• Creator
  • Beam, George Wesley, 1831-1866
  • Created Date
  • 1858
  • Description
  • George W. Beam writes to his cousin, Winfield S. Ebey, to describe life in the gold rush at Fraser River. Beam finds that gold mining activity has slowed down since the snowfall in the mountains. He notes that the river level has dropped and miners are coming out of the mountains without enough money to pay their way to go all the way down the river. While many miners predict that there is still five hundred thousand dollars worth of gold to f... more
    George W. Beam writes to his cousin, Winfield S. Ebey, to describe life in the gold rush at Fraser River. Beam finds that gold mining activity has slowed down since the snowfall in the mountains. He notes that the river level has dropped and miners are coming out of the mountains without enough money to pay their way to go all the way down the river. While many miners predict that there is still five hundred thousand dollars worth of gold to find, Beam seems skeptical that it is true. He states that he only wants enough gold to pay his way back home and leave his gold mining partner, Powells. Beam hopes to return to farming soon, but notes that he is stuck where he is for now. He predicts that the cost of provisions will rise in the spring. He asks about his family members and expresses his happiness at learning of the good health and good eyesight of his aunt and uncle, Sarah and Jacob Ebey. He refers to problems in Whatcom and comments that its residents are currently... less
  • Format
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    Letter (correspondence)
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