William Petty Hartnell went to Oahu to confer with Admiral Seymour about ‘debt owed him since 1827 by the Mexican government’

Lancastrian-born, baptized as an Anglican, William Petty Hartnell could not find work in Backbarrow, and so ended up emigrating to California, converting to Roman Catholicism, marrying Dona Maria Teresa de la Guerra, becoming a Mexican citizen, and serving as a Monterey councilman in the first American council in the former California capital.

After also serving on the first jury in that city, he took a leave of absence to sail to Oahu, where, as a British subject, he conferred with Admiral Seymour on board the British flagship in the harbour.

Susanna Bryant Dakin writes that ‘in later years it was said of Hartnell “the monarchist” that he went to the island to enlist the aid of the British fleet against the Americans…

‘From Hartnell’s own papers it appears his business was personal, to interest highest British officials in collecting the debt owed him since 1827 by the Mexican government.’

[For a link to the latest excerpt from Dakin’s book The Lives of William Hartnell, published by Stanford University Press in 1949, please refer to the Comments section below.]

– ‘Goyo de la Rosa’, Editor

LA ROSA

 

CCC – LA ROSA TRANSCULTURAL PACIFICAN HISTORY 1827 – 2010

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