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    Early recollections of the mines, and a description of the great Tulare valley. James H. Carson (d. 1853) wrote this volume, supposed to be the first book printed in Stockton, not long before his death. Early recollections of the mines (1852) first appeared as a supplement to the San Joaquín Republican in 1852 and was published shortly afterward as a bound pamphlet. The version published here was reprinted in the Magazine of history, 1931. Carson offers a...
    • Contributor: Carson, James H.
    • Date: 1931
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    California in 1849. Charles F. Hotchkiss (b. ca. 1807) was a New Haven, Connecticut merchant, who sailed to California in December, 1848, bringing a cargo of goods for the miners across Panama at Chagres. California in 1849 (1933) was written out by Hotchkiss at the age of seventy-three and published more than fifty years later in The Magazine of history. He recalls his experiences as a merchant...
    • Contributor: Hotchkiss, Charles F.
    • Date: 1933
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    California gold; an authentic history of the first find, with the names of those interested in the discovery; James Stephens Brown (b. 1828) was one of James W. Marshall's companions on January 24, 1848, when Marshall discovered gold in the raceway of a mill his workmen were constructing for Johann Sutter at Coloma. Brown later settled in Utah. California gold (1894) is here reprinted from a version published in the Magazine of history in 1933. Brown recounts his association with Sutter and...
    • Contributor: Brown, James Stephens
    • Date: 1933
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    California letters of Lucius Fairchild, Lucius Fairchild (1831-1896) left Madison, Wisconsin, for California in 1849 and remained in the West until 1858. On his return to Wisconsin, Fairchild carved out a remarkable career as a soldier-politician: serving in a Wisconsin regiment in the Civil War, winning election as governor in 1866, and then representing the United States abroad in a variety of diplomatic posts. California letters of Lucius Fairchild...
    • Contributor: Fairchild, Lucius - Schafer, Joseph
    • Date: 1931
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    Life on the plains and among the diggings; being scenes and adventures of an overland journey to California: with particular incidents of the route, mistakes and sufferings of the emigrants, the Indian ... Born in Aurora, New York, Alonzo Delano (1806-1874) moved on to the Midwest as a teenager. July 1848 found him a consumptive Ottawa, Illinois, storekeeper, and he joined a local California Company. He remained in the West after the Gold Rush, winning fame as an early California humorist. Life on the plains and among the diggings (1857) is based largely on letters from Delano...
    • Contributor: Delano, Alonzo
    • Date: 1857
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    An excursion to California over the prairie, Rocky mountains, and great Sierra Nevada. With a stroll through the diggings and ranches of that country. Englishman William Redmond Kelly (1791-1855) visited California in 1849 and 1850, and his account of that trip was widely read. An excursion to California (1851) is the two-volume account of Kelly's trip to the American West. The first volume takes him from England to California, January-July 1849. After landing in New York City, Kelly records his route through Buffalo, Detroit, Ottawa, Illinois, and St....
    • Contributor: Kelly, William
    • Date: 1851
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    Gold and sunshine, reminiscences of early California James J. Ayers left St. Louis, Missouri for California in 1849. He remained to carve out a career for himself in journalism. Gold and sunshine (1922) was completed by Ayers in retirement at Azusa in 1896 but not published until after his death. He recalls his 1849 voyage to California and brief career as a miner in Calaveras County, newspaper publishing in Mokelumne Hill...
    • Contributor: Ayers, James J.
    • Date: 1922
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    Echoes of the past about California, John Bidwell (1819-1900) was born in Chautaugua County, New York, and was living in Ohio when he decided to seek his fortune in California in 1841. He journeyed west as part of the first emigrant train going overland from Missouri to California, where he found work at Fort Sutter. He sided with governor Micheltorena in the 1844 revolt but aided the Bear Flag rebels...
    • Contributor: Quaife, Milo Milton - Bidwell, John - Steele, John
    • Date: 1928
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    From the Kennebec to California; reminiscences of a California pioneer. Henry Hiram Ellis (1829-1909) of Maine sailed round the Horn to San Francisco in 1849. From the Kennebec to California (1959) contains various versions of his reminiscences covering his adventures as a gold miner, captain of a Sacramento River boat and Pacific merchant ship, San Francisco police officer and Chief of Police (1875-1877).
