERALD, Benicia, CA (3/29/1856) regarding that city's land sale ordinance and title question re: waterfront property, SAN DIEGO UNION (6/14/1891) article on San Diego real estate, and SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER (9/29/1892) detailing a large ceremony in San Diego recreating Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo's landing on September 28, 1542. Includes envelope and original wrapper Morse kept newspapers in. (6 leaves)
box 9, folder 20

Persons in the County of San Diego entitled to do military duty, ca. 1856

Note

Handwritten alphabetical list. Includes smaller list of fourteen names entitled, "Names of persons at river subject to do military service." (6 leaves)
box 9, folder 21

Railroad expedition with engineers 1867

Note

Handwritten subscription list includes Morse, McCoy, Mannasse & Company, Bush, Grant, Wallace, Hollister, Sloan, Rose, Cleveland, Johnson, and others. (2 leaves)
box 9, folder 22

San Diego county - Statement of finances and bonds 1865 - 1868

Note

Miscellaneous handwritten notes about the amount and types of San Diego debt. (4 leaves)
box 9, folder 23, oversize FB47306

San Diego Guard, ca. 1856

Note

Handwritten list entitled, "Members - San Diego Guards." This voluntary military company was formed August 2, 1856 under the command of Captain George Pendleton. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 24

San Diego town flag 1864

Note

Includes a subscription list for money and appointment of a committee of three to purchase a flag for the use of the town. Includes a printed price list with annotations indicating the purchase of a twenty-one to twenty-five foot flag. (2 leaves)
box 9, folder 25

Subscription in aid and relief of William Cole, William Vettiger, and Eugene Edmonds, ca. 1859

Note

Handwritten list to raise funds to aid San Diegans held in a Mexican prison and about to be sent to La Paz for trial for murder. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 26

Subscription to send an express to meet the steamer at San Pedro 1868

Note

Handwritten list of funds collected in order to meet the steamer on Saturday, February 1, 1868, possibly to greet dignitaries. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 27

Subscription to the padre 1867

Note

Handwritten list of money collected for the local Catholic chaplain. (1 leaf)
box 9, folder 28

Survey - San Diego to Anaheim 1872

Note

Handwritten account of a journey by Charles Fox describing the conditions of the roads and routes taken. (1 leaf)