Guide to the Benjamin Franklin Dowell papers
1847-1882

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Creator: Dowell, B. F. (Benjamin Franklin)
Title: Benjamin Franklin Dowell papers
Dates: 1847-1882 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.5 linear feet (7 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 031
Summary: Benjamin Franklin Dowell, a native of Virginia, came west on the overland trail in 1850. He practiced law in Jacksonville, Oregon and in Washington, D.C. Dowell, with the assistance of his wife and others, owned the Oregon Sentinel newspaper in Jacksonville. The Benjamin Franklin Dowell Papers includes memorandum books, diaries, scrapbooks, and correspondence between Dowell and his wife from Jacksonville and Washington, D.C.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

An attorney in Jacksonville, Oregon, Dowell was a native of Virginia, born in 1826. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in law in 1847. Dowell came overland to California in 1850, but migrated to Oregon almost immediately. With little legal business in Oregon, Dowell taught school and then ran a pack train from various points to the gold region of southern Oregon and northern California in the 1850s. He resumed practicing law after his pack train was captured by a group of Native Americans.

Dowell practiced law in Jacksonville, and specialized in pressing “Indian depredation” and military expense claims for Oregonians who had suffered genuine or fancied losses. Many of these claims were against the Federal government, so Dowell spent much of his time in Washington D.C., being shunted from one treasury official to another. Similar to most attorneys of the time, he had political ambitions. To gain a political career, Dowell purchased the Oregon Sentinel (Jacksonville) in 1864. Through his wife and a series of eight editors he ran the paper remotely for fourteen years. His political ambitions were never realized, and he remained a claims agent and attorney. Dowell died in 1897.

Content Description

The Benjamin Franklin Dowell Papers include correspondence, diaries, and newspaper clippings. Except for a few loose letters and documents, the Dowell papers are imbedded in scrapbooks into which he and his wife pasted correspondence, printed pieces, and clippings. Most of the letters are either by Dowell or his wife, and represent an exchange of information and instruction, as well as gossip, between Jacksonville and Washington, D.C.

The small volumes of scrapbooks, memorandum books, and diaries are stored in boxes. The larger volumes are stored individually in phase boxes.

Detailed access to the letters is provided by a calendar of incoming letters, in the form of typed cards located in the Manuscripts Card Catalog. The date, sender’s name, and brief content description of each letter is given.

Fragments of the Dowell papers exist in other libraries, notably the Huntington Library in San Marino, California; the Bancroft Library in Berkeley, California; and the Oregon Historical Society Library in Portland, Oregon.

A thesis by Franklin D. Mahar, "Benjamin Franklin Dowell" (M.A., History, University of Oregon, 1964) is based on the Dowell papers.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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Restrictions on Use :  

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Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Benjamin Franklin Dowell papers, Ax 031, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into one series: Scrapbooks, Diaries and Correspondence.

Related Materials :  

Fragments of the Dowell papers exist in other libraries, notably the Huntington Library in San Marino, California; the Bancroft Library in Berkeley, California; and the Oregon Historical Society Library in Portland, Oregon.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Scrapbooks, Diaries, and correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Letters 1856-1889
B. F. Dowell (Salem, O.T.) to Samuel Dowell (Stony Point, Va.)
1.0 letter
Gives details of controversy in Oregon over the Indian wars, particularly Gen. Wool’s position, and Palmer’s attitude. Explains positions of settlers in current war, Cayuse War, and Whitman Massacre. Describes death of Pio-Pio-Mox-Mox. Comments on custom of scalping. Hopes to return to Virginia if he survives present wars.
January 31, 1856
Fannie M. Randolph (Memphis, Tenn.) to B. F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends news of family and crop prospects. Asks for money. Says recent election has depressed prices.
November 25, 1860
S. N. Howard (Sulphur Spring Branch) to B. F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Asks Dowell to get him a job clerking for E.C. sessions.
February 24, 1861
B. F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to [-]
1.0 letter
Lists names of businessmen in Jackson County, indicating changes of ownership and condition since last report.
December 31, 1862
[-] (Bloomingdale, Ind.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends best wishes on her marriage. Suggests that she take lessons on her penmanship when she is done with music lessons.
January 27, 1863
John Anderson (San Francisco, Calif.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Thanks her for photograph. Sends garden seeds. Asks what sort of photograph album she would like.
March 11, 1863
B.F. Dowell (Portland, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Finds Portland a lovely place, and regrets he did not settle there when he came from the east in 1857. Refers to robbery of Dr. Davenport. Sends greetings from Mrs. Carter.
April 26, 1863
B.F. Dowell (Roseburg, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has decided to attend court in Roseburg next week. Has several cases pending. Lists income and expenses.
May 1863
B.F. Dowell (Salem, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Is still working on Farnham case. Says judges are divided about the priority of the mortgages. Expects to win all but one of his Jackson County cases. Believes judges will be divided on greenbacks vs. legal tender question.
September 26, 1863
B.F. Dowell (San Francisco, Calif.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Cannot find maple furniture in San Francisco. Will forward sweet potatoes. Hopes other goods shipped have arrived safely. Greets family.
October 8, 1863
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to Joseph G. Wilson
1.0 letter
Gives estimate of political situation in Jackson County as it might affect Wilson’s candidacy for Congress. Says north and south should get together. Lists objections to Orange Jacobs. Favors increase in salaries of judges.
December 9, 1863
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to C.S. Drew
1.0 letter
Lists various books he wishes taken to San Francisco to have bound.
December 26, 1863
John T. Campbell (Rockville, Ind.) to B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Acknowledges letter of July 23. Knows nothing of where-abouts of cousin John TenBrook since taking of Atlanta. Is pleased that members of “Sons of Liberty” in Indiana are being arrested. Sends maps of battle of Gettysburg, and refers to members of family in the fight.
September 6, 1864
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to Nathan Olney
1.0 letter
Gives reasons for purchasing Sentinel: to be chief justice of Supreme Court of Oregon, assure payment of Oregon volunteers of 1854, and assure triumph of truth and justice under the constitution and union. Asks for Olney’s support and advice.
February 21, 1865
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to W.W. Fowler (San Francisco, Calif.)
1.0 letter
Sends gold pens for repair. Asks Fowler to inquire into prices for sewing machines advertised in the Sentinel, and buy paper for him. Remarks on Jacksonville politics.
March 29, 1865
B.F. Dowell (Umatilla, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has begun suit to collect debt from Lewis Ward. Says Judge Prim has left for Bannack City, disgusted with eastern Oregon. Says Mr. Dorris left yesterday after making a little money. Remarks on Umatilla as compared with Jacksonville.
May 22, 1865
B.F. Dowell (Portland, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Is working case of H. Ayers, arrested for debt. Is not concerned over the opinions of the Applegates, but will prosecute the Siskiyou Wagon Road case against them. Has no doubt he can win.
October 8, 1865
James K. Kelly (Dalles City, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Acknowledges receipt of $750 in legal tender for services as assistant counsel for Fowler & Glenn. Will go to Umatilla court next.
November 14, 1865
George H. Williams (Washington D.C.) to B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends two law books to Dowell, and asks payment to be made to J.J. Hoffman of Portland. Asks about other books wanted.
December 4, 1865
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to Matthew P. Deady
1.0 letter
Outlines pending case of the Siskiyou Wagon Road Co., and asks Deady’s unofficial opinion.
July 28, 1866
B.F. Dowell (Salem, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has been having trouble with his eyes. Gives news of the senatorial contest, attempts at bribery, and the chances for a Union man. Says he or Jesse Applegate stand an outside chance of election.
September 22, 1866
William M. Turner (Jacksonville, Or.) to Mrs. Emily (Philadelphia, Pa.)
1.0 letter
Commends B.F. Dowell, bearer, to kindness of his sister.