    • Contributor: Ellis, Henry Hiram
    • Date: 1959
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    Recollections of a '49er. A quaint and thrilling narrative of a trip across the plains, and life in the California gold fields during the stirring days following the discovery of gold in ... Edward Washington McIlhany (b. 1828) left West Virginia for the California gold fields in 1849. Recollections of a 49er (1908) describes his overland journey west, gold prospecting on Feather River and Grass Valley, hunting and trapping, proprietorship of a general store and hotel in Onion Valley, the Colorado gold rush, and Missouri railroading after the Civil War.
    • Contributor: McIlhany, Edward Washington
    • Date: 1908
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    Old Californian days James Steele visited California in the 1880s. Old Californian days (1889) is the book Steele based on that trip. He provides a sketch of the history of California before the Gold Rush and surviving remnants of that history: the mission churches (San Gabriel and San Juan Capistrano), Spanish-American culture in modern California, and Native American tribes.
    • Contributor: Steele, James - Steele, James W. (James William)
    • Date: 1889
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    Incidents on land and water, or Four years on the Pacific coast. Being a narrative of the burning of the ships Nonantum, Humayoon and Fanchon, together with many startling and interesting adventures ... A native of Kingston, Massachusetts, Mrs. Bates sailed to California in 1850 on board the Nonantum, a coaler commanded by her husband. On reaching that state, the Bateses undertook hotelkeeping in Marysville, 1851-1854. Incidents on land and water (1857) contains Mrs. Bates's hair-raising account of her voyage to California, when fires forced the scuttling of three ships on which the Bateses sailed. Mrs. Bates...
    • Contributor: Bates, D.
    • Date: 1857
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    Edmund Booth (1810-1905) forty-niner; the life story of a deaf pioneer, including portions of his autobiographical notes and gold rush diary, and selections from family letters and reminiscences. Edmund Booth (1810-1905) of Massachusetts lost his hearing and part of his sight by the time he was eight years old. Despite these disabilities, Booth led a full and adventurous life, leaving his Iowa farm in 1849 for nearly five years in the California gold fields. On his return to Iowa he left farming for journalism and became editor of the Abolitionist Anamosa Eureka....
    • Contributor: Booth, Edmund - San Joaquin Pioneer & Historical Society (Stockton, Calif.)
    • Date: 1953
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    Three years in California [1851-54] Edinburgh-born artist John David Borthwick (1825-c.1900) left New York for California in 1851, crossing the Isthmus at Chagres. In 1860 Borthwick returned to Britain, where his paintings were exhibited in several galleries including the Royal Academy. Three years in California (1857) focuses on his experiences mining gold and quartz at Hangtown, Foster's Bar, Downieville, Mississippi Bar, Jacksonville, and Carson's Hill. He devotes much attention...
    • Contributor: Borthwick, John David
    • Date: 1857
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    A Yankee trader in the gold rush; the letters of Franklin A. Buck, A native of Maine, Franklin Agustus Buck (1826-1909) was working in New York City when he heard of the gold strikes and set out for California in January 1849. A Yankee trader in the gold rush (1930) contains Buck's letters to his sister in Maine. They chronicle his first dozen years in the West: a voyage round the Horn to San Francisco; prospecting and...
    • Contributor: White, Katherine A. - Buck, Franklin Agustus
    • Date: 1930
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    Six months in the gold mines : from a journal of three years' residence in Upper and Lower California. 1847-8-9 Edward Gould Buffum (1820-1867), a New York journalist, came to California as an officer in the 7th Regiment of N.Y. Volunteers during the Mexican War. He stayed on to seek gold and edit a California newspaper before returning east to become Paris correspondent of the New York Herald. Six months in the gold mines (1850) is Buffum's vivid account of his regiment's voyage west...
    • Contributor: Buffum, E. Gould (Edward Gould)
    • Date: 1850
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    The diary of a forty-niner, Chauncey de Leon Canfield (1843-1909) first published "The diary of a forty-niner" in 1906, and 1,200 of the 2,000 copies in that edition were burned. Joseph Gaer's Bibliography of California literature, 20 describes this book as written in the form of a diary, but fictional.' The diary of a forty-niner (1920) reprints Canfield's 1906 publication. It purports to be the diary of Alfred T....
    • Contributor: Canfield, Chauncey L.
