Title:Thomas F. Hammond letter to son
Creator/Contributor:Hammond, Thomas F., 1783-1865, creator, correspondent.
Handwritten letter from a father in Vermont to his son living in Northern California. He inquires about the prospects for
making enough money from their work with "Smith and Sparks" to start a coal business and makes comments about the news of
a brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives that happened a few days prior, the cold weather in Vermont, the situation in
Kansas, adding, "The President seems to have sold himself, soul and body to slavery."
Hammond, Thomas F -- 1783-1865 -- Correspondence
Quartz mines and mining -- California
Thomas F. Hammond letter to son, BANC MSS 2018/76, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase from aGatherin'; 2019.
Thomas Faunce Hammond (December 12, 1783-December 24, 1865), son of Faunce Hammond and Mary Holmes, moved with his father
to Reading, Vermont in 1787 and became a Justice of the Peace and Justice of the Probate. He lived in Reading until 1836 when
he moved to West Windsor. In the spring of 1864, he moved to Chester, Vermont where he died, aged 82. Hammond had three sons
who died in California: Ulysses Haller (1814-1890), Lycergus Claxton (1812-1890), and Henry Clay (1828-1859).
Smith and Sparks started out as a 22 member California mining company that was eventually bought out by two members. The company
worked a quartz mine located in the Banner Ledge in Butte County, California.
BANC MSS 2018/76