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Guide to the Hosmer Correspondence, 1849-1853
Special Collections M0037  
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Collection consists of original and typescript copies of the letters of Charles and Edward Hosmer to their family in New York. The letters describe Charles' overland trip by wagon train and Edward's trip around Cape Horn to California, their work in San Franciso, and Edward's unsuccessful prospecting in the Feather River area. Also of note are the descriptions of early San Francisco including the people, business houses, shipping, and the weather. The collection also includes research notes.
Charles and Edward Hosmer left their parents, brothers and sisters in Avon, New York in March 1849 for California, arriving in September 1849. Edward travelled around Cape Horn by boat while Charles went overland by wagon train. In San Francisco, they became commission merchants and were doing well until robbed by a partner and burned out of their store. In the fall of 1851 Charles returned to New York to proceed with litigation against the partner. Edward went prospecting in the Feather River area but was unsuccessful.
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