November 19, 1866
B.F. Dowell (San Francisco, Calif.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Leaves for New York, via Panama tomorrow. Sends money via friends coming through Jacksonville. Gives instructions for Gault.
November 30, 1866
B.F. Dowell (“On board steamer Golden City”) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Refers to family of John Anderson, with whom he stayed in San Francisco. Advises her to take medicine.
December 8, 1866
B.F. Dowell (Panama) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Leaves for Aspinwall shortly. Complains of confining part of being on ship. Refers to other Oregonians on board.
December 14, 1866
Ida Carrey (Phoenix, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Asks whether they can conclude arrangements for her to live with Mrs. Dowell for 2 years.
December 16, 1866
B.F. Dowell (New York, N.Y.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Gives reaction to sea voyage; complains of coffee. Hopes to visit her brother in New Orleans.
December 22, 1866
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Reports Gault getting better, and able to walk around. Gives news of household affairs.
December 23, 1866
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Comments on his thoughts about Christmas.
December 25, 1866
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Reports heavy rains, roof leaking, and water in cellar. Says Gault has been ill with tonsillitis, but is improving. Has high praise for Cardwell as a gentleman. Asks what he thinks of spiritualism.
January 2, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Describes visits in Philadelphia with relatives of Mr. Turner, telegraph operator in Jacksonville. Comments on speed of railroads. Has seen president of Northern Pacific, who believes in ten years railroads will operate through Jacksonville.
January 6, 1867
Greenville Dowell (Galveston, Tex.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Asks him to look into matter of government money due the Galveston hospital. Explains circumstances.
January 7, 1867
Greenville Dowell (Galveston, Tex.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Thanks him for ambrotypes. Reports his office burned out. Has money due him for government patients, and will send his statement of the case, asking him to try to collect. Has good medical practice, but no cash yet.
January 7, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has his Acapulco letter. Reports aunt TenBrook very feeble. Is not well herself. Reports progress on house improvements. Says Turner has fallen in love with the hired girl, and Sutton is engaged. Reports Christmas ball a great bore. Gives local news.
January 8, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Says Gault believes Dowell will settle in the States. Reports marriage of Sutton and Mary. Gives local gossip. Wonders whether she might take piano lessons. Asks whether he will go through Egypt on his way back.
January 14, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Complains of no mail, asks that two copies of Sentinel be sent him each mail. Urges her to write each week. Doubts his scrip claims will be paid this session of Congress. Has bought piano, and shipped it around the horn.
January 14, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Is going to spend a few days at Aunt TenBrook’s house. Has no news.
January 24, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Fannie Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends her a photograph of her when she was small. Explains the original was taken by Britt, and the copies made by Brady.
January 30, 1867
John T. Campbell (Rockville, Ind.) to Anna Dowell
1.0 letter
Gives family and personal news. Is working on various inventions, and hopes to get rich on portable fence.
January 31, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has her letter concerning Gault’s recovery from illness. Has received no papers, and only two letters. Urges that copies of Sentinel be sent to all Oregon congressmen. Admits to seeing Mrs. Swan in California.
February 9, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Describes flood conditions. Asks him to buy certain furniture. Says Gault will write soon about Sentinel business. Reports Turner about to cut out Mr. Peacock in the affections of the widow Overbeck.
February 18, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has just received her letter of January 8. Complains of slowness of government business. Has hopes of collecting money due him for loss of mule train in 1856. Expects to use Mr. Thompson, though he has no respect for Thompson. Will go to Texas soon, and return for next Congress.
February 21, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends family letter from James Walton. Complains of slowness of government business.
February 26, 1867
Marietta Dowell (Gordonsville, Va.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Gives family news, and general financial report. Note by L. Dowell added commenting on hard times, and policy of government towards the South.
March 7, 1867
Sydney Wood (Gordonsville, Va.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Acknowledges letter. Asks whether he is a member of Congress. Enquires about a soldier’s rest home in Boston.
March 9, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Reports death of Aunt TenBrook. Says the children recognize his photograph. Reports Turner and the widow Overbeck are engaged. Is not feeling well. Comments that his photograph indicates he is getting heavier.
March 15, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has hopes that Congress will reverse Secretary of War on payment for property lost. Indians wars of 1855 and 1856. Reports arrival of Mr. Mallory. Expects to go to Tennessee and Texas after Congress adjourns, and may return via Mexico after settling business.
March 16, 1867
William M. Turner (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Thanks him for visiting his relatives. Describes editorial and news course of the Sentinel. Reports woolen factory to be set up at Ashland. Comments on Oregon politics. Confesses he is to marry the widow Overbeck, and asks him to describe her to his family.
March 18, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Regrets he has not got her letters. Says papers have been mailed regularly. Has not been well. Reports Mrs. Prim and the Judge living together again, and Mary Drum married to Ned Session. Gives report on family.
March 22, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Reports resolution has passed both houses of Congress enabling him to collect about $5,000. Will go to Texas, and return via Washington and Sacramento. Will telegraph when he leaves.
March 26, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends magnolia leaves from Mt. Vernon. Expects to leave for Texas next week.
March 29, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has received 3 letters. Says their Jacksonville house is not for sale. Agrees she might take piano lessons. Describes difficulty of getting money due him. Doubts it will come before May 1.
April 6, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has just received her letter of February 8.
April 8, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Reminds him today is her 25th birthday, weight 122 lb. Has had negro, Isaac, working the garden. Comments on Turner-Overbeck affair. Sends baby pictures.
April 9, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Lists various visitors, and local gossip. Hears Dr. Thompson may return to Jacksonville, and that he is trying to get into favor with Jacobs again. Relays request of uncle TenBrook an old negro woman to keep house. Says uncle wants one so ugly the democrats won’t marry her.
April 14, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has his letter of March 16. Doubts the route home he suggests is a safe one. Reports marriage of Turner with Mrs. Overbeck. Gives other vital statistics. Says Gault doesn’t like to speak of business, so she does not question him.
April 24, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has been visiting relatives and friends in Albemarle county, Va. Describes family of brother Samuel. Describes his brother’s fortunes as affected by the war, and his brother’s family. May take some Texas and Arkansas land for debts owed to him in the South.
April 26, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has not been feeling well. May go to Soda Springs for a while. Gives news of local persons. Hears Dr. Thompson is coming back.
May 12, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Galveston, Tex.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Is visiting his brother and nephew. Finds his Tennessee land worthless, and debts owed him by brother cannot be collected, there being no cash.
May 12, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Memphis, Tenn.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Comments on the growth of Memphis, and the value of lands he once owned there. Believes real estate in Portland and San Francisco would be a good investment.
May 27, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Memphis, Tenn.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has heard of loss of shipment of paper from New York to Oregon. Suggests the office supply itself with paper from San Francisco. Says nothing has been done about auditing his accounts in Washington. Has begun suit in Memphis, and hopes to collect some money some day.
June 16, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Agrees that investments in Portland or San Francisco would be good. Has been visiting Uncle TenBrook. Is getting impatient to have her teeth. Is amused at local concern over whether she will join Catholic Church.
June 20, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Rockville, Ind.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Reports her brother John and family well.
June 28, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Gives news of local persons, house repairs. Comments on whooping cough in neighborhood.
June 25, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Rockville, Ind.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Gives news of relatives in and about Rockville.
June 30, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has received her letters. Regrets that she is not well and urges her to take care of herself.
July 6, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Hears from Turner that Dowell will not be back for 5 months. Says if Turner knows more than she does, Dowell will be sorry for it. Reports both children with whooping cough. Wants to know definitely whether he will come or not, so she can get her teeth.
July 14, 1867
B.F. Dowell (New York, N.Y.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Thanks her for photographs. Asks that more be made and sent for various relatives and friends. Says Brady thinks they are as good as anything in the east.
July 19, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Thanks her for letter, and wishes he could return to Oregon immediately. Feels he had better stay in Washington until his claims have come through. Suggests ways and means to make the Sentinel pay.
