Abel Stearns Papers: Addenda 1

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Abel Stearns Papers: Addenda 1
Dates: 1821-1879
Bulk dates: 1821-1831
Collection Call Number: mssHM 48988-49068
Creator: Stearns, Abel, 1798-1871
Extent: 81 pieces in 1 box
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection chiefly consists of correspondence addressed to Southern California businessman and politician Abel Stearns (1798-1871), relating to his early business affairs. Included are materials containing information on American trade in Cuba, Argentina, Mexico and California, with comments on the political situations in those countries and in the United States.
Language of Material: The records are in English and Spanish.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Abel Stearns Papers: Addenda 1, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Gift of Mr. George W. Alfs, September, 1980.

Biographical Note

Abel Stearns was a pioneer ranch owner and businessman in Los Angeles, California. As a young man, he left his native Massachusetts to engage in South American and China shipping trade. He went to Mexico in 1826, became a naturalized citizen, and in 1829 moved to Monterey, Calif. By 1833, he settled in Los Angeles where he became a wealthy businessman and influential politician.

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Scope and Content

Correspondence of Abel Stearns, chiefly letters addressed to him, relating to his early business affairs. Included are materials containing information on American trade in Cuba, Argentina, Mexico and California, with comments on the political situations in those countries and in the United States, the political situation in the Rio de la Plata region and the early exploits of Juan Manuel de Rosas. Also included are letters on the shoe trade in Cuba and the United States.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Personal Names

Stearns, Abel, 1798-1871

Subjects

Businessmen--California--Archives
Argentina--History--1810---Sources
California--History--1821-1848--Sources
Cuba--History--1810-1899--Sources
Mexico--History--1821-1861--Sources
United States--Foreign relations--Cuba

Genre

Letters (correspondence)--United States--19th century
Personal papers--United States--19th century


Collection Contents

Box 1

Papers of Abel Stearns: Addenda 1. 1821-1879

Physical Description: 1 box
 

HM 49066 Withington, Enos to Abel Stearns 1821, December 26

Location: Savannah
 

HM 48998 Clarke, Nathaniel to Abel Stearns 1822, January 10

Location: Havana, [Cuba]
 

HM 49063 Weston, Asahel to Abel Stearns 1822, January 10

Location: Baltimore
 

HM 49058 Tupper and Kimball (firm) to Abel Stearns 1822, February 6

Location: Charleston, South Carolina. Note: Followed by copy of letter from Job Green to Abel Stearns, dated January 11, 1822
 

HM 49023 Ogilvie, Thomas C. to Abel Stearns 1822, February 24

Location: Havana, [Cuba]
 

HM 49059 Tupper and Kimball (firm) to Abel Stearns 1822, February 27

Location: Charleston, [South Carolina]
 

HM 49017 Howe, Jacob to Abel Stearns 1822, March 2

Location: Boston
 

HM 48995 Clark, Ferdinand to Abel Stearns 1822, March 4

Location: Havana, [Cuba]
 

HM 49060 Tupper and Kimball (firm) to Abel Stearns 1822, March 4

Location: Charleston, [South Carolina]
 

HM 48996 Clark, Ferdinand to Abel Stearns 1822, May 9

Location: Havana, [Cuba]
 

HM 49014 Hancock, William to Abel Stearns 1822, May 16

Location: Havana, [Cuba]
 

HM 48997 Clark, Ferdinand to Abel Stearns 1822, May 18

Location: Havana, [Cuba]
 

HM 48990 Bartlett, George to Abel Stearns 1822, May 30

Baltimore
 

HM 49000 Daniell, Josiah to Abel Stearns 1822, June 14

Location: Havana, [Cuba]
 

HM 49001 Daniell, Josiah to Abel Stearns 1822, July 27

Location: Havana, [Cuba]
 

HM 48999 Clarke, Nathaniel to Abel Stearns 1823, February 14

Location: Havana, [Cuba]
 

HM 49002 Daniell, Josiah to Abel Stearns 1823, March 6

Location: Buenos Aires
 

HM 49003 Daniell, Josiah to Abel Stearns 1823, April 11

Location: Buenos Aires
 

HM 49037 Penniman, William to Abel Stearns 1823, May 29

Location: Baltimore
 

HM 49040 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1825, August 1

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49041 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1825, August 4

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49042 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1825, September 13

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49043 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1825, September 21

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49044 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1825, November 29

Location: Philadelphia
 

HM 49045 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1825, December 3

Location: Philadelphia
 

HM 48988 B-----, A. Stock Transfer form, blank. [circa 1825]

 

HM 49046 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1826, January 3

Location: New York, [N.Y.]. Note: Letter is dated 1825, apparently by mistake
 

HM 49047 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1826, January 26

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49048 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1826, January 27

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49049 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1826, January 30

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49018 Inglee, Fuller and Company to Abel Stearns 1826, January 31

Location: New York [N.Y.]
 

HM 49050 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1826, February 1

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49021 Marks, Henry H. to Abel Stearns 1826, February 2

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49051 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1826, February 3

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49052 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1826, February 6

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49022 Marks, Henry H. to Abel Stearns 1826, February 12

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49053 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1826, February 14

Location: New York, [N.Y.]
 

