The Gold Rush. Letters of David Wooster from California to the Adrian, Michigan, Expositor 1850 -1855
first editionoriginal blue cloth decorated and lettered in gilt
(1977)·Mount Pleasant, Michigan
by WOOSTER David
Mount Pleasant, Michigan: The Cumming Press, (1977). First edition. original blue cloth decorated and lettered in gilt. As new. Quarto. One of 487 copies "The excitement of 1849 when thousands of hopeful goldseekers made the long journey to California did not abate ... increased twofold by the next spring. ... Newspaper editors in Michigan complained about the amount of money that was being taken from the state; ... Reports on the arrivals and successes of the California emigrants from Lenawee County, Michigan, began to find their way into newspaper columns in Adrian and Tecumseh in that county late in the fall. ... Real evidence of the opportunity for wealth came with the announcement that J. W. Turner and Allen Hubbard had sent fifteen hundred dollars in gold dust to the New Orleans mint ... Although David Wooster had not year reached the age of twenty-five when he left for California in 1850, he had traveled widely ... In March 1850 with his brother, James, David Wooster set out for St. Joseph, Missouri, to start the journey to California ... he had become acquainted with the Jermain brothers, publishers of the Adrian 'Expositor'. It was due to this friendship with the Jermains that the letters in this volume resulted. ..." -from the foreword. (Inventory #: 33559)
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