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William Blanding letter: San Francisco, California, to Collector of the Port,
SFH 111  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William Blanding letter: San Francisco, California, to Collector of the Port,
    Dates: September 20, 1856
    Collection Number: SFH 111
    Creator/Collector: Blanding, William, 1818-1888
    Extent: 2 folders
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: Letter from U.S. District Attorney to the Collector of the Port of San Francisco.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    William Blanding letter: San Francisco, California, to Collector of the Port, . San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

    Biography/Administrative History

    The Curlew, under Captain Briggs, had suddenly sailed for Mazatlan, and soon was pursued by the revenue cutter William S. Marcy; the Curlew reaching its destination, Briggs was jailed by Mexican authorities, lacking his consul’s certificate of clearance. William Blanding came to San Francisco in 1854 and was appointed U.S. District Attorney for California by President Pierce in 1856, holding the position for two years. Milton Slocum Latham came to California in 1850, was elected to Congress, and following his term took the position of Collector of the Port of San Francisco; in 1860 he succeeded David C. Broderick in the U.S. Senate.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    One folder includes letter from Blanding, U.S. District Attorney, asking Collector of the Port (Milton S. Latham) to have the Curlew apprehended by the government, the schooner having been taken out of the harbor the night before without owner Edward Winslow’s knowledge. One folder includes transcript of letter.

    Indexing Terms

    Schooners
    Maritime law--United States
    Shipping--California--San Francisco--19th century
    Latham, Milton S., 1827-1882
    Winslow, Edward
    Port of San Francisco (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)--History--19th century.