Title:Stephen T. King and James L. King letters: San Francisco, Calif., to John H. King, New York, N.Y., 1854-1860
Creator/Contributor:King, Stephen T., creator
Creator/Contributor:King, James L.
Creator/Contributor:King, John H., correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Wells, Fargo & Company
Five letters from Stephen T. King (7 p.) and three letters from James L. King (10 p.) to their brother John H. King describing
events and every day circumstances of business in San Francisco. One letter is a personal account of fighting the fire that
provides numerous details including specific intersections and buildings burned in the blaze and the effect on their own business.
Stephen's membership in the Knickerbocker #5 Fire Brigade is also noted in the letter. Other correspondence gives details
of shipping and cargo information including ships and captain names, departure and arrival dates, requests for shipping and
cargo information in New York, references to Stephen King taking controlling interest in a newspaper (California Spirit of
the Times and Fireman's Journal) and becoming its editor. The letters have a brotherly tone and often begin with a note about
a check being enclosed for the support of the family and the amount. In one letter, Stephen chastizes John in New York for
his lack of accomplishments due to his fondness for expensive clothes. He also recounts details of photographs that John has
sent and offers his critique on how to wear his collar in a more fashionable and appropriate way. Stephen writes of his interest
in politics as the editor of the Democratic Organ and a supporter of James Buchanan for president as well as his hopes for
running for the State Senate himself. The letter dated March 4, 1860 is written on two pages of Wells Fargo Co., New York
and California Express and Exchanges Company letterhead stationery. Includes a newspaper clipping [Daily Evening News?], dated
July 11, 1854, reporting a very large fire that began in the Golden Gate Hotel and destroyed 70 to 80 buildings. On the verso
side of the article are numerous advertisements for steamer ship and ferry boat schedules, hotels, a bakery, bonnets, ivory
brushes, land, paper, and liquor.
Subject:n-us-ca -- n-us-ny
King, Stephen T -- Correspondence
King, James L -- Correspondence
Capt -- Ishaur, I. B. G
Davie Crockett (Ship)
Golden Gate (Ship)
Fires -- California -- San Francisco
Shipping -- California -- San Francisco
Freight and freightage -- California -- San Francisco
Fire departments -- California -- San Francisco
California -- Newspapers
United States -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Stephen T. King and James L. King letters : San Francisco, Calif., to John H. King, New York, N.Y, BANC MSS 2008/22, The Bancroft
Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Stephen T. King was a California journalist and politician.
BANC MSS 2008/22