This collection contains a hand-written letter. Penned by attorney George Riley Moore, it contains details about Moore's experience
in the Sacramento area. The letter was written to his sister in Ohio.
George Riley Moore was born in Montville, Waldo County, Maine, in 1829. He and his family eventually moved to Mount Vernon,
Knox County, Ohio, where, by 1850, Moore set up a law practice. He soon after left for California where he settled in Sacramento
in 1850/51. He soon went on to practice law in partnership with D.W. Welty at Sixth and J streets. In May 1855, he married
Sarah M. Herring, a native of Troy, Rensselaer, New York. Together they had four children (Frank, May, Frederick and George)
and settled at Thirteenth and F streets. Over his career, Moore became City Attorney, served on the Sacramento Board of Education,
and ran twice for the California State Senate. Moore died on June 22, 1868, from tuberculosis and was buried at the Sacramento
City Cemetery. Sarah died on May 20, 1908.
Notable historical mention is the bank panic of 1854, the result of the enormous wealth created by the California Gold Rush
and the overinvestment in numerous capital endeavors, including the westward expansion of rail transport. After a bank collapse,
a massive run then followed, interest rates increased, and construction was hobbled for years to come.