July 9 – July 11 1853

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July 1853

Sat 9           We found out selves at
mouth of Nelson creek
late in the evening.  I had
sent by the expres this week
to M. Ville for letters, but he
arivd without anny for us.1

Sun 10       After Brekfast felt very
uneasy about our condition
all day.  A party of old miners
went out prospecting & returnd
late in the evening & reported
favorable.  The company was
made up of 8 men & would
not take another in.  So they
met in private to form the
rules of the company & tow bac
kd out.  So I sent in a petion
with 2 others to be admitted

July 1853

Su 10         They were chosen & I was
left out.  Late at night I went
to bed but could not sleep for
a time.  So it was I got up

Mo 11        early in the morning to hunt
a place to dig in. I calld John
but he said, he was two sleepy
so I left & took up a claim
by sight.  Came back to breck
fast.  Tom Williams had just
got up, my petitioner in the
company, he said he would
sell out to me.  So I gave him
for this interest in the claim 40$00
moore if it turned out well, &
John is to work for Vaughn
in the same claim.
cash for whiskey—-1:$25

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  1. Express agents carried lists of subscribers to the postmaster at Marysville. The agent would pay the $.25 fee for each letter and deliver the mail on returning to the gold camp at the higher rate of $1.00 per letter.