Guide to the John Wilson Papers, 1840-1897
Guide to the John Wilson Papers, 1840-1897
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Key to Arrangement
Outgoing letters, 1849-1875 - 10 items, drafts, some incomplete.
Incoming correspondence, A-L
Incoming correspondence, M-Z
John Wilson's papers.
Ide, William B.
Proclamation to people of Sonoma, June 15, 1846
Wilson's papers relating to Deseret petition of 1849 include his appointment as delegate for the state of Deseret to the convention and draft of petition to Peter H. Burnett.
Papers as Indian Agent: Memos relating to Indian tribes in intermountain region (see also copy of Wilson letter of Aug. 22, 1849 to Ewing, Box I); invoices; vouchers, abstracts and accounts of trip from Missouri to California (including vouchers to Joel Palmer for his services as guide and to Peter Lassen).
Accounts as Naval agent.
Diary, marked no. 3, Mar. 1864 records portion of journey to Chihuahua; his stay there; Santa Eulalia mines; evils of Mexican priesthood; religious rites; Apaches; mention of Governor Luis Terrazas
Diaries 1 and 4, 1864, also form part of the Chihuahua trip. (Purchased from Mrs. McPortland, Jan. 1965)
Miscellaneous legal papers, arranged chronologically - 1850-1876. Brought together here were documents either drawn up by Wilson or in which he figures in some way.
Include: (1) Sharon, William
Agreement with Isaac Saffarans. Aug. 1, 1850
(2) Hagan, James
Agreement with Wilson et al concerning Leidesdorff estate. Aug. 14, 1850
(3) Brown & Bouldin
Agreement with Wilson concerning fees as attorney in suit brought up re Vaca/Peña grant
Miscellaneous legal papers (not by or directly concerning Wilson). Arranged alphabetically. Mainly summons and subpoenas in various cases.
Also include: (1) Dalton, Henry
Lease of Santa Anita Ranch to Alexander W. Hope, Dec. 27, 1852.
(2) Love, Mary
Power of attorney to William I. Higgins, Apr. 1, 1858
(3) Patterson, William H.
Duplicate contract of sale of Rancho Corallitos to W. J. Williams, Sept. 23, 1867.
(4) U.S. Surveyor General
Plat of the Rancho San Augustin. Copy, signed by J. W. Mandeville, June 27, 1860
Papers relating to Briones claims for Bolinas:
(1) Notes in Wilson's hand concerning claim
(2) Certified copy of case no. 189 Northern District, U.S. vs. Gregorio Briones.
Papers relating to Castro suit for Rancho San Pablo, 1854-1859, include Wilson's notice to the Castros, Feb. 18, 1854, and printed letter by A. J. Kopsch concerning a portion of the San Pablo Rancho, Oct. 10, 1859.
Notes in Wilson's hand relating to claims for Punta de los Reyes.
Papers relating to personal property in Contra Costa County, 1853-1865. (leases and deeds)
Papers relating to other personal property, in San Francisco, various ranches, and mines, 1850-1864
Powers of attorney to Wilson.
Accounts, tax statements
Miscellaneous papers of Wilson family; Wakeman family; Cooper family.
Wilson, Ann Robertson (Pulliam) (Mrs. John Wilson)
(1) Certified copy of marriage record, 1877
(2) Widow's pension papers
(3) Memorial card, 1886
Wilson, Micajah D. (Son of Ann and John Wilson)
Appointments as commissioner of deeds for California in the states of Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, New Hampshire and Virginia. Also appointment as notary public for California in Missouri, 1849
Cooper, Katherine (Wakeman) (grand-daughter)
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, a few relating to Ann and John Wilson and to Mary Eliza (Wilson) Wakeman, and some concerning Santa Cruz social affairs.
(1) Miscellaneous Cooper & Co. records, 1852-1853
(2) Santa Cruz County: Names of voters and number of votes polled in election held Sept. 6, 1854.
(3) Papers relating to Watsonville Guards (California Militia), 1863-1868 (8 items)
(4) Copies of correspondence - petitions for the job of Postmaster at Santa Cruz for William F. Cooper.
Wakeman, Ferdinand O.: Legal papers
7 items (1849) relating to claims against the Mexican Government for imprisonment with Isaac Graham in 1840. Agreements and powers of attorney with and to Wakeman and William I. Higgins.
Davis, William: Deeds of mining property in Nevada to Wakeman (3 items).
