James Haun Diary, July 1857

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Wednesday 1 – A Spaniard died in my barn on Monday evening last. He was in company with the circus.
Rained last night and today, quite hard for the time of the year.
I sold 425 pounds baled hay for $9 —

Thursday 2 – I was setting out cabbage plants and cauliflower sets. I made small ditches to set them in.
I and Lem and Carter built some plank fence. Lem, Rains and Sam was spreading out the cocks of hay to dry.

P.M. All hands at work spreading out hay.

Friday 3 – Lem and Carter mowing with new scythes over next road I and Sam finishing up next river mowing and cutting brush Rains not at work today.

P.M. All hands got ready to cock up hay that had been spread out to dry, but it rained and hailed very hard this afternoon. John came over this A.M. and Dave is down from Meadow Valley.
Huntington has an account and order from A. I. Haun against me for $515 to be paid in ten days after sight, which I accepted. Duesler is the holder of it now.
I gave John $10 to go to the ball to night at Streshley’s &c —

Saturday 4 – Cloudy and some little sprinkling of rain. Lots of folks in town, and no work done. I was collecting road tax.
There was a bear and bull fight, but one of the  bears got out of the ring and took to the brush. Dave Potts and his dog caught and killed the cub. The other bear was killed by several men in the ring. Next came a man fight in town, the Basses and Flynn was the whipped animal. Then, at dark, came the circus.
I paid Mc $1.50 for nails —

Sunday 5 – The weather is clear again. Nothing of importance, but plenty of gamblers and small thieves in town.

Monday 6 – Cutting hay this A.M. I and Carter finished planking up the barn.

P.M. All hands was cocking up the hay that has been rained on.
Races were held today, with a purse over $500. One I. Riley won.

Tuesday 7 – Three hands worked at cutting hay, the rest at hauling in.
The races continued today, 1 mile and repeat, with a purse of $250. Yellow Hammer won it in 3 heats.
I hauled a load of hay to Streshly. Yesterday I collected $29 and paid Burkholder $4.50 for sugar.

Wednesday 8 – Three hands cutting and three hauling in hay. I collected $20$of Streshly for hay  and $21.50 for pasturage of circus parties. Steve Shores stabbed one Riley three times late this evening.

Thursday 9 – I started in company with part of the circus and others for Sacramento. I road Rains’ horse. We took dinner at Gibsonville and fed the horse, cost $1.50. We then went to Rabbit Creek and stopped for the rest of day. I waited for the company. I wrote a letter to my wife and sent it by Richards. He is to work for me at $2. Paid.

Friday 10 – I paid $4 for myself and the horse at Rabbit Creek and was off at daylight. I took breakfast at Columbia House, cost $1, and fed my horse at Wood’s, cost $.50, then took dinner at New York House, $1. I stopped at Empire all night.

Saturday 11 – I paid my bill $2.25 and started for Marysville before sunrise. I arrived at Jack’s before they got up to breakfast. Late in the P.M. I went over to H.P.‘s. I paid $.50 in ferriage and arrived before sunset. All are well.

Sunday 12 – I went to Hooper’s in the A.M. and had some melon to eat. We took dinner at H.P.’s. Jack and Pauline came over, and then we all went over to Jack’s. I paid $.50 in ferriage. H.P.and family returned home.

Monday 13 – I was up at day light and called all the family. We had breakfast early and I started for the boat below Marysville. I caught the steamer Cleo for Sacramento at 7:00 A.M. Passage $4, dinner $1. I arrived at Sacramento by 2:00 P.M. and took lodgings at the Denison House. I deposited Townley’s money, $152.50, and took a receipt. I then rode out of town three miles and back again, cost $1. I bought some corn and tooth medicine, $1. I paid for whiskey, $.50, and mixed with the members of convention.
We met at 11:00 A.M. in church and appointed Bradford chairman for the time being. Some resolutions were adopted then we adjourned to meet again at 3:00 P.M. We met pursuant to the adjournment and proceeded to nominate Willer for governor, 251 votes  against 61 for McCorcle –
I paid for billiards $1, for blacking boots $.25, peaches and color, $.75. I collected $30 of Bryant for ranching in American Valley.

