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Register of the Richard Dering letters
MSS 0250  
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  • DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY
  • Preferred Citation
  • HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
  • SCOPE AND CONTENT

  • DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

    Title: Richard Dering letters,
    Date (inclusive): 1858-1879
    Collection number: MSS 0250
    Extent: 0.10 linear feet (70 items (113 leaves) in two folders.)
    Repository: Mandeville Special Collections Library, Geisel Library, UC, San Diego
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
    Shelf Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Preferred Citation

    Richard Dering letters, MSS 0250. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

    As an agent of the Lower California Company, Dering was an early settler at Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico. Active in the orchilla and guano trades. Also lived in San Francisco. Orginially from Sag Harbor, New York. Died at Magdalena Bay on 16 March 1873.

    SCOPE AND CONTENT

    Letters providing a detailed account of Dring's activities and travels in Sonora, Baja California, the islands of the Gulf of California, and up the Pacific Coast to San Francisco. Written principally from Elide Island, Georges Island, Guaymas, Magdalena Bay, and San Francisco. Includes 63 letters from Dering to his sister, Elizabeth P. Dering of Sag Harbor, and 7 letters between Elizabeth and others following his death. Also includes 14 envelopes and 2 newspaper clippings.