July 21, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Would have come east had she known he would be gone all winter. Describes whooping cough epidemic in Jacksonville. Asks him to instruct Gault to get dry wood this winter. Believes Mr. Love is dying.
July 25, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has received more of her letters. Asks her to send them herself. Hopes to discover what strings must be pulled to get volunteer claims through the war department. Will work in next Congress for expenses of expedition to protect emigrants of 1854. Believes his fortune will be made if that goes through. Hopes Sentinel will pay meanwhile.
July 25, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Regrets he did not visit Turner’s sister in New York. Will do better on next trip. Advises her to wait a year after getting her teeth pulled before getting false teeth. Describes his experience with teeth.
July 28, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has his second Memphis letter. Comments on happiness of Turner and his wife. Has Rose shoots from Mr. Britt. Gives news of local activities.
August 2, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Informs him of safe arrival of Mr. Mallory with presents. Regrets loss of piano. Is resigned to the idea he will stay in Washington until spring. Gives local news. Has large groups of letters from him.
August 11, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Explains why he cannot come home until his claims have gone through Congress and War Department. Urges her to go to Yreka to have her teeth fixed.
August 16, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Hopes to be in Oregon by January or February. Regrets she wants to send the Sentinel hand to restaurants to feed; urges her to save money. Gives reasons she and children should not come to Washington.
August 20, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Is lonely for him . Has dreamed he was robbed. Lists various visitors. Hears Dowell made mistake leaving his business with Mitchell, who “is too lazy to keep clean.” Refers to Gault’s marriage to Annie Howell of Sauvie’s Island. Describes Gault’s high-handed attitude. Describes condition of the house.
August 25, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Complains of slowness of mail from Jacksonville. Asks Peter Britt to send photographs of the family. Has seen Gen. Grant, and got promise of prompt action on his claim. Leaves for New York, Boston, and Buffalo on political business for Republican Committee.
September 1, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has received trunk with dresses, books, and other things. Believes he likes Fannie more than Annie. Cannot get Gault to make up accounts for Sentinel. Is much pleased with dresses he sent, and has had party to show them off.
September 2, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Boston, Mass.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Describes routes to Boston. Is with H.R. Kincaid of Eugene Journal.
September 8, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Gives local news. Has been wearing her new dresses. Report Fannie doing well in school. May hire Chinaman for a few months to help about the house. Asks about Mallory’s domestic troubles. Fears consumption. Has shown Gault Dowell’s last letter, and gives reaction.
September 9, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Boston, Mass.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Refers to stationary advertising Bierstadt’s “Domes of the Yosemite.” Leaves for Buffalo. Has lost 30 pounds, but finds his hair is growing back.
September 15, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Reports death of John Love. Promises not to write any more complaining letters. Discusses problems of Gault and the Sentinel. Comments on Sen. Williams’ marriage; says he is referred to in Portland as “George the Third,” being third husband of present wife. Wonders whether he would like to have Jacobs handle his legal business.
September 20, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Boston, Mass.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Leaves for Albany, N.Y., tomorrow. Has been looking at the mills in Lowell, and sends letter and statistics to the Sentinel for publication. Comments on New Englanders. Has bought some clothing and sent it via ship.
September 23, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Reports children better. Says Hanley has turned Democrat, and Col. Maury may, also. Gives local news.
September 25, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has received her letters. Comments on her dream that he was robbed, saying it was a true dream. Suggests she have roof repaired with asphaltum. Asks about paper prices.
September 30, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has his Boston letter. Reports arrival of Mrs. Gault. Has talked to Gault about changing editors, but Gault says this is not the time. Says according to Turner this business is in such a confused state nothing can be done.
October 1, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Is going to see new dentist in Jacksonville. Says children are all well. Is lonesome.
October 6, 1867
L.A. Lampton (Cairo, Ill.) to B.F. Dowell
1.0 letter
Recites her trouble as a widow.
October 6, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Remarks on schooling of his children. Asks for reckoning of Sentinel finances. Says Grant has ordered his claims paid, and Third Auditor now gets them. Hopes to have his 1854 claims recognized, also.
October 6, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Urges her to take medicine and cure herself. Doubts she is likely to get consumption.
October 12, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Sends greetings from Mr. Williams. Reports Capt. McCall being chased by widow Cole. Has been to dentist, and will get teeth. Will then have picture taken. Reports Guss Payne and Turner both talking of quitting Sentinel. Hears no one thinks Gault could run paper alone.
October 13, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Regrets death of Mrs. Love. May visit his brother again before Congress meets.
October 21, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Suggests she get help from her uncle Abraham in business matters. Says if Gault can do better in Portland he had best go. Offers Gault use of his law books at cost. Informs her that Mrs. Gault will not board with her unless she does her share of the work, including milking the cow.
October 21, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Recalls their marriage five years ago this night. Hopes he will be home oftener during next five years. Thinks Guss Payne may leave next month, and Gault will get Dick Hull as printer. Has her new teeth. Reports Oregon Press will start up soon.
October 24, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Comments on troubles between Mrs. Gault and Anna. Asks why Gault does not send statement if he wishes to continue as editor of Sentinel. Has heard bad reports about receipts of the papers, and also of condition of the office.
October 27, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Asks her to cheer up . Hopes to get business settled after getting another affidavit from Col. Cornelius. Expects to visit his Virginia brother soon. Has influence everywhere in 3rd Auditor’s office.
November 4, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Gordonville, Va.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends Confederate money as curiosity. Expects to return to Washington, and get his 1854 Indian war claim started through Congress. Regrets his chances with 3rd Auditor are poor. Expects matters to change after the 1868 election. Believes his experiences in Washington will serve him well as a claim agent.
November 7, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Belives Democrats in Jacksonville are getting stronger, and some good Union men should move in. Gives news of children, and various Jacksonville persons. Reports Dick Hull working in office. Says he is a Democrat, and cannot keep his mouth shut. Hears Lane state is being settled, and gives details.
November 9, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Was pleased to get his letters, and letters from relatives. Describes Mrs. Booth’s funeral service. Comments on her attitude toward churches. Says Gault complained because Dowell’s box carried frank of Sen. Williams. Thinks Payne is looking for another job. Gives news of family.
November 10, 1867
William G. T’Vault (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Discusses disposition of case in which both are interested. Comments on Judge Prim’s moods. Comments on new paper in Jacksonville, the Reveille. Hears Guss Payne is leaving Sentinel, and Dick Hull will be hired in his place. Suggests that Sentinel must improve before political campaign next spring.
November 17, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Finds herself daydreaming about him. Hears Gault is pleased with Dick Hull’s work. Says other newspaper came out yesterday. Comments on Democratic party affairs. Regrets Guss Payne is leaving. Has had photographs taken. Feels somewhat worried by strangers in town. Regrets that Gault has no been satisfactory. Describes his actions.
November 19, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Thanks her for letter but considers her joke about a neighboring child’s resemblance to him rather “heavy.” Asks for photographs.
November 19, 1867
William Wertenbaker (Charlottesville, Va.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Sends two most recent catalogues of University of Virginia. Recalls Dowell as student in University, and member of Dowell family of that region.
November 21, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has been going to church oftener. Reports Guss Payne has left. Gives local news, including arrival of new doctor. Has been advised not to show Gault Dowell’s latest letter. Doubts anyone can make sense of Gault’s books. Complains that the office is dirty.
November 24, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Expects his bill to pay volunteers of 1854 will be introduced in a few days. Refers to letter from Wertenbaker, secretary of University of Virginia, mentioning Dowell’s father.
November 26, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Hears from Gault that Guss may leave the Sentinel, and that he will hire Dick Hull in his place. Urges her to hire a printer from Pittock, rather than hire Hull, and better yet to make it worth Guss’ while to stay.
November 28, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has her letter saying her teeth have been fixed. Suggests she collect certain money due in settled case.
