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Special Collections and Archive

Hitchock-Coit Papers

2049 Items Gift of Mrs. Paul Scott Foster

The earliest items in the collection belonged to the James Hunter family of Virginia and include material relating to the Revolutionary War. There are two letters from James Madison, four from James Monroe, and several pieces from General Nathaniel Greene. Edmund Randolph is also represented.

Among later materials are letters from Evan Jones and the diaries and the letters of Captain Nathaniel Wyche Hunter, written while he was a cadet at West Point and during the campaign against the Seminole Indians in Florida in 1839 and 1840.

The personal papers of Dr. Charles Hitchcock and his wife, Martha Taliaferro Hunter Hitchcock, relate to service with the U.S. Army during the Mexican War and to the life of the Hitchcock family in California from 1851 to 1880. Correspondents include William T. Sherman, Alexander Stephens, and George H. Derby (John Phoenix).

The letters and diaries of their daughter, Lillie Hitchcock Coit, for whom the tower overlooking San Francisco Bay is named, are concerned with her life in San Francisco and abroad. Among her correspondents were Ambrose Bierce, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Joaquin Miller. A drawing by Stephen Masset (James Pipes of Pipesville) shows Lillie rushing to a fire.

The collection was given to Mills by Mrs. Paul Scott Foster of San Anselmo, a cousin of Floride Green, biographer and companion of Lillie during her later years.

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