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May 1857 "PLUM VALLEY" California Gold Mining Letter "six inches of snow, froze all the grapevines... more plums"
May 14, 1857-Postmarked, "PLUM VALLEY - CAL" Late Spring California Fruit Provisions Period Letter of family correspondence during the 1850s California Gold Rush, Very Fine.

This historic content 1857 Gold Rush era Letter has 2-pages, written front and back). This Letter was written by a East Coast Maine native, named Ned, who moved to Plum Valley, California to become a Gold miner yet was shocked by the weather and the money locals may lose due to a late Spring May snowstorm. Ned writes to his brother Charles and talks about his new life in California. He discusses the weather being "very fine" and yet stormy and gold mining, reading in part:

"On the 6th we had about six inches of snow, froze all the grapevines, so I think we will not get many grapes this year, but i think we will get plenty of wild plums. We are not doing anything to our tunnel yet, perhaps it will worth a fortune yet... The stages are now running and we get a daily mail, but not much news...".

This Letter measures 6.5" x 8.5" and has been folded over several times. On the first page of the letter, there is a ornate crown and wreath design imprinted in the upper left hand corner. Some minor foxing on the second page. The quality writing is readable and the rich brown he ink is well preserved on the clean wove period paper.

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