November 28, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Tells plans for Christmas. Asks would he like watch chain of her hair. Complains of difficulty of getting the men to do work around the house.
December 1, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Thanks her for letters and pictures. Has written to Britt for more copies of photographs. Will leave for home when he collects money due, or finds collection impossible. Suggests she try to get printer for Sentinel from Pittock of Portland, or from San Francisco.
December 7, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Describes various visitors. Has his letter from Gordonsville, with Confederate money. Hopes he may be home in March.
December 9, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Thanks her for her letter, and sends letter to Mr. Sutton about the franks. Objects to charge he used franks to send personal material. Is rooming with Mr. Kincaid of Eugene.
December 15, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Describes happy children. Lists various women she suspects of being pregnant. Gives plans for Christmas and New Year celebration.
December 16, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has vague recollection of sending her a dress under congressional frank. Thanks her for letter. Has received money for mule claim.
December 17, 1866
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Reports Sentinel affairs going well enough, and opposition paper not much account. Urges him to visit the Turner relatives in the east. Comments on Oregon politics; hopes for split in democrat ranks. Believes state will go for Grant. Refers to road corporation set up to advance road intersecting Eugene road.
December 20, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Remarks on his reaction to her poetry. Is going to Greenman’s for Christmas. Comments on Pat McMannus as a wife-beater. Blames Catholic religion for large number of pregnancies in Jacksonville. Letter continued on Dececember 26: Describes Christmas festivities. Tells of Pat McMannus fighting while drunk. Discusses Sentinel accounts situation.
December 22, 1867
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Describes singing school held at church. Reports jolly time at Uncel TenBrook’s house. Gives local gossip. Says Sam Colver has turned coat, and seeks Democratic support. Refers to plans for getting new school bell.
December 29, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has her letter saying Guss has left. Orders Turner’s wages increased, and insists on financial account from Gault. Reports he and Kincaid have rented unfurnished room, and bought bedding and furniture. Says it costs less than Pengra is paying for his rooms. May stay until present session of Congress ends. Suggests she go to Sentinel office to check on its condition.
December 31, 1867
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Expects to get his pay bill through Congress this month. Acknowledges her Christmas letter. Asks his watch be sent him.
January 5, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has three letters from him. Doubts that Mrs. Gault understands her husband. Comments on efforts to get her to join church, but will not be coaxed. Explains cost of her teeth. Hears Guss Payne is working in Oregonian office. Has good report on Dick Hull from Gault.
January 12, 1868
L. Dowell (Virginia) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Gives family and farm news.
January 13, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has given letter to Mr. Sutton. Explains how franked package was open, and contents obvious. Describes fight between Orange Jacobs and Colver. Says ten men are running for sheriff. Comments on church quarrel over choir.
January 20, 1868
J.M. Sutton (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Acknowledges note of December 12. Explains his position on the matter of Dowell’s using franks, and on Mallory’s use of franks. Gives political news.
January 20, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has her letter reporting receipt of the Confederate money. Is busy presenting his claims and Oregon branch of Central Pacific. Says Mallory has introduced railroad bill.
January 21, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends bill of lading from Little, Brown & Co. Does not intend to start for home until his business is done.
January 23, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has received proof of loyalty of John Haley, and will collect his claim. Comments on Gault’s accounts of Sentinel business. Suggests how proper accounts could be made out.
January 23, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has been attending church meetings. Enjoyed leap year ball. Says Mrs. Gault is pregnant. Is getting new treatments from doctor. Says Gault has written to Pittock for printer, but no answer yet.
January 26, 1868
L.A. Lampton (Cairo, Ill.) to B.F. Dowell
1.0 letter
Lists her troubles, including death of her husband. Gives family news.
January 29, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has received photographs of her and children. Describes living arrangements in Washington. Refers to good fortune of Lewis McMorris, who used to pack for him.
January 31, 1868
Orange Jacobs (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has sent him draft for $75.94. Is amused at Dowell’s railroad scheme. Cautions Dowell against Pengra, and says Pengra’s wagon road and railroads are a swindle. Cites his own near political death over attempt to get land grant for road to Goose Lake. Asks him to caution Williams against Pengra. Refers to Dowell’s letter to Colver and suggests he not write anything to that scoundrel.
January 31, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Comments on his various letters. Supposes Ed Owen started story about Dowell sending caps by franked mail. Complains of Mrs. Gault’s attitude, and reports the Sentinel office very dirty. Gives local political and personal gossip.
February 6, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Suggests she get printer for $65 per month and board. Feels Hull is not a good printer. Complains of errors in his printed letters in the Sentinel.
February 1, 1868
William M. Turner (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Comments on reasonreasons and effects of removal of telegraph office from Sentinel office. Prefers not to meddle into Sentinel business until Dowell returns. Comments on local sheriff contest, and incorporation of railroad company. Hopes Senator Williams will see the light. Says support of Pengra plan will not be favored in the Rogue River valley. Suggests Howard be given job surveying land in the Link River region. Comments on other Jacksonville papers.
February 8, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Reports no action on bills introduced to pay his claim. Comments on Alabama going Democratic by default.
February 10, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has just filed her letters in letter file. Suggests she leave more margin. Asks her to take more pains with punctuation and spelling.
February 14, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Regrets Sentinel business affairs are in such bad shape. Believes that is why Guss Payne left, and why Turner will not take over. Reports Turner as saying Gault seems to be trying harder, and Dick Hull doing well. Comments on local politics. Is sending his watch, and hair. Asks that charm be made of children’s hair.
February 16, 1868
Matthew P. Deady (Portland, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Acknowledges Dowell’s letter of January 2. Is glad to know he has set matters in motion concerning judgeship. Claims he is falling behind, financially, several hundred dollars per year. Suggests arrangements for circuit and district courts, and types of cases to be brought to Roseburg or Portland. Favors railroad from Portland to the Humboldt. Offers $1,000 compensation for services. Asks him to get Mallory, Axtel and Higby to support bill.
February 19, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Comments on news from Jacksonville. Supposes they will be talked about, being apart so long. Remarks on Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Corbett. Says he likes both his daughters.
February 21, 1868
Eliza Turner (Media, Pa.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Would like to send her brother, William Turner, a package, and asks if it could be sent with Dowell’s freight.
February 23, 1868
John Russell Young (New York, N.Y.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Invites him him to buy ticket to dinner given by the press in honor of Charles Dickens.
February 19, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has her letter describing delivery of his letter to Sutton. Supposes Sutton and his deputy would do anything to get some scandal for their paper. Expects impeachment proceedings to delay his business, but favors impeachment. Complains of impudence of negro washerwomen.
February 27, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Describes methods of passing time on rainy Sunday. Gives local gossip. Reports success of leap year ball to pay for school bell.
February 29, 1868
William Turner (Media, Pa.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Thanks him for congressional documents. Remarks on impeachment of Johnson. May visit Washington.
February 29, 1868
Eliza Turner (Media, Pa.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Thanks him for offering to take package to her brother, William Turner, when he returns to Oregon. Gives names and addresses of New York relatives.
March 1, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Reports all legislation blocked by impeachment proceedings. Complains of slowness of delivery of Sentinel, and directs it be sent as first class mail to the congressmen. Complains that Gault will not follow orders. Believes railroad bill may pass with amendment requiring it to run through Umpqua and Rogue river valleys.
March 3, 1868
William Turner (Media, Pa.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Thanks him for invitation to Washington, but cannot come. Hopes Congress will see its duty, and find President Johnson guilty as charged.
March 5, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Asks her to force Sentinel to advocate Humboldt road by Rogue River.
March 8, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has written several letters to Sentinel favoring railroad to the Humboldt, and asks why none have appeared. Demands that the paper favor such a railroad, even though it means that Gault leaves the paper. Gives reasons for favoring railroad. Asks for accounting from Gault.
