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Sale 38 Lot 488

1850 GOLD RUSH LETTER Fine content A.L.S. by "Lewis Trask", 3pp. 4to., Sacramento, Dec. 12, 1850, 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. Trask writes of his future, and mentions the robbery and murder of Charles Moore, who was killed in Yuma County. In small part: "...I left the mines last Monday, arrived here Tuesday eve. Wednesday I got [the] job as the first man...I have work $8.00 per day carpenters' wages is from 6 to 8 dollars per day now...I thought I should winter there, think I can do better here, I was in hopes of coming home this winter, but my pile is too little...it is thought by some that business will be better next season then the past...I think a man of your [ability] will do well here...A man was shot on his horse and robbed of his money $2500.00, it was done 3 miles from me, the man killed was Carls More of New York, he was shot in mid day...Lumber is selling at the yards for $100.00 per thousand, as regards your health, if you come here it is hard to tell how it will be if you are sick, you can well be taken care of...I think I shall try the mines once more next summer. I am anxious to see my wife and children and would go home and see them and come back again if I did not feel so poor. I have not done well at the mines this summer, about 4 weeks time was lost in a dam...Mr. Wheaton I don't wish to influence you to come to California nor to stay away from it, it would gratify me very much to have you come, the expense for you to out and build...will not be very large all though you may feel as though you had spent money enough for Cala...I will send you 3 news papers, they may give better accounts of California...". Loss at bottom margin and bottom right corner missing, good condition.
Estimate $ 200-300

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