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Finding Aid to the Documentos para la historia de California, 1827-1858
BANC MSS C-B 55  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Scope and Content
  • Biography
  • Alphabetical list of authors and/or signers of documents

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Documentos para la historia de California,
    Date (inclusive): 1827-1858
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 55
    Creator: Fitch, Henry Delano, 1799-1849
    Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes and 5 oversize folders (also 4 volumes of photocopies from microfilm) Number of microfilm reels: 3
    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: Letters and financial papers such as bills of lading, invoices, statements of account, etc., relating to Fitch's commercial transactions and business affairs in San Diego; trading voyages up and down the California coast, to Mexico and to Hawaii; otter hunting and the hide and tallow trade. A few letters relate to the war with Mexico, the gold discoveries in California and his ranch in Sonoma County. Included also are some papers of his wife, Josefa (Carrillo) Fitch.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Documentos para la historia de California, BANC MSS C-B 55, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    Henry Delano Fitch's papers, collected by Hubert Howe Bancroft for his History of California, relate for the most part to his sea voyages, the trade in hides and tallow, the care of his store in San Diego, and his extensive dealings with other merchants of California, Mexico and the Hawaiian Islands. The documents, mostly originals, many in Spanish, consist largely of letters and financial papers-bills of lading, invoices, statements of account, etc.-relating to Fitch's commercial transactions and business affairs. A few letters relate to the war with Mexico, the gold discoveries in California and his ranch in Sonoma County. Included also are a few papers of his wife, Josefa (Carrillo) Fitch, relating to his estate.
    The collection has for the most part been kept in the order in which it was originally bound. A few documents previously separated in the bound volumes have been brought together. and a few documents that have been repaired are now oversize. A calendar of documents as they appear in the boxes, roughly in chronological order, is appended. An alphabetical index of names may be consulted at the end of the report.
    Photocopy and microfilm of the collection are available and should be used instead of the originals.

    Biography

    Henry Delano Fitch, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1799, first came to California in about 1826 as master of the vessel Maria Ester, owned by Henry Edward Virmond of Mexico. Fitch was employed for a number of years by Virmond, trading along the west coast ports of north and South America. The earliest letters and documents of the collection deal with these activities.
    After his elopement with Josefa Carrillo in 1829, Fitch settled in San Diego, soon becoming the principal trader of that port, a position he maintained until his death in 1848. Although Fitch took an active part in local affairs, holding various offices at different times, his deepest interest was in his commercial enterprises.

