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The adobe of Rancho San Pedro as can be seen today.

July 10, 1834

 Dear Governor,

I am pleased that you are taking the time to read my letter. You seem to be a reasonable man who has done good things for your state. I am Juan Gabriel, a Mexican citizen. I currently live in Mexico City with my wife and two sons. We live in a one-bedroom house with dirt floors. We have a couple hundred of cows and a small garden that we use to provide food for our family. I am currently working for a weathly ranchero to provide for my family.

I am requesting for you to provide me with a land grant. I would like to have a piece of land in the area of the Mission San Buenaventura. It is off the coast near some small mountains and a grove of trees. I would need about 50 leagues of land to raise livestock. My sons and I would also like to grow crops to sell to provide a better life for our family. The land I am requesting has good soil for planting, plenty of room to raise livestock, and I could build a nice adobe for my family. My two sons will help me to work the land and raise the livestock.

Please consider my request so that I can provide a better and richer life for my family.

Signed,

Juan Miguel

Written by Amanda Ramirez on February 19, 2000.

4th grade student at Seventh Street Elementary School, LAUSD.


Diseno created by Amanda Ramirez on February 19, 2000.

4th grade student at Seventh Street Elementary School, LAUSD.


February 25, 1799

Your Excellency,

I write this letter to a wonderful man who has helped so many people. You are a generous man and I hope you will be so kind to help me.

I am a man who is living in a shack with my wife and three children. I don't have much money and I would like to start a ranch to grow crops and raise animals. We are currently living on my parent's farm. I have two hundred cows, some pigs, and some chickens. I am requesting some land to support my family and earn a living. I am requesting that your excellency grace us with a lot of land, about five hundred acres. I would like it to be near the ocean so I could fish, and near a river so we could have fresh water. I thank you for your time and hope you will grant my request.

Sincerely,

Mr. James Kenyon

Written by Jamie Kenyon on 2/23/00, 4th grade student at Seventh Street Elementary School, LAUSD.


June 19,1795

Dear Governor Gato Carlos Vega,

My name is Nicholas Buenaventura. I am a Mexican citizen living in Mexico.

I am writing to you to request a land grant. I know you are very intelligent and generous man and will look at the diseno that I have prepared. The rancho I have now is 2,000 reatas. I raise cattle and horses. The land for grazing is not enough for my livestock.

There is a piece of land that I have seen near the Pueblo San Diego that is twice as large. The land is 4,000 reatas. The area has a grove of trees to the east, a stream to the west, foothills towards the north, and boulders to the south. In the center there is plenty of wild grass for grazing. I need this land for my cattle so I can support my family. I know if this land is granted to me, my family will prosper and forever be grateful to you.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Buenaventura


Written by Nicole Buenaventura on February 25, 2000, at 4th grade student at Seventh Street Elementary School, LAUSD.

Diseno created by Nicole Buenaventura on February 25, 2000, at 4th grade student at Seventh Street Elementary School, LAUSD.

  


 

April 2, 1804

Dear Honorable Governor of Monterey,

I hope you are doing well and content with the beautiful and delightful California. You have shown a strong consideration and support in requesting land grants. I am Delores Sepulveda, I am Castilian and a honest man. I need land to build a home for my family and so my vaqueros can raise sheep cattle to graze on the land. I am newly married to a wonderful aristocracy lady named Maria Ygnacia Avila Sepulveda. We are from Spain and plan to be very active in the new pueblo called San Pedro.

This beautiful land is very good for exporting since it is so close to the coast. With good weather it will be good for farming and raising cattle. The land is about six and half leagues south and west from Pueblo Los Angeles. The land's boundaries are low mountains to the west, east, and south. On the north side is a lake. The land is almost five leagues.

Please consider my claim on this rich and profitable land. I will be indebted to you if you must graciously grant my request. I writing from New Spain on April second of 1804.

Sincerely yours,

Dolores Sepulveda

Written by Albert Medina, on February 25, 2000, a 4th grade student at Seventh Street Elementary School, LAUSD.

 


June 10, 1792

San dollar, CA

Dear Governor,

Your most excellency, I am a husband and father of two who needs you help. I currently own 200 head of cattle and 20 horses. The land I own is very small, about two leagues by one league. There is no room for me to build a barn for my livestock and there is not a good supply of water. I have made fences to keep my stock in.

The land I am requesting is six leagues by five leagues. It is along the coast. The land has a fresh water stream and plenty of grass for my livestock. I need to support my family and have a bigger place for my livestock to roam. Please grant my request. I will patiently wait your reply.

Sincerely,

Christopher Manuel

Written by Chris Manuel on February 25, 2000, a 4th grade student at Seventh Street Elementary School, LAUSD.

 


February 25,1794

Dear Honorable Governor,

Since you have been in office, things have become so much better. It is an honor to be writing to you. Let me introduce myself, I am Jose Fernandez. I have five hundred head of longhorn cattle and two hundred fifty dairy cows. I am making this request for land so that I can expand my livestock. My brother and I will be joining our herds and he has nearly twice as many cattle as I. I currently have my herd along the Colorado River near a fertile valley that is bordered by the San Jacinto Mountains. I would greatly appreciate your approval in allowing me to have a land grant which is located between Mission San Juan Capistrano and Mission San Gabriel. I have been and will always be your faithful servant.

Signed,

Jose Fernandez

Written by Chris Simich on February 25, 2000, a 4th grade student at Seventh Street Elementary School, LAUSD.

 


 

Diseno created by AshleySiemensma on February 25, 2000.

4th grade student at Seventh Street Elementary School, LAUSD.