1850 Sacramento California 40 Stampless Letter Good Content Sacramento San Francisco Fire
3 page letter date lined Sacramento City December 18 1850
I am writing my letter in William Cummings Jewelery store in J St. near fourth. I arrived at San Francisco the 13th six months exactly from New York, and 29 from Mazatlan Mexico. (writer wrote) A brief description of bay compared to eastern ports. Good description of Sacramento Auction Houses at every square. Cold dense fog, gold appears to be plenty, have not seen a bank note since landed.Their was a great fire in San Francisco the knight we landed,Wood framed houses both in San Francisco and Sacramento and plenty of vessels at both Cities laying in harbor entirely forsaken and some good ships made into houses,the streets are planked, Curtis and Norcross Odd Fellows corner of 6th. Letter signed Aaron C. Johnson
1849 San Francisco 40c Stampless Lightning Hits Ship Mast Mines 3 Page Folded Letter
August 31 1849 San Francisco date lined letter to dear Brother , 49 days passage from San Blas on board the bark Olga - L.C. Bull Capt. 135 passenger on board. Mention of lightning hitting mast of ship and shattering to pieces falling on men standing below the mast and killing a Mexican and stunning those others. When we arrived yesterday morning in line for 15 minutes to get to window but only to be disappointed, yes sadly disappointed for they told me no letters. Death of Charles S. Waters at Acapulco. Mention of friends in the mines making ounce a day each. Philip in land Specultion at Nevada City. Letter signed George Watson.