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Finding Aid to the Samuel W. Brown Diary and Letters, 1848-1850, 1859 MS 236
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Folder 1

Diary 1849

Folder 2

Letters 1848-1850, 1859

 

1848 October 13

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SWB to wife, Hannah, before journey to California. Poem praising God's work.
 

1849 March 28

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Memorandum of agreement regarding shares in Fremont Mining & Trading Co.
 

1849 April 10

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SWB to wife concerning life insurance as Brown prepares to set sail for California.
 

1849 April 15

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SWB to son, Mason, detailing commencement of journey, seasickness, etc.
 

1849 May 9

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SWB to family from Rio de Janeiro, including pen and ink sketches of Cape Verde Islands, as seen from the Bark Selma.
 

1849 June 14

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Short vignette of Brown's experiences as a physician in Connecticut, "Reminiscences No. 2: The Factory Girl, By a Voyager 'Round Cape Horn". Brown hoped his wife could get it published.
 

1849 August

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SWB to wife, recounts trouble with drunken, abusive officers on ship.
 

1849 August-September

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SWB to wife, describing coast of Chile, visits there with friends from Connecticut. Calls journal he's keeping a "daily record of events, thoughts and feelings".
 

1849 October 1

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SWB to board of directors of Fremont Mining & Trading Company, detailing disciplinary action taken against crew members in July.
 

1849 October 7

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SWB to wife from San Francisco harbor, describing port and city.
 

1849 October 18

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SWB to wife regarding cost of living in San Francisco
 

1849 October 20

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SWB to wife describing Benicia, Sacramento Valley. Outlines advantages of life in California--good climate, terrain, outlawing of slavery.
 

1849 November 9

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SWB to wife on cost of living.
 

1849 November 20

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SWB to friend, providing excellent physical description of San Francisco. Observations on housing, lynch law, prices, population statistics
 

1849 November 29

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SWB to wife from diggings on American River. Poignant episode with Indians. Vivid description of primitive living conditions of miners.
 

1850 January 8

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SWB to wife in despair. Has not heard from her; reports on devastating flood of Sacramento.
 

1850 January 25, February 1

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SWB to wife concerning his resignation from executive board of Fremont Mining & Trading Co. Resolves to mine only long enough to secure a stake. Plans to set up medical practice in San Francisco.
 

1850 February 16

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SWB to son, written on lettersheet with view of San Francisco, Feb. 1850. Gold going for $16 an ounce.
 

1850 August 14

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SWB to wife details trouble in Sacramento. Land speculators allegedly bought deed from Capt. Sutter which included city of Sacramento. Riots break out as "squattors" refuse to leave their land.
 

1859 May 25

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Document indicating Brown was postmaster in Petaluma.