DANIEL SPENCER GILMAN COLLECTION
WRITTEN BY DANIEL SPENCER
[This fragment was undated but written from California.]
When morning broke I found myself about three miles from Camp, which
I reached in time to partake of a hearty breakfast. I afterwards ascertained
that once during the night I had rambled off at least five miles. Although
where I first stopped was but one & a half from Camp. Such a night
may not seem uninviting to Persons accustomed to such things. But to a
new beginner like myself hunger, wet & fatigue, I am free to confess,
was none of the pleasantest. Indeed, with the exception of the first night
out of Boston, this was the hardest one I have seen for a twelvemonth.
Having no full change of clothing with me I was forced to dry my clothes
on my Back & did not fully accomplish it till the second day after
my return to Camp. Failing to make satisfactory purchases of Beef, we set
out on our return & reached this placed after an absence of eleven
days without taking the least Gold & none the worse that I am aware
of for this excursion. Since my return I have sold my Boat for $25 more
than I gave for it. Beef is now spoiling in the Boats so many having engaged
in the Business & I am safely out of it. The Country which we visited
abounds in Hills & Vallies but has very little Timber. The vallies
would be good for agricultural purposes were it not for the drout of summer.
But as it is the soil is uncultivated & thousands of Cattle & Horses
dot every Hill & valley as wild as the timid Deer with which they mingle.
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