    Alphabetical list of authors and/or signers of documents

    Abrego, José, 1813-1878 Folders 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 173
    Aguirre, José Antonio, 1793-1854 Folders 42, 47, 52, 53, 67-68, 100, 140, 185, 326
    Alexander & Mellus, San Pedro Folder 544
    Allan, George T. Folder 418
    Allen, Robert, 1812-1886 Folder 612
    Alvarado, Juan Bautista, 1809-1882 Folder 98
    Álvarez, Miguel Folder 603
    Anselin, Alfred, d. 1853 Folder 599
    Arce, Santiago Diego Folder 324
    Argüello, Jose R. Folder 438
    Argüello, Santiago, 1791-1862 Folders, 30, 135, 194
    Argüello, Santiago E., 1813-1857 Folders 94, 439, 523
    Armenta, Estanislao Folders 182, 187
    Arther, James P. Folders 294, 395, 404, 427, 514
    Austin & Co., San Francisco Folder 310
    Bandini, Juan, 1800-1857 Folders 61, 78, 96, 263, 377, 385
    Barker, John F. Folder 599
    Bartlett, D. H. Folder 179
    Bassham, William R., 1822?- Folder 475
    Beatty, John Folder 107
    Becher, Frederick G. Folder 17
    Beristaín, Máximo Folder 29
    Bidwell, John, 1819-1900 Folder 401
    Boardman, E. H. Folder 440
    Boggs, Lilburn W., 1792-1860 Folder 611
    Bona, Tomás Folder 459
    Boronda, María Josefa Folder 140
    Brewer, Charles, 1804- Folders 278, 283, 291, 292, 552
    Briggs, Joseph G. Folder 598
    Bull, John C. Folder 600
    Canfield, Cyrus C. Folder 486
    Carrillo, José Antonio Ezequiel, 1796-1862 Folder 271
    Carrillo, José Ramón Folder 219
    Carrillo, María Ignacia (López) Folder 81
    Carrillo, Pedro C. Folder 421
    Carson, Moses B., 1805- Folders 378, 406, 422-423, 604-605
    Célis, Eulogio, d. 1868 Folders 93, 97, 103, 104, 105, 106
    Chiene, Alexander Folder 373
    Clap, Curtis Folder 236
    Clark, Hiram Folders 487, 490
    Clift, Robert Folders 442, 443, 496, 468
    Cloud, Jeremiah H., d. 1847 Folder 419-420
    Cooper, John Bautista Rogers, 1792-1872 Folder 161
    Covarrubias, José María, 1801-1870 Folders 358, 371
    Curley, William Folders 255, 498
    Dalton, Henry, 1805- Folders 485, 503-505, 521 bis.
    Dana, William Goodwin, 1787-1858 Folder 41
    Dare, Robert H. Folders 90, 144
    Davis, John Calvert, 1819-ca. 1848 Folder 276
    Davis, William Heath, 1822-1909 Folders 312, 386, 413-414, 463
    Delano, William H. Folder 479-480
    DeWitt & Harrison, San Francisco Folders 539, 550
    Don Quixote Company Folder 308-309
    Duarte, Perfecto Folder 295
    Duhugon (T)y Canin, Mazatlán Folder 407
    DuPont, Samuel Francis, 1803-1865 Folder 397
    Eaton, Joseph B. Folder 176
    Espinosa, Alejo Folder 325
    Espinosa, José Luciano Folder 365
    Evans, William Folder 520-521
    Everett, John H. Folders 273, 280, 302, 316
    Everett, T. C. Folder 471
    Everett & Co., Honolulu Folders 520 bis, 551
    Falkner, E. R. Folders 529, 531, 533, 536, 542
    Fisher, Charles Folders 286, 287, 290
    Fisher, William, d. 1850 Folders 449 bis, 492
    Fitch, Frederic Folder 527
    Fitch, Henry Delano, 1799-1849 Folders 8, 22-24, 40, 85-86, 31, 32, 47, 108, 109, 115-117, 125, 126, 127, 128, 148, 156, 184, 186, 192, 196, 197, 205, 206, 215, 234-235, 238, 249, 255, 296, 304, 305, 317, 338, 342-343, 344, 348, 354-357, 362, 368-369, 374, 384, 419-420, 428-429, 431, 443, 444, 445, 447, 452, 453, 470, 473, 491, 494, 497, 510-511, 520-521, 522, 534, 546, 547, 589 bis, 590, 613, 616
