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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Donor
  • Biography

  • Title: Fly Wagon Train Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: C058683
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4.0 folders letters, correspondence, receipts, poems, certificates.
    Date (inclusive): 1852-1887
    Abstract: Letters to and from members of the Fly Wagon Train (1852-1887), including Camilla and Bernadette Little, Richard C. and William Percival, Mary B. Fly, and Fanny Levey, as well as reciepts from the overland journey.
    creator: Percival, Richard C.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection is open for research

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access

    Preferred Citation note

    Fly Wagon Train Papers. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 101 Montgomery Street, Suite 150, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94129.

    Scope and Contents note

    Folder 1: Richard C. Percival Papers One letter to his sister, Camilla Little, dated 1852 regarding family matters. Two letters to Boon and Mary Fly dated 1852 regarding daily life as a miner. A handwritten election certificate of R.C. Percival as Trustee of Christian College. Three poems, “Kiyote Jim’s Soliloquy” (1884), “A Picture of the Present and (not) of the future” (1858),and (First line) “Maiden, thou askest me to write” (1869).
    Folder 2: Camilla Little Letters to her brother Robert C. Percival. Eight letters written between 1865 and 1875 containing information on daily life and family business.
    Folder 3: Mary B. Fly Letters Three letters: correspondences on daily life and family business from the years 1879 and 1881.
    Folder 4: Miscellaneous letters and receipts. One receipt for poll tax from 1852 and a receipt confirming transaction between Robert of Lancefield (?) and R.C. Percival


    Donor and date of acquisition unknown.


    While no further information has been found on Richard C. Percival, from these papers, he appears to have been part of the Fly Wagon train. His letters to Mary Fly, his sister, and also Camilla Little (his sister as well), were sent from Pittsburgh Bar, on the Yuba River, and discuss his life as a miner. There are also letters to a Boon Fly, the brother of Mary Fly. Robert C. Percival is also noted as a trustee of Christian College, and many of his poems are included in the papers. Mary B. Fly, writes to an Uncle Robert, and an aunt (not named), from 1879-1881, from Napa City.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Fly, Boon, fl. 1830-1890
    Fly, Mary, fl. 1830-1890
    Gold mines and mining -- California -- History.
    Mines and mineral resources--California, Northern--History