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    [Gold Rush]. Charles Bonner Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages, 7.25" x 9.75", on blue paper, Coloma [California], February, 10, 1852. Writing home to his wife, Eliza, in Salem, Indiana, Bonner gives an account of his activities in California, including his health, residence, and how he spends his days. He informs her he is sending some flower seeds and, "Also, a specimen of gold. The largest piece I want you to have fixed and wear as a pin. The other is a specimen of fine dust." On the last page is written, in pencil: "Charles Bonner/Born Feb 17, 1806/Died Aug. 31, 1856 in Calfornia [sic]." The remnant of the wax seal is present, still bearing flecks of gold dust.Weakened folds separating in places with some loss of paper. Uneven toning and some staining, but not affecting the text.

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    James Marshall first discovered gold in 1848 while constructing Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California, and, by 1849, the rush was on. Approximately 300,000 people from all over the world would come to California to strike it rich. Most were lucky just to make it home alive.

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