Dinsdale, Matthew / Papers, 1836-1897
Call Number, Wis MSS DL, folder 3 ([unpublished])
North Yuba California October 28th 1850 PDF (4.5 MB)
I believe California has an interesting and important future before her and without some mishaps she must be prosperous. How _____________________ is of commanding imporance. Her climate is excellent and all that could be expected from her situation. Her soil except for the mountains is capable of cultivation. Her timber is exhaustless. And her gold mines the wonder of the world. So far this gold has been obtained chiefly from ravines and rivers. But where does it come from? Every theory supposes it comes from the mountains, and so far as there is proof the doctrine is confirmed. But the mountains have hardly been examined except in a few places. I hink every year will see improvements in her population. The sober, thinking, and industrious will occupy the place of the idle the country asserted that there was not one "temperance" man in it. Of course he was mistaken; tho' the _________ were no doubt in a large majority. _____ temperance _______________________________ ______ are settling permanently and school and churches will be established. Will it seem to you any way singular that there are no Magpies in the States east of the Rocky Mountians? And yet they are found in California; on the Plains. ______ my suprise and joy on beholding a maggy soon after my arrival; as the last I had seen was when in England. _________ also common here, but in the States I never saw one. In some other particulars I have been strongly reminded of my fathers land. Dec 17th Since I wrote the above I ahve moved into my own winter quarters a snug log house, bought our winter' provisions and for California are quite comfortable. I notice several are going to try to winter in tents a very unwise and unsafe plan. I shall try to preserve my health which is now very good. I have entirely got over my sickness. When I began this letter the weather was quite dry adn pleasant and continued so for some time. Much longer than I expectd as the rainy season last year began about the middle of Oct- ober tho' more frequently it commences in November. Hitherto on the whole the weather has been pleasant. We have had a few days of rain and two or three of rain snow. At other times both in the house and out it is comfortable to go without a coat. I have felt no cold yet equal to what at this season prevails in Wisconsin, tho I am well up towards everlasting snow. At this time the mountains near here are covered but the valleys are free from it. I will give you an extract or two from my memorandum book Dec 2 "Snow fell plentifully and beautifully all the forenoon. Afternoon clear and pleasant. _________ ________________." "Dec 3. I am frosty and pleasant." And so it continued till last Thursday night when we had a little snow. Friday slight showers Saturday rain all the forenoon, since cloudy and dull but little rain. This day at noon the thermometer was just 40 (in the shade of course.) I will not give you a shor sketch of my journeyings in this land. On the first of _____ 1850 I left the bay of Panama Central America, in the steam ship Panama. On the ___ of the month at noon landed at San Franscisco. While on the Pacific Ocean between those two places, we were in sight of land most of the way, frequently close on shore, and called at three ports on the Mexican coast and two on that of california, all this was very pleasant and more like a pleasure __________ than a sea voyage. I remained two weeks in San Fransisco. I am quite partial to the place, the ground is hilly, but the situation on the bay and views are delightful, the bay here is about six miles across while it _______ inland till it is lost to the vision. I came up the Sacramento River in a large steam boat crowded with passengers and luggage to Sacramento City. We came up in the night so that I lost most of the river scenery. The day after I left for the mines, on foot having deposited my trunk ___ with a ______ from Wisconsin. The road led across the great plain, my face being directly towards the snowy mountains, "high white, and shinning." After twenty miles the ground begins to be hilly and broken and con- tinues so with considerable increase till the summit of Sierra Nevada is reached.
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