John H. Purdy letter to James L. Purdy

John H. Purdy letter to James L. Purdy

Dates: 1850 April 30

Color copy of a handwritten letter from John H. Purdy, living in San Francisco, to his brother James L. in Mansfield, Ohio. Purdy mentions his role in surveying a city, which became Humboldt City, located on Humboldt Bay, California, as well as his mining ventures in the region. Dated April 30, 1850.

  • Extent: 0.01 linear ft. 1 folder ; 28 x 22 cm
  • Creator: Fandino, Anthony. -- Purdy, John H.. -- Purdy, James L., 1793-1886
  • Call Number: MSS 9028
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 9028; John H. Purdy letter to James L. Purdy; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 9028, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Anthony Fandino, owner of the original letter, on April 29, 2017.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Anthony Fandino; April 29, 2017.
Related Material
MSS 862
Subject Terms
City Planning; Gold mines and mining--California--History--19th century; Politics, Government, and Law; Agriculture and Natural Resources; Mines and Mineral Resources; Miners--California--Correspondence; Fandino, Anthony
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Processing Information
Processed; Jace Packer, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2017.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.4, November 2013).
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Finding Aid Title
Purdy (John H.) letter to James H. Purdy
Finding Aid Author
Jace Packer
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-03-07 14:21:19 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

John H. Purdy (1791-1876) was a printer and miner in California in the mid-1800s.

John H. Purdy was born in 1791 to Patrick Brady Purdy and Jennett Jane Wallace in Hopewell, Pennsylvania. John H. Purdy moved to California in 1849, funded by his brother, James H. Purdy, who was a successful lawyer, publisher, banker and railroad entrepeneur in Mansfield, Ohio. John found work in a printing office and the mines during the summer. He also assisted in the survey of the land for the city of Humbolt. John died on July 31, 1876.

Biographical / Historical

James L. Purdy (1793-1886) was a lawyer and businessman in Ohio.

James L. Purdy was born in July 1793 in Hopewell, York County, Pennsylvania, to Patrick Brady Purdy and Jennett Jane Wallace. He studied law and was admitted to the Bar in New York State in 1882. Eventually, James settled in Mansfield, Ohio in 1823, where he lived for the rest of his life. His career involved many business ventures, including in canals, railroads, and banking, as well as real estate. James was actively involved in civic affairs throughout his lifetime. He married Mary Beaufort Hodge in 1839 and they had seven children. He died at home in Mansfield, Ohio, on July 11, 1886.

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