Wednesday 15 – I and Sherwin Booms slept together. The convention met at 10:00 A.M. and proceeded to business. We nominated five other candidates that adjourned till 3:00 P.M. We met again and finished the other two nominations, eight in all. I did not loose.
I met with Frank Powell this morning at his stable. He did not know me at first.

Thursday 16 – I’ve been late to bed and early to rise. This morning I was aroused by the bells ringing on account of fire. I got up. The fire was near by and was soon put out. An old frame building was consumed. I ate breakfast and paid my bill, $7.
I went aboard the Cleo again. We were off at 7:00 A.M. for Marysville. My passage cost $4. I have $2.25 for papers and $2.50 for expenses at the convention, then for dinner on the boat $1. I arrived in Marysville at 5:00 P.M. I then went out to Jack’s. Quite warm today.

Friday 17 – I, together with the rest of brother Jack’s family were late in getting up. Breakfast over, I and Jack went in the buggy to Captain Ney’s ranch close by. Ney and his brother and us went in his melon patch and ate as many melons as we wanted, and took two home with us. Late in the P.M. Jack and I went down in town and back.

Saturday 18 – I and Jack rode to town in the buggy. I bought two pairs of leggings and two pairs of spurs for Bill and Lem at the cost of $9.50. I then gave  $7 for 2 pairs of shoes for Liz.
We went out to Jack’s and all got ready and went over to H.P.’s. I paid $.50 ferriage. I stayed the rest of the day and night. Jack and the women went down to Westlenhaver’s and got quite a lot of peaches and brought home for the rest of us Jack and his family went home. R.C. Bourne and his son came down with four head of cattle for Jack and Henry and gave me $75—that is all I could get out of $800 —

Sunday 19 – The weather is warm and dusty here. Breakfast is over and Bourne and son have gone home. I saddled up and went over to Jack’s. I paid $.50 ferriage. Late in the P.M. I and Jack went to see Lindley. We had some very  fine peaches, looked at his fruits and water works to arrogate, and then went home to bed early.

Monday 20 – I was up before day and called up the rest. Jack and I was off by light for Orville, we breakfasted at the Honcut House cost $.75 each we arrived at Oroville before 9:00 A.M., a distance of 28 miles.
I met with convention members of the Amador, Colusa, Butte and Plumas counties to select two senators for Butte and Plumas and a District Judge for all four. But we selected two candidates for senators, but left the people to select the Judge. I dined with Pete Freer in company with the Plumas Delegation. My bill for the horse was $.75. We then left for Bidwell’s Bar and arrived there after night.

Tuesday 21 – We paid our bills, cost me $3.50 for horse, supper, bed, and toll bridge. We breakfasted at Berry Creek House, $1 each. We fed horses at Peevine House, cost $.50 each. We then got to the American Ranch after sunset. We found all well.

Wednesday 22 – At home again. Four of the boys were at work hauling in hay, and Sam watering potatoes. We picked 18 pounds peas in hull, got $2.66.
It is very warm. The whole amount of cash paid out expenses is $35: $9.50 for Bill and Lem’s leggings and spurs, and $7 for two pairs of shoes for Liz, making in all $51.50 —
I paid Steve Shores $10 for 100 pounds onion for another man who lives at Yuba City. Shores paid me $5 for hay. I’ve paid out $62.50 to the hands that have left work —

Thursday 23 – The hands are still hauling in hay. I, Jack and Dave went  up to Meadow Valley. We prospected some at the Island diggins, took dinner at Clark and Shannon’s cost $1. I received $2.50 for a scythe and snath of Clark. We came home at night.

