16 December 2004
[CALIFORNIA]. COMSETT, James. Autograph letter signed to his father, San Francisco, 5 December 1855. 2 pages, 4to, a few small punctures, ON A FINE, LARGE PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET, 8¼ x 10 3/8 in. depicting "The Miners," panning and sluicing, a gold camp in background, with small vignettes of Sutter's Fort and Mokelumne Hill, imprint: "Lith. & Published by Britton & Rey S. Francisco."
THE CONTINUING GOLD RUSH. Comsett reports that "I am still driving a span of Greys [horses] ...I can do a good deal better in San Francisco than I can at home," though he is anxious to return and "have got a Good deel to tell you a bout California...have seen a Grat maney sights since I left Home." He reports on the lush landscape and adds that, "San Francisco has gott to be a very large City now and is a growing very fast...hundreds of men are leaving every day for the mines to dig out the Gold..." This year may produce more gold than any previous year, he thinks, because they now know "how to do it better than they did..." But, "I don't think I shall try the mines eney more for I have got a good place and I like it better than mining. The mines will never give out if the world should stand a thousand years there will be hundred and thousands of men diging for Gold..." He is saving his earnings, he reports, "and when I get my pile made you shall see me coming home with it on my back for my pockets will not hold half of my money...."
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