    Fitch, Henry Edward, 1830- Folder 610
    Fitch, Josefa (Carrillo) de, 1810- Folders 602, 612
    Fitch, Sarah (Delano), d. 1847 Folders 43, 174, 364
    Flügge, Charles William, d. 1852 Folders 225, 284, 318, 320, 322, 328, 330, 330 bis, 332-333, 334, 339, 363, 372, 376, 450, 455, 456-457
    Forbes, William Folders 152, 167, 601
    Freeman, Richard Folder 418-420
    Frisbie, John B., 1824- Folder 611
    Fuller, William M. Folder 453
    Garner, William A. Folder 445
    Gastelum, Francisco Xavier Folders 37, 65
    Gillespie, Archibald H., 1813-1873 Folders 400, 402
    Gillespie, Charles V. Folder 548
    González, José Rafael Folders 128, 129
    Green, Talbot H., 1810-1889 Folders 379, 523 bis
    Guerra, Pablo Andrés Antonio María Saturnino, 1819-1874 Folder 126
    Guerra y Noriega, José de la Folder 41
    Hall, Hatevil Folder 255
    Hamley, George W. Folders 454, 462
    Hartnell, William Edward Petty, 1798-1854 Folder 101-102
    Hatch, James B. Folder 446
    Hensley, Samuel J., 1817-1866 Folder 419-420
    Hewett, George Folder 255
    Higuera, Nicolás Folder 272
    Howard, William Davis Merry, 1819-1856 Folders 303, 316, 340, 390, 393, 464, 594
    Hubbard, Eliza (Fitch) Folder 172
    Hubbard, Jenison J. Folder 172
    Hudsons Bay Company Folder 418
    Hüttmann, Francis Folder 469
    Hunnewell, James, 1794-1869 Folders 329, 359
    Jarvis, James Jackson Folders 495, 500
    Johnson, Publius R. Folder 548
    Johnson, William Folder 458
    Jordan, Lino Folder 220
    Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1834-1898 Folder 125
    Lascano, V. Folder 18
    Lataillade, Cesáreo, 1819-1849 Folders 232, 326, 588
    Leandry, Juan B., 1804-1843 Folder 50
    Light, Allen B. Folder 390
    Limantour, José Yves, d. 1885 Folder 327
    Little, Milton, 1812-1879 Folder 315
    López, José Elias Folder 434
    Lyons, George Folder 224
    Machado, Yeoward y Cia, Mazatlán Folder 157
    MacRay, W. R. Isaacs Folder 612
    McKenzie, Daniel Folder 275
    McKinlay, James, 1803-1875 Folders 38, 79, 80, 84, 90, 144, 156, 238, 344, 346-347, 348, 354-357
    Mactavish, Dugald Folders 396, 477
    Mancilla, Agustín Folders 163, 170, 177, 191, 245
    Manríquez, Julián Folder 434
    March, William J. Folders 452, 453
    Marrón, Juan María Folder 255
    Mellus, Henry, 1815-1860 Folders 57, 58, 91-92, 169, 231, 288, 387, 403, 405, 415, 417, 430, 501, 518-519
    Mellus & Howard, San Francisco Folders 532, 596
    Menchaca, Ramón Folder 217
    Minor, George Folders 419-420, 426
    Möller (JB) & Co., Mazatlán Folder 155
    Montgomery, John Berrien, 1794-1873 Folders 394, 412
    Moreno, José Matías, 1817-1869 Folder 319
    Mott, J. Thomas Folders 432, 482, 553-554
    Negociación, Trina Folders 261-262, 506-508
    Norton, R. Folder 207-214
    Nye, Gorham H., 1802-1878 Folder 311
    Orbell, James, 1813- Folders 166, 221, 222, 237
    Osio, Antonio María Folders 141, 189
    Osio, José de Jesús Folders 282, 437
    Park, Thomas B., d. ca. 1850 Folders 74, 75, 383, 392
    Paty, Henry, d. 1841 Folder 110
    Paty, John, 1807-1868 Folders 289, 360, 375, 380, 425, 446, 449, 484, 493, 512, 513, 517, 535, 589
    Paty & Co. Folders 381-382, 524-525
