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A woman gold miner... Harshness of California life...



Item # 657169

December 18, 1849

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 1849  Page 3 has an interesting letter headed: "California Items" concerning: "The only white woman that I have seen in the mines...came here from Calcutta...dresses in trousers & wears a thin hat & red shirt as most of the miners do...Failing in business & becoming poor, he determined to dig a fortune out of the earth in California & the wife, true to her companion, only consented when he promised she should accompany him...one of the many romantic incidents that a life in the gold-diggings of California from time to time develops."
Yet another letter from the gold region includes: "All is not gold that glitters...traveled 700 miles on foot without shoes---have crossed deserts...took us 57 days to travel 1500 miles. Many have come out here expecting to get rich in a few days...a man has to work hard to get it...My advice is, when a man is doing well enough, to let well enough alone..." and more interesting comments on the harshness of life in the gold fields.
Four pages, very nice condition.

Item from Catalog 289 (released for December, 2019)...

Category: Pre-Civil War

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