Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Dalton Family Papers, 1693-1876

Finding aid created by
Diana Runge, February 2010; Philip Heslip, April 2010

Summary Information
Title: Dalton family papers
Creator: Dodge, Stanley Dalton
Inclusive dates: 1693-1876
Inclusive dates: 1761-1769, 1777-1779
Extent: 168 items
Abstract:
The Dalton family papers document three generations of the Dalton family of Boston, Massachusetts: Captain James Dalton, Peter Roe Dalton, and Peter Roe Dalton, Jr. This wealthy family was involved in transatlantic shipping and local Boston politics.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1927. M-24.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Preferred Citation:

Dalton family papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

This collection is organized into 3 series:

  • Series I: Documents, Letters, and Receipts
  • Series II: Account Book
  • Series III: Genealogy and Miscellaneous

Each series is ordered chronologically with undated items at the end.


Biography

Captain James Dalton (1718-1783) was a Boston shipmaster involved in trade with the West Indies and Europe. His first command was of the brigantine Joshua , owned by Henderson & Hughes, which sailed between Boston and London. By 1751, he owned several trade ships, such as the Abigail and the Polly , and managed a Boston based shipping business. He married Abigail Roe in 1740; they had 10 children, including Richard and Peter Roe Dalton, whom he employed as cosigners of cargo for many of his trading vessels. Richard drowned in 1768, while delivering cargo to Turks Island in the West Indies. James Dalton died in 1783.

After working for his father's shipping business, Peter Roe Dalton (1743-1811) became deputy commissioner general of issues for the Continental army, which provisioned the troops stationed in Boston during the Revolution, as well as prisoners of war in the area, and the French fleet under Charles Henri, comte d'Estaing. After the war, he was appointed by the General Court of Massachusetts to settle the state's war debts. He later worked for the Massachusetts Bank and served as the first cashier of the local branch of the Bank of the United States from 1792 until his death in 1811. Peter was first married in 1768 to Susanna Griggs. His second wife was Ann Call of Charlestown, Massachusetts; they were married in 1778 and had 11 children. After his father's death, Peter inherited his Boston estate, which he passed on to his son, Peter Roe Dalton, Jr., (1791-1861), who is also represented in the collection.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Dalton family papers (168 items) contain 29 letters, 35 financial records, 30 receipts, 1 account book, 66 legal documents, 2 genealogical booklets, 2 genealogical essays, and an image of the Dalton house. These document three generations of the Dalton family of Boston, Massachusetts: Captain James Dalton, Peter Roe Dalton, and Peter Roe Dalton, Jr. See the Detailed Box and Folder Listing section for a list and description of each item in the collection.

The Documents, Letters and Receipts series contains commercial papers and letters, including business letters, contracts, insurance agreements, estate documents, deeds and leases, bills of lading, wage-payment receipts, customs house receipts, and army provision orders and receipts.

Of note are:

  • Records of transporting building material (boards, shingles, staves), and food (beef, herring, mackerel, molasses, sugar) between Boston and the West Indies.
  • Shipping records for the following ships: Abigail , Mauritius , Nancy , Packett , Polly , Resolution , Sarah , Swallow , Two Friends , and Willmill .
  • Documents detailing James Dalton's losses from the Great Boston Fire (March 20, 1760 and April 16, 1761)
  • A letter from Peter Roe Dalton to James Dalton (his father) discussing trading efforts in Charleston, South Carolina, and noting sickness in the area (November 27, 1766)
  • Documents concerning the Revolutionary War relating to supplying Boston troops (1777-1781)
  • Two letters about the Mexican War written on board the US Ship Lexington (March 15, 1847 and June 4, 1848)
  • A letter from N.J. Dalton, in which he described travels in California and an Indian hunt that killed 125 Indians for murdering a rancher and stealing 7 head of cattle.
  • Voucher for the Honorable William Stoughton Esquire, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (April 26, 1693)

The Account Book series consists of a 44-page volume of accounts for the estates of Peter Roe Dalton (1743-1811) and his son Peter Roe Dalton, Jr. (1791-1861).

