Title:Letters: San Francisco, California, to Harriet E. Kimball, Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1853-1859
Creator/Contributor:Kimball, Harriet E., correspondent.
Five handwritten letters from a mother in California to her married daughter back East, three from 1853 (dated March 28, November
25, and December 30) and two from 1859 (date March 19 and 30). The first letter largely concerns the mother's journey from
New York to San Francisco through Panama. Other topics of the letters include receiving materials and possessions from the
East, setting up a house, and matters of friends and family. She mentions in the fourth letter going to "the Lake House" in
a carriage for a picnic because "some people think they dont have anything...in California." She also remarks that "in California...a
woman is thought something of if she be [housed?] herself. " In the final two letters, the correspondent says that she is
planning on returning to Massachusetts in April 1859, but she asks that her return be a surprise. Signature illegible, possibly
L.A.C. Downs or Dodre.
Kimball, Harriet E -- Correspondence
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel
California -- History -- 1850-1950
Letters : San Francisco, California, to Harriet E. Kimball, Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1853-1859, BANC MSS 2015/20, The Bancroft
Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase; from Ken Harrison Western Americana; 20150504.
BANC MSS 2015/20