Letters and financial papers such as bills of lading, invoices, statements of
account, etc., relating to Fitch's commercial transactions and business affairs in San Diego; trading
voyages up and down the California coast, to Mexico and to Hawaii; otter hunting and the hide and tallow
trade. A few letters relate to the war with Mexico, the gold discoveries in California and his ranch in
Sonoma County. Included also are some papers of his wife, Josefa (Carrillo) Fitch.
Henry Delano Fitch, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1799, first came to California in about 1826 as
master of the vessel
owned by Henry Edward Virmond of Mexico. Fitch was employed for a number of years by Virmond,
trading along the west coast ports of north and South America. The earliest letters and documents of the
collection deal with these activities.
Number of containers: 3 boxes and 5 oversize folders (also 4 volumes of photocopies from
Number of microfilm reels: 3
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