    • Date: 1920
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    One man's gold; the letters & journal of a forty-niner, Enos Christman, Enos Christman (1828-1912), a West Chester, Pennsylvania printer's apprentice, left for the gold fields in June 1849, returning in October 1852. One man's gold (1930) contains both sides of his correspondence with his fiancee and his former boss in West Chester and his journal of his experiences in the West. Highlights include his brief career as prospector on the Calaveras River and Mariposa diggings...
    • Contributor: Christman, Enos - Christman, Florence Morrow
    • Date: 1930
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    The Shirley letters from California mines in 1851-52; being a series of twenty-three letters from Dame Shirley (Mrs. Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe) to her sister in Massachusetts, and now reprinted from ... Educated in Amherst, Massachusetts, Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe (1819-1906) accompanied her physician-husband to California in 1849. The couple first lived in mining camps where Dr. Clappe practiced medicine and then moved to San Francisco, where Mrs. Clappe taught in the public schools for more than twenty years. The Shirley letters (1922) is the book edition of a series of letters written by Mrs....
    • Contributor: Shirley - Russell, Thomas C.
    • Date: 1922
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    California gold rush merchant; the journal of Stephen Chapin David. Stephen Chapin Davis (1833-1856) and his brother left Nashua, New Hampshire, to act as agents for local merchants in Gold Rush California. Before he was done, young Davis crossed Panama four times in the period June 1850-May 1854. California gold rush merchant (1956) prints Davis's journal entries from the original in the Henry E. Huntington Library. Highlights include his Panama crossings; descriptions of Marysville,...
    • Contributor: Davis, Stephen Chapin
    • Date: 1956
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    Alonzo Delano's California correspondence: being letters hitherto uncollected from the Ottawa (Illinois) Free trader and the New Orleans True delta, 1849-1952; Born in Aurora, New York, Alonzo Delano (1806-1874) moved on to the Midwest as a teenager. July 1848 found him a consumptive Ottawa, Illinois, storekeeper, and he joined a local California Company. He remained in the West after the Gold Rush, winning fame as an early California humorist. Alonzo Delano's California correspondence (1952) is an annotated twentieth-century reprinting of his letters, April 1849-August 1852,...
    • Contributor: Delano, Alonzo - McKee, Irving
    • Date: 1952
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    A Gil Blas in California "A limited edition of 500 copies". Head-pieces. "Translated by Marguerite Eyer Wilbur, foreword by Phil Townsend Hanna, wood engravings by Paul Landacre." Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. LAC ecr 2019-06-05 update (1 card)
    • Contributor: Wilbur, Marguerite Eyer - Frederic W. Goudy Collection (Library of Congress) - Primavera Press - Dumas, Alexandre
    • Date: 1933
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    Early voyages to California ... Albert Peabody (1806-1879) and John Eagleston were Salem, Massachusetts merchants who sailed to California in the last months of 1848 to exploit the market for Eastern goods among the miners. Early voyages to California (1874) reprints two pieces from the Historical Collections of the Essex Institute. In the first, Peabody describes his December 1848 sailing with a cargo of foodstuffs and mining tools for...
    • Contributor: Peabody, Alfred - Eagleston, John H.
    • Date: 1874
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    California, in-doors and out; or, How we farm, mine, and live generally in the Golden State.
    California, in-doors and out | How we farm, mine, and live generally in the Golden State
    During her three years as matron of the Female Prison at Sing Sing, 1844-1848, Eliza Burhans Farnham (1815-1864) tried to institute reforms based on phrenology. Discharged from the post, she soon learned that her lawyer-husband had died in California, leaving her with affairs to settle there. Farnham set about organizing a pioneer party of single, educated women to join her in the voyage round...
    • Contributor: Farnham, Eliza W. (Eliza Wood)
    • Date: 1856
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    Scenes of life in California Friedrich Gerstäcker (1816-1872), a native of Hamburg, left Germany in 1837 for a six-year stay in New York. On his return to Germany, he published two travel memoirs, and the Frankfurt government subsidized his return to America in 1849 to collect information for prospective emigrants to California. On his return home, he published several books dealing with his travels. Scenes of life in California...
    • Contributor: Cosgrave, George - Revilliod, Gustave - Gerstäcker, Friedrich
    • Date: 1942