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    [Stand Watie] Four Letters Addressed To Stand Watie From Family and others After the Re-Settlement of the Cherokee Out West. Includes:

    John Rollin Ridge Autograph Letter Signed "John Ridge". Three pages, 7.75" x 9.75", "Rich Bar, North Fork of Feather River, California", January 25, 1852, with the addressed cover postmarked "Sacramento City Cal. / 14 Feb" on the verso of the last page of the letter. Ridge writes to Watie, now in Arkansas, with news of the difficulties he is facing as he tries to prospect the mines.

    In part: "California has much disappointed me, as it has many thousands... The mines in this vicinity are very hard to work. In most places from ten to twenty feet in depth, with rocks so large that one has to constantly blast them, and when you get down to near the Bed Rock, where in most cases you find the gold, the water rushes into the hole so fast, that in a great many cases it is too expensive to pump it out..." Ridge goes into some detail about the use of pumps, and the method he is currently employing and adding that an adjoining claim "paid big". A few splits at the folds, and paper loss due to tearing at time of opening the wax seal, however paper loss does not affect text. Soiling mainly affecting address cover, otherwise very good. Excellent gold mining content.

    Ridge's true vocation was as a writer and is best known for his novel The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta, the Celebrated California Bandit.

    John A. Bell Autograph Letter Signed "J A Bell", one page, "At Home Sunday" [Van Buren, Arkansas, circa 1850], addressed to "Mr. S Watie" responding to an accusation made against him. In part: "John Adair Esqr has just arrived from Van Buren with a letter from Jarred Bell saying that [Buck?] Starr had sworn that I was the plotter & instigator [sic] of Chambely death &c. Now what is for you to come down in the morning & go to Van Buren for me & c the thing must be... and you will have to assist me..." With a few stray ink stains and usual folds, otherwise very good.

    D. Jarrett Bell Autograph Letter Signed "D.J. Bell". One page, 7.25" x 12", "At Home - March 11th 1850", to "Mr. Stand Watie / Honey Creek" on the address. Bell sends news of his family's well being and goings on and writes that he is "almost well of the California fever, at least for the spring..." Two spots of paper loss affecting two words as well as a third large chip at bottom edge, a few ink stains, otherwise good.

    Autograph Letter Signed "Mrs Longnife", incomplete three pages, 7" x 9.75", Coloma, November 29, 1856. Content regarding the hardships experienced in California and the desire to move back "home" and the lack of funds to do so. Also tells of the hardships experienced by other Cherokees she is acquainted with. Very fragile, with some separations with paper loss, a quarter of the third page is not present.

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    November, 2009
    21st Saturday
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