1866-1898 Lot of 10 Mining + Western-Related Letters from California + Colorado
“I am so glad the war is nearly over. It is just splendid to know that we are American…”. 1866-1898, Lot of 10 Mining and Western-Related Letters from California & Colorado, Fine-Very Fine.. 1. January 24, 1866 Autograph Letter Signed, “Geo W. Hopkins”, in brown ink on doublesided, lined paper, 10” x 8”, Eagle Mill, Grizley Flatt, Very Fine. “I have been superintending the Eagle Mill Mines for some time. It is an old mine worked for many years and a very fine one at that, but in a very longly out of the way place. I was stopped on the road by robbers the last time I went out with Bullion but succeeded in saving my Bullion as well as my Skin which is the first streek of luck I have had for many a day…”2. April 27, 1873, Autograph Letter Signed, “Lon” in pencil on lined paper, 8” x 4.9”, 6 pages, Heinmans Ranch, “9 miles north of Bolder, Col.”, Very Fine. “Dear Lizzie …It rained and hailed for one hour & a half, the hardest I ever seen. The hail stones were from the size of a pea to the size of quails eggs… Tomorrow I shall go to bolder City & Tuesday back to Denver… Tis first rate farming country…” Accompanied by an original envelope of transmittal.3. July 9, 1873, Autograph Letter Signed, “Lon”, in dark ink on “Office of Lee & McMullin Agricultural Implements” stationery, 10” x 8”, doublesided, Denver, Colorado, Very Fine. Excellent printed stationery, with wonderful content about Indians and mining: “Had intended to cross the first range of mountains before long, but the trouble with the Indians makes it unsafe. There is reports of men being killed now in the mountains, therefore I cannot get to see the finest parks some 150 miles off, as we would have to go through the Indian country. There are large numbers of the Utes here, but they don’t know what their tribe is doing about the trouble… The health is very good here of the citizens but there is deaths every day of persons who come here sick seeking health. We left one man off our train at the Plat river who stoped to die with consumption. Tis shure death to come here if far gone with consumption…” Accompanied by an original envelope of transmittal.4. & 5. September 25 & October 6, 1873 Autograph Letters Signed, “John A. Swimmington” and “Fred”, in dark ink on printed “Capital Hotel” stationery, Sacramento, CA, 10” x 7.5” each, Very Fine. “Wall, I have been down to San Francisco. Staid there two Nights & 1 day. Some pretty good Blokes there… Fair here was a big thing… I have had several chances to care of sheep at $30 to 40 per month in Gold…. I applied for job around depot… He pays depot hands from $30 to $50 in Gold… I am going to visit Chicago… & return with plenty of money…” Accompanied by a second letter, to “Bert”, also on Capital Hotel stationery. Interesting firsthand account of 1870s San Francisco!6. August 1, 1898, Autograph Letter Signed, “Lilla”, in dark ink on 4-page, lined paper, 7” x 4.5”, San Diego, CA, with outstanding content regarding the U.S.-Spanish War, Very Fine. Sent to Miss Emma L. Pratt of Revere, Mass.: “You asked about ‘our boys’ from San Diego. All though they left here at the first call for volunteers they are still camped at San Francisco awaiting orders. Their destination is the Philippine Islands… They are afraid the war will be over and that they will not have a chance at the Spaniards. They are the Company B. 7th California Volunteers… I am so glad the war is nearly over. It is just splendid to know that we are American and in the right as we surely are or we would not be so victorious…” Accompanied by original transmittal envelope, stamped “San Diego, Cal., Aug 1 ‘98”. Exceptional content!7. & 8. Two Autograph Letters from Golden City (Colorado), and Knoxville, California, describing mining conditions in the “Harsh Lode” and near San Francisco, ranging in size from 8” x 5” to 10” x 8”, Very Fine. (10 items).