[C.1880s–1890s, Fine Gold Gulch, California Gold Fields Mining Letter].
“He must think people are fools to invest in this mine…”
Interesting autograph letter signed describing hardships in the California gold fields at Fine Gold Gulch, Madera County. Mines were first opened at Fine Gold Gulch around 1886.
P. Jones, writing to his friend “Hayden,” offers a bleak description of life at Fine Gold Gulch:
When I wrote you last I told you that every thing were [sic] all write [right] but it is all wrong[?] now. I have not wrote aney [sic] thing in regards to Haseltine, but I have endured it as long as I can. We are in the mountains with hardly aney thing to eat, sometimes nothing but bread and without any [indistinct] of aney kind and no sweeting[?] and there is no one here that will trust the company. There [their] credit is played and I haven’t seen seen any meet [meat] for three months but one Jack Rabbit… They have taken the Gunns [sic] away and we cannot kill any game and we haven’t got aney money since the first a [of] April…there has not bin [been] aney thing in the Store and we cannot get aney thing to where [wear] and no tobacco to smoke…we have given up the Idea of Haseltine paying us… Haseltine is in N.Y I believe beging [sic] to sell stock. He must think people are fools to invest in this mine. (pp1–2)
Jones sees himself as “forsaken in the Sierra Nevada mountains” adding, at the end: “...things look blue here. I feel blue and almost discouraged.”
Description: [C.1880s–1890s, Fine Gold Gulch, California Gold Fields Mining Letter].
Fine Gold Gulch [California]. October 21, c.1880s–1890s.  pages. ALS. Folds; very good.
Ref. Eleventh Report of the State Mineralogist…Two Years Ending September 15, 1892 (Sacramento, 1893), pp210ff.