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Martinez (Capt. Ignacio) Papers
C058971  
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Description
These are letters and receipts of Capt. Ignacio Martinez. The letter is handwritten in ink, entirely in Spanish and dated 3 Marzo, 1832, and signed Ignacio Martinez. The three business receipts are dated 1835, 1840 and the last is either undated, or the ink has faded so that the date is not able to be read. Two of the receipts of items received from Martinez, and the third appears to be the same, but is so faded, the writing is difficult to read.
Background
Ignacio Martinex was born in Mexico City in 1774 and came to Alta California around 1800. He served at Santa Barbara and San Diego before being sent to San Francisco as a lieutenant in 1817. He succeeded Louis Arguello as commander in 1822 and acted in that capacity until 1827. From 1828 to 1831 he had various stints as acting commander and commander. He retired from the military in 1831 and then held a number of public offices, such as alcalde of San Francisco, member of the diputacion, and regidor at San Jose. He owned a large ranch, Pinole, in Contra Costa, across the bay from San Francisco. He died at some point before 1852. (Bancroft, History of California: 4: 733.)
Extent
1 folder 1 Folder 1 letter (2 sheets of paper), 3 receipts