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THOMPSON, SUSAN
AUNT SUSAN THOMPSON'S JOURNAL & MISC. / NO. III. / 1844 TO 1845 INCL. / ALSO LETTERS FROM ASA THOMPSON JR. WHILE IN CAL. & OTHER ARTICLES
1844 - 1863. 1844 - 1863, N.P. A rare one-of-a-kind compilation of 106 pages of California Gold Rush letters from 1849 - 1852 and 1854 - 1863, written by Asa Thompson, Jr. to his family in Dorchester/Boston, Massachusetts. After collecting what letters she was able from Asa's immediate family, Ellen Putnam, an ancestor of Asa, hand-copied all of his letters into this composition notebook in 1925. To our knowledge, this is the only copy of this collection of letters. The journal begins with 45 pages from his sister's diary, Susan Thompson, during July 1844 - May 1845 around the Boston area, followed by 22 pages of earlier genealogy, deed and notes. Susan's portion offers general information about life in Massachusetts in the mid-1800s. It talks about work, weather, church, school, visits to various homes and people, etc. This is followed by Asa's letters. The letters speak of Asa's hopes of striking it rich in the gold mines, his hopes not becoming a reality, his resorting to driving teams of horses and oxen filled with supplies, hardships, loneliness, joy, despair, money and lack thereof, cost of provisions, inability to find gold, missing his sisters' weddings. Asa's letters talk of his desire to have gotten married and the possibility of marriage ever being in his future, of the numerous people he knows, works with or works for, Indians, etc. Asa arrived in San Francisco in November, 1849. His letters indicate that his time was spent in Sacramento and mainly in Crescent City area. Excerpts from the letters: "I have not worked in the mines yet for we have been getting our … [Click Below for Full Description]
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