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    [Nevada Mining]. Governor John E. Jones Copy Letter Book. John Edward Jones was born in Wales in 1840 and immigrated with his family to the United States, settling in Iowa in 1856. Following his graduation from the University of Iowa, John headed out west and taught school. While in Colorado he became a farmer/miner and, in 1869, joined up with the Union Pacific Railroad working on the track for the Transcontinental Railroad through Wyoming. Jones moved further west into Nevada where he became surveyor-general for Nevada in 1886 and governor in 1894. He died while still Governor of Nevada on April 10, 1896.

    Begun while governor-general and spanning his entire term as governor, the press book contains approximately 443 letters, most hand written, but some typed, spanning the years 1891 through 1896. Letters of note include:

    On page 123 is found a three page, dictated letter to N. Davies of Eureka, Nevada, dated January 26, 1893. The letter regards a mining case in which the men are involved being heard by the Supreme Court. Jones says, in part: "...the decision of the Supreme Court does not give the ledge or ore-body in question or any part of it to the 'Tunnel Company [Prospect Mountain Tunnel Company],' but merely sends the Case back for a new trial for 'errors' committed by the Court below in its charge to the Jury...Genl. Clark has no doubt about winning the case should it be tried again." He continues: "In reference to the proposed Incorporation, he thinks (Genl. Clark) that it would be wise and is willing if terms can be agreed upon to join us in it and take shares in whole or in part for his work. He thinks well of the Colorado mine and further believes that the Colorado Mine will get the Tunnel for the Judgment it will recover. In which event he thinks the property will be very valuable, as it could be worked through the Tunnel. In this contemplated scheme of incorporation, I wish to state to you that I propose to have it so arranged that we cannot be frozen out in the Colorado mine."

    A second, two page letter, located on page 268, also concerns the litigation with the Prospect Mountain Tunnel Company to R. M. Beatty, of Eureka, Nevada, dated December 4, 1893. Jones asks: "Will our case vs. Prospect Mt. Tunnel be set for trial at this term of Court? I have to inform you that Genl. Clarke is in...Cala [California] and has been for nearly a month...Major Willis Clarke informs me that he writes that he does not know when the case will terminate. It is liable to continue through the month. If that is will be impossible for us to try our case during the term of Court. You will therefore...move for its continuation for the term."

    Jones has meticulously indexed every letter contained herein in the front of the book, all of which are listed alphabetically by surname and given the page number on which each letter appears. The last letter from Jones is dated January 3, 1896. Jones left the same month for San Francisco to seek medical treatment. He died on April 10. In three letters written on the 14th of April, W. Hauford, Jones' private secretary, writes to three life insurance companies to inform them of his death in "San Francisco. Cal. of acute inflammation of the stomach."

    The book is lightly worn on the boards, but the spine covering is totally removed. Pages remain fine. Packed with a wealth of information that is begging for further research.

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