Finding Aid to the papers on the Bear Flag ..., 1844-1878

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Finding Aid to the Papers on the Bear Flag ..., 1844-1878

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 70

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Papers on the Bear Flag ...,
Date (inclusive): 1844-1878
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 70
Extent: Number of containers: 1 vol. Number of microfilm reels: 1
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: Papers obtained by H.H. Bancroft for his History of California, documenting the capture and occupation of Sonoma in 1846, M.G. Vallejo's imprisonment, and events leading to his release.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English and Spanish

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[Identification of item], Papers on the Bear Flag ..., BANC MSS C-B 70, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

These Papers, presented to Hubert Howe Bancroft by M. G. Vallejo document the 1846 capture and occupation of Sonoma, Vallejo's imprisonment, and events leading to his release. Included are a few manuscripts that do not pertain to the Bear Flag Revolt.
A chronological calendar of the documents and an index follow.

Chronological Calendar of Documents

 

Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe

 

Draft or copy of letter to Manuel Micheltorena, Nov. 18, 1844. Not in Vallejo's handwriting. Concerning news that citizens in the vicinity of Monterey are rumored to be desirous of ejecting a division of Micheltorena's soldiers, revolting against the crimes and violence which accompany the troops. Doc. 2-5

 

Merritt, Ezekiel

 

Statement, [June 14, 1846] that M. G. Vallejo, Salvador Vallejo and Victor Prudon have been taken prisoners. Also signed by Robert Semple, William Fallon and Samuel Kelsey. Doc 19. For a variant, see mutilated unsigned version, Doc. 60.

 

Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe

 

Statement, June 14, 1846, that he and his fellow prisoners who also signed the document, Victor Prudon and Salvador Vallejo, will not take up arms against their captors. Doc. 20. For another copy, see Doc.                         61.

 

Statement of interviews between ... José de la Rosa and Commander Jno. B. Montgomery ..., Lieut. W. A. Bartlett, U.S. Navy, Interpreter ... June 15, 1846.

 

Contemporary copy. Includes copy of message delivered by Rosa from M. G. Vallejo re the occurrences at Sonoma on June 14, 1846, and Montgomery's reply. Doc. 46-49

 

Montgomery, John Berrien

 

Orders for John S. Missroon, June 15, 1846. Doc. 50-52

 

Missroon, John Stoney

 

Report, June 17, 1846. Doc. 53-55

 

Letter to Alcalde, June 17, 1846. Doc. 56

 

Ide, William Brown

 

Pledge, June 17, 1846. Doc. 56-57

 

[Leese, Jacob Primer?]

 

List of Sundreys Delivered the U.S. Troops in Sonoma up to this Date. June 21, 1846. Doc. 21

 

Pico, Pío

 

Proclamation concerning Bear Flag Revolt. June 23, 1846. Translation into English by W. A. Bartlett. Doc. 22-24

 

Sloat, John Drake

 

[Proclamation] July 7, 1846. Contemporary copy, declaring that the U.S. and Mexico are at war. Doc. 25-27

 

[Prudon], Victor

 

Draft of letter to J. C. Frémont, July 10, 1846. The beginning is in M. G. Vallejo's hand. Requests end of imprisonment. Doc. 28-29

 

Larkin, Thomas Oliver

 

Letter, July 16, 1846, to M. G. Vallejo, telling him that Vallejo's family does not know where he is. Doc. 62

 

Stockton, Robert Field

 

Letter to N. G. Vallejo, July 29, 1846, telling Vallejo he has ordered his immediate release from prison. Doc. 67

 

(Prudon, Victor)

 

Draft of statement, [Aug. 1846], giving account of events since June 14, 1846. Doc. 63-66

 

Montgomery, John Berrien

 

Order, [Aug. 1846], commanding release of Vallejo and Carrillo. Copy. Doc. 72.

 

Letter, Aug. 3, 1846, to N. G. Vallejo. Doc. 73.

 

Translation of Doc. 73 into Spanish, Doc. 70-71.

 

Bartlett, Washington Allon

 

Letter to M. G. Vallejo, Aug. 6, 1846. Doc. 74-75

 

Vallejo, Salvador

 

Letter, [Aug.?] 7, 1846, to M. G. Vallejo, also signed by Jacob P. Leese and V. Prudon, stating that they have no hopes of being released until Frémont's return, and requesting Vallejo to intercede for them. Doc. 68-69

 

Vallejo, Salvador

 

Letter, Aug. 7, 1846, to M. G. Vallejo, stating that he is still a prisoner. Doc. 76-77

 

[Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe]

 

Draft of letters to John Berrien Montgomery, Aug. 8, 1846 and Aug. 12, 1846. Doc. 78-81A and Doc. 81.