March 9, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has written by overland mail that the Sentinel must come out for the railroad to the Humboldt, and sends article today, by water, on same theme, in case other letter is delayed. Asks that printed letter be sent in multiple copies to Mr. Mallory. Explains railroad situation, and why Humboldt railroad is important.
March 10, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Says she should not pay more than $5 for keeping of cow. Reports Mrs. Mallory as getting along well with piano lessons. Says she is a spiritualist, and under the influence of John Beeson. Describes living conditions. Gives adverse opinion of J.J. Pengra, who is trying to get railroad to go via Diamond Peak.
March 11, 1868
John T. Campbell (Rockville, Ind.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Describes illness of his small daughter. Asks about chances of getting job as surveyor in one of the territories. Describes how Austin M. Puett of Greencastle, Indiana got job with Sol Meredith of Montana Territory.
March 12, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends sketch of songs sung by the old folks. Asks what musical instrument she asked for in recent letter.
March 16, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Reports the valley people generally against Humboldt railroad, Gault against it, Orange Jacobs against it. Says people think Dowell is being led by Pengra.
March 17, 1868
Guss Payne (Portland, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Gives news of various mutual friends in Portland. Describes Frank Stuart’s bad luck, and has lent him money to get to Umatilla. Asks for news of Jacksonville, and the Sentinel.
March 17, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Hopes to be able to push his claims in Congress and before the 3rd Auditor, having all needed evidence. Says chances of Humboldt railroad are good, if supported by the Sentinel. Gives details of proposition for financing the road.
March 21, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Describes activities of children. Has heard from Guss Payne in Portland. Has been visiting at Uncle TenBrook’s. Has not been feeling well. Reports another fight between the McMannus husband and wife. Has Chinaman working in the house.
March 29, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends letter for her to show to uncle Abraham, Turner, and Gault. Charges the Sentinel is being run by Jesse Applegate through letters from Jacobs, Sutton, and others. Gives his version of political double-dealing in election two years ago, when he was frozen out. Intends to expose his enemies.
March 30, 1868
Annie E. Dalton (Trevilian's Depot, Va.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Gives family news.
April 2, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Acknowledges letters. Describes Dr. Thompson folding documents in the House folding room. Gives difference in time between mail sent overland and by steamer. Says some progress has been made on his claims.
April 7, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Comments on this day, her 26th birthday. Has given Gault letter on railroad, and has promise it will appear in Sentinel. Lists objection to Humboldt road. Details trouble over calf and cow buying. Believes some of his letters have been broken open. Comments on tone of social.
April 9, 1868
Greenville Dowell (Galveston, Tex.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Sends paper with notice of his marriage.
April 16, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has heard from Gault that he intends to try to render a complete account of Sentinel affairs. Has been showing the town to some friends. Refers to procession by negroes celebrating anniversary of their freedom in the District. Reports 3rd Auditor’s office getting more friendly.
April 16, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Charges Gault with not keeping good accounts, not mailing papers regularly, and keeping the office dirty. Asks him for improvement.
April 19, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends photograph for Fannie. Has decision favoring payment of two claims, but expects delay in issuance of draft because of impeachment.
April 19, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Thanks him for letters, and advice on writing. Will try to do better. Has given letter on railroad to Gault. Quotes Gault as saying it would not be a good idea to advocate Humboldt road in Sentinel. Hears Jacobs burned one of Dowell’s letters about the railroad. Likes his remarks concerning the railroad, and sees no objections.
April 22, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends letter for Gault on subject of railroad route. Is certain the route he advocates is the right one for the good of Oregon, and the Diamond Lake route wrong.
April 22, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has come to conclusion that it would be best to avoid railroad controversy until after election. Believes Oregon would benefit most from a line that runs east of the Cascades to Rogue river. Insists that the Sentinel be run in his interest, and is willing to fight Jacobs, Thompson Applegate or anyone who opposes him. Gives the lie to the story of Elliot buying the iron for the railroad.
April 23, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has received Gault's letter giving reasons for refusing to advocate the railroad. Is not sure he can trust Gault.
April 23, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Comments on news of Mrs. Glenn’s baby, and brother Green’s marriage. Urges her to see doctor.
April 28, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Gives Turner’s reaction to railroad letter. Says Turner is interested in the wagon road. Is not sure that Dowell’s letters are being printed without changes. Gives news of local building, and marriages, etc.
April 29, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Thanks him for long letter. Wonders whether all her letters were mailed. Believes opposition to Humboldt road comes from those interested in wagon road, and of course, from Yreka. Hopes Mrs. Gault will go home, as she plans to. Has had Chinaman working for her.
May 2, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Asks her to tell Mr. Dunlap he has been sent seeds, but they may have been lost in transit. Reports Mrs. Thompson has arrived in Washington, and greeted him with a kiss. Has managed to oust clerk, Roberts, in 3rd Auditor’s office and is now getting favorable decisions. Asks her to see that the Sentinel takes proper position regarding Humboldt railroad.
May 3, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Says Mrs. Gault has left for home. Hopes she will never have another boarder like Mrs. Gault. Describes local reaction to Humboldt road. Believes there is much feeling that Dowell is aligned with Pengra and the Diamond peak road. Hears Orange Jacobs has been speaking against Dowell. Wonders what effect Sentinel stand will have on Dowell’s popularity, and subscriptions to the paper.
May 11, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Agrees there can be only one railroad, but claims there should be one to Humboldt and one to San Francisco from vicinity of Klamath. Says old company has no money, and needs aid from outside state. Has no financial statement from Gault.
May 11, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has had talk with Gault, who says he favors Humboldt railroad, and will advocate it after election. Reports Union caucus going favorably.
May 16, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Refers to her account of the Logan-Smith affair in Jacksonville. Advises her to discharge Gault, and send for Guss.
May 18, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Regrets he must discharge Gault, but feels it is for the best. Still hopes that Gault has been honest, but doubts it. Assures her the Sentinel will back the Humboldt railroad against all opposition. Claims such opposition is by the Democrats, and Union men will favor the road. Refers to earlier fights he had on railroad questions in Virginia.
May 19, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Comments on her teaching the children to pray for their father. Comments on clippings from the Reveille. Complains that his letters concerning the railroad question to the Sentinel have been suppressed by Jacobs’ influence. Intends to fight for his railroad plan, no matter who is against it. Comments on his brother’s situation in Virginia. Is saving her letters.
May 20, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Explains telegraph dispatch concerning railroad question. Has promise that Sentinel will favor Humboldt road after election. Believes candidates are trying to get votes from those interested in wagon road. Would be willing to close up Sentinel after election if Gault will not obey orders.
May 23, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Comments on clippings from Yreka Union. Does not believe the railroad matter would interfere with wagon road matters. Gives reasons for present slow, conservative action by Republican party. Doubts Johnson will be removed from office, and says some opposition has been bought off. Hopes to get money when Secretary of War is removed.
May 26, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Will send reply to Yreka Union editorial against the railroad. Complains that Sentinel is not arriving on time. Refers to printing errors, and suggests Turner do better, or that Dick Hull be more careful.
May 28, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has received watch, and is having it repaired. Hopes to get money soon from 3rd Auditor’s office.
June 2, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Advises him to go easy on pickles. Describes election. Mentions Mrs. Stone, lecturer on spiritual philosophy in Jacksonville.
June 3, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Describes pleasant spring day. Gives news of various births, and impending births.
June 7, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Agrees that only one railroad is necessary from Portland to Jacksonville. Explains financial condition of the two companies fighting for land grants. Believes Sentinel should take no side on east-west fight along the Willamette. Believes east side company will win out, because Gaston heads west side, and Gaston is a scoundrel.
June 7, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Explains he is discharging Gault for what he has not done, rather than for what he has done. Hopes to leave for home after Congress adjourns. Fears he may have to return for next session.
June 10, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has her letter with copy of article from Ensign. Says reflection on Mallory is unfair, because Mallory was proceeding on advice from Pengra, which was faulty, and Mallory has amended his bill. Hopes she can keep paper going without Gault until he returns.
