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box 1, folder 1

Letters from Leroy Daingerfield 111013 1850-1853


Baltimore, to John 111041 1850 March 7


San Franicisco, to John 111039 1850 July 23


Manihous River, to John 111037 1851 May 12


Calavera River, to mother 111035 1851 Sep 10


Calavera River, to Juliet 111033 1853 June 15


Bear Creek, to Mag 111031 1853 Aug 7


Bear Creek, to mother 111029 1853 Dec 25


Bear Creek, to mother 111027 1853 Sep 15


Bear Creek, to mother 111025 1853 Nov 20

Scope and Contents note

Includes some election news from Sacramento.

Coyote Flat, to mother 111023 ny, May 22


Davis Retreat, to Mary 111021 ny, May 18


Trinity River, to Fay (?) 111019 ny, Apr 4


Shasta, to Mag 111017 ny Oct 10

Scope and Contents note

Complaints about lack of good female society.

Sacamento Valley, to mother 111015 ny, Jan 12

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Letters from William Daingerfield 110981 1850-1851


Sacramento City, to his sister 111011 1850 Dec 28


Sacramento City, to Leroy 111009 1850 Feb 25


Baltimore, to his mother Mrs. Juliet Daingerfield 111007 1850 March 3


Ship State of Maine, to a sister, Mary 111005 1850 March 9


San Francisco, to mother 111003 1850 Aug 10

Scope and Contents note

"Gold is measured here by the bushels."

Angels Creek, to a brother, John 111001 1850 Aug 18

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First impression of California not good -but if can survive through exposure to filth, lice, fleas, bugs and reptiles, men bound to make money digging for gold.

Sacramento City, to a sister 110999 1850 Nov 14

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Mentions the scourge of cholera.

Scaramento City, to mother 110997 1850 Oct 21

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All of misfortune caused by trust in fellow man.

Sacramento City, to a sister 110995 1851 Feb 12

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Circumstances do not permit return from "this God forsaken country."

Sacramento City, to mother 110993 1851 Feb 27

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Tells of lynching.

Sacramento City, to mother 110991 1851 April 14

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Decides not to run for city attorney. Call was made on him by a majority of Whigs. Details on social life.

Sacramento City, to John 110989 1851 May 29

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In this country money is made and lost almost without knowing where it comes from or where it goes. Money worth ten times as much as in Virginia but people place little value on it. Whigs seem to be dominant party here. Frank Washington defeated for office of recorder. Negro problem.

Sacramento City, to Dick 110987 1851 June 29

Scope and Contents note

San Francisco again burned to the ground. English convicts from Sidney continually landing.

Shasta City, to Sara 110985 1851 Oct 30

Scope and Contents note

Main risk for investment is fire.

Shasta City, to mother 110983 1851 Dec 25

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Letters from William Daingerfield 110959 1852


Shasta City, to a brother 110979 1851 Feb 14

Scope and Contents note

Letters often get lost. Rapid rate population expansion. Lack of women makes manner of life different.

Shasta City, to Mary 110977 1852 Feb 22

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Dick's indisposition (bad health). Quartz mining may make Shasta permanent place of business.

Shasta City, to a sister 110975 1852 May 10

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Greatest curse: raise man as a gentleman, then deprive of means to support that character.

Shasta City, to mother 110973 1852 June 8

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Expects 100%/annum on mining stocks. Leroy gets ranch.

Shasta City, to father 110971 1852 July 8

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Lack of confidence in the law. A lynching on July 4. Only way to civilize Indians is to make them slaves. (Death of his brother Dick.)

Shasta City, to a sister 110969 1852 July 22

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Mourns Dick's death.

Shasta City, to mother 110967 1852 Aug 11

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Nominated for district judge.

Shasta City, to Juliet 110965 1852 Aug 23

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Term for district judge is six years, salary of $6,000 per year. Campaign will cost thousands. Implies that in Virginia one is a slave to conditions unlike Cal.

Shasta City, to mother 110963 1852 Sep 1

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Everyone drinks whiskey. Cows and good water are scarce. But no drunks. (note: mother objects to Leroy's liquor business).

Shasta City, to mother 110961 1852 Sep 24

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Reassures mother that Leroy takes no direct part in liquor business.
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Letters from William Daingerfield 110927 1853-1854


Shasta, to a sister 110957 1853 Jan 5

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Leroy recovers from small pox. Preachers forget that we have to live on earth. Defeated in election for district judge.

Shasta, to mother 110955 1853 Jan 12

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Looking for a port around the Oregon line -opportunities for speculation.

Shasta, to Billa (?) 110953 1853 Jan 16


Shasta, to a sister 110951 1853 Feb 14

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Leroy involved in bear hunt. Expresses considerable sentimentality.

Shasta, to mother 110949 1853 March 4

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Important case coming up (will earn $1000).

Shasta, to mother 110947 1853 May 9


San Francisco, to mother 110945 1853 June 4

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Appointed Secretary of the Board of California Land Commissioners -will have information he can sell to speculators. (Salary -$3500/yr.) S. F. new residence.

San Francisco, to mother 110943 1853 July 15

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Shasta totally burned. Living it up, "acting in the [fool] in S. F."

San Francisco, to mother 110941 1853 Aug 15

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Investing funds in S. F. city lots. Has lost a great deal of money but will still keep sending money back home. Note: the family has been in debt.

San Francisco, to a sister 110939 1853 Sep 1

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He had lost election for District Judge (Nov. 2, 1852) to Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith dies -perhaps he (William) will receive appointment.

San Francisco, to mother 110937 1853 Oct 30

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Cause of 9/10 of crime in U.S. is absence of home influences. District Judgeship for Shasta District promised by Governor. No longer attends church because disagrees with Pastor on the negro question.

San Francisco, to a sister 110935 1853 Nov 15


San Francisco, to mother 110933 1853 Dec 1


San Francisco, to mother 110931 1853 Dec 6


San Francisco, to mother 110929 1854 Apr 1

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Letters from William Daingerfield 110909 undated


Shasta (?), to brother or sister 110925 undated

Scope and Contents note

Mentions possible District Judgeship.

Letter, no place, no addressee 110923 undated

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Generally, leaning on government patonage has no security.

Shasta, no addressee 110921 undated


Shasta, no addressee 110919 undated


Shasta, to Richard 110917 ny, Apr 10

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Will send $500 soon.

Shasta, to mother 110915 ny, Mar 8


Shasta, to sister 110913 ny, Mar 16


At sea, Latitude 20.35 North, Longitude 120 (or 170?) 110911 undated

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Destination San Francisco. Sees big fish devour little ones. (Lesson: devour or be devoured). Looks upon captain as abominable tyrant.