The Genealogy and Miscellaneous series (6 items) is comprised of two booklets with birth and death information on the Dalton Family and Simeon Skillin's ancestors; two essays on the lives of James Dalton and Peter Roe Dalton; a list of Dalton-owned church pews in King's Chapel in Boston (1754-1876); and an image of the Dalton house in Boston, on the corner of Water Street and Congress Street, which was occupied by James and Peter Roe Dalton.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Abigail (Ship)
    • Boston (Mass.)--Fire, 1760.
    • Boston Packet (Ship) .
    • California--Description and travel.
    • Charleston (S.C.)--Commerce.
    • Executors and administrators--Massachusetts.
    • Guangzhou (China)--Commerce.
    • Heywood, Charles, 1839-1915.
    • Indians of North America--California.
    • Jamaica.
    • Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809.
    • King's Chapel (Boston, Mass.)
    • Kingston (Ship)
    • Lexington (Ship : 1853-1856)
    • Mauritius (Ship)
    • Mexican War, 1846-1848--Campaigns--California.
    • Nancy (Ship)
    • Plattsburg, Battle of, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 1814.
    • Polly (ship)
    • Resolution (Ship)
    • Sarah (Ship)
    • Shipping--Massachusetts--Boston.
    • Ships--Cargo.
    • Short Staple (Ship)
    • Sibella (Ship)
    • Skillin, Simeon.
    • Stoughton, William, 1632-1701.
    • Swallow (Ship)
    • Tea trade--China.
    • Trinidad and Tobago.
    • Turks Island Passage (Turks and Caicos Islands)
    • Two Friends (Ship)
    • United States--Continental Army--Supplies and store.
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Prisoners and prisons.
    • Weaverville (Calif.)
    • West Indies--Commerce.
    • Willmull (Ship)
    Contributors:
    • Dalton, James, 1718-1783.
    • Dalton, Peter Roe 1743-1811.
    • Dalton, Pete Roe, Jr., 1791-1861.
    Genre Terms:
    • Bills of lading.
    • Deeds.
    • Indentures.
    • Insurance records.
    • Leases.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Orders (military records)
    • Promissory notes.
    • Receipts.
    • Testimonies.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Documents, Letters, and Receipts [series]:
    Box   1 Folder   1
      26 April 1693 (Province of the Massachusetts Bay):
    Voucher for the Honorable William Stoughton Esq. being present at the General Court
     
      7 January 1725
    Indenture between William Harman and Jacob Griggs to build a kitchen in Griggs’s house
    Box   1 Folder   2
      26 April 1739 (Boston):
    Receipt for £13.15 for Mr. James Griffin, paid to Peter Roe, signed by John Marshall
     
      2 December 1741 (Boston):
    Receipt for £100 for reserved of Peter Roe, signed by John Brayton
    Box   1 Folder   3
      5 February 1745 (Boston):
    John Bryant & John Faran’s account with the owners of the sloop Resolution , documents Captain James Dalton's payment
     
      22 December 1746 (New York):
    Letter from Joseph Richardson to Capt. Dalton, re: Richardson’s journeys; mathematical computations on the back
    Box   1 Folder   4
      15 May 1747 (Boston):
    Insurance document for Captain James Dalton’s ship Sarah
    Box   1 Folder   5
      October 1747
    Accounts pertaining to the ship Two Friends , the sloop Resolution , and Captain Joseph Richardson
    Box   1 Folder   6
      9 August 1748 (Boston):
    Account of Mr. John Faran (deceased)
    Box   1 Folder   7
      18 December 1749
    Legal document between Thomas James Power and James Dalton
    Box   1 Folder   8
      27 May 1751 (Boston):
    Thomas Adams gives power of attorney to Captain James Dalton
    Box   1 Folder   9
      26 May 1755 (Boston):    [Note: (copy: original moved to Postal History Collection)]
    Land lease between Captain James Dalton and Michael Burk
    Box   1 Folder   10
      [1] December 1757 (Boston):
    Promissory note for £79.11.8 to pay James Dalton, signed by Robert Parker; receipt for £28.19.7 on the back
     
      10 April 1762 (Boston):
    Receipt of payments made to Wilfred Fisher by Richard Dalton
    Box   1 Folder   11
      20 March 1760 (Boston):
    Account of James Dalton's damages from the Boston’s Great Fire of 1760
    Box   1 Folder   12
      22 February 1761 (Province of Massachusetts Bay):
    A promissory note/receipt promising to pay back James Gray £45; signed by H. Gray
    Box   1 Folder   13
      16 April 1761 (Boston):
    Indenture between James Dalton and Francis Borland, re: Dalton owes Borland £1000 indenture also notes lost property in the Boston Fire of 1760
     
