Letter from a recently successful lumberman encouraging his brother and brother-in-law back home in Rhode Island to come to California and work for him. Zebulon Gardiner.
Letter from a recently successful lumberman encouraging his brother and brother-in-law back home in Rhode Island to come to California and work for him
Letter from a recently successful lumberman encouraging his brother and brother-in-law back home in Rhode Island to come to California and work for him

Letter from a recently successful lumberman encouraging his brother and brother-in-law back home in Rhode Island to come to California and work for him

Sacramento City: 1852. Envelope or Cover. The mailing envelope for this two-page letter is franked with a pair of nice-margined, dull-red 3-cent Washington stamps (Scott #11) cancelled with a circular Sacramento City postmark. The envelope is annotated “To be Lefte to the fisherville Poste office”. Both letter and envelope are in niece shape; the envelope has some minor soiling and edge wear.

In this letter, Zebulon touts the success of his recently opened lumbering business:

“My sales has been thirty thousand dollars the past two months I have bought my partner out and now am in besiness by my self . . . I own the lot on which I do business on and am gitting along very well . . . the mill running easy I have two hired men in my employ Mr H John has gone home thinks of coming back again but not to stop. . ..”

So, Zebulon excitedly (and rather incoherently) offers the position to his brother Robert or brother-in-law, John:

“I will make you an offer If you chuse to except if not I wish to bestowe it on sister Merys John I wish to come here and work for me I will give you one thousand dollars a year If you think best to come If you conclude to come make your mind up to stay two or three years The thousand dollars will be clear of your boarde Please make up your minde soon after you reseave this Talke with Mother and John and get there advise think of it well. . .. If you chuse to come out here I will leade you in prosperity but this matter thof of well should you conclude to come I wish you to make ready and be on the way as early as Posible. . .. if I though I could not make you prosper I woulde not give you the invitation but donte come if you don’t think it for the best and now if you donte conclude to come pleas relate my wishies of the same to Mery’s John I wish him to come if all partys or agreed in regarde to his coming I wish him to leave soon after you reseave this If you do not come your self I wish you answer this by the following mail tellin me whether you or John is a coming or neither of you I shall be wating patiently to learn Donte fail riting soon after reseaving this. . .. Please if you don’t conclude to com . . . be shure and rite to me and tell me what the conclusion is and I wait for you answer Patiently.”

Zebulon also provides advice regarding the best way to reach California: “The vandabilt route will be the best route for you to take If you come bring only on suite of cloths with you of if you can git a passage by the panamnar route better Come that way git a second capin bearth if you can.”. Very good. Item #009452

Upon the discovery of gold in California, Cornelius Vanderbilt contracted with the government of Nicaragua to provide the cheapest route for East Coast emigrants wanting to make the journey west (steamer from New York to San Juan del Norte on the Caribbean coast, then by inland watercraft to Rivas, followed by a stage to San Juan del Sur and another steamer bound for San Francisco.

A nice California cover attesting to the boom business climate brought on by the Gold Rush with an attractive usage of an imperforate pair of Scott #11s.

Price: $250.00

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