Title:Nathaniel Knight letters: Folsom, Calif. to Ambrose Knight : ALS, 1871 May 6 and July 2
Creator/Contributor:Knight, Nathaniel, active 1819, creator
Nathaniel Knight writes to Ambrose Knight (May 6, 1871) about a former employee of Ambrose's finding work among Nathaniel's
aquaintances, about health and illnesses, farm work and crops. He describes a fire in detail, which damanged a number of buildings
in downtown Folsom, for which he blames a certain man. In his letter of July 2, Nathaniel identifies the arsonist as a Mr.
Bugby who he believes set fire to his "wine house" to collect fire insurance (most of the other buildings damaged were also
insured.) He goes on to describe a more recent fire which damaged Chinatown, the lumber yard, and other areas. Religious matters
occupy a significant portion of the letter in which he describes local churches, offers his views on the "man made excitement"
of church revivals, and other issues. He also writes about his vegetable garden, murders, members of the household, the social
climate in Calaveras, and encourages Ambrose to come and visit soon, even for just one night.
Fires -- California -- Folsom
Arson -- California -- Folsom
Fire insurance -- California
Agriculture -- California -- Folsom
Revivals -- California
California -- Religious life and customs
California -- Social life and customs
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