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Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe

(1819—1906)


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(1819–1906),

came to California from her native Massachusetts with her husband in 1849, and, over the pseudonym Dame Shirley, wrote letters (1851–52), ostensibly to her sister, which give a witty, feminine view of the gold rush. They were issued in San Francisco's Pioneer Magazine (1854–55) and as a book, The Shirley Letters, in 1922.

Subjects: Literature.


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