Sarah Clark and Robert V. Clark lived in Rising Sun, Indiana with six children. Robert left for California shortly before his son, Charles Francis Clark was born on February 14, 1852. Sarah Clark and her children eventually moved West, and the family lived at various times in Austin, Nev., El Dorado, Coloma, and Sacramento, California.
Scope and Content
The collection contains 21 letters from Sarah Clark to her husband and children. The remaining correspondence is between Clark family members. There are a few additional pieces written by friends, relatives, and one business associate. The correspondence covers a wide range of subjects including: the citrus industry in California and Nevada; economic conditions in California, Indiana, and Nevada; agriculture in Northern California; hunting; sickness; courtship; children; and business. There are also two letters containing love poetry, and the collection contains an express receipt from Wells Fargo and Company.