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Guide to the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856 Papers, 1856
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Key to Arrangement

item no. 1-10

Correspondence and papers, mainly relating to Edward McGowan.

item no. 11-23

Papers of the Committee

item no. 24-27

Letters to H. H. Bancroft

item no. 28

Miscellaneous notes relating to the text of Popular Tribunals.

item no. 29

Scrapbook of clippings, relating to the assassination of James King of William; the execution of James Casey and Charles Cora; the expulsion of Charles P. Duane, Wooly Kearney and other undesirables; and the seizure of Judge David Smith Terry. (Valencia St. Catalog no. 52566)

item no. 30

Loose clippings.

Partial index


Bigler, John, 1804-1871

item (no. 1)

Letter to Edward McGowan, Oct. 9, 1853


Cary, Thomas G.

item (no. 24)

Letter to William Tell Coleman, Jan. 7, 1878, re errors in W. T. Sherman's book


Coleman, William Tell, 1824-1893

item (no. 11)

Letter re Maloney, Apr. 5, 1856

item (no. 25)

Letter to Bancroft, Mar. 8, 1882


Heron, Matilda Agnes, 1830-1877

item (no. 3)

Letter to Edward McGowan, Mar. 3, 1855


Howard, Volney Edward, 1809-1889

item (no. 17)

Letter to William Tell Coleman, June 21, 1856, opposing arrest of Judge Terry.

item (no. 18)

Letter to Maj. West. Copy only.


Huntington, Collis Potter, 1821-1900

item (no. 13)

Letter to William Tell Coleman, May 25, 1856, concerning the establishment of a Committee of Vigilance in Sacramento.


Murray, Hugh Campbell, 1825-1857

item (no. 4)

Letter to Edward McGowan, June 19, 1853


Sherman, William Tecumseh, 1820-1891

item (no. 12)

Letter to J. R. West, May 15, 1856. Copy only.


Terry, David Smith, 1823-1889

item (no. 19)

To Committee of Vigilance, June 24, 1856, requesting legal trial.


Weller, John B., 1812-1875

item (no. 6)

Letter to Edward McGowan, Jan. 24, 1853


Wells, Alexander

item (no. 7)

3 letters to Edward McGowan and one to O'Connor, undated, save one in 1853.