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The Shirley Letters from the California Mines, 1851-1852 Paperback – January 1, 1998
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One note: I started reading from the beginning and was like, "What? These aren't letters." The book begins with a VERY long essay *about* the letters, not with the letters themselves. I thought maybe I had mistakenly downloaded a scholarly study of the letters. Turns out you just have to skip WAY ahead before getting to Dame Shirley's correspondence with her sister.
(Also, the letters are a lot more fun and evocative if you imagine them in the voice of Alma Garrett from Deadwood. Trust me.)