      16 April 1761 (Boston):
    Indenture between James Dalton and Francis Borland, re: Dalton owes Borland £100
    Box   1 Folder   14
      14 December 1762 (Boston):
    Insurance document for Captain James Dalton’s sloop Abigail
    Box   1 Folder   15
      16 August 1763 (Boston):
    Receipt for 500 bushels of Corn received by James Dalton
     
      28 November 1763 (Boston):
    Four receipts from James Dalton paying men one month’s wage in advance for sailing on the sloop Abigail
    Box   1 Folder   16
      13 February 1765 (Boston):
    Receipt for two cables from Captain Martin Gasney, signed by James Dalton
     
      18 February 1765 (Suffolk):
    Martin Gasney gives power of attorney to James Dalton
     
      19 February 1765 (Boston):
    Letter from Martin Gasney to James Dalton, re: orders concerning two cables left in Dalton’s care
    Box   1 Folder   17
      1 July 1765 (Boston):
    Financial document stating that Thompson & Gridley will pay James Dalton £23
    Box   1 Folder   18
      5 October 1765 (Boston):
    Account (sales & risk) for James Dalton
    Box   1 Folder   19
      12 November 1765 (Boston):
    Bill of lading for Captain Dalton’s brig Polly
     
      6 December 1765 (Boston):
    Bill of lading for Captain Dalton’s brigantine Boston Packett
    Box   1 Folder   20
      18 January 1766 (Charleston, South Carolina):
    Letter from Peter Roe Dalton to James Dalton, re: shipping business
    Box   1 Folder   21
      28 March 1766 (Boston):
    Bill of lading for James Dalton’s brig the Sibella
     
      4 April 1766 (Charleston, South Carolina):
    Bill of lading for Peter Roe Dalton’s brig Swallow
    Box   1 Folder   22
      16 June 1766 (Boston):
    Contract between James Dalton and William White/John Hutchinson to pave a street
    Box   1 Folder   23
      27 July 1766
    Indenture for the apprenticeship of Catherine Sullivan under William Creed of Halifax
    Box   1 Folder   24
      30 August 1766 (Charleston, NC):
    Bill of lading for Thomas King’s sloop the Sibella
     
      7 October 1766 (Boston):
    Receipt for David Jefferies, signed by James Dalton
    Box   1 Folder   25
      27 November 1766 (Charleston, SC):
    Letter from Peter Roe Dalton to James Dalton (his father); re: his safe arrival in Charleston; the prices for which his good should be sold; there is much sickness around him
    Box   1 Folder   26
      12 January 1767 (Charleston, SC):
    Letter from Peter Roe Dalton to James Dalton (his father), re: he sent him an account of the sales of the rum and hay but cannot sell the brig; lets his father know for what prices other goods are selling
    Box   1 Folder   27
      3 February 1767 (Charleston, SC):
    Bill of lading for Peter Roe Dalton’s brig Polly
    Box   1 Folder   28
      11 April 1767 (Boston):
    Letter from James Dalton to Henry Collis, re: the sale of the brig Willmull , also mentions a suit and a trial
    Box   1 Folder   29
      10 October 1767 (Three Rivers Island: St. John, New Brunswick, Canada):
    Letter from William Creed to James Dalton, re: building a thirty-five-ton vessel on Three Rivers Island; Creed plans to send the vessel fishing early in the spring; inquires about the sale of his articles
    Box   1 Folder   30
      17 November 1767 (Boston):
    Bill of lading for James Dalton’s ship the Polly
    Box   1 Folder   31
      [c. 1767] :
    Document of John Roberts’s testimony re: the shipment of goods to Jamaica on the brig Polly and the death of Captain William Sherrard
    Box   1 Folder   32
      [1767] :
    Peter Dalton’s account to Katharine Backhous, signed by Ben Backhous
    Box   1 Folder   33
      13 March 1768 (Boston):
    James Dalton’s petition to the inhabitants of Boston about paving a street in Boston
     
      10 July 1768
    Money Richard Dalton owed to William [Sharrod?] deceased
    Box   1 Folder   34
      3 December 1768 (Turks Island):
    receipt for Richard Dalton
     
      11 December 1768 (Turks Island):
    receipt for Richard Dalton
     
    15 December 1768 (Turks Island):
    receipt for Richard Dalton
    Box   1 Folder   35
      15 December 1768 (Boston):
    Benjamin Ingersoll gives power of attorney to James Dalton
    Box   1 Folder   36
      2 January 1769
    receipt for Richard Dalton
     
