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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1849 Jan. 25-1850 May 28
Author Perry, Henry
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Letters (Jan. 24, 1849-May 28, 1850) written from New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Valparaiso, San Francisco, and Sacramento by Henry Perry to his Bridgeport family (parents Mr. and Mrs. David Perry, sister Emmeline, and brothers Alf, Tom, and Frederick), regarding his experiences en route to San Francisco, his return voyage from Hawaii, and economic and living conditions in gold rush San Francisco and Sacramento. Of particular interest are accounts of robberies in Sacramento, and pen drawings of miner attire, accommodation, and implements. Also news of family acquaintances in California and requests for newspapers and news of family and friends in Connecticut.
Names Perry, David; Perry, Emmeline; Perry, Alf; Perry, Tom; Perry, Frederick
Places New York, San Francisco, Sacramento, California, Hawaii, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Valparaiso, Chile
Keywords journey, personal account, gold, mining, gold rush, ship, housing, clothing, newspaper, family life, frontier, pioneer, art
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Northeast, California
Additional Information Henry Perry was a Bridgeport, Conn., native and California gold rush participant. He embarked from New York City on Feb. 25, 1849, sailed around Cape Horn, with stops in South America at Rio de Janeiro and Valparaiso, and arrived in San Francisco during August or early September. With Egbert Wiltsie, Perry soon sailed to Hawaii to sell a stock of goods, and returned to San Francisco in March, 1850. By May he was clerking at the firm of Harney and Wiltsie in Sacramento and had also set up a provisions store with a partner, Billy B.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 709
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue