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Guide to the Samuel Adams Journal and Papers, 1849-1901
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Description
Two original journals cover the voyage to California and Adam's first months in San Francisco (4/1/1849 - 3/18/1850). The bulk of the Adams papers comprises letters from Adams to his wife, business correspondence, and Mrs. Adams' letters to her son Samuel G.
Background
Samuel Adams arrived in California aboard the Barque Mazeppa on December 3, 1849 after a ten-month voyage at sea. He had left New York on January 27, 1849 with a carge of merchandise which he had been commissioned to sell for the firm of Rowland and Whitehouse of Brooklyn, N.Y. Adams had previously managed a drugstore in Brooklyn for Rowland, but when it and the house he had been preparing for his family burned, he agreed to act as a commercial factor in order to support his family. The voyage of the Mazeppa was plagued by storms, lengthy repairs to the ship after it was forced to return to Rio de Janeiro, and long delays in navigating around Cape Horn. Adams helped to pass the time by writing a journal for his wife and children living in Winthrop, Me. Some sections are addressed to the children and in them he describes details of life at sea--what the sailors ate, where they slept, and how they were disciplined; how to reckon the speed of the ship in knots, and the awesome responsibilities of the captain.
Extent
1 box (6 folders)

ca 40 items (.42 linear ft.)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to California Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.