Letters to Alfred Robinson : New York City, 1848 December - 1850 November.
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The Pacific Mail Steamship Company was incorporated in 1848 to engage in the steamship business after receiving a contract from the U.S. government to provide mail service between Panama and the Oregon coast. The organizer and first president of the company was William H. Aspinwall. The company prospered, expanded its fleet, and began service to the Orient in 1867. By the mid-1880s they were sailing to 47 ports across the Pacific Ocean, including ports in Central America and Mexico. T...
Aspinwall was a railroad tycoon who had a near monopoly of trade between New York City and San Francisco before the completion of the transcontinental line. Pierrepont was a friend of President Lincoln and later Grant's Attorney General. From the description of Letter, 1864 April 30 : New York, N.Y., to [Judge Edwards Pierrepont]. (Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies Library). WorldCat record id: 19852718 ...
Originally from Mass., Robinson went to Calif. in 1829 as the representative of the hide-trading and shipping firm Bryant, Sturgis & Co. From the description of Alfred Robinson logbook and diary : ms, 1829-1840. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122509056 Originally from Mass., Robinson first went to Calif. in 1829 as the representative for the hide-trading and shipping firm Bryant, Sturgis & Co. He married an heiress of Santa Barbara's de la Guerr...