HM 49054 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1826, February 21

Location: Boston
 

HM 49055 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1826, February 28

Location: Boston
 

HM 49056 Taber, Thomas to Abel Stearns 1826, March 23

Location: Boston
 

HM 48992 Bork, Carlos [C-----] to Abel Stearns 1827, May 3

Location: [Queretaro?], Mex.
 

HM 48991 Bork, Carlos C to Abel Stearns 1826, November 17

Location: Durango, [Mex.]
 

HM 48993 Breed, Samuel D. to Abel Stearns 1827, March 3

Location: Philadelphia
 

HM 48994 Breed, Samuel D. to Abel Stearns 1827, September 23

Location: Philadelphia
 

HM 49025 Peck, Serhman to Abel Stearns 1828, January 31

Location: Guanajuato, Mex.
 

HM 49067 Woodbury, J.L. to Abel StearnsE [circa 1828], April 18

Location: San Luis Potosi, Mex. Note: Letter is undated, but Stearns was in Mexico City 1826-1829, with business in San Luis Potosi especially in 1828
 

HM 49026 Peck, Sherman to Abel Stearns 1828, May 26

Location: Guanajuato, Mex.
 

HM 49027 Peck, Sherman to Abel Stearns 1828, July 20

Location: San Luis Potosi, Mex.
 

HM 49028 Peck, Sherman to Abel Stearns 1828, August 28

Location: San Luis Potosi, Mex.
 

HM 49029 Peck, Sherman to Abel Stearns 1828, October 25

Location: San Luis Potosi, Mex.
 

HM 49029 Peck, Sherman to Abel Stearns 1828, October 25

Location: San Luis Potosi, Mex.
 

HM 49030 Peck, Sherman to Abel Stearns 1828, November 10

Location: San Luis Potosi, Mex.
 

HM 49031 Peck, Sherman to Abel Stearns 1828, November 27

Location: San Juan, Mex.
 

HM 49024 Pacheco to Abel Stearns [circa 1828], December 7

Location: [Mex.]
 

HM 49012 Fitzgerald, E. to Abel Stearns [circa 1828], December 23

Location: Acapulco, Mex.
 

HM 49032 Peck, Sherman to Abel Stearns 1828, December 25

Location: Guadalajara, Mex.
 

HM 49038 Rodriguez, Ignacio to Abel Stearns 1829, March 12

Location: [Irapuato?], Mex.
 

HM 49007 Eayrs, George Washington to Abel Stearns 1829, April 8

Location: Mexico City
 

HM 49008 Eayrs, George Washington to Abel Stearns 1829, April

Location: Mexico City
 

HM 49013 Gritton, Edward to Abel Stearns 1829, May 16

Location: [Mexico City]
 

HM 49068 [Stearns, Abel to Jose Maria Echeandia 1829, August 20

Location: Monterey, Calif. Note: Place and date is in a different hand from that of the body of the letter. This seems to be the letter mentioned in passing in Doris Wright, A Yankee in Mexican California, page 11
 

HM 49039 Spence, David [Stephen] to Abel Stearns 1829, August 25

Location: Monterey, Calif.
 

HM 49033 Peck, Sherman to Abel Stearns 1829, October 3

Location: Monterey, Calif.
 

HM 49034 Peck, Sherman to Abel Stearns 1829, October 29

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
 

HM 49057 Trant, Samuel L. to Abel Stearns 1830, February 22

Location: Guadalajara, Mex.
 

HM 49010 Elwell, Robert [J.] to Abel Stearns 1830, March 15

Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
 

HM 49035 Peck, Sherman to Abel Stearns 1830, March 23

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
 

HM 49011 Elwell, Robert J. to [Abel Staerns] 1830, May 25

Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
 

HM 49005 Duran, Narciso to Abel Stearns 1830, June 11

Location: San Jose, Calif.
 

HM 49009 Eayrs, George Washington to Abel Stearns 1830, June 11

Location: Guadalajara, Mex.
 

HM 49061 Viader, Jose to Abel Stearns 1830, June 13

Location: Santa Clara, Calif.
 

HM 48989 Barron, Forbes and Company (firm) to Abel Stearns 1830, June 16

Location: San Blas, Mex.
 

HM 49006 Duran, Marciso to Abel Stearns 1830, June 22

Location: San Jose, Calif.
 

HM 49020 1830, August 15 Jones, John Coffin to Abel Stearns

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
 

HM 49015 Hook, Henry to ----- Cook 1830, September 13

Location: San Francisco
 

HM 49016 Hook, Henry to Abel Stearns 1830, September 17

Location: Monterey, Calif.
 

HM 49016 Hook, Henry to Abel Stearns 1830, September 17

Location: Monterey, Calif.
 

HM 49062 Walmsly, Guillermo W. to Abel Stearns 1830, September 23

Location: [Mex.]
 

HM 49036 Peck, Sherman to Abel Stearns 1830, December 12

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
 

HM 49064 Whiting, William J. to Abel Stearns 1830, December 22

Location: San Diego, Calif.
 

HM 49065 Whiting, Wiilliam J. to Abel Stearns 1831, February 1

Location: San Diego, Calif.
 

HM 49019 Jones, John Coffin to Abel Stearns 1931, March 1

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
 

HM 49004 Drakenfeld, B.F. to Robert Symington Baker 1879, June 28

Location: Los Angeles