California's Russian past lives on at Ft. Ross

A Mexican past -- Russian too Just a quick note to say how much I appreciated your fine article on California's Mexican past ["On a Mission to Our Past," June 29]. When talking about that era, it is easy to fall into an unhelpful romantic nostalgia. Christopher Reynolds wrote a concise, clear and helpful essay. The section on Sutter was especially fine. Nicely done! --David Harrington Watt, Philadelphia As a native of Sacramento but a longtime resident of Southern California, I was reminded by your Sunday article of the relationship between Sutter's Fort (Sacramento) and the Russian outpost of Ft. Ross. Many Californians do not realize that Russia had a settlement...