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Collection Reference Number GLC05527.03
From Archive Folder California Gold Rush travel accounts 
Title Balie Peyton to S.A. Hall regarding his travels
Date 6 December 1849
Author Peyton, Balie (1803-1878)  
Recipient Hall, S. A.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Describes his crossing at the Isthmus of Panama and reaching the Pacific in time for the steamer to Valparaiso. Reports difficulties crossing and dealing with the American consul, who Peyton feels is un-American, rude, and greedy. Writes about the newly-vacant consul position and the ideal characteristics of the appointee. Discusses the health of his daughter.
Subjects Gold Rush  American West  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Government and Civics  Steamboat  Latin and South America  Travel  Children and Family  Health and Medical  Women's History  
People Hall, S.A. (fl. 1849)  Peyton, Balie (1803-1878)  
Place written Panama
Theme Children & Family; Naval & Maritime; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; Women in American History
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Peyton had been a congressman from Tennessee and was appointed as Minister to Chile by President Taylor and served from August 9, 1849, to September 14, 1853, when he resigned. He moved to San Francisco, California, in 1853 and continued the practice of law.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859