Autograph Letter, Signed, California Gold Rush.

By: [Gold Rush Letter]

Price: $165.00

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Dated May 26th, 1851, from A.J. Smith of Providence, R.I., to Albert C. Dedrick in Nevada City, California. "You are at present where I want to be, and...where you don't want to....Notwithstanding the inconveniences, if there is any dough there, all you have to do is git it." Smith talks about relatives, mutual friends, and his job, which he doesn't like and doesn't pay well. "I have got my wages raised from 1.50 to 2.00 per week....But once in a while I get a little extra for instance now I've got a Clap patient and have about cured him only charge $5.00 pay in advance the medicine costs me about 25 or 50 cts." His grandfather is missing - he started toward home from town and never made it there. Later in the letter, Smith reports that he just heard the man had been found dead in a creek, having been robbed of the mortgage he had been out to collect. "Most all of the Californians have got back that went from Natick...You will forget how to go to meeting before you come back....I believe I should come around the Horn when coming back, it is the safest, best, & healthiest. Kit Rhodes came around and started 2 months after the rest and got home first." Internal evidence strongly suggests that Alfred C. Dedrick would be Dr. Alfred C. Dedrick (1831-1888), graduated New York State Medical College, Albany, in 1854, served as Assistant Surgeon in the 4th Rhode Island Infantry in the Civil War, and practiced most of his career in Centerville, a suburb of Providence. He was born in Natick, Mass.; "I suppose, of course, (says Smith) your folks write all the news out Natick way...". His son and namesake, also a doctor, practiced at Fall River, Mass.; he was the first doctor called to the Borden home when Lizzie Borden's parents had been murdered with an axe in Fall River on August 4, 1892. Two conjugate leaves, 7 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches, four closely written pages, about 900 words. Folded for mailing, light wear and toning at some of the folds. With the original stampless envelope, Providence postmark. In Very Good condition.

Title: Autograph Letter, Signed, California Gold Rush.

Author Name: [Gold Rush Letter]

Categories: Other,

Seller ID: [goldrushletter]165datedmay26th,1851,froma.j.smi