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Jones, Samuel, 1849

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There are also two letters from SG's cousin, Samuel Jones. The first, dated June 1, 1849, from Fort Laramie, tells "Uncle Gano" (SG's father, Daniel Gano) that yesterday "we dissolved as a Company," although the former members are still travelling togethr. Although they've fought no Indians yet, they have seen large numbers of Sioux in Pawnee Country, and he notes that run-ins with both tribes are "fatal to whites in small parties, not in murdering them, but robbing them of all, mules, clothing, guns, and provisions, leaving them naked on the plains which is worse than murder." He describes roads strewed with "provisions of all kinds, wagons, dead mules, oxen...." belonging to those who have turned back, and says that his group sold three of their wagon (very cheaply) and "cut up" the remaining wagons to make them smaller. He says that he will write again "if we go through the Mormon settlement." His second, longer letter [this is bound in the scrapbook], dated in Sacramento City in September 27, 1849, describes his trek west earlier via the South Pass, a journey on which he became very ill and was eventually left behind at Fort Hall "to die"--on his 21st birthday. After almost two weeks at the Fort, he travels with a changing cast of characters, finally arriving at Sacramento City . He is now preparing to leave for the mines with three other Cincinnati boys and plans to spend the winter "in the diggings" where he plans to remain "two years at least," "make a small fortune," and then return home with "thrilling yarns" to tell.


The loose items in the scrapbook, particularly the letters, have been foldered separately.

Collection History


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Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney on March 18, 2011. Finding aid written by John Delaney on March 21, 2011, using descriptions provided by the dealer.

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Credit this material:

Jones, Samuel; Daniel Gano Gold Rush Scrapbook, C1398, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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