A handwritten daily diary comprising 211 pages written by Stephen L. Fowler, covering the period from Jan 12, 1849 to March
19 1852. It records the life and experiences of the author and his brother, James E. Fowler, beginning with their 7 month
voyage on the sailing ship "Brooklyn" around the Horn. It provides descriptions of the places they were, the details of daily
life and the hardships of mining and making a living in Gold Rush California. For two years they try their luck in the diggings
at Dry Creek and Downeyville, with intermittent periods doing carpentry, fishing and hunting for the market and other jobs
to cover expenses. They go to Bodega Bay in 1851 to try potato farming supplemented with carpentry work for Captain Stephen
Smith. There the diary ends in March 1852.
There is no biographical information on Stephen Lawrence Fowler. His brother James E. Fowler joined the Society of California
Pioneers in July 1890. James is also mentioned in the "History of Sonoma County (1879)" where he is described as a retired
merchant, living a life of leisure upon handsome competence gained in this township. His home was located at Valley Ford.