Mainly correspondence and accounts of John Begg & Co. and McCulloch, Hartnell & Co. Also letterbook, 1822-1824 (photocopy
only) of letters from Hartnell, relating to trade with missions, letters to family, and accounts. Miscellaneous letters and
papers relating to land and to Hartnell's claim against the Mexican government.
William Edward Petty Hartnell, born in Lancashire, England in 1798, lived in South America for some years, and came to California
aboard the John Begg as a member of McCulloch, Hartnell & Co., agents for John Begg & Co. of Lima and Brotherston's in England.
His firm, having contracted to take mission produce for three years, 1823-1826, carried on a profitable business until 1826.
In 1825 Hartnell married María Teresa de la Guerra. He suffered financial reverses in 1827 and closed his partnerhsip in 1828
heavily in debt. He was naturalized in 1830 and in 1831 became a ranchero at Alisal with the Soberanes. From this time on
he had a multiplicity of jobs, teacher, visitador, general of missions, officer of customs, etc. His gift for languages was
such that he was employed as state translator in legal cases, especially in the land claims then being tried. He died in 1854.
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