Friday 24 – The boys were at work hauling in hay, five in all. I and Jack started up to the sawmill at Meadow Valley. Jack took a chill on the way. We stayed in woods six hours. I packed water in a dock leaf to cool his head. We then went up to the mill and returned home after sunset —

Saturday 25 – The boys finished hauling in hay early this forenoon. Duesler got 10 tons hay. All hands went to the races. Jack started home this morning in company with Moore. I received $1 from Hayden for pasturage. I got $3.25 for 12 fence posts.

Sunday 26 – The day has been very warm indeed. Rains was drunk last night, and today I gave him $2.50. I played four games of billiards, cost me $.33. I paid yesterday for ale $.50. I am to get $2.50 of Bates for breaking our mowing scythe.
Later, my wife is out a riding with Lem. John went over to Rocky Bar.

Monday 27 – Rains went to work hauling posts and rails. Lem and Richards went to putting it up around the wheat. I and Carter put up some plank fence. We finished in the mid-afternoon. I then laid a foundation around the wheat. Sam watered the potatoes.

Tuesday 28 – Sam worked at watering potatoes. Carter was at work on the porch. Lem, Rains, Richards finished the fence around the wheat. Richards is to help Sam in the garden.

Wednesday 29 – I and Lem cleaned out our branch of the creek in order to have the water to arrogate with. Lem was attending to it all day. Sam and Richards watered the garden. Phil has left off cooking and gone to Fred Robinson’s on Tuesday the 28th.

Thursday 30 – Sam, Richards and Lem watered plants and potatoes. Carter finished the porch and the painting. I spent $150 at billiards yesterday.

P.M. Lem worked on cutting wheat and Richards on binding. I went Duesler’s security for $500, Tuesday last got of interest for 4 months at 3 per cent.

Friday 31 – Lem and Richards were at work in the wheat. I and Sam were watering the potatoes. Carter fixed the door to the dining room, and made a stable door, and fixed the gate to lot, and has gone to Betsy Town after groceries.
Rains lost his horse coming from Nelson Creek last night and some of the rigging. He went back today and got him, but lost one spur.
I gave Carter $3 to get oil to paint with on Thursday the 30th and $5 to get hinges and nails. Only paid $2 to Blood & Co.

James Haun Diary, November 1855

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Thursday 1 – The nights are quite cool, I’ve continued severing on the hose of nights till a late hour all this week. John and Jack were sawing up  logs for wood. Bill went down to the Point last night in a hurry after a few things and hasn’t returned yet. Drunk we suppose. I am still sewing.

Friday 2 – Quite cool and windy. The clouds a little North of East, directly opposite the way for rain. John and Jack did some sawing for wood. I am working at the hose. Bill came home drunk soon this morning, stayed a while and went back again to the Point.

Saturday 3 – Still cold. Icicles froze about the spring last night, one foot in length. I am at work on the  hose. John and Jack went up to the bear traps and got timber for two malls. I made them split some logs late in the evening.

Sunday 4 – I indulged in a morning lounge in my bunk. The sun had risen before I got up. While breakfast was preparing, I was minding my dirty shirts. After eating I prepared to wash three shirts and two pair socks. Before I had finished, two strangers came and hindered me some time. Dinner was had and I dried one of the shirts to put on. All three of us went down to the Point. No news for me. Bill came from Rabbit Creek and went home with us sober.
After supper I read the 20th and 21st chapters of Saint John.
I gave $1 for a bottle of gin

Monday 5
– Not so cold of nights and warm days again. The boys did some sawing and splitting and I was at work on the hose. Thompson sent us up a lot of provisions.

Tuesday 6 – Pleasant weather indeed. It is rain we want. The boys did some splitting of wood and I almost finished sewing the hose tonight.

Wednesday 7 – After a late breakfast (we stayed up till a late hour last night) we of course did not get up soon. At all events we found ourselves going up the ditch to put more cross timbers to keep up the covering out of the ditch. It has had the appearance of rain all day, a few drops fell at dark.

Thursday 8 – Before I got up I found to my great gratification that it was raining, as the drops on the roof of my cabin was quite audible. However we all went out to the diggins to work as the rain was quite light.

