Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Best mss., 1852-1862, are letters written by A. Jackson Best, - ca. 1862, bricklayer, plasterer, California miner, and farmer to his wife, Mrs. Ann Best, and family in Wellsville, Ohio, 1852‑1859, and a letter from C.S. Haswell to Mrs. Ann Best, 1862. They were written from St. Joseph, Missouri; Rattlesnake Hills, Indian territory near St. Joseph; Sacramento, Petaluma, San Francisco, Columbia, Chinese Camp in Tuolumne County, and Vallejo, California.

In a letter to his brother of February 22, 1855 he writes about the closing of the San Francisco banks and their branches at different locations of the mines. The letters to his wife and family deal with financial matters; news about friends, prices, morals, crime, and foreigners in California; his mining experiences; Columbia "burnt to ashes"; and work at the U.S. navy yard, Mare Island. The letter from C.S. Haswell to Mrs. Ann Best concerns the estate of her husband.

Gift. 1946

Collection size: 21 items

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