Three and a half pages (front to back) from Joseph G. Eastland, (his history follows) San Francisco, November 30, 1857 complete with cover which is worn and dingy. Cancel reads San Francisco December 10, number 5. Written at the top is written Pr "Golden Gate", which was a steamer that carried the mail. Written to Edward Hicks, Nashville Tennessee, a Tennessean who had been a Forty Niner.
"Your letter from Chagres reached me safely, giving me the satisfaction of knowing that your journey, with the exceptions of the "shakes" on the "Columbus", and the mud on the Isthmus, had so far been a pleasant and expedition over. I hope it so continued, until you had passed a pleasant stay in New Orleans, and went booming up the river on some fine steamer, you jumped ashore on the rocky wharf of our beloved "City of Rocks" (Nashville). Much would I have liked to have been with you, but Fate rules otherwise and I must content myself with a while longer stay in California, with a lively hope of "the good time coming"--
Things in this country go on, about as when you left. San Francisco is still improving very rapidly, Brick houses becoming almost as plenty as tents used to be, the flats in front of the city still being filled up, the wooden streets, which were almost burnt up by the great fires, are being repaired, the sand Hills in our part of town, (Happy Valley) are being leveled, and in fact everything betokens that should, the mines continue as productive as they are, this will in time be on of the great cities of the earth.
The miners are yielding about as when you left-though within a week or two there have been new discoveries made of very rich localities, one of them, Bear Valley in Mariposa County, is said to be rich beyond precedent-the gold being found at a depth of about 12 feet interspersed through a stratum of clayish soil, similar to the "coyote" diggings about Nevada City. New discoveries of quartz heads (?) have also been made-both the North and South, all going to show the inexhaustibility of the mines for years to come. So Ed, should you ever become tired of the sameness of home-life, and bend your steps hither, no fear but that you will find diggings enough where you can "stake out" a "clam" and again take up "de shubbel and de hoe"
The rainy season has not yet commended in good rains, though since I have been writing, there has been a fine shower, but now the sun is shining brightly upon the re freshened earth–there are many in the mines who are waiting anxiously for the rain, being unable to do anything until it comes, which I hope may be soon, and that may not be disappointed as they were last winter...
The two fine theaters here are in full blast and really present very creditable performances-for which they are well repaid by the "play-goers," ( a large class in this city) The gambling saloons are consequently less resorted to than of yore, and as large a crowd collects to a man is a fifty dollar "slug", as these
used to would to witness a bearded miner, "pongale down" his greasy bag containing a couple of thousands.--
Col. Crussman, of Clarksville died here about three weeks ago and was followed to the grave by about twenty of us, principally from old Tennessee–he was an estimable gentleman, liked by all who know him. (his history follows)
Rest is personal news
Two of the individuals named in this letter, which is quite legible, are named in a book by Walter T Durham, "Volunteer Forty-Niners: Tennesseans and the California Gold Rush." Joseph B Eastland accompanied his father Thomas B Eastland to the gold rush and his memoirs were printed in the California Historical Society Quarterly 18, no 2 June l939) which was titled "To California Through Texas and Mexico, The Diary and Letters of Thomas B Eastland and Joseph G Eastland, His Son." Eas
Personal content on both sides of this small illustrated letterhead from G & C Merriam publishers of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, agent William Park, Macon Georgia. Both sides of cover are also illustrated. Fancy cancel, looks like a K. Letter dated 1874.
Check is from the First Baptist Church, Citizens Floyd Bank & Trust Company in Rome. Dated 1929. Cover showing the Court House in Rome, dated 1907. Scan cut off one end of the cover which has a fold and some stains.
Four page letterhead from Donahue's Union Iron an Brass Foundry in Happy Valley, San Francisco California. Letter dated August 14, 1852. Nice cover with 10 cent due stamp. Letter is to Edward Hicks and is from James G Eastland. Here is some of the more interesting content. "The immigration across the plains is now pouring in, and with that around the Horn and across the Isthmus, is adding thousands to the population of the state, and of course to its wealth-but I am afraid that for the majority of them disappointments, will be the greater part of their mornings, until they make up their minds to be content with small things in the way of money making--A great portion of the mining population for some months past have been engaged in damming and sluicing preparatory to working the beds of the streams, and as yet have not commenced earning anything, owing to the waters having continued high later than usual --this kind of mining you know is even more of a lottery than any others, and what the results will be, is not as yet known, however, no doubt but a great amount of gold will be taken out, and many a bearded "mininger" will make a "pile" sufficient to cause him to rejoin his family in the states-many of them to return again for life, as there seems to be such an attraction about this country, that those who are most loud in their vows never to set foot upon its soil again, are often back again in less than six months after leaving. This city is going ahead beyond precedent, real substantial improvements they are too, that will defy conflagrations. The Chinese still continue to arrive and the feelings towards them is much better, than it was some months ago, for my part I am decidedly "down" on them and dislike to see our mines made the common property of the whole world. I'm something of a Native American any how." Discussion of see a performance of William Booth and a pageant in honor of Eastland was a chronicler of the gold rush and kept a diary of his own experiences.
" Joseph B Eastland accompanied his father Thomas B Eastland to the gold
rush and his memoirs were printed in the California Historical Society
Quarterly 18, no 2 June l939) which was titled "To California Through
Texas and Mexico, The Diary and Letters of Thomas B Eastland and Joseph G
Eastland, His Son."
One page letter head with staining from Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor & Company Educational Publishers Booksellers and Stationers, Robert Park, General Agent. Personal/business letter. Complete with cover, roughly torn with star cancel and a return envelope with two unused stamps. See scans to view the condition.
Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor & Company Educational Publishers Booksellers and Stationers,
Two page graphic letterhead dated 1901 from the Miller, Lovelace & Co. dealers in dry goods, groceries, and general merchandise in Dadeville Alabama. There is also another related letter regarding the rental of the Tallapoosa plantation "to old Threadgill." The writer is not happy about this thinking that they had made a deal to buy it, evidently. Goes on to say some not very nice things.
Great letter sheet for John B Daniel, Wholesale Druggist-Atlanta Georgia. Pharmaceutical Preparations, surgical instruments and wholesale drugs. View the scans to see the front and back of the great cove. Stamp missing and cover, roughly opened.
Cover is from A & M College of Texas, Agricultural Experiment Station, College Station Texas. Cancel not that clear. Short letter sheet signed by George W Curtis, who is the author of the book being offered, "Horses, Cattle, Sheep, and Swine."
Soft bound 104 page booklet by Kenneth Segerstrom-La Posta Monograph Series, 1988; 104 p; C.C. Illustratrations of stage coaches, mining, breweries, hotels, fairs and more on advertising cover. Postal history. This book is no longer in print.
This magazine was an illustrated quarterly periodical designed for settlers and tourists in the South. The company was based in Washington DC. See scans which show the front and back of the letter and the cover.