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Daniel Wadsworth Coit Letters


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Coit, Daniel Wadsworth, 1787-1876

Daniel Wadsworth Coit, originally of Norwich, Connecticuit, was a banker who moved to California following the 1849 gold rush to buy and sell gold dust. Coit was also an amateur artist, producing some of the earliest depictions of San Franscisco.

The collection consists primarily of the 485 pages of letters, 1815-1828, by Coit to his family in Connecticut--mostly to his father, Daniel L. Coit, with a few to his brother, sister, and cousin--originating from Lima, Peru, and various cities in Europe, and letters, 1844-1851, to his wife, Harriet Coit, from the Western United States, Mexico, and San Francisco, California. Coit's letters to his family are photostatic copies. The letters discuss Coit's travels, the War of Independence in Peru, business ventures in international trade, local affairs and customs, and his plans for buying and selling gold dust in California after the gold rush of 1849. Also present are typescript copies of 16 letters to Pelatiah Perit, a New York merchant.

The letters are arranged chronologically, with pages numbered consecutively from 1 to 485.

The collection was the gift of Alan Haines, Princeton Class of 1945, presumably a relative of Coit, in 1992.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Letters to His Parents and Others I, 1819-1822. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to His Parents and Others II, 1823-1828. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to His Wife I, 1844-1848. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to His Wife II, 1848-1849. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to His Wife III, 1849-1857. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to Pelatiah Perit, 1825-1831. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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