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1849 GOLD RUSH LETTER Fine content A.L.S. by "A. Cushing", 6pp. 4to., "On Board the Brig New Castle running down the coast of Chile", May 10, 1849, to Noah Wheaton, possibly the same Wheaton from Hartford, CT, who purchased and resided in New York's Gracie Mansion from 1857-1896, making him the longest residing resident of the famous structure. Penned in a small, neat hand, and cross-written on final two pages, it reads, in very small part: "...We are steering for the port of Talcahuano, for water food and vegetables...As I had before been there, the Captain wished me to assist him in going in, and we run in with me for pilot, and anchored 12 miles below the town at a small place called Santa Cruse, where all vessels stop that put into this port for supplies drawing 12 feet and upwards of water, and all vessels must be visited by the Captain of the Fort...The houses are mostly one story built of brick, stone, and the common peoples' of sticks about eight inches in diameter mortised into the ground...My speaking the language makes it quite pleasant for them...We put our letters on board the whale ship Saratoga Capt. Smith bound for New Bedford next day after our arrival....the Brigs Forrester and Josephine came in with passengers...The next day we come out with light winds, and after a passage of 23 days we made Staten Island...the sea was breaking over us constantly, the water three feet deep on deck, sails ropes and water flying in all directions, and the Captain, and all very much frightened, he called me again...I said to the Captain 'old women can get a ship along in pleasant weather, but it required men in a gale like this.'...We have one sick sailor and I think he will survive but a short time I also think if some if not all of the passengers were at home now they would never attempt to go to California again...We arrived at this town on the 3rd which made our passage from New York seven months...We shall go up to Sacramento City on the 10th of this month. We take all of our venture with us, as it is said we can do much better with them there, we have shipped them...Sacramento City we have now arrived at this place after a passage of six days...put our tent up today and commence living on shore, our freight will be out in a day or two...One of us will start for the mines in a few days. I think we shall chose one for the purpose, it is rather early yet for the mines, it is so very warm the thermometer at noon was 120o and it is warmer in the mines. I think those who stay will work at their trades if they can get work while the one is prospecting, we shall do all we can for money...". Folds, very good condition.
Estimate $ 200-300

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