Title:Champion family correspondence
Creator/Contributor:Champion (Family, creator, creator.
Creator/Contributor:Champion, Benjamin Franklin, 1822-1862, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Champion, Reuben, 1784-1865, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Lathrop, Elizabeth Brewster, 1818-1895, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Hamilton, Lorenzo, -1868, correspondent.
Seven handwritten letters of the Reuben Champion family. Five letters are written by Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Champion to
his sister, Mrs. Paoli Lathrop (née Elizabeth Brewster Champion). Two of the five are addressed from Sacramento, two from
California mining towns, and one from San Francisco. All are signed "Frank" or "Frank C." Two other letters are written by
an acquaintance of Frank Champion, a merchant from Sacramento, Lorenzo Hamilton. One is addressed to Frank's sister, Mrs.
P. Lathrop, and the other is addressed to Frank's father, Reuben Champion. Frank Champion's letters include many references
to his being sick. Lorenzo Hamilton's letters also reference Frank's ill health and that he would be returning home accompanied
by other acquaintances of Hamilton. It appears that whatever brought Frank to California in 1854, possibly to be a merchant
in the mining areas, has been eclipsed by his health issues by 1856 and his general dislike of California. In his earliest
letter, dated July 14, 1854, he describes San Francisco as a "one horse town" that he does not like.
Champion, Benjamin Franklin -- 1822-1862 -- Correspondence
Champion, Reuben -- 1784-1865 -- Correspondence
Lathrop, Elizabeth Brewster -- 1818-1895 -- Correspondence
Hamilton, Lorenzo -- -1868 -- Correspondence
Champion family -- Correspondence
California, Northern -- Social life and customs
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel
Champion family correspondence, BANC MSS 2019/26, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase from High Ridge Books; 2019.
The Reuben Champion family lived in the vicinities of West Springfield and Hadley Springs, Massachusetts. Reuben Champion
was a well-regarded doctor and married to Pema Stebbins (1786-1866). They had two children, Benjamin Franklin Champion and
Elizabeth Brewer Champion.
Lorenzo Hamilton (1819-1868) was a merchant in Sacramento, California. He died July 20, 1868 from a brain concussion after
falling down stairs at the Central Pacific Railroad office in Sacramento.
BANC MSS 2019/26