George Steiner papers 1846-1851
Messerve family correspondence
The Messerve family correspondence consists of 104 items, 98 of which are letters to Theodore Messerve and William J. Messerve, brothers who traveled to California in 1849 in search of gold. Theodore remained in California, often working as a printer, and William returned home to New York City, where he also worked as a printer, before traveling back to California. Their sister, Hannahette Messerve, is the author of many of the letters, which contain accounts of New York family, social, and political life in the 1850s.
The material is in English.
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