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Guide to the Pearson Barton Reading Collection, 1843-1868
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pearson Barton Reading Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1843-1868
    Box Number: 284-289
    Collector: Reading, Alice M.
    Extent: 6 boxes
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Pearson Barton Reading Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Reading family
    California Battalion
    Rancho Buena Vista (Calif.)
    Frontier and pioneer life--California
    Sutter's Fort (Sacramento, Calif.)


    Correspondence, family history, California Battalion accounts and correspondence, and grant and ranch materials.


    Pearson Barton Reading was born in New Jersey, November 26, 1816. He came to California as a member of the Chiles-Walker party in 1843. He worked for John A. Sutter as a clerk, explorer, and chief of trappers and commanded at Sutter's Fort in Sutter's absence during the Micheltorena Campaign (1845). In 1844, Reading was granted his Buena Ventura Rancho. Reading served in the California Battalion in 1846 as paymaster with the rank of major. 1849 found Reading in Sacramento where he had a store in company with Hensley and Snyder. He ran for governor 1851, missing election by only a few votes. In 1856, he married Fannie Washington and retired to his rancho where he deoted himself to agriculture. He died on May 29, 1868.


    Major Correspondents

    • Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880

    Other Correspondents

    • Anderson, Charles
    • Baird, J. H.
    • Belden, Josiah, 1815-1892
    • Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858
    • Bidwell, John, 1819-1900
    • Boarman, Thomas M.
    • Brenham, C. J.
    • Buffum, E. Gould (Edward Gould), 1820-1867
    • Canby, Edward
    • Chenery, Richard
    • Cordua, Theodore, 1796-1857
    • Dent, Lewis
    • Dickey, William
    • Douglas, David F.
    • Fellers, T. J.
    • Fremont, John C.
    • Haydenfeldt, S.
    • Howard, William
    • Johnson, O. R.
    • Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858
    • Leidesdorff, William
    • McDougal, John
    • Monson, A. C.
    • Reading, Fannie
    • Reading, Pierson Barton
    • Reading, John
    • Semple, Charles D., 1814-1872
    • Simpson, Robert
    • Spear, Nathan
    • Stockton, B. F.
    • Stokes, James
    • Street, C. R.
    • Vincent, George
    • Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878
    • Wilson, John
    • Wood, Robert
    • Woodworth, Frederick A.

    Related Collections

    Title: John Augustus Sutter Collection