Wakeman, Mary Elizah (Wilson) (daughter of Ann and John Wilson)
(1) Letter for William Rockwell to R. A. Redman concerning Wakeman/Wilson property, May 27, 1890
Miscellaneous accounts - not Wilson's - include:
(1) Receipts relating to Thomas C. Carpenter and the Bark Ralph Cross (1849)
(2) Philadelphia Commercial and Mining Company: Receipts, 1849-1850 (8 items)
Rogers, Fred B.: Notes concerning Wilson papers.
Additional notes (gift of Fred B. Rogers, 1964)
Partial List of Correspondents
Letters Addressed o Wilson
Andrews, J. H.
Re Point Reyes Ranch and Randall heirs. Nov. 2, 1869
2 letters, re Vaca/Peña grant. 1858
Aud, Francis L.
3 letters, 1851-1853. 1851 letter refers to water lot speculation in San Francisco.
Bell, Bary C
Re Bodega Ranch. June 7, 1859
Bennett, M. V.
Re land claims in Santa Cruz County relating to his mother's (Mary Bennett, later Mary Love) property. Sept. 22, 1857
see Love, Mary Bennett
Berry, Richard N.
Re Whig Party. Jan. 10, 1851
Re Whig organization in Calaveras County. June 24, 1852
Nov. 27, 1874
Bennett, Winston 1819-
4 letters, 1852-1858
Browder, Thomas W.
Re legal business pertaining to land grants, mainly in Santa Cruz County. 12 letters, 1859.
see U.S. Office of Indian Affairs.
Brown, Thomas A., 1823-1889
2 letters, 1853-1855
Bruce, Samuel C.
6 letters re estate of Samuel Gregg. 1851-1857
Burnett, Peter Hardeman, 1807-1895
4 letters re Madden case. 1852-1854
Carpentier, Horace W., 1824-1918
Re copies of records of Vicente and Antonio Peralta. July 4, 1852
Re politics. [ca. 1851?]
Crabb & Co., Santa Cruz
Partially re Whigs in the local election. Sept. 9, 1851
Crane, James M.
Re Whigs and Thomas Butler King. Feb. 22, 1852
Curl, James D.
Aug. 19, 
Currey, John, 1814-1912
May 11, 1859
Carr, Jesse Douglas
5 letters, 1857-1859. Letter of Apr. 25, 1857 re politics and Whigs in Santa Clara County.
Re John C. Frémont's Mariposa claim. Sketch map of mines included.
5 letters, 1858, relate to property on Weber/Gulnac grant.
Collins, John Anderson
4 letters, 1851-1853, re Whig politics in Grass Valley. References to John B. Weller.
Crabb, Henry A.
2 letters, 1853, re Whig convention and politics; anti-Bigler.
Crane, George W.
2 letters, 1850-1851
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
California's future, commerce with Asia. Dec. 5, 1850
Importance of establishing telegraphic connections between San Francisco and Sacramento via Stockton. June 13, 1851
Dodge, Henry Lee, 1825-1902
Apr. 27, 1850
Du Bertrand, E.
Re gold in the Klamath River region. Oct. 1, 1850
3 letters relating to José Bolcoff, Rancho Soquel and Rancho de San Michael. 1853-1856
Dollarhide, Evan W.
4 letters re Vaca/Peña grant. 1859
Field, Stephen Johnson, 1816-1899
August 16, 1856
Ford, Henry L., 1822-1860
4 letters re mines: Gulnac claim and San Francisco property. 1852-1857
Re land grants of San Ysidro, Las Animas and Llagos. n.d.
Re Whigs in El Dorado County. July 13, 1852
Gridley, R. C.
Re politics in Yreka. May 29, 1855
Description of Guaymas by Wilson's nephew. June 23, 1860
Graham, William Alexander, 1804-1875
see U.S. Navy Dept.
Hester, C. P.
Re Martín Castro's Claim. Oct. 13, 1859
Hope, Alexander W., 1820-
Re Whig party in Los Angeles. Dec. 30, 1851
Huddart, R. Townsend
Re sale of Santa Cruz ranches to foreign capitalists. May 18, 1853
Harper, John H.
2 letters re Gold Bluff mines. 1852
Hartley, Henry Hare
3 letters re Vaca grant. 1859
Helstrom, S. M.
