Title:Henry K. Bent letters: to Thacer Bent, Kenosha, Wisconsin, 1858-1862
Creator/Contributor:Bent, Henry K., creator, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Bent, Thacer, correspondent.
Collection of 18 letters written to his brother in Kenosha, Wisconsin, these letters begin with his leaving Springfield, Massachusetts,
tell of his mining activities at French Corral, California in 1858, of his wife and daughter joining him in June 1859, and
of his losing his claim in 1861 and subsequently moving to Downieville where he took up surveying. There is much discussion
of his financial straits, but also mining details, some mentions of events such as the coming of the Pony Express and his
part in the campaign for California to go Union, and descriptions of the family's everyday life in Downieville. Included are
two letters written by his wife, Jennie.
Bent, Henry K -- Correspondence
Mines and mineral resources -- California -- Nevada County
Gold mines and mining -- California -- Nevada County
Gold miners -- California -- Correspondence
Gold mines and mining
Mines and mineral resources
California -- Gold discoveries
California -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865
California -- History -- 1850-1950
French Corral (Calif.)
Nevada County (Calif.) -- Gold discoveries
California -- Downieville
California -- Nevada County
Henry K. Bent letters, BANC MSS 88/178 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
BANC MSS 88/178 c box 1