Guide to the Hosmer Correspondence, 1849-1853

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Guide to the Hosmer Correspondence, 1849-1853

Collection number: M0037

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Encoded by:
Patricia White
© 1997

Descriptive Summary

Title: Hosmer Correspondence,
Date (inclusive): 1849-1853
Collection number: Special Collections M0037
Creator: Hosmer, Charles Hosmer, Edward
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance:

Unknown source

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Publication rights:

All rights reside with the Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], Hosmer Correspondence, M0037, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical Note:

Charles and Edward Hosmer left their parents, brothers and sisters in Avon, New York in March 1849 for California, arriving in September 1849. Edward travelled around Cape Horn by boat while Charles went overland by wagon train. In San Francisco, they became commission merchants and were doing well until robbed by a partner and burned out of their store. In the fall of 1851 Charles returned to New York to proceed with litigation against the partner. Edward went prospecting in the Feather River area but was unsuccessful.

Scope and Contents Note:

Collection consists of original and typescript copies of the letters of Charles and Edward Hosmer to their family in New York. The letters describe Charles' overland trip by wagon train and Edward's trip around Cape Horn to California, their work in San Franciso, and Edward's unsuccessful prospecting in the Feather River area. Also of note are the descriptions of early San Francisco including the people, business houses, shipping, and the weather. The collection also includes research notes.

Arrangement

The letters are arranged chronologically.

Container List

Box no. 1

Item: 1
Edward to father, New York, 1849 February 25

Box no. 1

Item: 2
Edward to father, New York, 1849 March 2

Box no. 1

Item: 3
Edward to father, New York, 1849 March 5

Box no. 1

Item: 4
Edward to brother, New York, 1849 March 5

Box no. 1

Item: 5
Edward to father, "at sea," 1849 March 8

Box no. 1

Item: 6
Charles to parents, Illinois River, Peru, 1849 April 23

Box no. 1

Item: 7
Charles to father, St. Louis, 1849 April 26

Box no. 1

Item: 8
Charles to parents, Missouri River, 1849 May 2, continued "on the Sacremento" 1849 May 5, Indian Territory

Box no. 1

Item: 9
Edward to parents, South America Valparaiso, 1849 June 16

Box no. 1

Item: 10
Charles to parents, Great Salt Lake Valley, 1849 July 18

Box no. 1

Item: 11
Edward to father, San Francisco, 1849 September 25

Box no. 1

Item: 12
Charles to parents, San Francisco, 1849 September 27

Box no. 1

Item: 13
Charles to parents, San Francisco, 1849 October 31

Box no. 1

Item: 14
Charles to parents, San Francisco, 1849 November 14

Box no. 1

Item: 15
Charles and Edward to parents, San Francisco, 1849 December 30

Box no. 1

Item: 16
Charles to parents, San Francisco, 1850 January 8

Box no. 1

Item: 17
Charles and Edward to parents, San Francisco, 1850 January 31

Box no. 1

Item: 18
Charles to parents, San Francisco, 1850 February 26

Box no. 1

Item: 19
Charles to parents, San Francisco, 1850 March 30, Easter Sunday

Box no. 1

Item: 20
Charles and Edward to parents, San Francisco, 1850 April 20

Box no. 1

Item: 21
John Pearson to George Hosmer, San Francisco, 1850 April 29

Box no. 1

Item: 22
Charles to "Brother Geo.," San Francisco, 1850 June 1

Box no. 1

Item: 23
Charles to "Home and Friends," San Francisco, 1850 June 30

Box no. 1

Item: 24
Charles to father, San Francisco, 1850 July 12

Box no. 1

Item: 25
Charles and Edward to father, San Francisco, 1850 July 28

Box no. 1

Item: 26
Edward to parents, San Francisco, 1850 September 1

Box no. 1

Item: 27
Charles to "Home," San Francisco, 1850 October 30

Box no. 1

Item: 28
Edward to "Parents, Brothers and Sisters," East Fork of the North Fork, Feather River, California, 1851 July 6

Box no. 1

Item: 29
Edward to "Home," Middle Fork, Dry Creek, 1 mile from Fiddletown, 1851 November 2

Box no. 1

Item: 30
Edward to parents, Dry Creek, 1852 January 10

Box no. 1

Item: 31
Edward to "Brother" (Charles), San Francisco, 1852 February 22

Box no. 1

Item: 32
Edward to "Parents and all at home," Junction Camp Woods, Tuwolumne County, California, 1853 February 6

Box no. 1

Item: 33
Typed copies of the original letters

Box no. 1

Item: 34
Research notes