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Guide to the Halleck, Peachy & Billings Records, 1852-1867
BANC MSS C-B 421  
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Description
Correspondence and papers relating to land and land litigation (including original documents and disenos, 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.
Background
Halleck, Peachy & Billings, one of the leading law firms in San Francisco employed by claimants in the settlement of titles to Mexican land grants, consisted of three partners - Frederick Billings, Archibald C. Peachy and Henry Wager Halleck. Of these, the most prominent was Halleck, a graduate of West Point in engineering, a participant in the Mexican War who later prepared a report on California land titles, and was an active member of the California constitutional convention. He resigned from the army in 1854 to join the firm, and compiled two legal works acknowledged to be leading texts in their time - Mining Laws of Spain and Mexico and International Law. In 1860 he returned to the military life, rising to the position of general during the Civil War.
Extent
Number of containers: 9 boxes and 55 items in 9 oversize folders Number of microfilm reels: 10
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RESTRICTED ORIGINAL. USE MICROFILM COPY ONLY. Use of original only by permission of the Head of the Manuscripts Division.