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`Download Epub Í The Shirley Letters: From the California Mines, 1851-1852 ð The Shirley Letters, written from the mining camps inand , are something valuable and rare a portrait by a woman of an era dominated by men They offer a vivid picture of gold rush life, from accounts of murders, fearful accidents, bloody deaths, a mob, whippings, a hanging, an attempt at suicide, and a fatal duel to bars lined with that eternal crimson calico which flushes the whole social life of the Golden State, and the rare and welcome luxury of oyster feasts With the wild grandeur and awful magnificence of the Sierra as background, this classic account presents a picture of the gold rush that is at times humorous, at times empathetic, and always trustworthy This is an outstanding collection of letters, all written to her sister, later published in a magazine, illustrate a woman s perspective of living during the California Gold Rush, in the Feather River region Reading this collection, I was drawn to the author s attention to detail In descriptions intended for her sister, she painted a picture of her time which was vivid, compassionate, empathetic and animated. These eloquent, playful letters written by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clapp to her sister during the California Gold Rush are a delight to read They re detailed and full of personality In 1851, Clapp moved to Rich Bar, California, with her doctor husband F because they d heard there weren t enough doctors in the town By the time they arrived, 27 other doctors were already there Clapp took the pseudonym Dame Shirley because apparently she d hoped for these letters to be published one day T These eloquent, playful letters written by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clapp to her sister during the California Gold Rush are a delight to read They re detailed and full of personality In 1851, Clapp moved to Rich Bar, California, with her doctor husband F because they d heard there weren t enough doctors in the town By the time they arrived, 27 other doctors were already there Clapp took the pseudonym Dame Shirley because apparently she d hoped for these letters to be published one day They were, three years later, as a series in a women s publication I found a copy of The Dame Shirley Letters online as a PDF file, but they surely deserve their own bound book for modern readers The Shirley Letters, in a way, don t deserve to be reviewed because they weren t written as literature They are what they are, letters from a sister to her beloved sister, written from the California gold mine camps in 1851 1852 Except these letters are very special, filled with description, candor, and charm, from the pen of a woman who was educated, talented, and witty The 23 missives made their way to Pioneer magazine, and I am glad they did, because the rich trove of 19th century lore, ca The Shirley Letters, in a way, don t deserve to be reviewed because they weren t written as literature They are what they are, letters from a sister to her beloved sister, written from the California gold mine camps in 1851 1852 Except these letters are very special, filled with description, candor, and charm, from the pen of a woman who was educated, talented, and witty The 23 missives made their way to Pioneer magazine, and I am glad they did, because the rich trove of 19th century lore, camp culture, geography, history, and daily living Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe Dame Shirley, 1809 1906 recorded in them remains a treasure for the rest of us to enjoy to this day In 1849 Dame Shirley left Massachusetts to follow her husband, a doctor, to the mining camps Her letters to her sister detail her experiences in the camps and later in San Francisco She spares no detail in describing the rugged but beautiful West, the problems of crime and resulting whippings and hangings, the problems between whites and the Indians and immigrants, her simple cabin, and her efforts to establish gracious living in the wilds As I read her letters I can t ignore the obvious Dame Shirley loved to write, found joy in describing her new life in the Wild West, and exulted in the raw beauty of unspoiled creation Her writing is energetic and lively, a great resource for anyone who desires to write about daily living during the Gold Rush period The Shirley Lettersinclude a very informative introduction and illustrations reprints of mining country scenes of that era, particularly the camps around the Feather River The Shirley Letters written by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe to her sister in New England from 1851 to 1852, are a precious document of life in California s gold country Clappe has been rightfully compared with Mark Twain for her humor, historic recording of the times, and her literary style Having written a number of travel stories on gold country back when I was a staff editor on a travel magazine, I loved being transported back to the diggins of oldtime Clappe covers the Feather River The Shirley Letters written by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe to her sister in New England from 1851 to 1852, are a precious document of life in California s gold country Clappe has been rightfully compared with Mark Twain for her humor, historic recording of the times, and her literary style Having written a number of travel stories on gold country back when I was a staff editor on a travel magazine, I loved being transported back to the diggins of oldtime Clappe covers the Feather River gold camps, an area I didn t cover a lot Her eye for details, down to what they ate, wore, furnished their rough and tumble homes with, how they extracted the gold, gives a lively vivid account of life in the mining area She witnessed the culture of the time and place, including hangings, some vigilante like In one brief period of a few weeks the wrote of murders, a hanging, an attempt at suicide, and a fatal duel But above all, I was drawn to her love of nature, of the mountain wilderness, her lyrical descriptions of the wild grandeur and awful magnificence I regretted her disparaging comments about the Indians in the area not yet obliterated by whites , a product of her time, although she did express some thoughtful curiosity and interest in their ways and did interact with some of them, albeit in a paternalistically superior way She redeemed herself later when she observed the bad feeling of our countrymen towards foreigners California was not yet a state and men came from all over the world to seek their fortune Clappe noted the vulgarity and unjust expression of the Yankees, especially towards Spaniards, whom she says are highly educated gentlemen of the most refined and cultivated manners This observation We labor under great disadvantages, in the judgment of foreigners Our peculiar, political institutions, and the prevalence of common schools, give to ALL our people an arrogant assurance, which is mistaken for the American BEAU IDEAL of a gentleman resonates still today Ms Clappe and her doctor husband was an educated affluent woman from New England among rowdies