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Title Letter [manuscript]: California, to Alpheus Barnes, 1858 Sept. 1
Author Barnes, H. S.
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Letter written by H.S. Barnes to his brother, Alpheus Barnes, on Sept. 1, 1858 describing his recent activities in northern California along the Sacramento River, exact location not given. Barnes presumably emigrated to California in the mid-1850’s and periodically corresponded with his brother back East. Letter includes information about local camp meetings and converts, Barnes’s purchase of a 140 acre farm for six hundred dollars, the cost of harvesting grain with new threshing machinery, and the wages for local school masters. There is also passing mention of the discovery of new gold mines north in British territory.
Names Barnes, Alpheus
Places Sacramento River, California, United States
Keywords travel, missionary, social life, custom, religion, property, landowner, farming, expenses, money, school, education, gold, mining
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area California
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3013
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue