The Shirley Letters: From the Calfornia Mines, 1851-1852



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  • Paperback
  • 250 pages
  • The Shirley Letters: From the Calfornia Mines, 1851-1852
  • Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  • 08 October 2018
  • 9781533233233

10 thoughts on “The Shirley Letters: From the Calfornia Mines, 1851-1852

  1. says:

    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 The...

  2. says:

    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 gracio...

  3. says:

    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 ...

  4. says:

    I did not read this particular edition, but the edition which is public domain and purchased for Kindle at .com If you are expecting a novel, this is not the book for you I read this book as if I were receiving letters from a relative I also kept in mind that theses letters were Dame Shirleys observations, thoughts and feelings I was impressed with her descriptions both negative and positive I was also impressed that Dame Shirley was able to be so positive in the m...

  5. says:

    These are a series of letters, which were also published in the papers of the time, from a young woman who traveled with her doctor husband up the Feather River into the foothills of California during the Gold Rush She describes life there in some detail Perhaps what is most fascinating about the letters is the woman behind them, who despite her 19th century New England upbringing has an extraordinarily contemporary voice She is the kind of personality ...

  6. says:

    The Shirley Letters are a snapshot of the early California mines and culture told from the point of view of a woman It also gives a glimpse of a woman who was not typical for her time period I loved the details she shared about her life and learning about that time pe...

  7. says:

    I m fascinated with the gold rush era and how the San Francisco Bay Area grew from a population of a few hundred people to tens of thousands of people overnight as a result of the gold rush so when my local library had this book featured as their monthly book, I was hooked These letters are a gem letters written by a woman who went by the pen name of Dame Shirley She and her young doctor husband move here from the east coast like everyone else was in the 1850 s, to seek their fortune They first lived in San Francisco and then they moved up towards the gold country near Sacramento All her travel is done on the back of a mule and the language she uses to describe the natural scenery, the state of the ramshackle houses and encampments that have popped up all over and the gold panning process ...

  8. says:

    I liked it The book is rare We don t have many firsthand accounts of life in Gold Rush mining camps I appreciated the details and anecdotes of daily life most, but was also rooting for her to embrace her wild side a bit I wish I knew about her as a person On several occasions, Clappe says how much she enjoys the mountains, relishes changes in dress, has everything she needs even though the materials are simple, and ...

  9. says:

    Louise Clappe, aka Dame Shirley, traveled from her genteel, well educated New England household to California during the Gold Rush, accompanying her doctor husband In these 23 letters, she describes not only the majestic natural wonders of mining country, but also the often romanticized rough and tumble lifestyle of the miners that turned bigoted and brutal, with violent attacks on Chinese, Mexicans and Chileans S...

  10. says:

    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 th...

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