The collection consists of documents and letters related to California land cases between 1851 and 1860 involving the San
Francisco law firm of Halleck, Peachy & Billings.
Halleck, Peachy & Billings was one of the most prestigious law firms on the Pacific Coast, headquartered in San Francisco,
California, and specializing in land cases.
It was organized by Frederick Billings and Alexander Carey Peachy in 1849, who were joined soon after by Henry Wager Halleck.
In 1853 Halleck built the Montgomery Black in San Francisco, and
the partnership became permanently located there. The firm handled over half of the land claim cases in California immediately
following the enaction of the Land Act of 1851. Although Halleck
wrote the land title report that helped draft the Land Act of 1851, he did not support the Land Commission, and the firm of
Halleck, Peachy & Billings defended many land titles against the
Commission. It has been said that Halleck handled the preparation of the briefs for the cases, Peachy the oratory, and that
Billings brought in the business. The firm was dissolved in 1861.
80 pieces in 2 boxes
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