      20 January 1769 (Turks Island):
    receipt for Richard Dalton
    Box   1 Folder   37
      27 January 1769
    inventory of sundries belonging to Richard Dalton merchant of the brig Polly
    Box   1 Folder   38
      January 1769 (Turks Island):
    receipt
    Box   1 Folder   39
      9 February 1769 (Turks Island):
    James Scott to James Dalton, re: needs a boat
    Box   1 Folder   40
      2 March 1769 (Turks Island):
    James Scott to James Dalton, re: shipping matters, no business to be done at Turks Island
    Box   1 Folder   41
      7 March 1769 (Turks Island):
    receipt for the estate of Richard Dalton to Caleb Symmes
    Box   1 Folder   42
      April 1769 (Turks Island):
    Account of sales for the brig Polly at Turks Island
    Box   1 Folder   43
      April 1769 (Turks Island):
    Account of sales and returns of the brig Polly at Turks Island
    Box   1 Folder   44
      8 May 1769
    Account of James Scott to James Dalton
    Box   1 Folder   45
      14 September 1769 (Boston):
    Estate of James Dalton for 1769
    Box   1 Folder   46
      16 July 1770 (Boston):
    Bill of lading listing items safely shipped on the schooners Polly & Nancy
     
      1770
    Financial document in Dutch for Captain Ingersoll, re: the schooners Polly & the Nancy
    Box   1 Folder   47
      27 January 1777 (Boston):
    Testimony of Henry Fritz, re: the pulling down of Mr. McNeal’s house, supposedly ordered by Major Sheriff
    Box   1 Folder   48
      13 August 1777 (Boston):
    Receipt for payments from Mr. Dalton to Elijah Adams
     
      13 August 1777 (Boston):
    Receipt for payment from Peter Roe Dalton to John Stetson for a coffin for his wife
     
      8 November 1777 (Boston):
    Order to deliver provisions daily for the guard on board the Kingston Prison ship with receipt
     
      18 November 1777 (Boston):
    Provision return of Henry Jackson’s regiment for 4 days
    Box   1 Folder   49
      22 November 1777 (Boston):
    Order to provide provisions for some soldiers while they are in town with receipt
     
      29 November 1777
    Order to provide one barrel of beer for crew on the prison ship Kingston with receipt
     
      29 November 1777 (Boston):
    Provision return of Col. Henley’s regiment for 3 days
     
      2 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to provide three barrels of beer for a regiment
    Box   1 Folder   50
      5 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to allow John Adams Esq. to use Seth Loring’s rations
     
      12 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to deliver rations to Robert Pierpont Esq. from Seth Loring, with receipt
    Box   1 Folder   51
      16 December 1777 (Boston):
    Provision return for Colonel Henley’s regiment for four days
     
      16 December 1777 (Boston):
    Provision return for Colonel Henry Jackson’s regiment for four days
     
      20 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to deliver two soldiers seven days of provisions, with receipt
     
      20 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to deliver provisions for soldiers, with receipt
     
      20 December 1777 (Boston):
    Return of the men doing duty onboard the Prison ship Kingston
    Box   1 Folder   52
      20 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to deliver provisions to bearer, with receipt
     
      20 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to deliver provisions to bearer, with receipt
     
      22 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order for provisions, with receipt
     
      23 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to deliver one barrel beer for corps of invalids
     
      23 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to provide provisions for two prisoners confined at Fort Hill, with receipt
     
      24 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to send provisions for nine prisoners, with receipt
    Box   1 Folder   53
      25 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to send provisions for prisoners
     
      25 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to deliver stores
     
      26 December 1777 (Boston):
    Order to deliver provisions, with receipt
     
      1 January 1778 (Boston):
    Order to deliver rum to ten men building a guard house
    Box   1 Folder   54
      19 May 1778 (Boston):
    Account of rations for Seth Loring
     
      20 September 1778 (Watertown):
    Receipt and promise to deliver to Mr. Dalton, signed by John Sanger
     
      3 October 1778 (Norwich):
    Receipt and promise to deliver to Mr. Dalton, signed by Thomas Fanning
     
      3 February 1779 (Boston):
    Receipt for pay
    Box   1 Folder   55
      18 March 1779 (Hartford):
    An account of provisions
     
