Correspondence of Abel Stearns, chiefly letters addressed
to him, relating to his early business affairs.
Abel Stearns was a pioneer ranch owner and businessman in
Los Angeles, Calif. As a young man, he left his native
Massachusetts to engage in South American and China
shipping trade. He went to Mexico in 1826, became a
naturalized citizen, and in 1829 moved to Monterey, Calif.
By 1833, he settled in Los Angeles where he became a
wealthy businessman and influential politician.
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