The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52


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(4.6 stars; 14 reviews)

Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe moved to California from Massachusetts during the Gold Rush of the mid-1800’s. During her travels, Louise was offered the opportunity to write for The Herald about her travel adventures. It was at this point that Louise chose the name “Shirley” as her pen name. Dame Shirley wrote a series of 23 letters to her sister Mary Jane (also known as Molly) in Massachusetts in 1851 and 1852. The “Shirley Letters”, as the collected whole later became known, gave true accounts of life in two gold mining camps on the Feather River in the 1850s. She described these camps in Northern California with vividness in portraying the wildness of Gold Rush life. The letters give detailed accounts of the vast and beautiful landscape that was the background to the hustle and bustle of mining life. Louise’s perspective as a woman provided a contrast to the typically all-male mining camps that she occupied. The letters were later published in the Pioneer, a California literary magazine based out of San Francisco. (from Wikipedia) (6 hr 7 min)

Chapters

Introduction 16:08 Read by rachelellen
Letter 01 32:18 Read by rachelellen
Letter 02 10:13 Read by rachelellen
Letter 03 12:27 Read by rachelellen
Letter 04 10:43 Read by rachelellen
Letter 05 8:20 Read by rachelellen
Letter 06 8:03 Read by rachelellen
Letter 07 16:42 Read by rachelellen
Letter 08 14:39 Read by rachelellen
Letter 09 17:06 Read by rachelellen
Letter 10 15:44 Read by rachelellen
Letter 11 13:27 Read by rachelellen
Letter 12 13:14 Read by rachelellen
Letter 13 13:30 Read by rachelellen
Letter 14 15:38 Read by rachelellen
Letter 15 19:16 Read by rachelellen
Letter 16 5:45 Read by rachelellen
Letter 17 16:06 Read by rachelellen
Letter 18 12:03 Read by rachelellen
Letter 19 23:39 Read by rachelellen
Letter 20 15:04 Read by rachelellen
Letter 21 21:29 Read by rachelellen
Letter 22 19:04 Read by rachelellen
Letter 23 17:19 Read by rachelellen

Reviews

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(5 stars)

Ive listened to this book several times. The author's description of life in a gold rush mining camp is second to none. The reader, Rachel Ellen, gives this book the perfect voice.


(5 stars)

Beautiful and descriptive writing of the California mines during the gold rush era. Wonderful listening to this