Approx. 270 letters, dated between 1897 and 1943, written to Maud Williams from America, Miss Williams was a painter and miniaturist
who had several works accepted by the Academy. One of the writers is her sister Lucy who married first a Mr. Chalmers, and
in a letter dated May 27th 1897 she writes from Mexico: This is a gold mining district. At present I have to live in a tent
until we can get a house built.... you can image mule back riding going over hight mountains where there is only just a narrow
track for the mule to go on... We had to ford the river twice, once on our mule's and the second time in a boat, if one could
give it that name. It was just a large log with the center hollowed out and we had to sit in the bottom of it as there were
no seats!! Lucy married a second time a Mr. William Crews who was the brother of Laura Hope Crews, a well know American actress
of the time. Also letters from Mrs. W.E. Morrian of San Francisco. She sent Maud Williams regular sums of money and gave endless
advice about how to invest it. In May 1906 she writes about the San Francisco earthquake and fire: I sent you a postcard on
the 18th. April, the day of the terrible earthquake which crumbled every brick building and chimney to ashes and broke the
water mains then the devastating fire roared from the 20th Street to the north shore of the water front and from East to Van
Ness Aye, an area of 10,000 acres.... it is impossible fo find anyone. No cars. No Carriages. No light and very little water
for some weeks. Everyone has to cook on the streets on a few bricks.
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