Guide to the William Edward Petty Hartnell papers, 1815-1852

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Guide to the William Edward Petty Hartnell Papers, 1815-1852

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 665

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University of California, Berkeley

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: William Edward Petty Hartnell Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1815-1852
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 665
Creator: Hartnell, W. E. P. (William Edward Petty), 1798-1854
Extent: Number of containers: 4 volumes
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Mainly correspondence and accounts of John Begg & Co. and McCulloch, Hartnell & Co. Also letterbook, 1822-1824 (photocopy only) of letters from Hartnell, relating to trade with missions, letters to family, and accounts. Miscellaneous letters and papers relating to land and to Hartnell's claim against the Mexican government.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Edward Petty Hartnell papers, BANC MSS C-B 665, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

The papers in this collection are from various sources, including the T.W. Norris Collection and Susan Myra Gregory. They deal in large part with accounts and correspondence concerning the McCulloch, Hartnell & Co. Firm.


William Edward Petty Hartnell, born in Lancashire, England in 1798, lived in South America for some years, and came to California aboard the John Begg as a member of McCulloch, Hartnell & Co., agents for John Begg & Co. of Lima and Brotherston's in England. His firm, having contracted to take mission produce for three years, 1823-1826, carried on a profitable business until 1826. In 1825 Hartnell married María Teresa de la Guerra. He suffered financial reverses in 1827 and closed his partnerhsip in 1828 heavily in debt. He was naturalized in 1830 and in 1831 became a ranchero at Alisal with the Soberanes. From this time on he had a multiplicity of jobs, teacher, visitador, general of missions, officer of customs, etc. His gift for languages was such that he was employed as state translator in legal cases, especially in the land claims then being tried. He died in 1854.

Scope and Content

Part I: The papers in v.1-2 are arranged chrolologically. Volume 1 contains original items from 1815-1826. Volume 2 contains origianl items from 1827-1852. Volume 3 is a letterbook, containing business corespondence, 1822-1823, accounts, 1820-1821, family corresondence, 1819-1824, and photographs (photocopy only from materials at that time in possession of Susan M. Gregory). Volume 4 is a translation of the business letters in the letterbook (see Volume 3), with some notes by C.E. Chapman.

Note: Part I rehoused into 2 boxes in May, 1993.
Box 1: Volume 1

Box 2: Volume 2-4
Part II: Microfilm of Susan M. Gregory material in v.1-2.

Key to Arrangement

volume Volume 1

Begg, John & Co.


Memorandum of partnerhsip between Begg & Co. and Brotherston of Liverpool (copy) Mar. 21, 1822.


Letters to Hartnell (some to McCulloch, Hartnell & Co.)


5 letters, 1820-1822


11 letters, 1823


16 letters, 1824


Invoices, accounts, 1822-1825


Charter parties for various brigs, 1823-1826


Brotherston, (James) & Co.


Accounts for sale of hides received from McCulloch, Hartnell and Co., Sept. 30, 1824


Letter to Begg (John) & Co., Oct. 5, 1824


Cot, Antonio José, d. ca. 1860


Letter to Hartnell, June 25, 1823


Hartnell, William Edward Petty, 1798-1854


Journal of trading voyage to coast of Guayaquil on Ship Queen Charlotte (of John Begg & Co.), 1820-1921


Memorandum re cash, Mar 24, 1821


Passport, 1815


Petition to Luis Antonio Arguello for permission to build warehouses at Monterey, May 21, 1823.


Papers concerning permission to go to prohibited ports on business, 1826-1827.

Scope and Content Note

With authorization signed by Echeondia, Governor and Comandante-General.

Atherton, William


Letter to Hartnell, June 13, 1826


Begg, (John) & Co.


Account of sales, 1825-1826


Agreement for dissolution of McCulloch, Hartnell and Co.


Letters to Hartnell (some addressed to McCulloch, Hartnell & Co.


18 letters, 1825-1826


8 letters, 1827-1828

volume Volume 2

Brotherston (James) & Co.


Extract of letter, Sept. 20, 1825


Guerra y Noriega, José Antonio de la, 1779-1858


Letters to Hartnell (2), 1825-1833


Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1807-1890


Letter to Hartnell, May 20, 1829


Cetificate of baptism for María Teresa Ysidra de la Guerra, May 23, 1825


Certificate of confirmation of Hartnell, Nov. 3, 1831


Papers concerning Hartnell's naturalization, 1828-1830


List of documents relating to various missions transferred to Manuel Jimeno Casarin, Oct. 8, 1840


Correspondence and papers relating to claim against Mexican government for money loaned, 1828-1852.


Last will and testament, ca. 1850


Power of attorney to James L. Ord, Feb. 13, 1851


Letter re translation of laws, Oct. 25, 1851. Written as state translator.


Letter to Right Reverend Doctor Denoir of Belfast, Ireland, Apr. 26, 1852


Gregory, Susan Myra, d. 1939


Letter to C. E. Chapman with biographical notes re Hartnell.


Winstanley, Jonathan


Letter to Hartnell, Feb. 20, 1820


Wyld, James


Letter to McCulloch and Hartnell, July 12, 1824


Reid, Perfecto Hugo


Letter to Hartnell, Jan. 27, 1840


Castro, Simeon


Papers re acquisition by Hartnell of land occupied previously by the Anidian Pacomio.

volume Volume 3

Letterbook (photostats)

volume Volume 4

Translation of business letters in the letter book.