P.M. Jack went down to the Point and brought me up a letter dated September 20th 18551 from D.H. Smith giving an account of the death of B.W. Finnell. Also a form for a release of security for me in the clerk’s office of Scott County, Kentucky as guardian for my son. He wishes John to sign and return the same to D.H. Smith.

Friday 9 – Cold and frosty this morning and a clear sunny day. We were at mining, but not able to do much as the water is still weak, the rain being quite light. We dug out a large cedar stump.

P.M. We cleaned up and got gold $4. Very light for the work. After dark the wind blew and before we went to bed it was snowing.

Saturday 10 – The ground was covered with snow and kept at it lightly all day. Cold and unpleasant. In the A.M. we reset our boxes. In the P.M. we done all the washing we could and got gold $9.

Sunday 11 – The ground was again white with snow. I built a good fire and went down to the ditch and washed, standing with my bare feet on the snow. It froze. I then read the 12th and 13th chapters of the Acts.
We put in our time till noon splitting wood. In the P.M. John quick-silvered the contents of a sand bottle and got gold $13. I and Jack went down to the Point.
Cloudy all day.

Monday 12 – The snow was falling fast this morning. About ten o’clock the sun shone out. We went to work then, there being plenty of water as it had rained considerable in the night —
My friend Duesler came over from the American Valley and told me that Lloyd was over there trying to get out a warrant against me for an assault and battery on him. Duesler took dinner with us. We did not clean.

Tuesday 13 – The sun had risen before I left my bunk. It was snowing gently and continued all day. It being warm, the snow melted away. We got to mining.
I cut half a dozen buttons off my old pants that I brought from Georgetown and threw them on the fire—gone.

Wednesday 14 – Last night was quite cold. Ice is hanging to the eves of the cabin. I was awoke form being cold. The clouds is passing from North East to South West, denoting fair weather — About noon we went out to mining. The sun shone, but it was not warm. We did not clean up the boxes, as we supposed there was no gold worth the trouble.

Thursday 15 – Cold frosty this morning. Breakfast over, I and Jack went down to the Point. While there constable Ritchey from the American Valley came with a warrant for me to appear forthwith before Squire Starkes2 for committing an assault and battery to be tried at Betsy Town. I told the officer that I could not go over until tomorrow. He went home with me and stayed all night. Bill and John was getting wood all day.

Friday 16 – After an early breakfast us four and the officer started for Betsey Town. The day was a little hazy but the sun shone out warm. We stopped at Quincy. I consulted a lawyer, Haydon, and he went over to make the best out of the case. We asked the court for a change of venue, but it was not granted. A jury of 12 men was had. Lloyd and four other witnesses stated that I had struck him over the head with a cane I usually carried. The jury found me guilty of the charge and court adjourned to set on tomorrow at 10:00 A.M. I was left in the hands of the constable in the same room where I once—and the only time in California—bowed in submission to God in a congregation and preaching by a Methodist. I was fined $150 as a rival or disturber of the peace, &c.

Saturday 17 – I went to bed quite late last night, as sleep was gone. I lay cold and sleepless for a long time, but was awake at cock crowing again and got up a little after daylight. We breakfasted. I walked out with I.B. Taylor to see his diggins and returned. The court was soon in session, and fined me $150 all told. Taylor loaned me $50. I paid the fine, paid our tavern bill for all four $10, and started for home. We got across Spanish Creek that runs through the valley. We stopped to watch a horse race and saw two. The sun was getting low when we again started for home on foot. We arrived some time in the night, took supper and went to bed —

Sunday 18 – Up at day light and read the 3rd and 4th chapters of Romans.
The morning is cool and frosty but cloudy.
I.C. Lewis sent us up 600 pounds of potatoes. We all went down to the Point.

Monday 19 – I and Jack went down to the Point and prepared to go down to Marysville. We had to wait for Thompson’s train. We took dinner with Mrs. Fox. Later we mounted the horses and drove 58 head of horses and mules up the hill in company with Thompson and Read and two Mexicans. We got to Onion Valley after sunset. The wind blew quite hard and it was very cold. We traveled on to Grass Valley, 19 miles more over the snow and ice and stopped for the night.

