Dinsdale, Matthew / Papers, 1836-1897
Call Number, Wis MSS DL, folder 3 ([unpublished])
Downieville Fork[?] of the North Yuba California / November 7th 1851 PDF (4.8 MB)
Nown__ville ______ of the North _____ California My Dear Mother/ Th___ date my letter from Down________ and about 6 miles north east of ____ place, within a mile of where __ was all last autumn. And about five miles from our last ___________________ Dow___ville is the business place to ___ for this region and as you may see _______ of it in the papers you will know that I belong there as ________ from it. I have not writ to you since last June and that was in answer to a letter I received that month dated in february. For some weeks past I have been looking for letter from you in answer to mine sent the early part of last winter. ___________________ in the mines ______________________ with the three _________ I spent lst winter with. As I informed you in my last we have been planning ___________ and have made out quite as well as the average at the _________ in ______. We quit the rever about a month ago, and are now ___________ on a bank. We have taken in tow _____, and are now six in company. _______________________ we made but little last ____ and ____ so far we have taken out about __________ a day to the ____________________. Our own labor have had from one to _____ men hired. We have paid 28 to 34 a day per _____, at present wages are only _____ a day. I fancy I can now see an opening in the not very distant future _______________ I can _________ and with some satisfaction escape from present circumstances. I wish to spend my _________ in the contry ____ is absolutely no __________________ _______ life somewhat comfortable. _____ I am not for. I have already told you I would like to leave next summer. This is all I can still say ____________________ about quartz mining as it has begun to be developed in _____________________ all miners are now turning their attention this way at present In this region some valuabel discoveries have within the last two or three months been made in quartz veins, a few days ago ____ the four of us bought an interest in one fo the late discoveries. There are twenty shares. _________________ taken to purchase as steam engine for crushing ___ and in a short time we ____________________ I have about given up all thoughts of going into ________. There ought to be at least two or three together and I find it necessary to be very particular ________ wrote a _______ wishes me to _____ him. I answer there were at least tow obstacles. I told him I could neither sell ________ nor trade on Sunday, and in the mines both are done by almost every one engaged in business. A few weeks ago he _____ his offer, but said that the place was not ________________ I led him when he was ready to report I would listen to him, but that ____ _________________________ Said he I remember what you told me last year. what the ________ will be I knot not. Saturday 8th Nov. It is ____________________ rainy season has set in. _______________ gentle showers, with just now dull cloudy weather. ______________ has been raining about ____ __________________ yesterday a little fell all ________ during the day and last night we had one or two small showers. A week ago we had one cloudy afternoon with a few drops. The early past of September _______ had two or three pleasant rainy days. The rest of the season has been remarkably pleasant. Clear, brilliant, glorious days. The atmosphere is very pure and ______________ with scarcely ever a cloud on the azure surface fo the heavens. ___ perhaps impossible to be in a more delightful climate then during the autumn. Summer is a little too warm and winter a little too wet for comfort. But where on earth shall we find every thing all the time as we woudl wish? Think of six months ________ with hardlya days exception? ________ For one week we have had ______ pleasant weather, this so far has been a day of rain/now almost noon/ I have been reading Dr. _______ Connsels to young men; and just ___thought me I would commune for a few moments with my dear far off friends. I cannont but reflect on our different circumstances. You with all the _____________ of home, and advantages of long established _______. Where I am struggling against obstacels ____ to a new country, am that ____ California. Numbers have now left this part for the fourth or home and there are but few persons near us at present. our religions privilges are of that kind, mostly for which we are indebted ot ourselves. Personal intercourse with God direct or thro' his word. I have now by me the first Bible I bought. This was when I lived in Richmond.
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