November 27 – December 4 1853

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Nov 1853

giving an account of her unhap
py condition also of Uncle Solomons
daily expected death & boarding at
Mrs. Chamebers. & stated in John
letter that you had written one to me
two weeks ago. It has not
came to hand & none other since
the one dated 27 June1 last —–
It has snowd all day. With some
rain this evening to pack it down
it is near a foot deep & falling still.
John got a ham, cut the canvass
off, cut the ham in too & while it
is cooking I made him a towel
by hemig it, as it was coarse
linen, so mutch better than cotton.

Mo 28         Some clowdy all went to work.

Tu 29           All word but raind some about
noon. Got gold last two days 16$—

Nov 1853

We 30         Beautifull weather warm
& pleasant got fold today 57$.—-
The snow is quite all melted off.

Dec Th 1    Fine weather got gold today 34 1/2$

Fr. 2             We were nearly all day ground sloo
sing washing off the top dirt
that has no gold in it.2 Got gold 2 1/2$

Sat. 3          Fin weather got gold today 23$

Su 4             Verry pleasant in deed. We go a
bout cotton & flannel shirt
on, pants & no drawers, & comfor
table at that. Some snow yet in spo
ts. Off a few miles it is quite deep.
Commensd raining this afternoon
very moderate. I finished my
bathing box this evening would
ent I like to see you bath in my
knew box. O, yes, last night I was
hd a shirt pair sock & then washed my

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  1. Martha Haun’s letter of June 27 1853 has been preserved and is available here.
  2. In ground sluicing, the miners would dig a trench and place a sluice at one end, then divert a small amount of running water through the channel, either from a flume, or by diverting a part of a creek. The miners would then stand at the edges of the trench, using their picks to looses the soil along the sides, allowing the flowing water to carry it into the sluice below.