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GOODMAN, E.L. (Phebe Bradstreet)
Holograph Letter. Written in 1864 by E. L. Goodman, Pioneer Farmer near San Francisco
Quarto. 4pp. San Francisco, April 11/14, 1864. A long letter written by E.L. Goodman to Phebe Bradstreet of Bennettsville, New York. He describes conditions for farming and cattle grazing in California, and the rise of violence since 1849. Phebe Bradstreet was the wife of Edward L. Bradstreet, a descendant of Major General John Bradstreet, a famous British army officer of the French and Indian War. As can be gleaned from the letter, Goodman was a close family friend of both Phebe and Edward before he left for California. Of California he writes at length about opportunities for cultivating the land and extracting mineral resources, and the problem of lawlessness and violence: ". here has been a great deal of murdering a going on through the country and robbing then in forty nine, they have gone in for lynching them up, that is the only way to stop them, they have hung some forty or more, they would watch people a coming from the mines and shoot them, they have robbed and murdered over one hundred a fifty last fall and this winter . but there is men out now after them." A few modest stains and light toning to the folds, very good or better. The letter is mostly easily legible with obvious misspellings silently corrected and with punctuation added in the following excerpt: [p. 1] "Miss Phebe Bradstreet I must write you a few lines to let you know that I have not forgot you . life is uncertain, I wished I had been here ten years ago, this has been one of the greatest chances for men or women that I've seen, I think I will have . the greatest chances for making money and losing … [Click Below for Full Description]
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