Guide to the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856 Papers, 1856

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Guide to the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856 Papers, 1856

Collection number: BANC MSS C-A 78

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856 papers,
Date (inclusive): 1856
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-A 78
Creator: San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856
Extent: Number of containers: 1 box and 1 volume
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence addressed to the Committee and a scrapbook of clippings, May - October 1856, covering the assassination of James King of William and the activities of the Committee.

Also letters, 1853-1855, to Edward McGowan, who was seized by the Committee.

Included are a few letters to Hubert Howe Bancroft relating to the Committee, and some miscellaneous notes.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

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Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856 papers, BANC MSS C-A 78, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

These documents, used and extensively quoted by Hubert Howe Bancroft in his Popular Tribunals, v. 2, contain letters dated 1853-1855, seized by the Vigilance Committee in 1856; letters to the Committee, Apr.-Oct. 1856; letters to Bancroft concerning his publication; a few notes; a scrapbook of clippings, May-Oct. 1856; and some loose clippings.

Key to Arrangement

item no. 1-10

Correspondence and papers, mainly relating to Edward McGowan.

item no. 11-23

Papers of the Committee

item no. 24-27

Letters to H. H. Bancroft

item no. 28

Miscellaneous notes relating to the text of Popular Tribunals.

item no. 29

Scrapbook of clippings, relating to the assassination of James King of William; the execution of James Casey and Charles Cora; the expulsion of Charles P. Duane, Wooly Kearney and other undesirables; and the seizure of Judge David Smith Terry. (Valencia St. Catalog no. 52566)

item no. 30

Loose clippings.

Partial index

 

Bigler, John, 1804-1871

item (no. 1)

Letter to Edward McGowan, Oct. 9, 1853

 

Cary, Thomas G.

item (no. 24)

Letter to William Tell Coleman, Jan. 7, 1878, re errors in W. T. Sherman's book

 

Coleman, William Tell, 1824-1893

item (no. 11)

Letter re Maloney, Apr. 5, 1856

item (no. 25)

Letter to Bancroft, Mar. 8, 1882

 

Heron, Matilda Agnes, 1830-1877

item (no. 3)

Letter to Edward McGowan, Mar. 3, 1855

 

Howard, Volney Edward, 1809-1889

item (no. 17)

Letter to William Tell Coleman, June 21, 1856, opposing arrest of Judge Terry.

item (no. 18)

Letter to Maj. West. Copy only.

 

Huntington, Collis Potter, 1821-1900

item (no. 13)

Letter to William Tell Coleman, May 25, 1856, concerning the establishment of a Committee of Vigilance in Sacramento.

 

Murray, Hugh Campbell, 1825-1857

item (no. 4)

Letter to Edward McGowan, June 19, 1853

 

Sherman, William Tecumseh, 1820-1891

item (no. 12)

Letter to J. R. West, May 15, 1856. Copy only.

 

Terry, David Smith, 1823-1889

item (no. 19)

To Committee of Vigilance, June 24, 1856, requesting legal trial.

 

Weller, John B., 1812-1875

item (no. 6)

Letter to Edward McGowan, Jan. 24, 1853

 

Wells, Alexander

item (no. 7)

3 letters to Edward McGowan and one to O'Connor, undated, save one in 1853.