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    [California Gold Rush] Merchant Ship's Ledger. Spanning a two year period from the early years of the California gold rush, this is the ship's purser ledger of the brig Eveline, a merchant ship of the time. The ledger begins in Boston, January 27, 1847, with the vessel carrying "Sundries...Dr to George S Johnson Agt." Six months later, the ship is in the Sandwich Islands (modern-day Hawaii) which were one of the first places to hear of gold in California. Beginning with the entry dated September 3, 1847, from San Francisco, all subsequent entries are from locations in California and Oregon. This is an accurate account of payments made to individual crew members, ship's captain S. Goodwin, the provisional governor of Oregon George Abernathy as well as money transactions for "gold dust," "sundries," and "merchandise." The final entry is from Oregon City, August 29, 1849.

    The text is elegantly written in ink on blue, lined paper and bound in leather with marbled endpapers manufactured by "Oliver Holman & Co., Manufacturers of Patent Account Books, and Importers & Dealers in Fine Staple & Fancy Stationary" in Boston. Four raised bands on the spine with "1847" inscribed in ink. Boards are worn and stained in places.

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