June 24 – June 28 1855

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June 55

For 162 1/2$ we now will be able to
work all summer my lesson
9th chapt acts

Mo 25         I & John togeather. This
fore noon was sloosing down
some top dirt that had fallen in
our way. P.M. we was striping
a way & have no occation to be
discouragd, got gold 28 1/2$, shaw
was attending to the things that we
purchasd in the fore noon.
Lawrance & Rositer was fixing
the knew ditch & extending it allso
P.M. they was rigging to pipe —

Tu 26          Tom Eaves askd me if he could
go to work we told him that there
was not work for three so after
breckfast he started with other ov
er to the mountain house1 to join
his company again. I & John
to work. he was piping & I to
cutting up some logs that we left

June 55

a year ago last march & the oth
er three piping away at their
place P.M. all hands built a log
heap at our place & then to their
work. shaw went to swing the hose
we got from pike. with 2 moore
seams. they got gold eve none

We 27         John complaining considerable2
though we was at work cleaning a
way a lot of top dirt that slid in the
way. P.M. i was at work alone John
quite sick at kt had a high feaver
& said he was quite cold & chilly
I got gold 9 1/2$ the other boys made
none I had my own supper to get

Th 28          John laid up. took a dose
of wrights vegtables pattent pills3
last kt, complains no little. Ive
had to do my own cooking to day
Rains held me to work in Johns
place. The left bank of our diggins
cave in had to pull out the box
es to keep the dirt from braking

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  1. Consult the map for precise location.
  2. John described his illness in his own journal here.
  3. Wright’s Indian Vegetable Pills were among the most popular patent medicines of the period, and make frequent appearances in letters and diaries of the time, as well as in songs, newspapers, and etc. Their inventor, William Wright, advertised the pills as a cure for over 60 different complaints ranging from asthma and yellow fever to gravel (kidney stones) and freckles. (Wright’s Pictoral Family Almanac.). Apparently it was in fact a laxative, as soldiers reportedly used the pills to feign dysentery in order to avoid active service during the Civil War (Bartholow, pg. 136).