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Three letters from California, 1851-52  

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Three letters from Mokuolumne Hill and Sonoma California, 1851-52

Holmes, Henry B.

Mokuolumne Hill




Three manuscript letters on blue paper, approx. 8 pp. of content in all. Each is a folded singe sheet making 4 pp. Folded: 25x20 cm (10x8"). 

Three letters by same writer, Henry B. Holmes, the first letter from Mokuolumne Hill dated Oct. 22 1851, and the other two datelined Sunday June 13th 1852 and August 15th 1852 from Sonoma. Includes a 2 page typed transcription of this first letter, with detailed descriptions of mining holes from 7 to 125 feet deep. Good content in all three letters.

"The hills around the vicinity proved to be rich. There is now about four or five thousand inhabitants where a year ago there was scarcely five hundred, Sundays spent here by two Oclock the streets are crowded with men buying there weeks provisions, other drinking and curousing around Others loosing their money Gambling and by night through the influence of liquor. Mostly inhabited by Mexicans and Spaniards carring on their shouting and singing tell midnight." 

Lot Amendments

Original folds, general light wear; earliest letter with a fair amount of toning at folds, as well as some small areas of loss

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