Title:William McShea letters: San Francisco, California, 1855-1857
Creator/Contributor:McShea, William, 1830?-, creator, correspondent.
Two handwritten letters from an Irish man working as a teamster in San Francisco to his brothers in Philadelphia. In the first
letter, dated March 30, 1855, he writes of the recent "breaking of the Banks...one of the banks started up that is Page Bacon
& Co." and "I am still draying but business is dull...." In the second letter, dated March 19, 1857, he writes that he sold
his horse and and is out of the horse trade for now but has an easy situation in a newly opened flour store and hopes to buy
another horse. He also writes that he is well being single because "...it is rather expensive to be walking around doing nothing,
and to have a wife is worse."
McShea, William -- 1830?- -- Correspondence
Page, Bacon & Co.
Bank failures -- California -- San Francisco
Teamsters -- California -- San Francisco
Irish Americans -- California -- San Francisco
William McShea letters : San Francisco, California, 1855-1857, BANC MSS 2016/19, The Bancroft Library, University of California,
Purchase from Almagre Books ; 2015.
William McShea (1830?-, Ireland) worked as a teamster and flour store foreman in San Francisco, California.
Gift; donor; date.
BANC MSS 2016/19