Title:Lewis Duck letters: Yankee Jims, Placer Co., and Sacramento, Calif., to John Larwill, [Sr.] and [Jr.], Denison University,
Granville, and later, Wooster, Ohio : 6 ALS and typed transcripts, 1854 Sept. 10-1856 Aug. 28
Creator/Contributor:Duck, Lewis., creator
Originals (21 p. and 2 envelopes) and typed transcripts (19 p.) of letters to a friend in Ohio; the first letter is obviously
sent to Larwill's father. Duck recounts the hardships of his trip by train, mule, and foot across the isthmus of Panama to
board the steam ship Sonora, an outbreak of cholera, and the ship running aground 40 miles south of San Francisco. Discusses
his plans and mentions his brother Oliver's return to Ohio, after successfully working as a tin and coppersmith, and eventually
buying the blacksmith and hardware store in Weaverville, Trinity Co. Describes in detail an 1854 lynching in Iowa Hill, Placer
Co., and the 1855 bank failures prevalent in San Francisco and throughout Calif. Letter of June 1855 discusses his decision
to move to the city, and the position he has secured in a store in Sacramento.
Letter of Aug. 28, 1856 written by Charles Zeitler, a mutual friend, who advises Larwill against coming to Calif. in search
of fortunes, and discusses the situations of other mutual friends from Wooster, Ohio.
Banks and banking -- California
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
Shipwrecks -- California
Vigilance committees -- California
Yankee Jims (Calif.)
Sacramento (Calif.) -- Commerce
Panama -- Description and travel
Weaverville (Calif.) -- Commerce
An account of the lynching described in letter of Dec. 23, 1854 is also recorded in v. 36 of Bancroft's works (Popular Tribunals,
v.1), p. 542.
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