Monday 26 – Breakfast over, Bub paid me $150, all the money he had to spare. I and Jack started for home. We went by Tucker Flat diggins where we stopped and took dinner with  Mr Doroty. I gave two of his daughters three small specimens, and we then went by the Sand Hill diggins. We stopped a while by there and, at dark, we fed our horses at Mr. Bridger’s and got our suppers, and then  rode home by 10 at night.

Tuesday 27 – I helped the boys sack two loads of wheat. It rained some this forenoon. The wagons loaded and gone to town, I helped Jack and Derick to build a shed to keep their wheat dry after it was sacked.

P.M. We sacked more wheat out of the granary.

Wednesday 28 – The weather had the appearance of rain, but merely drizzled. We sacked wheat and sent it to town.

Thursday 29 – We were still sacking wheat. Joe Ficklin came home from town and said that the steamer Golden Age3 had arrived at San Francisco. The news had come by telegraph.

Friday 30 – The teams hauled two loads each to town today. H.P. and his wife and children came home early from town, as they had gone in the day before. They brought a paper out that had the names of a Mr. and Mrs. Haun and child.
So I and Jack got in the carriage after supper and went to town. It was very dark. We had got to the stable and Jack was getting a lantern when the Boat whistled down at Feather River Bridge. Down we went and just as I got near the ladies’ cabin, who should I see but my wife coming out following Dave and Lizzy. We kissed each other and went out to the carriage, all five, and started for H.P.’s. Arrived safe in good time.

James Haun Diary, April 1855

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Sunday 1 – It is raining. We had breakfast early and started into town prepared to go to the mountains, but the Yuba River had risen considerably in the night. It took some half an hour for the ferry men to put us across, in consequence of which we were a few minutes too late for the stage and it still raining some. So H.P. concluded he could not go up. He went back home and I stayed in town. I and Jack walked down to Feather River to see its height. The steamer Queen City1 came up to Marysville about noon, the largest boat yet.

Monday 2 – Clear weather now. I and William Rains ate breakfast, 40 cents each. We then went to the opposition stage line office and paid for our stage fare of $7 each, and made the ride to the Buckeye House. So off we set. We ate dinner the Oregon House, $1. Now for a mule ride to the Buckeye, which we made before sunset–quite far. I’m good and drowsy.

Tuesday 3 – Clear and the ground frozen after breakfast. I paid my bill of $2.50, then, once more on my hard-trotting gray mare, we put off for Gibsonville. We arrived at 11:00 A.M. We had bad traveling on account of the new fallen snow. Now on to Onion Valley. The snow is from 2 1/2 to 10 feet deep. We arrived on foot at 1:00 P.M., ate dinner, $1, and started for home. More deep snow to wade through. We arrived at Nelson Point within two hours by the sun. There I met Lloyd, drunk. After some talk with my friends we went home. As we cannot get in the cabin we went on to the diggins. The boys were about ready to quit work.

Wednesday 4 – A beautiful morning. After breakfast John, Shaw, and Rains (in my place) went to work. I started for the American Valley as the court of sessions was sitting. I arrived in good time having met several of the vigilance committee, all acquitted of the charge of grand larceny. I ate dinner at Dennings, $1, and spoke to Pat Hunly to attend to my law business. Late in the afternoon I went to Myer’s and stayed all night. Supper, lodging and breakfast, $1.25 —

Thursday 5 – A fine, frosty morning. I started early for the town of Quincy where I got Hung to look up my law matters and, after having it all put in good shape, ate dinner at Jennings, $1. I saw Brad Stephens who had, on Monday last, stuck a pen knife through his throat. He is getting well again, but somewhat crazy. I then started for home on foot in company with four others. Arrived in good time.

