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Lucius Elderkin Shurtleff travel diary : and related material, 1849-1852.
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Lucius Elderkin Shurtleff travel diary: and related material, 1849-1852


Shurtleff, Lucius Elderkin, 1822-1865, creator


Bound travel diary of L.E. Shurtleff, traveling from upstate New York to the gold regions of California via Panama containing 77 pages of handwritten, dated entries. Shurtleff and a traveling companion, E.L. Sanderson, board the ship, Empire City, in New York City on November 30, 1849, arrive at Chagres, Panama on December 11, cross the isthmus of Panama and continue to San Francisco aboard the ship, Norman, arriving on February 21, 1850. The entries contain details of the voyage, descriptions of Panama towns, people, and customs, and various incidents along the way. Also includes six receipts of Shurtleff's that had been stored in the back pocket of the diary, and a typescript of selected excerpts from the diary.


1849 (issued)


Shurtleff, Lucius Elderkin -- 1822-1865 -- Diaries
Sanderson, E. L
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
Gold miners -- California
Gold mines and mining -- California
California -- Gold discoveries
Panama -- Description and travel


From first page: "Travels from New York to the Gold Region in California, by L.E. Shurtleff, North Easton, Washington Co., New York."
Lucius Elderkin travel diary, BANC MSS 2013/131, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Lucius Elderkin Shurtleff (Dec. 16, 1822-Jan. 8, 1865) was born in Mechanicville, New York, traveled to California during the gold rush, and lived in Nevada City, California. He was a Union solider during the Civil War and died taking goods to the South.
In English.


Receipts (financial records).

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2 volumes.(circa 0.1 linear feet)