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Letters from California

Letters from Farmington, Fiddletown, Folsom City, Forbestown, Forest City, Fort Bidwell, Forest Home, and Fort Jones.

No. 788 Sent From Farmington, California, to James and Owens in Copperopolis. Dated July 6, 1868.

No. 789 Sent from Fiddletown, California, to William Rehhan in Gordonville, New York.

No. 790 Sent from Folsom City, California, to R. S. Baldwin in New Haven, Connecticut. Inside is a letter dated December 4, 1853, from C. J. Palmer at the Granite Banking House about a “note to New Haven Savings Bank secured by an El Dorado Co.’s mortgage.”

No. 791 Sent from Forbestown, California, to Payton Parker in Avon, Illinois. Inside is a letter dated March 23, 1856, from Mary J. and John A. Paine to their family back in Illinois. Mary wrote to her mother “We will be back there [Illinois] again as soon as we get as much money as will settle us down comfortable and nice. We are both trying to make and save something.” Meanwhile, John added that “We now find ourselves surrounded by more cares than we once was.” John also commented on their Illinois family’s plans to move to Kansas by adding “Suppose you are not sufficiently fond of war to go to Kansas yet a while, for I see by the papers that they are having much trouble there.” The trouble John referred to started with Kansas’ vote of entering the Union as a free or slave state which resulted in the border war called “Bleeding Kansas,” one of the events leading to the Civil War.

No. 792 Sent from Forest City, California, to Stephen A. Morgan in Ledyard, Connecticut.

No. 793 Sent from Forest City, California, to Miss Abigal Johnson in Springfield, Ohio.

No. 794 Sent from Fort Bidwell, California, to Samuel Hill in San Francisco, California.

No. 795 Sent from Forest Home, California, to Mrs. Martha J. Trimble in Healdsburg, California. Inside is a letter dated February 27, 1868, from “Cousin Cal” regarding his new job teaching. He wrote that “I have a pleasant school here numbering 26 scholars, a pleasant room to teach in about half a mile from my boarding place. I get $50 per month and pay $12 per month for board. Though I like my situation in school, I do not like the country for the Ague is as thick as Hasty Pudding. Two of my students have each had a stroke.”

No. 796 Sent from Fort Jones, California, to A. M. Rosborough in Eureka, California.

Photograph of an old Masonic building in Forbestown, California.