June 15, 1868
W.R. Dunbar (Silverton, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Would like to hear from Dowell. Thanks him for political documents, and will distribute them to weak-kneed Union men. Has been teaching school in Waldo Hills, where Dowell used to teach, but expects to leave and sell subscriptions to east side railroad. Comments on defeat on Union party in recent Oregon election. Regards Dave Logan as weak candidate. Believes that state can be carried for Grant.
June 16, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has received books for children. Does not like Dickens. Reports Turner favors keeping Gault until Dowell comes home. Says railroad letters are now going into Sentinel promptly. Gives local news. Reports factory at Ashland almost done.
June 21, 1868
Guss Payne (Portland, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Finds he cannot leave Portland to help out with the Sentinel without leaving Pittock in the lurch. Doubts he could make much sense out of affairs at the office, anyhow. Refers to his affection for a particular young lady in Jacksonville.
June 23, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has her letter acknowledging discharge of Gault. Is pleased to hear Max Muller beat David Linn, to break Democratic charm in Jackson County. Describes progress of his bills for payment of claims. Expects to have to take his case to court of claims. May have to return next winter to prosecute his claim.
June 26, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has received his letters and books. Sends first page of letter from Guss Payne. Says Pengra recently came through Jacksonville. Hears he may be home in August. Has had talk with Judge Tolman about railroad, and reports him favoring Dowell, and against Jacobs.
July 1, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends communication for Sentinel to publish.
July 3, 1868
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Has his letter about coming home. Has not discharged Gault, on advice from others that it would be best to wait until Dowell returned. Describes ball at factory in Ashland. Urges him to come home and tend to local affairs.
July 6, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Hopes to start for home in about two weeks, and has written her sister, Fannie, to come to Oregon with him for a visit. Expects to start suit in court of claims for money due him from 1855-56 Indian war.
July 13, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Leaves tonight for New York to catch steamer for Panama. Reports her sister will not come, and sends her letter explaining.
July 20, 1868
Anna Gault (Sauvie's Island, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Hears Mr. Dowell is coming home soon, and wishes she could be there to greet him. Gives news of various friends. Refers to wedding of Jerry Vanfleet to 13 year-old girl.
August 16, 1868
B.F. Dowell (San Francisco, Calif.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has arrived last night, and leaves for Oregon this evening.
August 20, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Salem, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has been sick from eating decayed tomatoes.
September 12, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Portland, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Comments on smoky air between Portland and Salem. Will have business at all towns up the valley. Has bought her a bonnet. Is trying to get barometer to make survey of altitude for railroad line.
September 16, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Albany, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Is waiting for Mr. Russell, who has gone to Brownsville.
September 20, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to Matthew P. Deady
1.0 letter
Promises to push matter of increase in Deady’s salary at Washington. Hopes for more success this session. Asks whether Deady could have him appointed as representative of east side railroad interests in Washington.
November 1, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to Thomas McF. Patton (Portland, Or.)
1.0 letter
Asks him for help in appointment as legal representative in Washington on behalf of east side railroad.
November 1, 1868
B.F. Dowell (San Francisco, Calif.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has arrived San Francisco. Says Dick Hull and B. Moony came with him, the latter on his way to New Zealand. Expects to go overland to Washington. Finds piano has been in San Francisco since May, and will have it packed to Jacksonville this spring.
November 18, 1868
B.F. Dowell (San Francisco, Calif.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Will go across the plains. Expects to meet creditors of Muller and Brentano today on business. Reports Dick Hull going to the Pacific College.
November 21, 1868
B.F. Dowell (San Francisco, Calif.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Directs that Sentinel with letter of Rockafellow and Myers on railroad be sent to various persons in Washington. Has sent his trunk by steamer.
November 22, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Sacramento, Calif.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Leaves shortly for Humboldt river. Hopes to be in Washington in twelve days.
November 24, 1868
John T. Campbell (Rockville, Ind.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Gives family news. Comments on their decrease in letter writing.
November 29, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has just arrived in Washington. Reports Mallory, Pengra, Kincaid, Williams and Corbett all present. Lists expenses of crossing continent by rail and stage.
December 7, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Asks her to give enclosed letters to E.B. Watson, and assure him that the Sentinel, during Dowell’s absence, had been controlled by Jesse Applegate, through Orange Jacobs. Would rather have nothing in the papers than such letters. Believes Jacobs considers Dowell a rival, but says he is mistaken.
December 17, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has decided to number his letters, so she will know if all have arrived. Insists she correct her spelling. Goes to his brother’s home for the holidays.
December 17, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Refers to article enclosed, and says it sounds like Mr. Turner. Wants no such articles in the Sentinel. Wants strong language in favor of Sentinel principles, and the same against its opponents.
December 19, 1868
John T. Campbell (Rockville, Ind.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Gives family news. Has been studying civil engineering and surveying, and would appreciate any help Dowell could give toward a job in the territories.
December 20, 1868
B.F. Dowell (Piney Mountain, Va.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Hopes Sentinel will publish his railroad letter along with one on same subject by Mr. Rockafellow. Gives news of his brother and family. Suggests she change doctors.
December 28, 1868
Gideon Langdon (Salem, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Asks Dowell to inquire about pension petition sent to government two years ago, for War of 1812 pension.
January 9, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Says bill for his benefit has been referred to U.D. Washburn, an old friend to John Campbell and other relatives. Hopes for favorable report. Believes prospects for railroad through Jackson county are poor, with east and west side railroad groups against it.
January 11, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Reports adverse committee report on his bill to authorize suits in Court of Claims. Waits decision of Military Affairs committee on his bill concerning expenses of 1854 volunteers. Is sending letter to Sentinel favoring female suffrage. Supposes all the bachelors will be against it. Reports Mrs. Mallory very ill with measles.
January 17, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Expresses concern over smallpox epidemic in Jacksonville. Hopes vaccination of children is effective. Suggests she leave town, if necessary. Has hopes railroad bill and his 1864 relief bill will pass before March 4. Says railroad bill is taking precedence in attention of Oregon congress.
January 29, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Is sending letter of instructions to E.B. Watson. Insists he will dictate policy of Sentinel. Comments on state of 15th amendment in Congress, and voting rights of Chinese. Reports Williams’ bill in favor of east side railroad has been recommitted on public lands. Doubts his bills will be reported this session of Congress.
February 5, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Reports his bill is still in committee, but hopes it may be reported out. Says omnibus bill for railroads bas been reported back to Senate, where changes have been made unfavorable to friends of bill. Doubts it will be pushed in this session of Congress.
February 8, 1869
James H. Twogood (Cherry Valley, Ill.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Recalls seeing Dowell pack out of Scottsburg in 1853. Asks about possibility of getting something for war scrip. Asks about friends in southern Oregon. Suggests Colfax and Williams for next presidential election.
February 14, 1869
Frank Coffin (Boise City, Idaho Terr.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Asks how she is getting on, and how Uncle Abe is doing. Recalls the party that made trip across the plains, and wonders where they are now. Is working at assaying and tinsmithing. Would like to visit the states. Asks her to write.
February 15, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Finds the bills for his relief will not be passed at this session of Congress. Proposes to stay for a month or two of next session to start bills out properly.
February 18, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Describes pet cat. Gives news of Uncle John Campbell.
March 2, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Reports Congress has adjourned without passing bill for his relief. Is not sure what to do.
March 6, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends this letter and some presents via the Mallorys. Will stay in Washington to push his private bills through Congress. Is uneasy about state of her health.
March 6, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has her letter telling of death of Col. T’Vault. Hopes to get a few claims through before leaving for Oregon. Corrects her spelling.
March 15, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to E.B. Watson (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Instructs him as to procedure regarding Castleman and Kilgore debts. Expects to leave for Oregon shortly, and will attend to matters personally.
