Richard Gassaway Watkins Correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: NC141

Scope and Contents

Letters from Watkins at Carson City, Ft. Churchill, and Genoa, Nevada to "My Dear Burnett," plus typescripts: the first describes Watkins' difficulties with federal soldiers claiming his land for Ft. Churchill and his going into debt; the second letter continues his tale of disagreement with the military, price of hay, intentions of building a hotel, and arrival of the Paiute Chief Winnemucca at Ft. Churchill; the third was written from jail in Genoa and discusses his financial and legal status; the fourth, also from jail, apologises for thinking Burnett had abandoned him, condemns those who betrayed him, discusses the charges of murder, and the possibilities of being lynched by a mob. Also present are letters from an historian providing a biography of Watkins.

Dates

  • 1860

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

Richard Gassaway Watkins, Nevadan, captain of the Silver City Guards during the first battle of Pyramid Lake and rancher near Ft. Churchill and Walker River Valley.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet (4 items)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Richard Gassaway Watkins, Nevadan, captain of the Silver City Guards during the first battle of Pyramid Lake and rancher near Ft. Churchill and Walker River Valley. Collection contains letters from Watkins at Carson City, Ft. Churchill, and Genoa, Nevada to "My Dear Burnett," plus typescripts: the first describes Watkins' difficulties with federal soldiers claiming his land for Ft. Churchill and his going into debt; the second letter continues his tale of disagreement with the military, price of hay, intentions of building a hotel, and arrival of the Paiute Chief Winnemucca at Ft. Churchill; the third was written from jail in Genoa and discusses his financial and legal status; the fourth, also from jail, apologises for thinking Burnett had abandoned him, condemns those who betrayed him, discusses the charges of murder, and the possibilities of being lynched by a mob. Also present are letters from an historian providing a biography of Watkins.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Correspondence,Talisman Press, Georgetown, California, Purchase. NC141
Title
Guide to the Richard Gassaway Watkins Correspondence
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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