Voyages to the Pacific coast
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
ALS addressed to friends at home describing a sea journey from the eastern United States to San Francisco, California via Panama by ship. His arrival to San Francisco and a visit to his uncle M.S. Martin's store are described.
Holograph notebook (plus 4 p. partial typescript containing only the journal entries) which contains a record of depts, expenses, and later experiences after Matthews left his home in Colon, Michigan on April 15, 1851 bound for California by boat. The journal describes his travels through Mexico from Vera Cruz to Acapulco, comments about the U.S. - Mexican War, and gives details of his boat trip to San Francisco.