Sacramento: 1850. Bifolium of blue lined paper, folded once vertically, to form 4 pp. 2-1/2 pages of manuscript, ~ 68 lines of text, ~ 600 words. Script clear & legible [typed transcription included]. P. 4 addresss, Sacramento City postmark / 'paid' stamp. 10" x 7-7/8". Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Letter fold-lines, with age-toning & browning along exterior of such. Wax spot, with associated paper tear. Overall, Very Good. Item #48633
Nice newsy letter from Eldridge to his father, wherein he speaks of everyday matters during the California Gold Rush... "Our rainy season has thus far been very severe, much more so than it was last year and if it continues much longer, it will be impossible to get out of the city with freight. The raods are so bad now that double price is offered." Speaking of a common acquaintance, "He thinks ther is a good opening at a small place called Auburn City on a creek near Hangtown. / Frank and I have an interest in a quartz load ther and we hope it is a good one if it does porove to be it will be worth a good deal and if it is not, it will not cost much to find out." Speaking to his father about coming to California, "... I really hope you will come for I think you can do much better here than there and I know there never was a more healthy country in the world than this... and Society so good that no man would imagine that it had een settled but three years..." As to the gold, "A good deal of gold will be taken out this winter, more than any season heretofore ...
Nice primary source for life during the Gold Rush.