May 31 – June 3 1858

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May 58

Mo 31         we all took the windless &
things belonging & carried up on
the reservoy flat & picd out a pla
ce to sink a shaft. I set to work
at it my self, Jake & Mc went
down to the diggins to set sloos
boxes & clean up some bed rock
they got some gold & one piece
about $10 by noon, P.m. ja
ke was to help me sink the
hole & Mc by him self sloos
ing down., Dick was over
to see me on yesturday, all well
I saw a man by the name of
Berry on Sunday lst that was
well acquainted with W.G. in iowa

June 58

Tu 1             I & Jake is putting the shaft down
the water was 15 inches deep in the
hole this morning the hole 11 1/2 ft
deep. this evening it is 21 ft deep
& mutch water to contend with
Mc is sloosing down by him self
Jake & Mc is gone to the point to see
a show of some kind to kt I am

[sideways]
at home by my self rather lonesome

June 58

We 2            Jake got in before day light &
Mc after sun rise. we were late get
ting to work. I & Jake sinking the
shaft most of all rotten boulders
about 30 ft deep to kt, Mc is by him
self slooding down verry hard sement.
we are down to bed rock & no gold
from appearances weve not had time
as yet to prospect the bed rock dirt

Th 3             I & Jake went up to the hole to
prospect but got no gold, I don’t
know where to look for gold now
we went north & prospected some
old holes but no colour of gold
by non we were at the diggins to
help Mc p.m. we all set in to pic
king sown hard sement. did not cle
an up. Ive not enjoyd my fate
verry well. I am all the time thi
nking what shall I do to make so
me money I am wlling to work
but fate is against me. I ve all
most give up trying to any longer

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