Finding Aid to the Documentos para la historia de California

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Finding Aid to the Documentos para la historia de California

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 71

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Documentos para la historia de California
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 71
Origination: Bonilla, Jose Mariano, 1807-1878
Extent: Number of containers: 1 volume and 1 oversize folder
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 documents obtained by H.H. Bancroft for his History of California, relating mainly to Bonilla's career as justice and alcalde of San Luis Obispo, and to lands in southern California, particularly those of the Mission San Miguel. A few papers of Manuel Larios also included.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Documentos para la historia de California, BANC MSS C-B 71, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Material Cataloged Separately

  • Draft containing notes re Manuel Larios, anonymous, undated, Doc. 27, removed to BANC MSS C-D 113.

Scope and Content

The greater part of Jose Mariano Bonilla's papers were lost in a storm. The few preserved here were presented to The Bancroft Library in 1878 by his widow, Doña Dolores García Bonilla. Also included are a few papers of Manuel Larios.
A chronological calendar and an index are appended.

Biographical Sketch

Bonilla, born in Mexico City in 1807, came to California in 1834 with the Hijar and Padres colony. He held various responsible public offices in San Luis Obispo — alcalde, judge, and district attorney. He died in 1878.

Calendar of Documents

Chronological calendar of documents

 

Indulgence for María Antonia Pacheco (later Mrs. Manuel Larios). Printed. 1802. Doc. 36

 

Indulgences granted María Antonia Pacheco. Printed, filled in. 1815. Doc. 43

 

Iturbide, Agustín de, Emperor of Mexico, 1783-1824

 

Acta de la declaracion de independencia de Mejico proclamada por la junta gubernatorial ... Sept. 21, 1821. Also signed by many others. Copy, in writing of Bonilla. Doc. 2-5

 

[Larios, Manuel, 1798-1865]

 

Draft of letter to the Comandante General de Artillería, listing his experiences since 1815, and requesting to be relieved and assisted since a wound received in 1819 renders one leg useless. Jan. 18, 1831. Doc. 32-33

 

Alvarado, Juan Bautista, 1809-1882

 

Passport, signed as governor of Alta California, Feb. 1, 1840, for Juan Higuera to go to the Sandwich Islands. Also signed by Manuel Jimeno. Doc. 44

 

Bonilla, José Mariano, 1807-1878

 

Document, written as Juez, San Luis Obispo, Dec. 1, 1842, granting to Odon, an Indian, a house and small garden. Doc. 10-11

 

Draft of statement made before Juan Antonio Vallejo for power of attorney from José María Castañares to Francisco Castañares. Unsigned, Dec. 7, 1843. Written by Bonilla? Doc. 14-15

 

Jimeno Casarín, José Joaquín, 1804-1856

 

Certificate, Jan. 22, 1844, stating that José María Aguile had worked for the Mission of Santa Inés in 1841, and went to San Luis Obispo where he died, even though no record was made in the Book of Burials. Doc. 16

 

Pico, José de Jesus, 1807-

 

Statement, Apr. 27, 1846, re sale of land from José María Varencuela to Tomás Herrera and Miguel Marque. Copy. Doc. 18-19

 

Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890

 

Proclamation, Dec. 16, 1846, appointing Bonilla Justice of the Peace or Alcalde for San Luis Obispo. Doc. 20

 

Smith, William Taylor

 

Pass for Manuel Larios, Jan. 19, 1847. Printed form, filled in. Doc. 45

 

Halleck, Henry Wager, 1816-1872

 

Letter to Bonilla, Sept. 15, 1847, concerning title to the lands of Mission San Miguel. Translation into Spanish by Hartnell. Doc. 24-25

 

Mason, Robert Barnes, 1797-1850

 

Letter, Nov. 30, 1847, to Bonilla, re lands of Mission San Miguel. Translation into Spanish. Doc. 26

 

Mason, Robert Barnes, 1797-1850

 

Proclamation, Dec. 27, 1847, forbidding entrance into California of inhabitants of Sonora, unless on official business. Doc. 28

 

Hermandad de Jerusalem

 

Indulgences for Manuel Larios, June 27, 1850. Printed form filled in. Doc. 38

 

Carrillo, Pedro C.

 

Letter to Bonilla, Aug. 19, 1869, re question of title to lands granted by Micheltorena. Doc. 30

 

Coronel, Ignacio F[rancisco], 1817-1893

 

Letter to Manuel Larios, Dec. 6, 1859. Doc. 29

 

Larios, Estalano Felipe, 1855-1941

 

Letter to H. H. Bancroft, sending documents of his father, Sept. 21, 1877. Doc. 39-42.

 

Savage, Thomas 1823-

 

Note about loss of the bulk of the J. M. Bonilla documents in a storm. ca. 1878. Doc. 1

Undated items

 

[Bonilla, José Mariano]

 

Undated, incomplete draft of article. Doc. 6-9

 

[Bonilla, José Mariano?]

 

Draft of letter, undated Doc. 12

 

Viader, José, 1765-

 

Certificate of baptism of Manuel Salvador Larios. Also attested to by Fr. Buenaventura Fortuni. undated Doc. 34

 

Higuera, Juan José

 

Copy of poem. undated Doc. 31

 

Perpetual calendar. Doc. 35

Index

 

Alvarado, Juan Bautista, 1809-1882

 

Passport, Feb. 1, 1840. Doc. 44

 

Bonilla, José Mariano, 1807-1878

 

Document, Dec. 1, 1842. Doc. 10-11

 

Undated incomplete draft of article. Doc. 6-9

 

Undated draft of letter. Doc. 12

 

Carillo, Pedro C.

 

Letter, Aug, 19, 1869. Doc. 30

 

Coronel, Ignacio

 

Letter to Manuel Larios, Dec. 6, 1859. Doc. 29

 

Fortuni, Buenaventura, d. 1840

 

Co-author of certificate testifying to the baptism of M. S. Larios, undated Doc. 34

 

Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890

 

Proclamation, Dec. 16, 1846. Doc. 20

 

Halleck, Henry Wager, 1816-1872

 

Letter to Bonilla, translated into Spanish. Doc. 24-25

 

Hartnell, William Edward Petty, 1798-1854

 

Translator of Halleck letter. Doc. 24-25

 

Higuera, Juan José

 

Copy of poem, undated Doc. 31

 

Iturbide, Agustín, Emperor of Mexico, 1783-1824

 

Acta de declaración de independencia, Sept. 21, 1821. Copy. Doc. 2-5

 

Jimeno Casarín, José Joaquín, 1804-1856

 

Death certificate for José María Aguile, Jan. 22, 1844. Doc. 16

 

Jimeno Casarín, Manuel, d. 1853

 

Cosigner of passport for Juan Higuera, Feb. 1, 1840. Doc. 44

 

Larios, Estalano Felipe, 1855-1941

 

Letter to H. H. Bancroft, Sept. 21, 1877. Doc. 39-42

 

Larios, Manuel, 1798-1865

 

Draft of letter, Jan. 18, 1831. Doc. 32-33

See also notes re Larios. Doc. 27

 

Mason, Richard Barnes, 1797-1850

 

Letter, Nov. 30, 1847. Doc. 26

 

Proclamation, Dec. 27, 1847. Doc. 28

 

Pico, José de Jesús, 1807-

 

Statement, Apr. 27, 1846. Doc. 18-19

 

Savage, Thomas, 1823-

 

Note, ca. 1878. Doc. 1

 

Smith, William Taylor

 

Pass, Jan. 19, 1847. Doc. 45

 

Viader, José, 1765-

 

Undated certificate re baptism of Manuel Salvador Larios. Doc. 34.