• Call Number: C1446_c5
    Container: Box 1 Folder 5

Coe, Nathaniel, and Mary, Letters to Sophia H. Coe

1 folder

This collection is stored at Firestone Library.

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Accession Number: AM 2017-50

Collection Creator: Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections..

Dates: 1859 May-1860 March 23.

Located In: Box 1 Folder 5;

Extent: 1 folder

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

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.

Preferred Citation

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.

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