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Benjamin Wingate correspondence with his family, 1850-1854.
BANC FILM 2083; BANC MSS 83/35 c Box
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Benjamin Wingate correspondence with his family, 1850-1854


Wingate, Benjamin., creator


Letters from Benjamin Wingate to his wife Mary, to his sons Charles and Albert, from Mary Wingate to her husband, and from the Wingate children to their father. Included are Benjamin's letters written from New York (prior to departure for California), Panama, San Francisco and Sacramento. In these he comments on the voyage via the Isthmus of Panama, his brief experience as a miner, life in San Francisco, arriving emigrants, 1851 Vigilance Committee, employment as a bookkeeper, the San Francisco fire of 1851, and the Sacramento Valley area. New York letters describe visits to an insane asylum and institute for the blind. Letters from Mary Wingate provide details of home life and local news in Meriden, Sullivan County, New Hampshire. Correspondence between the father and children reveal details of an affectionate family life.


1850 (issued)


San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851.
Voyages to the Pacific coast
Fires -- California -- San Francisco
Mines and mineral resources -- California
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel
New York (N.Y.) -- Description and travel
Panama, Isthmus of (Panama)
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Social life and customs
Sacramento Valley (Calif.)
New York (State) -- Description and travel
Meriden (Conn.)
Sullivan County (N.H.)


For a detailed description of the collection, see Bonnie Hardwick, "The Circle Unbroken," in Bancroftiana, no. 92 (August 1986), p. 1-3.
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.
Also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 2083.
Related collection: Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Wingate (BANC PIC 1990.059--PIC)
Selected letters published as: Uncertain country, the Wingate letters: San Francisco, California--Meriden, New Hampshire, 1851-1854. Berkeley : Friends of the Bancroft Library, 2000.

Physical Description:

1 box (.2 linear ft.)
1 microfilm reel : negative (BNEG Box 2178) and positive.




BANC MSS 83/35 c Box



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National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.