Correspondence and papers relating to land and land litigation (including original documents and diseños, and transcripts)
and to various legal cases, some concerning Chinese immigration, ships, and the funding bill in San Francisco; accounts; and
tax records. Also included: correspondence and papers relating to the military career of Henry Wager Halleck, 1847-1856, and
manuscript drafts and notes for Halleck's History of California.
Halleck, Peachy & Billings was one of the leading San Francisco law firms in the settlement of titles to Mexican land grants;
Frederick Billings arrived in San Francisco in 1849; he immediately established a law practice, and soon formed a partnership
with Archibald C. Peachy; Peachy later became a member of the CA State Assembly in 1852, and of the State Senate in 1860 and
1862; Henry Wager Halleck graduated in engineering from West Point, participated in the Mexican War, and later prepared a
report on CA land titles; became an active member of the CA Constitutional Convention; he resigned from the army and joined
the law firm in 1854, compiling his books: The mining laws of Spain and Mexico, and International law; returned to the US
Army in 1860, later becoming a general during the Civil War; the firm was dissolved in 1861.
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