San Diego’s First American Settler
FITCH, Henry D. (1799-1849). Sea Captain, trader. During 1826-30 he was Master of the Mexican brig Maria-Ester, calling at ports in California. During 1830-31 he was Master of the Leonor and brought 50 Mexican convicts to San Diego. Fitch settled in San Diego as the First American settler. He became a Mexican citizen in 1833.
San Diego’s First Attorney (1835)
Owner of San Diego’s First Store (1845)
San Diego Mayor (1846-47)
In 1835, Fitch was San Diego’s first attorney. Fitch started a General Store in Old Town, San Diego. It was the only store there in 1845. He bought and sold hides, tallow and furs to hunters. During 1846 to June 1847, he was justice of the peace and mayor.
Very rare autograph letter signed, San Diego, Jan. 6, 1840, two very full pages. To Mr. J. Mahonrey. Letter is in regards to a purchase of half a bank for the sum of $5,000. He goes on to give his opinion that e would not go through with the deal for the whole of it let alone for half. He goes on to say he does not want any part of the deal. He goes on to say he has available about 2,600 pounds of tallow. He goes on to discuss business and a person with bad debt. He has been detained here by the misfortune of others as he should have been in the Pueblo long ago, etc. Signed “H.D. Fitch”. Letter has the usual mailing folds, paper/wax seal and one tape repair in the blank margin not effecting a thing. Otherwise in very good condition. A letter, worthy of placement in a California museum........... $695.00