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David S. Hyde letters : Sacramento, Calif, to Emmett Hyde : ALS, 1852-1861.
BANC MSS 99/54 c
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David S. Hyde letters: Sacramento, Calif, to Emmett Hyde : ALS, 1852-1861


Hyde, D. S. (David Salvo), creator


Hyde, Emmett W.


In 27 letters to his brother Emmett and family (New York state) D.S. "Salvo" Hyde writes of his successful provisions business, financial details of the trade, and arrangements for ordering goods from the east. Other topics are Sacramento fires, heavy storms, a levee break and resulting flood, building a fireproof store, etc. He writes of setting up stores in Hoboken (on the American River) and at Indian Springs (near the Hangtown road), and comments on the greater profits of stores in the mining area vs. stores in town. He writes of a small pox epidemic, of crops, discusses family business and property, and his medical treatments. He mentions his wife Nancy and her sewing business in some letters. One letter describes a mining tunnel in which he had shares hitting paydirt. In other letters he mentions state and national politics, a lawsuit against Vanderbilt relating to dysentery contracted during his voyage west, the Fraser River gold rush in British Columbia, his hog farm, the unique vocabulary of emigrants from Pike Co (MO), and his plans for a shoe store. Also includes two letters from Nancy Hyde after Hyde's death, as well as death certificates.


1852 (issued)


n-us-ca -- n-us-ny
Floods -- California -- Sacramento
Fires -- California -- Sacramento
Dry-goods -- California -- Sacramento
Mines and mineral resources -- California
Sewing -- California -- Sacramento
Medical care -- California
Families -- New York
Merchants -- California
Ranches -- California
Sacramento (Calif.) -- Commerce
Mother Lode (Calif.) -- Commerce


Death certificates.

Physical Description:

1 portfolio (.1 linear ft.)




BANC MSS 99/54 c