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A personal journal kept by the purser of the schooner-gunboat U.S.S. Bonita during the U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1847.
The greater part of this collection consists of business and some personal correspondence of the American mercantile trader William S. Wetmore (1801-1862). Many of the 360-odd manuscript letters date from the 1820s, when Wetmore was establishing himself in trade on the west coast of South America