Sacramento City: 14 September 1852.
Quarto bifolium (ca. 25x19,5 cm). 1 p. Brown ink on wove paper, written in a legible hand. Docketed on verso of the second leaf. Paper slightly age-toned, fold marks, but overall a very good letter.
Original letter, giving insight into the life of gold miners during the first years of Sacramento City (incorporated in 1850). The author talks about his plans to start gold mining, the latest developments from his brother and friends, who also engaged in mining, and mentions “a number of cases of cholera in town” - the Sacramento cholera epidemic, which struck the city in August 1852. The text of the letter: “Dear Parents, I shall start for the mines tomorrow morning. I can not get into anything in the city that will pay at present. Business is very dull just now. I received a letter from Brother John a few days ago, he had been sick but has got better and gone to work again. They are now working the bed of the Creek and doing pretty well. Marcus Yarwood, Geo Spurr, Noel Perkins, James Lee, John Watson & W. Brunnell are up where John is, they are all well. I received a letter from Robt. Brett a short time since, he is at Nevada and thinks he shall stay there all winter. John & Rober Parker was at Lander’s Bar on the Yuba the last I heard of them. We did not receive any letters by last mail, I expect to get some by the next which is due the 20th. It has been very sickly for some time past, we have had a number of cases of cholera in town, but the health of the city is much better right now. I like this country first rate, although I have not made anything yet, but I am determined to make something before I leave it. My love to Mother, Sisters & Brother George. Give my respects to all friends.”.