Guide to the Alfred Robinson Papers, 1839-1858

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Guide to the Alfred Robinson Papers, 1839-1858

Collection number: BANC MSS 74/116 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1974
Encoded by:
Charlotte Gerstein
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Alfred Robinson Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1839-1858
Collection Number: BANC MSS 74/116 c
Creator: Robinson, Alfred, 1839-1895
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes and 1 oversize portfolio
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft 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], Alfred Robinson papers, BANC MSS 74/116 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Alfred Robinson collection of letters and documents was purchased from John Howell-Books in December 1973.

Scope and Content

Robinson's papers relate primarily to his mercantile ventures and work as agent for Howland & Aspinwall and Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Included also are some Hawes family papers.

Box 1


folder 1 -2

Robinson, Alfred


4 letters to William H. Aspinwall, 1849-1850

folder 3

Aspinwall, John L.


3 letters to Alfred Robinson, n.d.

folder 4-5

Aspinwall, William H.


10 letters to Alfred Robinson, 1848 & 1850

folder 6-11

Bissell, G. W. P.


19 letters to Alfred Robinson, 1849-1850

folder 12

Fairley, Elizabeth White


Copy of a letter, July 22, 1908, to her daughter Agnes, reminiscing about the Robinson family

folder 13

Frisbie, John B.


Letter to Alfred Robinson, Jan. 20, 1850

folder 14

Guerra y Noriega, Miguel de la


Letter to Alfredo Robinson, Aug. 16, 1858. In Spanish.

folder 15-16

Howland & Aspinwall


10 letters to Alfred Robinson, 1850-1852

folder 17

Mellus, Francis


Letter to Alfred Robinson, May 21, 1855

folder 18

Mellus, Henry


7 letters to Alfred Robinson, 1854-1858

folder 19

Peredith, Gilmor


Letter to Alfred Robinson, Jan. 15, 1850

folder 20

Pacific Mail Steamship Company


Letter to Alfred Robinson, Oct. 15, 1849. From Samuel W. Comstock, vice-president.

folder 21

Robinson, Ana de la Guerra y Noriega [Mrs. Alfred Robinson]


3 letters written to her father and to her cousin Gaspar. 1847 & n.d. In Spanish.

folder 22

Russell & Co.


2 letters, Oct. 4 & Nov. 5, 1855, addressed to Henry Mellus. Copies.

folder 23

Sepulveda, Antonio Ignacio


Letter to Alfredo Robinson, n.d. In Spanish.

folder 24

Stearns, Abel


Letter to Alfred Robinson, Apr. 6, 1854.

folder 25

Thomas, Seth J.


Letter to Vernon Brown, July 1, 1858. Renders a legal opinion on financial matters involving Robinson, his brother-in-law, and Henry Mellus.

folder 26

[Correspondence between Alfred Robinson and M. G. Meade, with related letters, 1854-1855, pertaining to his difficulties with Miss Meade over the care and schooling of his nephews in New York]

Box 2

Diaries, accounts and miscellaneous documents

folder 27-28

Robinson, Alfred


Diaries, Sept. 11, 1839-Sept. 20, 1841, covering his sojourn in Boston; his return voyage to California, beginning January 1840 on the Alert; his arrival in Monterey on June 28, 1840; intermittent entries thereafter.

Physical Description: 2 v.
folder 29

Robinson, Alfred


Account book, 1848-1849. Includes cash book and accounts with Mellus & Howard, Cleveland Forbes, Augustus Leland, the steamer California, Howland & Aspinwall, and others.

folder 30 (oversize)

Robinson, Alfred


Accounts with Howland & Aspinwall, Robinson Bissell & Co., Pacific Mail Steamship Co., and others; and miscellaneous Howland & Aspinwall accounts. 1849-1856

folder 31

Robinson, Alfred


Two notebooks containing poetry, a few accounts, etc.

folder 32

Robinson, Alfred


Conveyance to Howland & Aspinwall terminating their association. Nov. 6, 1851. Letterpress copy.

folder 33

Robinson, Alfred


Power of attorney to Frederic Catherwood to "grant, lease, or rent..." copper mine of San Antonio situated on the Guadalupe Rancho of Juan Bandini. Copy. Apr. 20, 1853.

folder 34

"Note of expenses on the road from Mazatlan to Vera Cruz/ 1843" and "A. Robinson Esqr./In account with W. W. Scarborough 1843"

folder 35

Howland & Aspinwall


Agreement with Alfred Robinson by which he acted as agent for the firm. Dec. 9, 1848

folder 36

Mellus, Henry


Miscellaneous notes and receipts, 1852-1856.

Physical Description: 4 items
folder 37

Miscellaneous receipts

folder 38

Hawes, Horace


Journal, 1851-1853, commenting on his legal business during a trip to Panama; his travels across the Isthmus and voyage to New York; his voyage to Acapulco in 1852 and overland trip to Mexico City; his return east; and his voyage to San Francisco in 1853 by way of the Isthmus.

folder 39

Chavaya, Antonio


Deed to Horace Hawes for portion of the Rancho Yerba Buena y Socayre in Santa Clara County. June 16, 1855.

folder 40

Miscellaneous Hawes family papers

folder 41