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George T. Williams Letters to John Williams, His Father, 1851 April 2-3
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
Two letters from settler and entrepreneur George T. Williams, in San Diego, California, to his father, John Williams Esq., in Boston, Massachusetts. Williams settled in New Town, San Diego, which eventually became the downtown of contemporary San Diego. His letters discuss the arrival of the steamer Oregon and a Captain Wilson, who was ill; his business dealings, including selling coal to a steamer; his difficulties communicating in Spanish with inhabitants of Old Town; the discovery of gold mines ten miles south of San Diego; an apparently unsuccessful enterprise on the construction of an artesian well in the town; and the health of various family members. Despite complaining about the lack of business, Williams's letters show him as optimistic about his future prospects.
Materials are arranged in the order in which they were accessioned.
No materials were removed during processing.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by John Delaney in April 2013. Finding aid written by John Delaney in April 2013.
Finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in June 2016 and by Kelly Bolding in October 2016, August 2017, November 2017, November 2018, January 2019, July 2019, September 2019, November 2019, January 2020, and February 2020.
No additions will be made to this collection. Accessions relating to this topic will be added to the General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection (C0140).
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George T. Williams Letters to John Williams, His Father; Princeton University Library Collection of Western Americana Miscellaneous Manuscripts, C1446, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1