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    1849 Gold Rush Letter. Four pages, 7.5" x 12.5", Monroe, Michigan, January 29, 1849, from a twenty-eight year-old Michigan man to his grandfather. The letter concerns a brother-in-law going to California with gold fever, President Zachary Taylor, the Wilmot Proviso, and explorer John C. Fremont. In part: "Mr. Adams has gone to California. He started two weeks ago. Yesterday for Washington on his way he goes out as agent of a company that he got up in this place... before he started he got a letter from Genl Cass to President Polk which I saw and should think was a very strong letter. . . . I see by your letter you take our defeat of last fall by Old Zach [Zachary Taylor] rather cooly. I am glad you do but it is hard for me to but we shall have to stand it for four years and I think we can as well as the Whigs can and better than some they don't all like it. . . hope all of the free Soilers will get full satisfaction get what they deserve, but there is no use in crying for spilt milk. I presume that this letter will put you in mind of President Polks message or Tom Bentons defence of Fremont. . . ." Some stains on this interesting letter; fine.

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    October, 2008
    17th-18th Friday-Saturday
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