Sacramento City, California: 31 December 1852. Quarto (ca. 25x19,5 cm). 2 pp. Brown ink on wove paper, written in a legible hand. Paper slightly age-toned, fold marks, but overall a very good letter.
Content-rich letter by a young gold miner with interesting remarks on the Sacramento City, then just about three years old (incorporated in 1850).
[Original spelling]: "We have been to Eureka since I last wrote you and did not find the mines in that section of the Country as good as we anticipated and provisions were so high that we could not make anything. <…> We have been rather unfortunate in our mining opperations the last tripp cost us about two hundred Dollars each, besides what we made mining while it was gone.
Sacramento City has greatly changed since we left, it has been burnt down and built up again, at present it is a hard looking place, most of the houses are built of rough boards, the streets are so muddy from the recent rains that it is almost impossible for teams to get about the greater part of. The teaming is done with boats, they hitch their horses to the boats and tow them through the mud which is about as thick as hasty pudding. The Levee broke and about two thirds of the City has been inundated, it is now raining and the river is rapidly rising, and I think we shall be again flooded. <…>
The Country is much as I expected to find it, my pillow was very usefull on the passage, I lost it in the Engine room on the S.S. Lewis just before we arrived at San Francisco and it got covered with oil and I had to throw it overboard. The food is as good as you get in the States, generally I can sleep as sound on the ground as I could on a feather bed at home, it went rather hard at first, but I soon became accustomed to it. The getting of gold is much harder work than I expected to find it. <…> I have not attended church since I have been in the country. I have spent most of my time in the mines where there was no church…”.
Price: $1,250.00 USD