Guide to Research CollectionsThe Copley Press
J.S. Copley Library
La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1850, 1 page.
A letter from John Charles Frémont to President Millard Fillmore written on September 12, 1850. In the letter, Frémont writes We respectfully recommend as Senators and Representatives of the State of California the appointment of Bennett I. Riley as a midshipman in the Navy of the United States. The letter also is signed by others including Edward Gilbert.
Oregon Historical Society
Papers: 1852, 1 folder.
A letter by F. E. Webster to Captain Z. C. Norton, of Portland, Oregon, 1 p, August 15, 1852, laminated and bound with California News (per Steamer Panama), 1 p, August 14, 1852, featuring details of the funeral of Henry Clay and the death of Edward Gilbert in a duel.
University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Papers: 1850, 3 pages.
A letter from William M. Gwin to Thomas H. Bayly written on April 6, 1850. In the letter, Gwin writes concerning a floating dry dock for the Port of San Francisco. Sent just months after the start of the Gold Rush, Gwin notes in his letter that the House Ways and Means Committee has approved the funding and construction of a dock. However, no date is set for construction, which creates doubt as to its importance. Gwins plea to Bayley [sic], who was chairman of the Committee, stresses the importance of a dock for economic and commercial reasons due to the Gold Rush, as well as potential usage by the merchant and naval service. At the conclusion of the letter is an additional recommendation signed by E. Gilbert and G.W. Wright.