      16 October 1779 Weathersfield:
    draft, for Peter Roe Dalton to pay Miller & Tracey
     
      30 December 1779 (Boston):
    Sales of 148 barrels of tallow belonging to the US
     
      10 September 1781
    Pay voucher for Peter Roe Dalton serving in the War Office for 212 days
     
      March 1782
    Receipt for paying the taxes due on Peter Roe Dalton’s estate
    Box   1 Folder   56
      15 October 1783 (Boston):
    Certificate guaranteeing money that is owed to William Vichols and Samuel Batchelder
     
      30 March 1784 (Jamaica):
    Letter from Samuel Alden to James Dalton, re: enclosing bill of lading and invoice for some items shipped, Alden gives information about a voyage
     
      11 April 1784
    Peter Roe Dalton’s bill for his church pew for sixteen weeks
     
      14 May 1786 (Boston):
    Receipt for the funeral and burial of Peter Roe Dalton’s child
    Box   1 Folder   57
      May 1786
    Receipt for payment of a child’s coffin
     
      12 June 1787
    Receipt that Peter Roe Dalton paid the men their share of James Dalton’s rents
     
      1 July 1787
    Peter Roe Dalton’s bill for his church pew
     
      9 July 1787
    Copy of document regarding the estates of James and Peter Roe Dalton
     
      5 September 1787
    Account of what Peter Roe Dalton owed to John Jones, which the amount was paid in full
    Box   1 Folder   58
      31 October 1787 (Boston):
    Receipt
     
      31 October 1787
    Document concerning the estate of James Dalton
     
      2 November 1787 (Boston):
    Receipt for carrying a child to the burying ground
     
      25 October 1798 (Boston):
    Receipt concerning the estate of James Dalton
     
      28 July 1803 (Boston):
    Letter from Peter Roe Dalton to the President & Directors of the Bank of the United States, re: Peter Roe Dalton is requesting a salary raise
    Box   1 Folder   59
      24 September 1805
    Letter from Thomas Pemberton to David Levy, re: asking Mr. Levy to use his friendship with Mr. Dalton to Dalton into being the executor of a Mrs. Lee’s will
     
      1 July 1806 (Boston):
    Alfred Welles and Stephen Brown lease a storefront from James Dalton
     
      30 September 1807
    Letter from [Peter Roe Dalton] to Joseph Winthrop, copy of a letter re: business with the South Carolina Insurance Company
     
      10 July 1809 (Bath, England):
    Letter from John Lee to Peter Roe Dalton, re: bank shares and the relationship between England and the United States
     
      29 November 1809
    The estate of Captain James Ingersoll to Peter Roe Dalton
    Box   1 Folder   60
      8 January 1810 (Lisbon):
    Letter from W. Harris to Peter Roe Dalton, re: Dalton’s shipment does not promise any profit
     
      19 February 1810
    Contract between Samuel Parkman and Peter Roe Dalton
     
      20 January 1810
    Bill of lading listing for the Brig Short Staple
     
      23 January 1810 (Wilmington):
    Samuel Metcalf to Peter Roe Dalton, re: shipping on their joint account
     
      19 March 1810 (Boston):
    Peter Roe Dalton to Samuel Metcalf, re: shipping information
    Box   1 Folder   61
      6 September 1810 (Tobago):
    Letter from Adam Orr to Peter Roe Dalton, re: sending along eight Spanish dollars for a bet that Orr lost
     
      9 January 1811 (Boston):
    Letter from Peter Roe Dalton to James [Vila], re: expected shipments
     
      10 April 1811 (Boston):
    Letter from Peter Roe Dalton to "Gentlemen,” re: sales of goods
     
      16 September 1811 (Boston):
    Making Peter Chandon Brooks the executor of Peter Roe Dalton’s estate
     
      [27 October] 1812
    Mr. Brooks’ (executor of the estate of Peter Roe Dalton) question for Judge Dawes concerning the Dalton estate
    Box   1 Folder   62
      March 1814
    Information on guardianship and estates
     
      8 June 1814
    Copy of names on policy for vessel Rambler; insurance document
     
      7 July 1814 (Buffalo, New York):
    Letter from Leonard Hoar, Jr. (member of the 21st United States Infantry Regiment) to Thomas Hurd, re: Battle of Plattsburg estimating losses of British Indian allies and predicting another battle
     
      14 December 1814 (Boston):
    Peter Roe Dalton to Benjamin Gorham, re: asking questions about estates and wills; Dalton feels that something is not correct with a suit filed by someone
     
