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Two 4-page autograph letters, the first "To my dear sister," and the second to "My dear parents," signed "Thomas."
Idaho Springs: June 10 and July 21, 1861. Each a folio (approx. 12" x 7¼), each on integral leaves, each about 125 lines and 1000 words; previous folds, legible. Two wonderful letters frrom a hunter, prospector, and explorer. To his sister: "The letter rec. speaks of having been sent with the bundle I never got in fact. I almost began to think I was forgotten as I had recvd. no letter from you for more than two months. As for the papers I never get them. And it isn't worth to bother with them. The shirts were exactly right - and were of great service on the trip I took westward. We had a pretty arduous trip but I think we found a pass across the mountains which will be of great benefit to this country. Preparations are making to have the route surveyed from here to Salt Lake City. I shall most likely make one of the survey party, probably in the capacity of hunter, at least I shall prefer such a berth ... Saw three grizzly bears but I tried in vain to get a shot at one ... On the top of the highest range we found a species of grouse commonly called 'Ptarmigan' which are very rare, the only specimen I know of in the country being one at the Smithsonian which was shot by Capt. Macy a few years since. We found them very abundant and delicious eating ... Our new governor [William] Gilpin and W. H. Russell [likely William Hepburn Russell] paid us a visit ... Gilpin is a Philadelphia Quaker ... Mr. Russell is the pioneer capitalist of this country and one to whom the country is deeply endebted. He had some difficulty at Washington last winter but came out unscathed. He took qui … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB) [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]

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