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I found a great little how-to over at explaining what you need to transfer all my email and preferences for This is my own wording, but I give credit to those guys.

  1. First, copy the entirety of /Users/<username>/Library/Mail to the new user's matching directory:
    sudo cp -r /Users/<old_user>/Library/Mail /Users/<new_user>/Library/Mail
  2. Second, copy the preference file:

    sudo cp -r /Users/<old_user>/Library/Preferences/ /Users/<new_user>/Library/Preferences/
    • Note, the file name may be on more recent versions of OS X. Unix systems are CaSe SeNsItIvE.