Portage and Silver Cliff [Colorado] Gold and Silver Mining Company, Archive of Russell Family Autograph Letters, 1879-1883. Eleven letters with a total of eighteen pages of copy, many front and verso, most approximately 8" x 10.5", various dates, most letters were written from Silver Cliff, Colorado by A. H. Russell to his brother, Zebulon Russell. A. H. Russell, agent for the Portage and Silver Cliff Gold and Silver Mining Company, writes very interesting letters reporting on the mining business and the conditions in Colorado. He tells of the loneliness and the harsh conditions under which the miners have to work. In October of 1879 he writes his brother Zebulon, "You asked what my chance is for making a strike, I don't expect to make much this year, but am satisfied we have got some good mines and shall get money out - sooner or later." Four years later, in December 1883, A.H. has yet to make a big strike, but he still has hope, "we will all wear diamonds yet".

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