Contents and Arrangement

George Watson Letter to Samuel Watson, 1849 August 31

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of a three-page letter from George Watson, a forty-niner during the California Gold Rush, to his brother, Samuel Watson, in Connecticut. Having just arrived in San Francisco, California, after an arduous journey, Watson describes the dramatic events on the last leg of his trip, a nearly two-month sail from the San Blas Islands of Panama, during which someone died and several others were injured in a thunderstorm. He also writes of other friends and acquaintances who made the journey, his impressions of San Francisco, and advises his brother of his own plans to work in the gold mines.


Materials are arranged in the order in which they were accessioned.

Collection History


AM 2020-64

Purchased from McBride Rare Books in February 2020 .


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).

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

George Watson Letter to Samuel Watson; Princeton University Library Collection of Western Americana Miscellaneous Manuscripts, C1446, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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