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Bath Maine Mining Company letters, 1849-1851.
BANC MSS 2018/215; BANC MSS 2018/215
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Title:

Bath Maine Mining Company letters, 1849-1851

Abstract:

Contains seven manuscript letters written by various men from Maine who ventured to California with the backing of the Crooker family of Bath, Maine. All of the letters are addressed to the Crooker family from the men who took various routes to California, most by the overland route while one traveled by sea, Henry D. McCobb. One letter, on pictorial lettersheet depicting San Francisco harbor, enclosed $2000 dollars as per the agreement made with the Crooker family.

Date:

1849 (issued)

Subject:

n-us-ca
Bath Maine Mining Co. -- Correspondence
Gold miners -- California -- Correspondence
Gold mines and mining -- California
California -- Gold discoveries

Note:

Bath Maine Mining Company letters, BANC MSS 2018/215, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase from James Arsenault and Company ; 2018.
Upon the discovery of gold in California in 1848, the Crooker family created the Bath Maine Mining Company and gave a company of 13 men from Bath$200-250 dollars to search for gold. The agreement signed in 1849 required them to send half of their earnings back to the Crookers. The attempt was largely unsuccessful and an eventual lawsuit involving Henry D. McCobb and the ship William Gray was settled in the Crooker's favor. But McCobb remained in California beyond the reach of justice where he turned the Willam Gray into a storeship on hte San Francisco waterfront.
In English.

Type:

Pictorial lettersheets.

Physical Description:

print
1

Language:

English

Identifier:

BANC MSS 2018/215
BANC MSS 2018/215

Origin:

California