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Guide to the Documentos para la historia de California, 1846-1847, and especially concerning the Battle of San Pascual: 1846-1876
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Scope and Content
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Partial list of correspondents and/or signers of documents

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Documentos para la historia de California,
    Date (inclusive): 1846-1847,
    and especially concerning the Battle of San Pascual:
    Date (inclusive): 1846-1876
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 79
    Creator: Griffin, John S. (John Strother), 1816-1898
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 box and 2 oversize folders
    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.
    Abstract: Correspondence and papers of an army surgeon, relating to his participation in the Battle of San Pasqual, including medical reports for the troops and correspondence with medical, military and naval acquaintances, some touching upon the effects of the gold rush.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Access to originals is restricted. Use photocopy or microfilm only.

    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], Documentos para la historia de California, 1846-1847, and especially concerning the Battle of San Pascual: 1846-1876, BANC MSS C-B 79, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    Although this collection of documents, gift of Dr. Griffin to H. H. Bancroft in 1876, covers the date span of 1846 to 1876, it contains records mainly from the earlier period—medical reports for the troops and correspondence with medical, military and naval acquaintances, and touches on the effects of the gold rush.
    A calendar and a partial list of correspondents follow.

    Biographical Sketch

    John Strother Griffin, assistant surgeon, came with General Kearny from New Mexico in 1846, and was present in the battles of San Pascual, San Gabriel and the Mesa. He was stationed at San Diego and Los Angeles in charge of the military hospital, visited the gold mines in 1849, became interested in Napa lands with Vallejo and Frisbie, and was later stationed at Benicia until 1852. He went east in 1853, and after his resignation in 1854, returned to Los Angeles where he resided and practiced medicine, dying in 1898.

    Partial list of correspondents and/or signers of documents

    Anselin, Alfred, d. 1853 no. 100-101, 104-105
    Botello, Narciso, 1810- no. 200-203
    Breckenmayer, F. no. 210-211
    Campbell, John, ca. 1822- no. 250-257
    Clift, Robert nos. 66-67, 70-71, 76-77
    Cooper, Samuel, 1798-1876 nos. 262-263, 270-271, 276-277
    Deyerle, Charles P., d. 1853 no. 212-215
    Easton, Langdon Cheves, 1814-1884 no. 142-145
    Eversfield, Charles, d. 1873 no. 18-21
    Fisher, L. W. no. 266-267
    Flaherty, Michel no. 196-199
    Foster, Stephen Clark, 1820- no. 200-203
    Fraser, James no. 218-221
    Grant, Ulysses Simpson, 1822-1885 no. 228-231
    Griffin, John Strother, 1816-1898 nos. 4-5, 8-11, 22-23, 24-25, 38-41, 50-51, 60-61, 62-63, 72-73, 92-95, 96-97, 98-99, 112-115, 124-127, 130-131, 146-149, 232-235
    Hammond, Richard Pindell, d. 1891 no. 258-259
    Hancock, George no. 280-282
    Hancock, Henry no. 288-290
    Heiskell, Henry Lee, d. 1855 nos. 16, 90-91, 236-237
    Hunter, Jesse D., 1804-1877 no. 74-75
    Kearny, Stephen Watts, 1794-1848 no. 3
    Lawson, Thomas, ca. 1781-1861 no. 272-273
    Murray, Robert, 1822- nos. 12-15, 84-87, 138-141, 165-168, 175-178, 278-279
    Noble, Patrick, d. 1848 no. 108-111
    Ord, Edward Otho Cresap, 1818-1883 no. 204-207
    Pedrorena, Miguel de, ca. 1808-1850 no. 56-59
    Perry, Alexander no. 64-65
    Pico, Pío, 1801-1894 no. 150-153
    Preston, William, 1816-1887 no. 284
    Rowan, Stephen Clegg, 1808-1890 no. 78-81
    Salmon & Ellis, San Francisco no. 226-227
    Sanderson, George B. nos. 26-27, 34-37, 42-45, 52-55
    Sherman, William Tecumseh, 1820-1891 nos. 116-119, 120-123, 134-137, 155-158
    Smith, Andrew Jackson, 1815-1897 nos. 169-170, 192-195, 242-245
    Stevenson, Jonathan Drake, 1800-1894 nos. 179-191
    Summers, John Edward nos. 248-249
    Swords, Thomas, 1806-1886 nos. 46-49, 161-164, 171-174
    Temple, Rafaela (Cota) no. 238-241
    Tripler, Charles Stuart, d. 1866 no. 246-247
    Turner, George F., d. 1854 no. 222-225
    Turner, Henry Smith, d. 1881 nos. 3, 6-7, 28-31
    Vallejo & Frisbie no. 216-217
    Wheeler, George no. 196-199