 

Leese, Jacob Primer

 

Statement ... to Col. J. C. Frémont ... previous to the Declaration of the War in this Department... [Aug.? 1846]. Doc. 6-17

 

Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe

 

Agreement with Robert Semple; V. Prudon and J. P. Leese, being witnesses, with certification by Lilburn W. Boggs. May 18, 1847. Doc. 31-33

 

Montgomery, John Berrien

 

Letter to M. G. Vallejo, Aug. 17, 1847. Doc. 58-59

 

Semple, Robert Baylor

 

Letter to Thomas Larkin, Nov. 11, 1847. Doc. 34-37

 

Bear Flag Memoranda - excerpts from papers in possession of Territorial Pioneers:

 

Todd, William L., Mar. 6, 1878

 

Healy, Sarah E. (Ide), Mar. 27, 1878

 

Blake, James J., Apr. 16, 1878

 

Bidwell, John, Mar. 22, 1878

 

Undated notes and memoranda:

 

[Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe): Notes concerning the route of the expedition of Capt. Luis Antonio Argüello towards Columbia River. Doc. 1

 

Lista de los individuos que militaron bajo de la Bandera del Oso... Doc. 18

 

Notes concerning the Bear Flag Revolt. Doc. 39-40

 

Unsigned notes re Bear Flag. Doc. 38

List of Correspondents

 

Bartlett, Washington Allon, 1820-1871

 

Translator of Pío Pico proclamation. Doc. 22-24

 

As interpreter. Doc. 46-49

 

Letter to M. G. Vallejo, Aug. 6, 1846. Doc. 74-75

 

Bidwell, John, 1819-1900

 

Excerpt, Mar. 22, 1878. Doc. 44-45

 

Boggs, Lilburn W., 1792-1860

 

Certification of an agreement between Vallejo and Semple. Doc. 31-33

 

Fallon, William O.

 

Cosigner of statement, [June 14, 1846]. Doc. 19 For variant, unsigned, see also Doc.                             60.

 

Healy, Sarah E. (Ide)

 

Excerpt, Mar. 27, 1878. Doc. 41-42

 

Ide, William Brown, 1786-1852

 

Contemporary copy of agreement with Missroon, June 17, 1846. Doc. 56-57

 

Kelsey, Samuel

 

Cosigner of statement, [June 14, 1846]. Doc. 19 See also Doc. 60.

 

Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858

 

Letter to N. G. Vallejo, July 16, 1846. Doc. 62

 

Leese, Jacob Primer, 1809-1892

 

Statement concerning the Bear Flag Revolt. [Aug.? 1846]. Doc. 6-17

 

List of goods delivered to the U.S. troops, June 21, 1846. Doc. 21

 

Witness, May 18, 1847. Doc. 31-33

 

Merritt, Ezekiel

 

Cosigner of statement [June 14, 1846]. Doc. 19 See also Doc. 60.

 

Missroon, John Stoney, 1810-1865

 

Report, June 17, 1846, on events in Sonoma. Doc. 53-55

 

Letter to Alcalde, June 17, 1846. Doc. 56

 

Montgomery, John Berrien, 1794-1873

 

Statement of interviews with José de la Rosa. June 15, 1846. Doc. 46-49

 

Orders for J. S. Missroon, June 15, 1846. Doc. 50-52

 

Letter to M. G. Vallejo, Aug. 17, 1847. Doc. 58-59

 

Letter, Aug. 3, 1846, to M. G. Vallejo Doc. 73

 

Translation of Doc. 73 into Spanish. Doc. 70-71

 

Order for release of Vallejo. Copy. Doc. 72

 

Pico, Pío, 1801-

 

Proclamation, June 23, 1846. English translation. Doc. 22-24

 

Prudon, Victor, 1809-

 

Cosigner of statement, June 14, 1846. Doc. 20, 61

 

Draft of letter to J. C. Frémont, July 10, 1846. Doc. 28-29

 

Witness, May 18, 1847. Doc. 31-33

 

Statement [Aug.? 1846]. Doc. 63-66

 

Cosigner of letter, [Aug.?], 1846. Doc. 68-69

 

Rosa, José de la

 

Interview with J. B. Montgomery, June 15, 1846. Doc. 46-49

 

Semple, Robert Baylor, 1806-1854

 

Cosigner of statement, [June 14, 1846]. Doc. 19 See also Doc. 60.

 

Letter, Nov. 11, 1847, to Thomas Oliver Larkin. Doc. 34-37

 

Sloat, John Drake, 1781-1867

 

Proclamation, July 7, 1846. Doc. 25-27

 

Stockton, Robert Field, 1795-1866

 

Letter to M. G. Vallejo, July 29, 1846. Doc. 67

 

Todd, William L.

 

Excerpt, Mar. 6, 1878. Doc. 41

 

Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1807-1890

 

Undated notes concerning route of expedition headed by Capt. Luis A. Argüello. Doc. 1

 

Draft or copy of letter to Manuel Micheltorena, Nov. 18, 1844. Doc. 2-5

 

List of Bear Flag Revolt participators. Doc. 18

 

Cosigner of statement, June 14, 1856. Doc. 20, 61

 

Agreement with R. Semple, May 18, 1847. Doc. 31-33

 

Notes about Bear Flag. Doc. 39-40

 

Drafts of two letters to J. B. Montgomery, Aug. 8 and 12, 1846. Doc. 78-81A

 

Vallejo, Salvador, 1814-1876

 

Cosigner of statement, June 14, 1846. Doc. 20, 61

 

Cosigner of letter, [Aug.?] 1846. Doc. 68-69

 

Letter to M. G. Vallejo, Aug. 7, 1846. Doc. 76-77