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Difficulties in getting to the California gold fields...

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December 12, 1849

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 12, 1849  Page 3 has a great half column report: "From California" concerning the on-going Gold Rush. It has two letters, the first from "Camp on St. Mary's River" which details the travails of the overland route to Calif. with some interesting detail. It ends saying: "...From my experience I would not advise no person to come to California by this route. Go by water, by all means."
The 2nd letter is from San Francisco which also details the troubles in getting to the gold fields. When they did: "...soon began to think it was a golden humbug. Thousands were there, two-thirds of them sick...There are hundreds walking to & from the mines..." with more.
Four pages, very nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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