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  CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH LETTER. Historic early California letter with great descriptions of Oakland & San Francisco. April 14th, 1853 San Francisco. Four page ink written ALS , 8” x 10” lined blue paper..

"San Francisco April 14th 1853

Dear Aunt Crea

With pleasure I hasten to answer your welcome letter of Feb 23d hoping to get another of the same kind in return. For although my list of correspondents is not small, yet I could happily find time to answer one from you every mail if you could but have seen me as I walked along the streets from the Post Office reading your letter, running carelessly into some Spanish Senorita, or stumbling head first into a lazy Chinaman or lamp post in my haste to read it through. You would have blamed yourself much in having kept so great a pleasure from me so long. But better late than never is the good old saying and I am glad to see you have adopted it. Uncle, by a few lines in your letter acknowledged the receipt of my letter of Jan 14th. I have written to him since then informing him of the safe arrival of my Father who came across the Isthmus in Jan last. Since my last I have sold out my store and am now working at my trade again. I did not make much in the three months of (page 2)  My store keeping, neither did I lose for I got my board out of the operation and my money back when I sold out which was much better than I could have done at my trade in the rainy season. There is no doubt but what I shall do well this next summer for I am now acquainted with pretty much all the principle builders in town and when I have worked for them once I am pretty sure of a second job for they seem to take quite a fancy to me. I am now getting seven dollars per day while the average wage are but six. So much for doing my best. This is a country in which if a man tries to do when he win be appreciated and well paid. But I think I have dwelt about long enough on that subject and so will jump into something else. I will give you an account of an excursion I had across the Bay to a very pretty town called Oakland and very appropriately named for it is situated in a perfect forest of dwarf oaks which are about the same size of our apple trees in Mass. Say from fifteen to twenty feet high. I hired a horse at one of the Mexican stables and after breakfast. I started off with a friend for the redwoods which were some twelve miles across the mountains where we arrived at noon (page 3) The Red Woods is the only place in the state at present to supply the Cities with boards and timber. These woods are ten miles sq