6 letters re Pacheco/Mesa grants. One letter incomplete. 1858-1859
Hihn, F. A.
9 letters re Tarpey case, Rincon Ranch and Soquel Ranch. 1857-1859
3 letters re Soquel Ranch. 1857-1858
Hubbs, Paul K., 1800-1874
16 letters re legal aspects concerning lots and lands; Colton grants. 1854-1856
Jarragin, J. M.
Description of Sonora; mention of Santa Anna. Jan. 25, 1854
Johnson, John Neely, 1825-1872
Re meeting of Whig State Central Committee. Feb. 25, 1852
Jones, James McHall, 1823-1851
Nov. 8, 1851
Jones, Roger, 1789-1852
see U.S. Adjutant General's Office; U.S. Post Office
Jones, Thomas Ap Catesby, 1790-1856
4 letters, 1849-1850. Written as Commander-in-chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Pacific Ocean. Some also signed by Rodman M. Price. Enclosure: contemporary copy of letter from Edwin Bryant to Jones. All relate to Wilson's bond as Navy Agent for San Francisco.
King, Austin Augustus, 1802-1870
May 24, n.y.
Langdon, C. W.
Re La Jota grant and George C. Yount. Nov. 1, 1859
May 24, 1858
Latham & Sunderland, Sacramento
2 letters re Vaca/Peña grant. 1857
Love, Mary Bennett
About business matters. With one letter from John Moore to Mrs. Bennett.
Re San Ysidro Ranch. Written and with additional note by Thomas Bodley. May 16, 1857
McKinstry, Elisha Williams, 1825-1901
Re Moraga vs. Emeric. May 15, 1854
Majors, Joseph L.
Written and signed for him by C. Winterholter. Apr. 21, 1859
Marshall, Edward C.
Re Gulnac claim; politics; Gwin and Broderick. Nov. 11, 1854
Minor, D. K.
Addressed to James M. Crane, but meant also for John Wilson. Re lots in San Francisco. Dec. 2, 1853
Montgomery, John Berrien, 1794-1873
Requesting information concerning town lots held by his two deceased sons. Mar. 13, 1853
Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853
Relating to Wilson's accounts as Indian Agent and Navy Agent. Feb. 18, 1853
Moore, John H.
Re Mary Bennett Love's case; Whigs. June 14, 1852
See also: Love, Mary Bennett
Murphy, John M.
Re San Jose Pueblo Land Claim. Sept. 26, 1856
5 letters re Guadalupe Castro; Soquel Ranch. 1857-1858
McLean, John T.
2 letters re Whigs in Santa Cruz. 1851-1852
Martin, G. T.
2 letters re Whigs. 1851-1852
Medill, William, 1805-1865
see U.S. Office of Indian Affairs.
Merrill, Nathaniel, 1823-1900
5 letters, 1856. Include one letter to Henry L. Ford. Re Claims in Tehama County.
Monson, A. C.
2 letters re Whigs. One letter written as Chairman, Whig Convention Committee. 1851
Moore, Benjamin F.
3 letters re Whigs in Tuolumne County. 1851-1852
Morris, Robert Murray
2 letters re his duties as escort to John Wilson on journey to California. 1849
Morse, John Frederick, 1815-1874
4 letters re Whig Party in California. 1851-1852
Mudd, J. H. Clay
2 letters re Whigs in Washington, D.C. and political appointments of Californians. 1852
9 letters re Soquel Ranch. 1857-1858
Ormsby, C. N.
Re Whig politics. Anti - Thomas Butler King. June 30, 1851
Declining nomination to the House. Aug. 6, 1851
Peckham, R. F., 1827-
Feb. 12, 1857
Re Whigs in Butte Co. May 14, 1851
Parks, H. G.
6 letters re Vaca grant. 1857-1859
3 letters re land around Santa Cruz. 1859
Porter, George R.
4 letters. 1858
Preston, William Ballard, 1805-1862
see U.S. Navy Dept.
Reading, Pierson Barton, 1816-1868
Accepting nomination as Whig candidate for office of State Governor. June 9, 1851
Reed, E. P.
2 letters re property in San Jose. 1855
3 letters re Whig party. One letter written and signed for Robinson by John Frederick Morse. 1852
Russell, William Henry, 1802-1873
7 letters. Include one letter to Major Allen. Some relate to politics. 1849-1853.
Sargent, Aaron Augustus, 1827-1887
Re politics. May 25, 1855
Semple, Charles D.
