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AUCTION 16

“THE WORLD RUSHED IN”
THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

Lot 94

94. LEE, Israel S. “Letters of Israel S. Lee Written to his Family from the California Gold Fields 1849-1857. (Copied from the original letters by Elizabeth P. Batchelder, July 16, 1961.” [56] pp.. 4to, Spirit Master of typescript, blue paper folder. Fine.

     Consists of a series of letters from Lee to various family members written during his voyage around the Horn and from various places in California while Lee prospected for gold. Lee includes many interesting twists and turns in a miner’s life, including such matters as living arrangements, costs, and mining operations. He seems to have been moderately successful, as several of his letters concern gold that he has sent back to his family and few of them reflect any real want or distress. ($150-300)

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