Title:Martin L. Washburn letter to uncle
Creator/Contributor:Washburn, Martin L., 1828-1903, creator, correspondent.
Handwritten letter from a Halifax, Massachusetts man working as an oxen driver near Mt. Diablo, California to his uncle back
East. He writes of his arrival in San Francisco on July 4, 1852 and immediately leaving for the gold fields near Auburn, California.
After trying his hand at gold mining with modest results, he returns to San Francisco before accepting work with William A.
Shreves in the Mt. Diablo area. He writes of his wages, the cost of goods, health, etc. Also of note is his mention that he
has heard news that Massachusetts had recently passed a "Maine Liquor Law", that is, a law prohibiting the use of alcohol
other than for medicinal use.
Subject:n-us-ca -- n-us-ma
Washburn, Martin L -- 1828-1903 -- Correspondence
Gold miners -- California -- Auburn
Gold mines and mining -- California -- Auburn
Prohibition -- Massachusetts
Liquor laws -- Massachusetts
California -- Gold discoveries
Martin L. Washburn letter to uncle, BANC MSS 2018/46, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase from Peter Luke Antiques ; 2018.
Martin Luther Washburn (born August 31, 1828, Bridgewater, Massachusetts ; died September 6, 1903, Bridgewater, Massachusetts)
was a carpenter who traveled to San Francisco in 1852 and eventually returned to Massachusetts sometime before 1856.
BANC MSS 2018/49