- Coe, Nathaniel, and Mary, Letters to Sophia H. Coe
Coe, Nathaniel, and Mary, Letters to Sophia H. Coe
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Accession Number: AM 2017-50
Collection Creator: Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and
Dates: 1859 May-1860 March 23.
Located In: Box 1 Folder 5;
Extent: 1 folder
The collection is open for research use.
Two letters from Nathaniel and Mary Coe, written from their farm in Hood
River, Wasco County, Oregon Territory, to Nathaniel's sister, Sophia H. Coe
in Ohio. Consists of one letter, dated May 29th, 1859, in Nathaniel's hand
with notes by Mary, and another in Mary's hand that lists two dates: May
1859 and March 23, 1860. The letters describe pioneer life in Oregon,
including notes on the relationship between white settlers and native tribes
during Indian Wars of the 1850s, the productivity of the Coe's fruit farm,
Mary's role as a homeopathic doctor, and family matters. Mary also writes at
length regarding her concerns about the treatment of a family member named
Marion at the Hartford Retreat, an institution for the care of people with
mental illness in Connecticut.
Nathaniel Coe (1788-1868) and Mary Coe (1801-1893) settled in the Oregon
Territory on a 319-acre government land grant along the Columbia River at
the site of the future town of Hood River. The Coes were some of the first
settlers to plant fruit trees in the Hood River Valley. Mary Coe was also
the sole doctor in the vicinity.
Coe, Nathaniel, and Mary, Letters to Sophia H. Coe; 1859 May-1860 March 23; Princeton University Library Collection of Western Americana Miscellaneous
Manuscripts, , Box 1 Folder 5; Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.