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Great diary of an emigrant crossing the "great desert"...

Item # 692180

August 03, 1850

THE GREENSBOROUGH PATRIOT, (Greensboro), North Carolina, August 3, 1850  Rarely are we able to secure antebellum newspapers from this city.
The most interesting article is a nearly full column letter headed: "An Overland Journey to California" with a preface: "...diary of an emigrant to California. We copy the following passages from it of the journey across the great desert. It is an elucidation of some of the Pleasures of an overland trip in California".
This is a wonderfully detailed diary of one who presumably was heading to the gold fields. One bit notes: "...Four hours' travel brought us to its green banks, but the streams were dry, not a pool or stagnant water even could be found. Great God! what a situation was this! The Mahobbie [Majave], the western boundary of this desert...nothing but its parched & dried up bed was there..." and much more.
Also within: "Lynch Law In Virginia" "The Late President" "The Remains of President Taylor" & much more.
Four pages, very nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War