Correspondence of members of Hamilton family to Mrs. Hamilton's brother, Joseph Delliber, in Hartford, Connecticut.
Lorenzo Hamilton came to California from Hartford, Connecticut with the Henry Lee Company, sailing aboard the "Henry Lee,"
arriving Feb. 17, 1849. He went into business as a merchant in Sacramento. In 1851 his wife, Lavinia, and three children,
Lillie, Frank and Joseph, joined him in Sacramento. The place of business, Hamilton & Brown, was destroyed by fire in 1852
and the family moved to the town of Washington, in Yolo County. Mr. Hamilton's partner at that time was Mr. Howlett. By 1857
the family was again in Sacramento. Mr. Hamilton bought out Mr. Howlett and in partnership with Mr. Daugherty of Daugherty
& Company built a new store.