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John C. Fremont correspondence with Trenor W. Park
SFH 162  
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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: John C. Fremont correspondence with Trenor W. Park
    Dates: 1860
    Collection Number: SFH 162
    Creator/Collector: Fremont, John Charles, 1813-1890.
    Extent: 2 folders
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: Fremont's letters to Park, manager of the Mariposa estate, sent from Bear Valley and San Francisco
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center 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

    John C. Fremont correspondence with Trenor W. Park. San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

    Acquisition Information

    From the library of John Francis Neylan (with his bookplate).

    Biography/Administrative History

    John C. Fremont acquired the extensive Mariposa grant in 1847, and gold was later found in the area. Fremont became wealthy, and beginning in September 1850 served for the short term as California’s first senator. In 1856 he ran for President on the new Republican ticket, was defeated, and returned to develop his Mariposa grant. Lawyer and financier Trenor W. Park managed Fremont’s estate, as well as some other properties in California, and had a one-eighth interest in the Mariposa. Park had been junior partner in the firm of Halleck, Peachy, Billings and Park, which chiefly dealt with land titles. Fremont would lose his Mariposa property in 1863 and suffer other financial losses.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    One folder includes seven letters written by Fremont, dating February 27, 1860 through April 23, 1860, chiefly concerning his California properties, ejectment suits, returns of bullion, his debts, creditors, and his finances. Fremont directs Park to manage different business and legal transactions, including those involving Hall McAllister, Fremont’s counsel; banker Mark Brumagim; H. G. Worthington, Fremont’s agent; Charles James, Republican friend of Fremont’s; mining engineer Dr. Justus Adelberg; and A. A. Selover, in real estate. Another Fremont attorney, D. W. Perley, figures in several letters. Properties mentioned or obliquely discussed, besides the Mariposa estate, include those for Alcatrases Island; the Pescadero Trust; San Emidio. A second folder includes typewritten transcriptions of the letters.

    Indexing Terms

    Attorneys -- California
    Bankers -- California
    Gold mines and mining -- California -- Mariposa County
    Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century
    Land titles -- California -- History
    Park, T. W. (Trenor William), 1823-1882
    Fremont, John Charles, 1813-1890 -- Correspondence
    Perley, D. W. (Duncan), d. 1874
    McAllister, Hall, 1826-1888
    Brumagim, Mark, d. 1914
    Worthington, H. G. (Henry Gaither), 1828-1909
    James, Charles, d. 1901
    Adelberg, Justus, -1868
    Selover, Abia A., 1824-1898
    Mariposa Land and Mining Company of California
    California -- Biography
    Bear Valley (Mariposa County, Calif.)
    Alcatraz Island (Calif.) -- History
    Rancho El Pescadero (San Joaquin County, Calif.)
    Rancho San Emidio (Kern County, Calif.)
    Mariposa County (Calif.) -- History