Guide to the William Edward Petty Hartnell papers, 1815-1852
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Guide to the William Edward Petty Hartnell Papers, 1815-1852
Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 665
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Collection Title: William Edward Petty Hartnell Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1815-1852
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 665
Creator: Hartnell, W. E. P. (William Edward Petty), 1798-1854
Number of containers: 4 volumes
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Mainly correspondence and accounts of John Begg & Co. and McCulloch, Hartnell & Co. Also letterbook, 1822-1824 (photocopy
only) of letters from Hartnell, relating to trade with missions, letters to family, and accounts. Miscellaneous letters and
papers relating to land and to Hartnell's claim against the Mexican government.
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[Identification of item], William Edward Petty Hartnell papers, BANC MSS C-B 665, The Bancroft Library, University of California,
Scope and Content
The papers in this collection are from various sources, including the T.W. Norris Collection and Susan Myra Gregory. They
deal in large part with accounts and correspondence concerning the McCulloch, Hartnell & Co. Firm.
William Edward Petty Hartnell, born in Lancashire, England in 1798, lived in South America for some years, and came to California
aboard the John Begg as a member of McCulloch, Hartnell & Co., agents for John Begg & Co. of Lima and Brotherston's in England.
His firm, having contracted to take mission produce for three years, 1823-1826, carried on a profitable business until 1826.
In 1825 Hartnell married María Teresa de la Guerra. He suffered financial reverses in 1827 and closed his partnerhsip in 1828
heavily in debt. He was naturalized in 1830 and in 1831 became a ranchero at Alisal with the Soberanes. From this time on
he had a multiplicity of jobs, teacher, visitador, general of missions, officer of customs, etc. His gift for languages was
such that he was employed as state translator in legal cases, especially in the land claims then being tried. He died in 1854.
Scope and Content
Part I: The papers in v.1-2 are arranged chrolologically. Volume 1 contains original items from 1815-1826. Volume 2 contains
origianl items from 1827-1852. Volume 3 is a letterbook, containing business corespondence, 1822-1823, accounts, 1820-1821,
family corresondence, 1819-1824, and photographs (photocopy only from materials at that time in possession of Susan M. Gregory).
Volume 4 is a translation of the business letters in the letterbook (see Volume 3), with some notes by C.E. Chapman.
Note: Part I rehoused into 2 boxes in May, 1993.
Box 1: Volume 1
Box 2: Volume 2-4
Part II: Microfilm of Susan M. Gregory material in v.1-2.
Key to Arrangement
Memorandum of partnerhsip between Begg & Co. and Brotherston of Liverpool (copy) Mar. 21, 1822.
Letters to Hartnell (some to McCulloch, Hartnell & Co.)
Invoices, accounts, 1822-1825
Charter parties for various brigs, 1823-1826
Brotherston, (James) & Co.
Accounts for sale of hides received from McCulloch, Hartnell and Co., Sept. 30, 1824
Letter to Begg (John) & Co., Oct. 5, 1824
Cot, Antonio José, d. ca. 1860
Letter to Hartnell, June 25, 1823
Hartnell, William Edward Petty, 1798-1854
Journal of trading voyage to coast of Guayaquil on Ship
Queen Charlotte (of John Begg & Co.), 1820-1921
Memorandum re cash, Mar 24, 1821
Petition to Luis Antonio Arguello for permission to build warehouses at Monterey, May 21, 1823.
Papers concerning permission to go to prohibited ports on business, 1826-1827.
Scope and Content Note
With authorization signed by Echeondia, Governor and Comandante-General.
Letter to Hartnell, June 13, 1826
Account of sales, 1825-1826
Agreement for dissolution of McCulloch, Hartnell and Co.
Letters to Hartnell (some addressed to McCulloch, Hartnell & Co.
volume Volume 2
Brotherston (James) & Co.
Extract of letter, Sept. 20, 1825
Guerra y Noriega, José Antonio de la, 1779-1858
Letters to Hartnell (2), 1825-1833
Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1807-1890
Letter to Hartnell, May 20, 1829
Cetificate of baptism for María Teresa Ysidra de la Guerra, May 23, 1825
Certificate of confirmation of Hartnell, Nov. 3, 1831
Papers concerning Hartnell's naturalization, 1828-1830
List of documents relating to various missions transferred to Manuel Jimeno Casarin, Oct. 8, 1840
Correspondence and papers relating to claim against Mexican government for money loaned, 1828-1852.
Last will and testament, ca. 1850
Power of attorney to James L. Ord, Feb. 13, 1851
Letter re translation of laws, Oct. 25, 1851. Written as state translator.
Letter to Right Reverend Doctor Denoir of Belfast, Ireland, Apr. 26, 1852
Gregory, Susan Myra, d. 1939
Letter to C. E. Chapman with biographical notes re Hartnell.
Letter to Hartnell, Feb. 20, 1820
Letter to McCulloch and Hartnell, July 12, 1824
Letter to Hartnell, Jan. 27, 1840
Papers re acquisition by Hartnell of land occupied previously by the Anidian Pacomio.
volume Volume 4
Translation of business letters in the letter book.