Alfred Robinson papers, 1839-1858.


Alfred Robinson papers, 1839-1858.

Included are four letters written by Robinson to William H. Aspinwall; letters to Robinson from John L. and William H. Aspinwall, G.W.P. Bissell, John B. Frisbie, Howland ? Robinson's diaries, Sept. 11, 1839 ? some accounts and account books; and miscellaneous agreements, notes and receipts. They relate primarily to his mercantile ventures and work as agent for Howland & Aspinwall and Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Included also are some Hawes family papers, including Horace Hawes' journal, 1851-1853, covering his travels across the Isthmus to the east, his voyage to Acapulco and overland trip to Mexico City and his voyage to San Francisco in 1853 via the Isthmus.

2 boxes and 1 oversize folder.


SNAC Resource ID: 6699948

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