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    California Gold Rush: A "Forty-Niner's" Letter on Newspaper Leaf. One page, 11.25" x 18.25", "Drycreek Yuba County California," December 10, 1853. As gold fever swept the country, William H. Topple wrote William Lichliter of St. Joseph, Missouri, about his experience as a gold miner. Reproduced as written in part:

    "I am live and kicking. . . . I am mining at presant and expect to mine as long as I stay here which will be probably till next Spring. I am making from four to five dollars pr day the miners are not doing verry well this season a great many of them cant get employment this is likely to be a dry winter this season. Provisions are moderately cheap this Season. . . . [Includes prices for numerous provisions.] I want you in return for this to write to me and let me now how you are all getting along and what the sines of the times is I should be verry happy to hear from you and family and me much happier to see you all but this must suffice till that time arrives which I hope will not be long. I send you a book by this mail red that and you can fancy to yourself the life of a miner in California that comes as near a real life in Callifornia truth can paint it I presume it will amuse your endey[?] hours. You probably think paper is getting scarce over this way but it is not the case this is only a fancy of mine I thought it would amuse the children to red when they have nothing better to do."

    Topple must have sent a small amount of gold with the letter to one of Lichliter's children because he ends the letter, "this is a presant to little John tell him to put it in his pocket for a nest egg and probably by the time he gets as old as this is worth cents he may have as much as he can shoulder of the same mettal its value is twenty five cents."

    Topple's handwritten letter is dated December 10, 1853, and is written on the verso of the Daily Union . . . . Extra (Sacramento, California), April 29, 1853. The Extra contains the story of "The Trial and Execution of Stewart, Thompson, and Ackerman, for the Murder of John Carroll." Smoothed folds with pin-holes at fold intersections. Minor staining.


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