Warren Vester Clark, Rail Road Flat, California, to Wilson Hart Clark, New Haven, Connecticut
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- Warren Vester Clark, Rail Road Flat, California, to Wilson Hart Clark, New Haven, Connecticut
- Clark, Warren Vester, 1821-1898
- Clark, Wilson Hart, 1824-1887
- Published / Created
- 1859 June 1
Letters from Rodney Clark describe his emigration to California, 1858-1863, as well as opportunities for selling marble in California from his older brother's quarry in Connecticut.
Letters from Warren Vester Clark to his brother include a request for Wilson to purchase Warren's passage to California via the Isthmus of Panama in March 1850, as well as his perceptions of California after his arrival and his poor health in August 1850. Other letters describe his canal and lumber operations in Calaveras County, as well as his legal and financial issues with Charles A. Candes over debts incurred in California and his disagreements with their brother, Rodney Clark. He also mentions their maternal relatives Burr Higgins and Sylvester Noyes Higgins of Erie County, Ohio, in relation to financial issues.
Letters to Wilson Hart Clark chiefly from his older brother, Warren Vester Clark, and his younger brother, Rodney Clark that include information about their experiences in northeastern California, 1850-1868, as well as related enclosures of promissory notes, drafts, and receipts. Other correspondence includes an 1850 letter from William J. Smith that describes his ocean journey from New Haven, Connecticut, around Cape Horn to San Francisco, California, 1849-1850.
Purchased from Edward J. Cohen on the William Robertson Coe Fund No. 3, 2009.
The sons of William Clark (1795-1862) and Minerva Higgins Clark (1799-1875) born in Woodbridge, Connecticut, included Warren Vester Clark (1821-1898), Wilson Hart Clark (1824-1887), and Rodney Clark (1829-1887). Warren Vester Clark emigrated to California in 1850 and worked as a water engineer, which included establishing the Clark Reservoir in Calaveras County. Wilson Hart Clark graduated from both Harvard College and the Yale Law School in 1845. On February 26, 1849, he married Julia Elizabeth Cable (born 1826). He practiced law in New Haven, Connecticut, was a member of the Connecticut State Senate representing the fourth district, 1859-1860, and a member of the New Haven Common Council, as well as owning a marble quarry. Rodney Clark worked as a sailor in Connecticut and was a miner and water collector in California.
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- This object has been completely digitized.
- Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Call Number
- WA MSS S-2648
- Collection Title
- Clark family correspondence and financial documents concerning California
- Collection/Other Creator
- Clark family
- Collection Date
- Container / Volume
- Box 1 | Folder 19
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- Resource Type
- Archives or Manuscripts
- Subject (Geographic)
Calaveras County (Calif.)
California--Social life and customs--19th century
- Subject (Name)
- Clark, Wilson Hart, 1824-1887
- Subject (Topic)
Frontier and pioneer life--California
Gold mines and mining--California
Voyages to the Pacific coast
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- Clark Family Correspondence and Financial Documents Concerning California. Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
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