Contains 114 Results:
John H. Beeckman, "Latitude south 8.5, Long. 33.24," to Margaret Gardiner Beeckman, 1849 February 13
Describes in detail the storm that they sailed through; states that he did not believe what they were going to survive; notes that they are heading for Rio where they will stay several weeks for repairs; describes the passengers; hopes to live to see home and family. 2 pp. Tcy of ALS.
Describes the sights as his vessel comes into the harbor at Rio; states that he can hardly wait "to set foot upon the green grass and enjoy a good bath...and a good meal of fresh provisions;" describes his impressions of the city; finds the slavery disgusting; hordes of americans en route to California. 4 pp. TCy of ALS.
Describes in great detail his impressions of Rio; mentions their visit to the house of Mr. Todd, the American minister; describes his tour through the "largest and richest monestary in Brazil;" discusses the effect of the gold rush in Rio; wishes he was home. 3 pp. TCy of ALS.
Describes his accommodations in a "delightful country boarding house;" discusses the effect of the California gold rush; describes the villas he has visited; notes the fear that the slaves will revolt; mentions the arrival of the Emperor and Empress in Rio; thinks the mixing of blacks and whites as equals to be "disgusting and repugnant in the extreme to an American." 4 pp. TCy of ALS.
Discusses plans he made with Mr. Herrick to establish a commercial house; describes his visits with neighbors, merchants, and the Neopolitan ambassador; complains of the necessity to endure all the fine dining and entertainment with the Brazilian ladies who speak no English; discusses the value of land in California; hopes to leave port tomorrow morning. 4 pp. TCy of ALS.
Informs him that she received a letter from Gilbert Beeckman enclosing one from her husband is located in a suburb of the city, Rio, in the company of Mr. Herrick and Dr. Bardell. 1 p. TCy of ALS.
John H. Beeckman, San Francisco, California, to David Lyon Gardiner, c/o Agnew Rogers & Co., Sacramento, CA, 1849 August 9
Discusses his bewilderment at the situation he finds himself in after his seven month Journey from New York; mentions the incredibly high prices for land; asks him to send word of what rents are and what goods are in demand "up the river." 1 p. TCy of ALS.
Gilbert L. Beeckman, Juliana McLachlan Gardiner, New York, to Margaret Gardiner Beeckman, 1849 September 14
Explains that he does not believe that his brother could have reached San Francisco in time for him to have sent mail via the last steamer; is pleased that both she and the baby [Henry] are in good health; believes New York to be an agreeable place of residence. 1 p. TCy of ALS.
Describes how some have struck gold with no problems while others labor away with no luck; explains that beneath the grime, many of the miners are cultured, well-educated gentlemen; gives a description of Sacramento as a "city principally of tents springing up in the wildreness;" mentions that many nationalities are represented there. 2 pp. TCy of ALS.
Hopes to be able to repay her rmother and send several thousand dollars to her [MGB] additionally by next year; notes the prices of various commodities; describes the little shack he and his partner, Major Bean, built to spend the winter; mentions that David L. Gardiner has moved into the auction business in San Francisco. 3 pp. TCy of ALS.
Margaret Gardiner Beeckman, "Sherwood Forest," Charles City County, Virginia, to John H. Beeckman, 1849 December 7
Describes attendance at the wedding reception of Miss Cornelia Scott; is happy to hear that he has recovered from his illness; mentions visiting his family; gives all the latest news about friends and relatives; asks for a very detailed letter from him. 3 pp. TCy of ALS. Incomplete.
Informs him that Mr. Mullone intends to ship carts, wheelbarrows, and similar articles; states that Mr. Mullone wishes to know which articles would be in most demand; mentions that mother [JMG] and Margaret Gardiner left for "Sherwood." 1 p. TCy of ALS.
Gives a detailed description of the flood waters which covered Sacramento; discusses prospects for the future; complains about the poor mail service. 3 pp. TCy of ALS.
Margaret Gardiner Beeckman, "Sherwood Forest," Charles City County, Virginia, to John H. Beeckman, 1850 February 8
Asks his opinion of the daguerreotype of their son [Henry Beeckman] that she sent; mentions the warm weather they have been experiencing; describes life at "Sherwood Forest;" wishes that he would be more detailed in his letters as she is often lead to wild speculations; mentions the controversy concerning the North and the South. 3 pp. TCy of AL.
Margaret Gardiner Beeckman (?), "Sherwood Forest," Charles City County, Virginia, to "Joe,", 1850 March 8
Notes that "very little seems to have resulted this winter in the matrimonial way;" describes a social function she attended. 1 p. TCy of Al. Incomplete.
Margaret Gardiner Beeckman, "Sherwood Forest," Charles City County, Virginia, to John H. Beeckman, Sacramento, CA, 1850 March
Expects to receive several letters by the next steamer to make up for the fact that she has not received a letter from him in four months; describes an excursion to Richmond for the laying of the cornerstone to the Washington Monument; describes the activities of their son. 2 pp. TCy of ALS. Incomplete.
Mentions and excursion to Richmond on the ocasion of the laying of the cornerstone of the Washington Monument; describes a ball given by the Governor. 1 p. TCy of AL. Incomplete.
Describes the development of San Diego and the house he built, the "Granda Casa;" notes the lack of vegetables in his diet; believes more gold than ever will be extracted from the mines this season; describes his daily routine; discusses the advantages of separating Southern California from the Northern section. 4 pp. TCy of ALS.
Henry Beeckman Livingston, "Freemont 30 miles above Sacramento City," CA, to Gilbert Beeckman, 1850 April 27
Gives a detailed account of the death of John H. Beeckman by the accidental firing of his gun; notes all the arrangements that have been made. 5 pp. TCy of ALs.
Discusses the arrangements he made after the death of John H. Beeckman; offers his condolences, describing how much he, John H. Beeckman, felt for his family. 3 pp. TCy of ALS.
Mentions his connection with the development of the new town of "Buteville;" congratulates Julia Gardiner Tyler on the birth of her daughter; notes that he would have been very rich had it not been for the flood. 2 pp. TCy of ALS.