Guide to the Daingerfield Family Letters, 1850-1854

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Guide to the Daingerfield Family Letters, 1850-1854

Collection number: M004

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Date Completed:
April 1960
Encoded by:
Patricia White
© 1997 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Daingerfield Family Letters,
Date (inclusive): 1850-1854
Collection number: Special Collections M004
Creator: Daingerfield, Williamand Daingerfield, Leroy
Extent: 62 items
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:

None.

Publication Rights:

All rights reside with the Stanford University Libraries. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Provenance:

Gift of Mrs. Janet Squires, 1958

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Daingerfield Family Letters, M004, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

BIOGRAPHY

Leroy Daingerfield and his brother William Daingerfield were early residents of northern California. Leroy was a miner and rancher and William was a lawyer and businessman.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection consists of letters from Leroy and William Daingerfield to their family in Harper's Ferry, Virginia. Letters are revealing of legal, mining, and business conditions of the time.

CONTAINER LIST

Box 1, Folder 1

Letters from Leroy Daingerfield, 1850-1853

 

Baltimore, to John, 1850 March 7

 

San Franicisco, to John, 1850 July 23

 

Manihous River, to John, 1851 May 12

 

Calavera River, to mother, 1851 Sept. 10

 

Calavera River, to Juliet, 1853 June 15

 

Bear Creek, to Mag, 1853 Aug. 7

 

Bear Creek, to mother, 1853 Dec. 25

 

Bear Creek, to mother, 1853 Sept. 15

 

Bear Creek, to mother, 1853 Nov. 20

Scope and Content Note

Includes some election news from Sacramento.
 

Coyote Flat, to mother, n.y., May 22

 

Davis Retreat, to Mary, n.y., May 18

 

Trinity River, to Fay (?), n.y., April 4

 

Shasta, to Mag, n.y. Oct. 10

Scope and Content Note

Complaints about lack of good female society.
 

Sacamento Valley, to mother, n.y., Jan. 12

Box 1, Folder 2

Letters from William Daingerfield, 1850-1851

 

Sacramento City, to his sister, 1850 Dec. 28

 

Sacramento City, to Leroy, 1850 Feb. 25

 

Baltimore, to his mother Mrs. Juliet Daingerfield, 1850 March 3

 

Ship State of Maine, to a sister, Mary, 1850 March 9

 

San Francisco, to mother, 1850 Aug. 10

Scope and Content Note

"Gold is measured here by the bushels."
 

Angels Creek, to a brother, John, 1850 Aug. 18

Scope and Content Note

First impression of California not good -but if can survive through exposure to filth, lice, fleas, bugs and reptiles, men bound to make money digging for gold.
 

Sacramento City, to a sister, 1850 Nov. 14

Scope and Content Note

Mentions the scourge of cholera.
 

Scaramento City, to mother, 1850 Oct. 21

Scope and Content Note

All of misfortune caused by trust in fellow man.
 

Sacramento City, to a sister, 1851 Feb. 12

Scope and Content Note

Circumstances do not permit return from "this God forsaken country."
 

Sacramento City, to mother, 1851 Feb. 27

Scope and Content Note

Tells of lynching.
 

Sacramento City, to mother, 1851 April 14

Scope and Content Note

Decides not to run for city attorney. Call was made on him by a majority of Whigs. Details on social life.
 

Sacramento City, to John, 1851 May 29

Scope and Content Note

In this country money is made and lost almost without knowing where it comes from or where it goes. Money worth ten times as much as in Virginia but people place little value on it. Whigs seem to be dominant party here. Frank Washington defeated for office of recorder. Negro problem.
 

Sacramento City, to Dick, 1851 June 29

Scope and Content Note

San Francisco again burned to the ground. English convicts from Sidney continually landing.
 

Shasta City, to Sara, 1851 Oct. 30

Scope and Content Note

Main risk for investment is fire.
 

Shasta City, to mother, 1851 Dec. 25

Box 1, Folder 3

Letters from William Daingerfield, 1852

 

Shasta City, to a brother, 1851 Feb. 14

Scope and Content Note

Letters often get lost. Rapid rate population expansion. Lack of women makes manner of life different.
 