March 16, 1869
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Acknowledges letters. Has received flower seeds, and will divide with Britt. Gives news of Sylvester, and her uncle. Lists local marriages, deaths and divorces.
April 18, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Junction, Calif.?) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Goes to San Francisco to collect debt owing him. Is writing this on the cars. Has pass on Central Pacific, and on stage line to Jacksonville.
May 6, 1869
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to James F. Gazley
1.0 letter
Hopes Gazley will press his claims as Indian agent at Klamath in place of Applegate. Denounces various Applegates for their politics, and personal dislike of Dowell.
May 24, 1869
Angie Lampton (“Near Cairo”, Ill.) to B.F. Dowell
1.0 letter
Recites his money troubles, and asks for help to pay off mortgage.
July 9, 1869
Benjamin F. Dowell (Shady Grove, Tenn.) to B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Writes to his cousin, and exact namesake. Gives family news. Describes his business and prospects. Remarks on Tennessee politics.
August 10, 1869
Frank Coffin (Boise City, Idaho Terr.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends greetings. Recalls crossing plains eight years ago. Has been busy making money, and expects he has changed a lot.
September 26, 1869
Samuel Dowell (Piney Mountain, Va.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Gives family news. Would like to visit Washington. Bewails fate of Virginia due to the war.
January 15, 1870
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Supposes she is worn out taking care of the children, and suggests she get some help if they do not recover quickly. Sends brother Samuel’s letter. Believes he may collect claims for equipage of some clients for war of 1855-56.
January 20, 1870
William M. Turner (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Wishes him well in efforts to oust Mr. Knapp at Klamath reservation. Says Knapp is in the power of the Copperhead elements, and that loyal men go hungry while the Copperheads fatten off the government.
January 20, 1870
John Kelly (Springfield, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Is pleased to have Dowell’s opinion on necessity of nominating reliable men on state and county tickets. Believes disgrace of Logan’s nomination might have been avoided had Jackson and Josephine counties been properly handled. Hopes Dowell will be on hand to prevent similar inept politics. Agrees that Williams’ election is the most important thing, but hopes that Williams will not again forget his friends. Does not like Pengra’s extreme position against Williams. Has just heard of re-appointment of Elisha Applegate; says it is unwelcome to Williams’ friends, and good news to Pengra’s crowd.
January 23, 1870
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Hears from Watson that the Dowell children are out of danger. Says Committee on Military Affairs has agreed to report favorably his bill to pay expenses of Oregon volunteers of 1854, and 3rd Auditor has passed all large claims. Hopes his luck has changed.
February 14, 1870
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has received and paid order of Dr. Greenman to Dr. Thompson. Sends picture of Hon. D.P. Thompson Recalls him as surveyor in Jackson county. Is pleased to hear the children are out of danger of smallpox.
February 22, 1870
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has just received her letter about Dr. Greenman’s order referred to in his letter earlier in the day. Hopes to be home in March. Has favorable report on his bill from Senate committee on military affairs, but says sub-committee in House is against it.
February 22, 1870
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends flower seeds. Sends photograph taken by Brady.
March 7, 1870
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends photograph and speech of the colored Senator from Mississippi, Revels.
March 17, 1870
John T. Campbell (Rockville, Ind.) to B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.)
1.0 letter
Refers to article on “Rag Money” in the Sentinel. Would like to contribute another article on the subject. Says Sylvester is in California.
March 17, 1870
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has bought dresses and bonnets for her and children in New York. Explains hat styles. Suggests she sell what she and the children do not want.
April 2, 1870
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Says price of hats and bonnets is marked in them, and suggests she remove numbers and substitute code.
April 2, 1870
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Will leave for home in two days. Has favorable report from house committee on his bill, and will return to push it next winter. Asks her to write him in San Francisco.
April 23, 1870
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Arrived in Washington on the 14th, 13 days en route. Finds his bill to pay Oregon Volunteers in critical situations, in hands of House military committee. Has been canvassing committee members, and has promise of favorable action. Fears bill is too vague to bring much in the way of payment.
December 17, 1870
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Suggests she take pipe for repairs. Blames her for not following his advice.
January 1, 1871
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Arrived in Washington on January 9. Approves her purchase of lumber for John. Will send money soon. Urges her to pay particular attention to education of Fannie and Anna so far as punctuation is concerned.
January 11, 1871
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Had slight chill, and is not quite recovered. Asks for certain papers bearing on 1854 war. Hopes she will have Britt take family photograph.
March 20, 1871
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Lyman C. Draper (Madison, Wis.)
1.0 letter
Gives Dowell family history.
March 29, 1871
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has written long letter to Lyman C. Draper of Wisconsin on family history, and sends her copy. Has favorable report from 3rd Auditor on some claims. For Draper letter giving Dowell family history, see Letter Book 14/222-223.
April 2, 1871
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Is still busy with collections. Complains that main business of pay for 1854 Volunteers still hangs fire in the Senate. Congratulates her on birth of boy.
April 13, 1871
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Is almost through collecting claims for war of 1855-56 and has promise of Secretary of War to decide favorably on claims of 1854 within a week. Expects to start home in ten days or so.
April 16, 1871
Max Muller (Jacksonville, Or.) to “agents and drivers” of Wells Fargo
1.0 letter
Asks agents and drivers to give particular attention to comfort and safety of Mrs. B.F. Dowell and child, en route, by stage, from Jacksonville to San Francisco. Endorsement, dated June 6, 1871, by F. Clugage, general agent of California & Oregon Stage Co., to same effect.
May 14, 1871
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to Anna Dowell (San Francisco, Calif.)
1.0 letter
Sends two treasury drafts, and asks her to have Jones & Co. collect them.
June 14, 1871
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to Anna Dowell (San Francisco, Calif.)
1.0 letter
Has received her photograph, but regrets the freckles were left out. Asks her to purchase list of items from H.H. Bancroft.
June 15, 1871
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to Anna Dowell (San Francisco, Calif.)
1.0 letter
Asks whether she received treasury drafts. Reports the baby in good health. Intends to press his claims for Congress. Gives local news.
June 22, 1871
B.F. Dowell (Portland, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Would like to be at home more, but regrets his business will not permit it. Reports Portland real estate owned by them has advanced several thousand dollars in value in past twelve months. Discusses arrangement with Col. Ross about Nelly’s calf.
July 18, 1871
B.F. Dowell (Salem, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has finished arguments before Supreme Court, but is detained by investigation of defalcation of Samuel E. May. Says proof is conclusive that May has defaulted even more than his bond, which was $10,000. Says he and Jesse Applegate were only signers of May’s bond, and are liable.
September 6, 1871
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to Anna Dowell (San Francisco, Calif.)
1.0 letter
Leaves for Canyonville. Has no doubts of carrying Jackson county, but will see how Douglas county is.
March 4, 1872
B.F. Dowell (Portland, Or.) to Anna Dowell
1.0 letter
Has received large group of her letters. Hopes she is feeling better. Is engaged in two lawsuits in District Court held by Deady. Will stop at Salem about Sam May security case. Says they are all sued, and May stands good chance to be sent to penitentiary. Is sure Sam stole the money. Says political capital is being made out of the case, he and Applegate being charged with transferring their property to avoid payment.
March 22, 1872
B.F. Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to Anna Dowell
1.0 letter
Is working on brief to defend May frauds and case of Capt. Goodale. Describes improvements about the house. Complains of Nelly the cow, who kicks when milked. Would like to get rid of her.
April 9, 1872
B.F. Dowell (Portland, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Goes to to the Dalles for evidence against the mail robbers. Suggests she come to Portland on 15th for visit.
August 5, 1872
B.F. Dowell (Portland, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has letter from Mr. Paulson. Says Frank Lewis, good and reliable printer, leaves today to take charge of Sentinel. Instructs her to pay him same as Paulson.
August 6, 1872
B.F. Dowell (Portland, Or.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Gives results of cases, in his favor. Says mail robbery trial will begin tomorrow.
