A three page, handwritten letter, dated Oct. 11, 1850 from Joseph E. Coffee, agent, in New York, to his brother in California.
The letter pertains to monies received from him, and asking for more detailed accounts of his finances - both personal and
business. He also notes the loss of houses on board a ship which was ship wrecked - the name of the ship is not given. He
notes not to have his family join him in California.