Halleck, Peachy & Billings was one of the leading San Francisco law firms in the settlement of titles to Mexican land grants.
The firm was dissolved in 1861. The collection contains correspondence, mainly relating to land litigation of Halleck, Peachy
& Billings, with documents and diseños (originals, copies, and translations) used in the settlement of the claims. Also contains
papers in various legal cases, some concerning ships, Chinese immigration and the San Francisco funding bill, as well as a
few accounts and some tax records.
Halleck, Peachy & Billings was one of the leading San Francisco law firms in the settlement of titles to Mexican land grants;
Frederick Billings arrived in San Francisco in 1849; he immediately established a law practice, and soon formed a partnership
with Archibald C. Peachy; Peachy later became a member of the California State Assembly in 1852, and of the State Senate in
1860 and 1862; Henry Wager Halleck graduated in engineering from West point, participated in the Mexican War, and later prepared
a report on California land titles; became an active member of the California Constitutional Convention; he resigned from
the army and joined the law firm in 1854, compiling his books: The mining laws of Spain and Mexico, and International law;
returned to the U.S. Army in 1860, later becoming a general during the Civil War; the firm was dissolved in 1861.
7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
1 carton (1 linear ft.)
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