August 18, 1872
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Fannie Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Is spending wet Sunday writing letters. Says Mr. Hanna did wrong to break into the office to get papers. Warns her against whistling.
February 15, 1873
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell (San Francisco, Calif.)
1.0 letter
Comments on great excitement in Jacksonville, with Delano being burned in effigy. Hears all peace commissioners to Modocs killed, save one. Asks him to send cloth from San Francisco.
April 11, 1873
Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.) to B.F. Dowell
1.0 letter
Reports all well, except Fanny has a black eye. Says little Frank misses him. Hopes his business is good. Is anxious to hear from him.
February 8, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has completed several cases in land office. Sends photograph of Mrs. Rogers.
February 25, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Will sell house to White for $5,000, with payments to suit, with interest.
February 26, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Reports progress in war claims cases.
March 16, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has paid $497 to war department, and hopes his claims will now come through. Is informed Griswold has collected the fraudulent claims. Believes the investigations will continue.
March 18, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Wants $5,000 for house.
March 29, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
May be detained in Washington a month. Has settled with the War Department for $497. Would be glad to settle May security for double that amount. Has no word from Greeman about the cattle.
April 25, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Thanks her for letter, and letter from daughter Is very homesick, and would leave business in hands of Mitchell and Kelly, except that Nesmith has joined Griswold.
April 26, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Piney Mountain, Va.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends short history of brother Samuel’s family, copied from the family bible.
May 11, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has returned from visit with his brother. Hopes Williams and Judge Tolman will be elected in Oregon. Will try to beat charges of Griswold and friends before leaving Washington.
May 16, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has been trying to bring matters to a close, but finds Griswold has head start on him, and it will take time to beat him.
May 18, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has collected one small claim this week, and hopes to do better. Believes one clerk who helped Griswold steal will be dismissed. Has promise of assistance from Mitchell, Haley and Kelly. Reports Nesmith offering help, but hesitates to accept help from him.
May 25, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has her letter describing how she defeated plans of Turner and Watson. Will stand by her and the Republicans of Jackson County. Agrees his is too honest to get money with lies, as Griswold did. Thinks Griswold may have to return money. Says Nesmith helped Griswold off with money and got Dowell suspended. Says investigation is not over yet, but he has many friends. Refers to Nesmith as only thief from Oregon.
June 3, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has received draft of $519.75 for E. Steele. Explains this is the case which Nesmith refers to in published letter as a “little Steele.” Has shown her letter to the Mitchells, who approve highly, Mrs. Mitchell suggesting he send a copy of letter to Mrs. Duniway for publication.
June 4, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has sent letter to Cardwell and Bybee. Will let her know if he wants Sentinel policy changed. Hopes to get rid of more clerks who are against him. Lists collections for past week.
June 7, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Complains of bad luck since coming to Washington four months ago. Reports acquittal of Mitchell by Committee of privileges and elections. Will write for Sentinel on the subject. Says new Secretary of Treasury is investigating employees; hopes obstructionists will be removed.
June 14, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Is not certain when he will come home, depending on how fast Secretary of Treasury removes treasury thieves. Assures her Senator Williams is his friend. Approves of her editorial policy on Sentinel.
June 18, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Hopes she does not ruin her health by too much work. Has seen Nesmith’s letter on Corvallis Democrat against him. Is glad Turner is gone.
June 22, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to “Patrons of the Sentinel
1.0 letter
Announces dismissal of Harrison Kelley from staff of the paper. Gives reasons.
June 24, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Asks her to her to caution new printer about his handwriting so that his notes on the articles make some sense.
July 16, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has been reading Tribune on Beecher scandal. Suggests she write article for Sentinel on Beecher matter. Contrasts the hospitality of the heathen with the actions of the Christians.
July 26, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Thanks her and Judge Prim for trying to get evidence for him, even though it was defective. Suggests Sentinel would be better with more locals and variety, and shorter editorials.
August 12, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends two copies of Chronicle containing Beecher’s evidence. Is waiting for evidence from her and from Idaho.
August 15, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Sends editorial for Sentinel. Suggests she copy it, so no one will know he wrote it. Asks who is doing the miserable printing, the worst since Dick Hull was discharged.
August 16, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has her letter, and copy of Sentinel of August 8. Comments on bad typography of the paper. Suggests she attend church and make locals out of sermons as a circulation booster. Believes Griswold will have to refund all fraudulent claims.
August 18, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Says Sentinel is improving, but spelling is still very bad. Comments on Griswold’s boast of having got his claim by bribery. Hopes to carry his cases without Cardwell’s affidavits, he being tainted by Griswold.
August 22, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has received recent Sentinel, and approved improved orthography. Hopes to see Solicitor when he returns from New York, and beat Griswold’s lies with affidavits.
September 1, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Complains of government in business affairs. Describes situation regarding Griswold case, and believes there may be more persons involved than at first thought.
September 11, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Reports publication of letter to Huston, and briefs has had great effect in treasury offices, and that he now gets prompt service. Says Griswold’s friends do not like it.
September 27, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has her letter letter and telegram concerning securities and bonds. Hopes to get clear of debt without having securities pay anything. Is respected at the treasury office.
September 30, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Describes progress of claims. Asks her to thank all those who helped her stop execution. Doubts Applegate will pay his part.
October 4, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Explains progress of Cardwell-Griswold case. May have to sue them for expenses.
October 25, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Has letter concerning Dr. Danforth, and will try to accommodate him. Hopes to leave when main business is done. Expects to make Griswold pay expenses.
October 26, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Reports no change in cases pending. Comments on the Sentinel, saying it should praise, not blame Holiday. Points out several bad printing errors in his letters to the paper.
November 1, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Directs her how to act in Griswold-Cardwell case.
November 15, 1874
B.F. Dowell (Washington D.C.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Reports progress of his cases. Has telegram for Tolman that Supreme Court meets of December 14. Hopes to be there to plead his own case.
November 22, 1874
B.F. Dowell (San Francisco, Calif.) to Anna Dowell (Jacksonville, Or.)
1.0 letter
Hopes to get Glenn and Anderson together for settlement. Will stop at Yreka on business, but hopes to spend Christmas at home.
December 17, 1874
George B. Kenniston (Boothbay, Me.) to B.F. Dowell (Portland, Or.)
1.0 letter
Asks Dowell to check information that Luther Maddocks formerly of Boothbay, Maine is now in employ of Yaquina Deep Sea Fishing Co. of Portland, and whether Maddocks could pay claim of $400 against him.
November 25, 1889
Volume
1 1 Scrapbook 1866 [ca. 1848]
Volume
1 2 Memorandum Book 1862
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1 3 Memorandum Book March 1869-January 1871
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1 4 Memorandum Book 1855
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1 5 Memorandum Book 1856-1860
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1 6 Brief Book 1859
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1 7 Memorandum Book December 1859-May 1868
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1 8 Memorandum Book July 1871-February 1872
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1 9 Memorandum Book 1879
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1 10 Memorandum Book 1879-1881
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1 11 Scrapbook 1866
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1 13 Memorandum Book 1857
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2 18 Account Book 1861-1878
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2 19 Scrapbook 1867-1869
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2 20 Pocket diary 1856
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2 21 Financial papers 1865-1882
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2 22 Public Affairs, letters &misc 1856-1869
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2 23 Brief (United States vs. Griswold & Bush) 1881
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12 Letter Book 1861-1866
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14 Letter Book 1866-1874
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15 Letter Book 1866-1868
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16 Letterpress Book January 1862-July 1869
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17 Oregon Indian Wars 1854-1878

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Dowell, B. F. (Benjamin Franklin), Mrs.--Correspondence
  • Dowell, B. F. (Benjamin Franklin)--Archives
  • Dowell, B. F. (Benjamin Franklin)--Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Claims vs. United States
  • Subject Terms :
  • Lawyers--Oregon--Jacksonville

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