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Charles Jewett, Jr. letters : to the Charles Jewett family, Newton, Mass., 1852-1853.
BANC MSS 2011/133 box 1
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Charles Jewett, Jr. letters: to the Charles Jewett family, Newton, Mass., 1852-1853


Jewett, Charles, Jr, 1831?-, creator, correspondent.


Jewett, Charles, 1807-1879, correspondent.


Six handwritten letters (18 total pages) from a gold miner living in California addressed to his parents, siblings, and friends in Newton, Massachusetts. One of the letters is addressed from Panama where he crossed the Isthmus on foot. Two of the letters are addressed from Weaverville, California, and three letters are addressed from Eureka, California. He describes his life as a gold miner, his attempts at cattle ranching and logging, the temperance movement and the Maine Law, and life in California generally. In his last letter dated August 20, 1853 he writes eloquently about the importance of family ties and home, "This place is growing very fast. I suppose that the Cristal [sic] Palace is in full operation now. I would like to see all its wonder, though I would pass them all, to see my home..." Also includes typescript transcriptions of each letter.


1852 (issued)


n-us-ca -- n-us---
Jr -- Jewett, Charles -- 1831? -- Correspondence
Jewett, Charles -- 1807-1879 -- Correspondence
Jewett, Charles -- 1807-1879 -- Family -- Correspondence
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
Gold miners -- California
Gold mines and mining -- California
Temperance -- United States
California -- Gold discoveries


Charles Jewett, Jr. letters : to the Charles Jewett family, Newton, Mass.,1852-1853. 1852-1853, BANC MSS 2011/133, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase; from Ursus Rare Books; 20101026.
Charles Jewett, Jr. (born 1831?) was the son Dr. Charles Jewett (1807-1879), a well-known lecturer on behalf of the temperance movement in the United States. Charles Jr. spent three years in the gold fields of California before returning home to Newton, Massachusetts in 1855. During the American Civil War he served as a 1st Lieutenant in Company G, Massachusetts 54th Infantry Regiment.
In English.
From the library of James S. Copley.

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1 box (0.2 linear feet)




BANC MSS 2011/133 box 1