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Charles H. Mason Correspondence

Call Number: WA MSS 332

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of thirty-four letters, seventy-seven pages in all, written to and by Charles H. Mason. The majority of the letters relate to the beginnings of Indian hostilities in 1855. Other letters concern Fayette McMullin's attack on Mason's character in 1858.


  • 1855 - 1858


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The materials are open for research.

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The Charles H. Mason Correspondence collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.


34 Items (77 pages)

Language of Materials


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Charles H. Mason, 1830-1859

Charles H. Mason was appointed at the age of twenty-three the first secretary of Washington Territory, and served under Governors Stevens and McMullin until his death in 1859. He served as acting governor while Stevens was in the Indian country and after McMullin returned to the East in 1858 until Governor Gholson arrived in 1859.

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This finding aid, created before the advent of computer-generated files, has been converted into a ASCII data file by means of scanning and Optical Character Recognition software. While attempts have been made to retain the complete information from the original document a number of format changes have been made to present the structure of this archive in accordance with current practice.

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