      21 March 1815 (Boston):
    Peter Roe Dalton’s account with John A. Welsh
     
      1 June 1815
    A lease made between Charles Coolidge and Peter Roe Dalton for a storefront
    Box   1 Folder   63
    19 July 1815 (Charleston):
    Invoice of 38 bales of cotton
     
      19 September 1815 (Boston):
    Promissory note to pay Peter Brooks $4,000
     
      10 January 1816 (Boston):
    Promissory note for Peter Roe Dalton to pay S. and J. Jackson
     
      23 January 1816 (Canton):
    Letter from Hartt to Peter Roe Dalton, re: shipping matters and prices for goods
     
      1 October 1816 (Boston):
    Bill for using the aqueduct for water
     
      21 July 1817 (Boston):
    Inventory and appraisement of the estate of Peter Roe Dalton
    Box   1 Folder   64
    1 December 1817 (Boston):
    Document stating that the heirs of the late Peter Roe Dalton have examined the accounts and find them to be correct
     
      1822
    List of names with the title on the verso "List of Failures," with a small sketch of a man and horse jumping over an obstacle
     
      15 December 1826 (Canton):
    Bill of lading for the Mauritius
     
      15 December 1826 (Canton):
    Invoice and bill of lading
    Box   1 Folder   65
      31 May 1827 (New York):
    Peter Edes to R.D. Tucker, re: teas that have been sold
     
      29 December 1830 (Boston):
    Deposition by Andrew A. Hall (for 2 years Peter R. Dalton’s clerk) concerning a difference in accounts
     
      22 September 1834 (Boston):
    C. Blanchard and Ann J. Blanchard protesting Peter Roe Dalton’s job of settling their father’s estate (notary copy of the notice)
     
      29 September 1834 (Boston):
    C. Blanchard to Peter R. Dalton, re: the protested estate
     
      7 June 1838 (Boston):
    C. Blanchard cancelling and annulling a caveat recorded in the registry
    Box   1 Folder   66
      16 March 1841 (Bellows Falls):
    Letter from Nathaniel Amory Tucker (husband of Ann Dalton) to Peter R. Dalton [II], re: thanks for pecuniary help and interest in his life
     
      15 March 1847 (US Ship Lexington at Monterey Bay):
    Letter from Jo[seph] Wilson to Peter R. Dalton [II], re: the Mexican War: "The Mexicans are not a race of men who will be easily induced to make peace with us at the expense of half their territory." Wilson also thanks Dalton for helping him take care of his family and mentions that the Spaniards mistreat the Indians living in California
     
      4 June 1848 (US Ship Lexington ):
    Letter from Joseph Wilson to Peter R. Dalton, re: thanks for a letter; Wilson thinks he will be eating at home next Christmas because he believes the Mexican War should soon be over; Wilson tells a tale of Lieutenant Charles Heywood who was ordered to surrender but never did and beat a few hundred Mexicans with seventy men
     
      4 May 1852 (Weaverville, California):
    To Wheeler from N.J. D[alton], re: travels in California and describes an Indian hunt, during which 125 Indians were killed for murdering a rancher and stealing 7 cattle
    Box   1 Folder   67
    (undated folder)
    Estate of Black Jack [deceased] to Peter R. Dalton
     
      Undated :
    Invoice of sundry goods shipped by James Dalton on board the Brig Polly
     
      Undated :
    Document to the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, re: importation of teas and the duties on them, from Boston merchants
     
    Account Book [series]:
    Box   1 Folder   68
      21 July 1817--16 January 1861
    Account book with copies of wills and estates
     
    Genealogy and Miscellaneous [series]:
    Box   1 Folder   69
      Undated .
    Re: Dalton Family genealogy; including essays on the lives of James Dalton and Peter Roe Dalton and two booklets containing birth and death dates for the Dalton family and for ancestors of Simeon Skillin
    Box   1 Folder   70
      1864
    Image of the Dalton House in Boston, near Congress and Milk (on Water St.)
     
      1754-1876
    List of Dalton church pews in King’s Chapel
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Mexican War collection contains letters from Joseph Wilson to Peter Roe Dalton, Jr. (March 15, 1847; June 4, 1848)

    Bibliography

    Other Merchants and Sea Captains of Old Boston. Boston: State Street Trust Company, 1919.

    Wettereau, James O. "The Branches of the First Bank of the United States." The Journal of Economic History, Vol. 2, Supplement: The Tasks of Economic History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, December 1942, pp. 66-100.