Title:W.P. Tilden letters: Stockton, Calif., to Maria French, Orange, Mass., 1862-1863
Creator/Contributor:Tilden, William P. (William Peregrine), d. 1873, creator, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:French, Maria, correspondent.
Two handwritten letters from the resident physician at the state insane asylum in California to the sister of an inmate named
Levi [French?]. One letter (4 p. ; Feb. 27, 1862) assures French that her brother is doing well and he is doing everything
possible to help him. Tilden is encouraging Levit to write and there is an added note at the top of the letter referencing
an enclosed letter with address from Levi [the letter from Levis is not enclosed in this collection]. The second letter (3
p. ; Mar. 24, 1863), with the original mailing envelope, reports further news on Levi's "insanity" including a visit from
a friend that seemed to enliven him. Also includes an unsigned scrap of notepaper, possibly a remnant of the letter written
by Levi, "...you had better not pay the postage on your letters that you send to me, for I do not think I get half of them."
Tilden, W. P. (William Peregrine) -- d. 1873 -- Correspondence
French, Maria -- Correspondence
Asylum for the Insane of the State of California.
Mentally ill -- California -- Stockton
Psychiatric hospitals -- California -- Stockton
W.P. Tilden letters : Stockton, Calif., to Maria French, Orange, Mass., 1862-1863, BANC MSS 2011/39, The Bancroft Library,
University of California, Berkeley.
Related collection: Douglas Tilden papers (BANC MSS 89/124 c).
Dr. William Peregrine Tilden, father of the sculptor Douglas Tilden, moved to Stockton, California in 1861 where he became
resident physician in what is now known as the Stockton State Hospital. He died in May, 1873.
BANC MSS 2011/39