Re politics. May 21, 1855
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872
Re politics. Also clipping of Mar. 15, 1854 sent by Seward to Wilson (of Wilson's endorsement on verso) Dec. 6, 1856
Smith, S. S.
As clerk of Whig Party Ward Committee. July 2, 1851
Swan, Thomas M.
Aug. 31, 1859
Description of Hangtown (Placerville) and of mining. Jan. 27, 1850
Sawyer, Ebenezer D.
5 letters. Whig Politics; San Francisco water front land. 1854
2 letters re Whigs in Sutter County. 1851
Smith, Henry H.
2 letters re property around Martinez. 1859
Smith, Truman, 1791-1884
25 letters re Whig politics; Thomas Butler King; Pacific Railroad; gold, copper and silver mines of Lake Superior. 1850-1856
Stout, Alfred H.
2 letters re Whigs in Colusa County; California Indians. 1851-1853
Taylor, R. H.
Requesting information to refute democratic charges against the Whigs. Aug. 15, 1851
Torre, Pablo della
Aug. 11, 1858
Torrence, G. W.
Letter of introduction for Mr. William Bickham, Whig delegate from El Dorado County. May 22, 1851
6 letters re Sutter Claim. 1852-1853
5 letters re Santa Cruz lands. 1857-1858
2 letters re Vaca/Peña grants; news of Governor Boggs. 1859
4 letters. 1858-1859
U.S. Adjutant General's Office
Contemporary copy (for Wilson) of letter by Roger Jones to William Wing Loring. Apr. 13, 1849
U.S. General Land Office
Signed by James Whitcomb, Commissioner. Aug. 19, 1840
U.S. Post Office
Letter from Fitzhenry Warren, enclosing letter from Roger Jones, of May 14, 1849. May 15, 1849
U.S. Quartermaster's Dept.
Written by Charles Thomas. Oct. 14, 1851
Upson, Lauren, d. 1885
Written on California lettersheet "Diagram of the Burnt District - Sacramento ... 1852." Discussion of the Chinese Question in terms of its political significance to the Whigs. June 12, 1854
U.S. Navy Dept.
9 letters, 1849-1851. 3 signed by William Ballard Preston, 6 signed by William A. Graham. All relate to Wilson as Navy Agent.
U.S. Office of Indian Affairs
3 letters, 1849-1850. Written by Orlando Brown and William Medill.
Apr. 7, 1859 letter includes commission to Wilson as Indian Agent, signed by Zachary Taylor.
Feb. 19, 1850 letter contains statement as to boundaries of Indian agencies, defining Wilson's authority to west of the Sierra Nevada.
U.S. Treasury Dept.
3 letters re accounts as former Indian Agent. Signed by Powell Clayton. 1851-1853
Van Dyke, Walter
2 letters re Whigs; scheme for getting mail for Trinidad, California. 1852
Weller, John B., 1812-1875
Nov. 9, 1857.
Whitton, Jesse W.
Re George Yount's claim in Napa Valley. Apr. 12, 1852
Wilson, William Henry
Re Gold Bluff Mine. May 5, 1857
Winn, A. M.
Re Temperance organization in relation to politics. Oct. 2, 1855
4 letters re Whigs and politics. 1850-1853
Weld, E. F.
Re various land claims, including Coggeshall's. 6 letters, 1858-1859.
Wilson, Micajah D., d. 1862
3 letters re Gold Bluff Mines. Reference to J. Ross Browne. Aug. 10, 1858 letter to Henry L. Ford. 1851-1858
Wilson, O. P.
5 letters re Amesti claim, Calavessero grant. 1858-1859
Wood, R. N.
4 letters re Whig politics. Include copy of letter addressed to President Fillmore, written by Wood and signed by various Whig members of the California legislature. 1852
Worster, J. Rutherford
5 letters re politics and business affairs. 1854-1855
Yoell, Jasper Alexander
Re Gulnac claim. Oct. 28, 1854
Young, John, 1802-1852
Introducing Samuel Strong. Feb. 16, 1850
2 letters re San Jose Pueblo Lands. 1851-1852
Letters Not Addressed to Wilson
Alvarado, Juan Bautista, 1809-1882
To John Gilroy. Oct. 3, 1858
Kenaday, Alexander McConnell
To A. C. Russell, concerning politics in Southern California. July 24, 1851