Friday 6 – A pleasant morning. I went out to the diggins and worked some time, and then went down to the Point to attend to a trial by jury of the right of Frees’ interest in the ditch by Boot. He said he did not ask for it. The sheriff levied an execution on it in favor of me against Freer and Vaughn. I paid the sheriff $6 for services performed against Lloyd in  that suit. Shaw, John, and Rains got gold $169.50.

Saturday 7 – I dressed for mining this morning  for the first time since Thursday the 22nd of March last. I had to stop at noon to wait for the constable to sell Freers’ interest in the water ditch. The sale came off between 4:00 and 5:00 P.M. I being the highest bidder at $50, it was knocked off to me. John the boys got gold $77.50.

Sunday 8 – A fine day. We divided out $1,902 from the last three weeks’ work. I and John got 3/4 of it. We had to pay for lost time tools and gruel $65.65 out of it. I wrote a letter to H.P. on business and paid $1 to the express; also sent him $60 to pay for a pistol and ten dolls he had loaned me when I was last down there. John paid $1.25 for letters in my absence–one from his ma and one from H.P. I read the 17th chapter of Matthew. John did some washing for us, and we went down to the Point. John paid the constable $50 for the interest that was sold yesterday and got a bill of sale. Lloyd is still drunk. I paid $2 for a shirt for Rains.

Monday 9 – Lawrance and Rains took 8 picks and went over to Quincy and had them sharpened, cost $3.25. Shaw worked for Lawrance. I and John was mining got gold $32. It commenced raining after dinner.

Tuesday 10 – It is raining quite hard, and sometimes there is snow mixed with it. In the afternoon it continued snowing. We did no work.

Wednesday 11 – It snowed all of last night and is still at it this morning. It is 20 inches deep. I dreamed on Monday night last I was in company with my wife and that she denied me the gratification that is common with a man and wife.

P.M. It stopped snowing, and we all went to mining. I, John and Rains got gold $5. It is cold and snowing this evening.

Thursday 12 – The sun shone out warm and pleasant. We were piping away. The hose tore before noon.

P.M. Duesler sewed on a patch. John let the water on, but in a few minutes the hose tore again in another place. John and Rains cleaned up gold $69. Duesler jumped Lloyd’s claim. Shaw, Lawrance and Shults got no gold in the new diggins —

Friday 13 – It was snowing this morning. I and Shults went down to the Point. I got three needless $.50 and a small lot of grub from Shults. After dinner I went to mending hose and John and Shaw to cleaning up bedrock. We got gold $6.

Saturday 14 – It snowed all of last night, and has been raining and snowing all day. I was ripping a piece of hose apart to make it larger, so that it would slip over the main hose and double. The other five men was running a cut into the flat just below in front of our cabins. Late in the evening Shaw picked up a small, smooth piece of gold, in weight 2 bits.2 It was snowing very hard before sunset and continued up to bedtime. It melts away about as fast as it falls.

Sunday 15 – It was snowing this morning, as it must have done last night, and continued till 1 P.M. It remained cloudy until bedtime. A crust was freezing on the snow before sunset.

A.M. Lawrance and I put leather soles on my gum boots. After dinner we all went down to the Point except Lawrance. Shults paid us off $175 and $30 interest. I owed him for 35 days work $100. We got $28.82 worth of provisions. The balance he paid cash. I paid Shaw $100 cash, land and other items on settlement. My less on is the 1st chapter of Mark —

Monday 16 – It is snowing very fast, and the largest flakes. I was mending hose all day.

P.M. The five of us and Roister made six at work in the cut below the cabin today. It was sowing and raining all evening. This marks seven full days since the storm commenced.

Tuesday 17 – It was cloudy, raining and snowing a little at intervals all day. I went down to the Point in the morning to see after my suit at law. I paid a paper tax of 25 cents. I was at home at noon to eat dinner, then four of us went to cleaning up bedrock. We got gold $82. Lawrence and two others are at work near the cabin.

