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Finding Aid of the Gilbert Billings Letters C057716
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Donor
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note

  • Title: Billings, Gilbert, Letters
    Identifier/Call Number: C057716
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder 1 Folder
    Date: 1852
    Abstract: The folder contains letters (dated 1852) from Gilbert Billings in San Francisco to his father.
    creator: Billings, Gilbert

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access

    Preferred Citation note

    Gilbert Billings Letters, The Society of California Pioneers


    Donor and date of acquisition unknown

    Scope and Contents note

    The folder contains two letters (dated April and March 1852) from Gilbert Billings in San Francisco to his father. The April letter talks about living in San Jose and expresses his concern that his father has not written back to him for some time. The March letter discusses the restaurant business in San Francisco and cost of rent, wood and oil, and heresay about the mines. Later he writes that, "Chinamen have lately arrived here in vast numbers. The government speaks of putting a tax upon all foreigners on account of so many coming of late". He also discusses that many people are contracting dieases when they travel through Panama. In the city there are frequently murders and robberies. He includes the names of B. Phelps of Benton, R. Button, and Charles Chase as acquaintances.

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)--History
    San Jose (Calif.)
    Voyages to the Pacific coast