    Paty (Henry) & Co., Honolulu Folder 111
    Pedrorena, Miguel F. de, ca. 1808-1850 Folders 48, 49, 59, 99, 150, 247, 265, 279, 285, 419-420, 451, 520, 603
    Peirce, Henry Augustus, 1808-1885 Folders 112, 113-114, 197, 204, 264, 146
    Peirce & Brewer, Honolulu Folders 112, 113-114, 118, 119-122, 123-124, 142, 147, 151, 153-154, 159, 175, 180, 190, 197, 198-201, 226, 243-244, 252-253, 258-259, 278, 283, 291, 292
    Pelly, George Folders 260, 418
    Phelps, William Dane Folders 399, 410, 436, 441, 488, 494, 499, 502
    Pico, Andrés, 1810-1876 Folder 136
    Pico, Pío, 1801-1894 Folders 36, 133, 358, 367, 370, 371, 416
    Poncia, Pedro P. Folders 227, 448, 522 bis
    Reid, Perfecto Hugo, 1811-1852 Folders 156, 592
    Requena, Manuel, d. 1876 Folders 60, 483
    Richardson, Henry P. Folders 408-409, 411
    Robertson, Robert Folder 267
    Robidoux, Antoine, 1794-1860 Folder 461
    Robidoux, Louis, 1791-1868 Folder 461
    Robinson, Alfred, 1806- Folders 216, 228, 281, 361, 388
    Robinson, William Folder 612
    Roldán, M. R. Folder 156
    Ross, Charles L. Folders 474, 489
    Ruiz, María Salvadora Folder 33
    St. John, William Henry Folder 481
    Salazar, Juan Folder 127
    Scarborough (William) y Cia, Mazatlán Folders 158, 297-298
    Scott, James G., d. 1851 Folders 41, 62, 70, 416
    Scott & Wilson, San Diego Folder 87
    Semple, John L. Folder 620
    Sepúlveda, Juan María Folder 614
    Shannon, William Edward, 1822-1850 Folder 522
    Shaw, Thomas, d. ca. 1866 Folders 14, 21, 63, 95, 149, 160
    Sherman & Ruckel, San Francisco Folders 526, 528, 541
    Snook, Joseph Francisco, d. ca. 1847 Folders 64, 72
    Spence, David, 1798-1875 Folders 76, 77, 132, 137, 138, 171
    Starkey, Janion & Co., San Francisco Folders 529, 531, 533, 536, 542
    Stearns, Abel, 1798-1871 Folders 26, 27-28, 51, 56, 106, 131, 145, 156, 195, 202, 203, 223, 268, 269, 352-353
    Stevens, James Folder 498
    Stokes, Edward Folders 300, 301, 337
    Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880 Folders 143, 178, 193, 225, 229, 233, 270, 277, 391
    Temple, John, 1796-1866 Folder 20, 106, 134, 156, 165, 190, 246, 249, 250, 251, 509, 617-618
    Temple & Alexander, San Pedro Folder 499
    Templeman & Bergman, Lima Folder 4
    Tennant, Archibald Folder 622
    Teschemacher, Henry Frederick Folders 415, 478, 520, 608-609
    Thompson, Alpheus Basil, 1795-1869 Folders 16 (oversize), 39, 55, 69, 242, 460, 617-618, 619
    Todd, William L. Folder 453
    Toro, Juan Folder 472
    Vallejo, Francisco Folder 13
    Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1807-1890 Folders 313, 604-607, 611, 621
    Vega, Ramón de la Folder 325
    Verdugo, Marcela (Elizalde) Folder 319
    Vincent, George W., d. 1851 Folders 181, 293
    Vioget, Jean Jacques, 1799-1855 Folders 164, 230, 398, 465, 515-516
    Virmond, Henry Edward Folders 1, 2, 3, 10, 11-12
    Warner, Jonathan Trumbull, 1807- Folders 34, 82, 442, 443
    Watson, James, 1803-1863 Folder 183
    Webber, Samuel Folder 466-467
    Wells (R) & Co., San Francisco Folder 540
    Williams, Isaac, 1799-1856 Folder 25
    Wilson, John, 1795-1860 Folders 35, 66, 321, 331, 412
    Worth, Calvin G. Folder 610
    Yeoward, Richard Folder 254
    Yorba, Tomás Antonio, 1784- Folders 54, 71, 83
    Zamudio, Máximo Folders 5, 6, 7, 9