Wednesday 18 – The stars shone out last night before I turned in. It was cool, with a crust frozen on the snow this morn, but the sun shone out warm and pleasant all day. Four of us cleaning up bedrock got gold $97. The other three were at work near our cabin. They have not as yet found any gold.

Thursday 19 – Cold and somewhat cloudy this morning. The sun shone out quite pleasant. The snow is melting away fast. We was all forenoon fixing up our hose and setting our boxes for piping again.

P.M. Four of us was washing down the banks and gold gold $78. Lawrance and company moved up in front of my cabin to put a cut into the bank. We quit the other two for the want of gold.

Friday 20 – Fine weather, frosty of a morning. We four was picking away all day. Just at night our hose tore 4 or 5 feet and ripped the outside layer. We cleaned up and gold gold $38.50 Lawrance and company moved higher up on the flume after diner. He is discouraged —

Saturday 21 – Frosty nights and warm days. The snow is melting quite fast. I had to mend the hose again after noon. We was picking again. Four of us got gold $34. Lawrance and Shults is at work in the ravine near the cabin. It has been worked before.

Sunday 22 – A fine morning. Shaw gave me the $1,000 that I had loaned to him and others to go my security in the lawsuit with Lloyd. I then weighed out $1,000 to the Basses and others at three per cent a month for 60 days. I went down to the Point and gave them the dust and got their note in the P.M.
It clouded up and rained quite a shower, then cleared off again after dark. My lesson is the 7th chapter of Saint Mark.

Monday 23 – After an early breakfast I bid them all good bye and down to the Point I went. I waited until the company of eight was ready, and we all started for Union Valley. We made it by 1:00 P.M. after a hard struggle through the deep snow.  We got dinner $1 each, and now for Gibsonville. We often sink in the snow to the crotch. We arrived in good time and I 1/4 hour ahead of the for mast, stopped at Mountain Cottage.

Tuesday 24 – The snow is somewhat frozen. Breakfast $1 and lodging 50 cents. I did not eat supper.
We footed it for Rabbit Creek. I and a young man arrived at half past 9:00 A.M., the rest of the company at 10:00. This place is improving very fast. We took dinner $1 and mounted our mules. I stopped at the Buckeye House for the night and went on to the Columbus. We met several ladies going to a ball at the American House riding mules on a mans saddle with a leg over the horn in front.

Wednesday 25 – Supper and lodging $1.50. At 4 A.M. I was called up to take a mule ride by myself to the Oregon House. I arrived at half past 10 A.M.,  ate breakfast at the Abbott, $1. We started for Marysville at 11 o’clock in the opposition. Cost for mule and stage ride $5 through —
I took dinner at the Prairie House 13 miles from Marysville, $1. We arrived at 3:00 P.M. I went out to H.P.‘s. All well. Jack has gone down to San Francisco.

Thursday 26 – I and the judge went to town. I was somewhat engaged in hunting up such things as I wished to purchased again. I went out to the Judge’s, paid the ferryman 50 cents —

Friday 27 – I went to town and stayed all day. Dinner 50 cents, whiskey 75 cents. Jack came up in the afternoon and we went out to the ranch.

Saturday 28 – Rained last night. The Yuba River is somewhat higher. Clear this morning. We went to town and stayed all day. I have not made a purchase as yet. I’ve been waiting for gum hose, as a merchant said he would have some up as soon as it could be got of the ship. Dinner 50 cents and whiskey 50 cents. I went out to the ranch again.

Sunday 29 – After breakfast Jack and Derick came out of town hauling a McCormack’s reaping machine. All hands except myself, set to work set it up, but late in P.M. they had still not succeeded. I set in, and by sunset it was all understood and fixed &c.
Cath’s female help left on Thursday. That will be the last dose her cooking —

Monday 30 – After breakfast Henry, Jack and I went to town. I went to look up some rubber hose. The merchant told me that it would cost me $1.75 per foot for 3 inch hose and that he would send for it if I said so. I said not. I hunted the town but found nothing that would answer but that first shop. I took duck for dinner, 50 cents. I the went out to the ranch.