Shasta City, to Mary, 1852 Feb. 22

Scope and Content Note

Dick's indisposition (bad health). Quartz mining may make Shasta permanent place of business.
 

Shasta City, to a sister, 1852 May 10

Scope and Content Note

Greatest curse: raise man as a gentleman, then deprive of means to support that character.
 

Shasta City, to mother, 1852 June 8

Scope and Content Note

Expects 100%/annum on mining stocks. Leroy gets ranch.
 

Shasta City, to father, 1852 July 8

Scope and Content Note

Lack of confidence in the law. A lynching on July 4. Only way to civilize Indians is to make them slaves. (Death of his brother Dick.)
 

Shasta City, to a sister, 1852 July 22

Scope and Content Note

Mourns Dick's death.
 

Shasta City, to mother, 1852 Aug. 11

Scope and Content Note

Nominated for district judge.
 

Shasta City, to Juliet, 1852 Aug. 23

Scope and Content Note

Term for district judge is six years, salary of $6,000 per year. Campaign will cost thousands. Implies that in Virginia one is a slave to conditions unlike Cal.
 

Shasta City, to mother, 1852 Sept. 1

Scope and Content Note

Everyone drinks whiskey. Cows and good water are scarce. But no drunks. (note: mother objects to Leroy's liquor business).
 

Shasta City, to mother, 1852 Sept. 24

Scope and Content Note

Reassures mother that Leroy takes no direct part in liquor business.
Box 1, Folder 4

Letters from William Daingerfield, 1853-1854

 

Shasta, to a sister, 1853 Jan. 5

Scope and Content Note

Leroy recovers from small pox. Preachers forget that we have to live on earth. Defeated in election for district judge.
 

Shasta, to mother, 1853 Jan. 12

Scope and Content Note

Looking for a port around the Oregon line -opportunities for speculation.
 

Shasta, to Billa (?), 1853 Jan. 16

 

Shasta, to a sister, 1853 Feb. 14

Scope and Content Note

Leroy involved in bear hunt. Expresses considerable sentimentality.
 

Shasta, to mother, 1853 March 4

Scope and Content Note

Important case coming up (will earn $1000).
 

Shasta, to mother, 1853 May 9

 

San Francisco, to mother, 1853 June 4

Scope and Content Note

Appointed Secretary of the Board of California Land Commissioners -will have information he can sell to speculators. (Salary -$3500/yr.) S. F. new residence.
 

San Francisco, to mother, 1853 July 15

Scope and Content Note

Shasta totally burned. Living it up, "acting in the [fool] in S. F."
 

San Francisco, to mother, 1853 Aug. 15

Scope and Content Note

Investing funds in S. F. city lots. Has lost a great deal of money but will still keep sending money back home. Note: the family has been in debt.
 

San Francisco, to a sister, 1853 Sept. 1

Scope and Content Note

He had lost election for District Judge (Nov. 2, 1852) to Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith dies -perhaps he (William) will receive appointment.
 

San Francisco, to mother, 1853 Oct. 30

Scope and Content Note

Cause of 9/10 of crime in U.S. is absence of home influences. District Judgeship for Shasta District promised by Governor. No longer attends church because disagrees with Pastor on the negro question.
 

San Francisco, to a sister, 1853 Nov. 15

 

San Francisco, to mother, 1853 Dec. 1

 

San Francisco, to mother, 1853 Dec. 6

Scope and Content Note

 

San Francisco, to mother, 1854 Apr. 1

Scope and Content Note

Box 1, Folder 5

Letters from William Daingerfield, n.d.

 

Shasta (?), to brother or sister, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Mentions possible District Judgeship.
 

Letter, no place, no addressee, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Generally, leaning on government patonage has no security.
 

Shasta, no addressee, n.d.

 

Shasta, no addressee, n.d.

 

Shasta, to Richard, n.y., April 10

Scope and Content Note

Will send $500 soon.
 

Shasta, to mother, n.y., March 8

 

Shasta, to sister, n.y., March 16

 

At sea, Latitude 20.35 North, Longitude 120 (or 170?), n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Destination San Francisco. Sees big fish devour little ones. (Lesson: devour or be devoured). Looks upon captain as abominable tyrant.