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GEORGE GOSS LETTERS Log Cabin Feb 20th 1853

Dear Brother
I received your letter of date Jan'y 3rd last Sunday and was very glad to hear
that you are all well and geting along well. My health is first rate and I get 
along well but often think about home and ask myself when I shall be satisfied 
to leave California? if I wait till I get all the gold I want, it will be a long 
time I fear for as yet the more I get the more still I want and I suppose this 
is the case with everyone. I cannot say when I shall come but should be glad to 
come now. how I should like to see you all and sit down by the fire to tell you 
what I have seen in California by the way I will tell you what I have seen today 
though perhaps you may say it is a bad way to keep Sunday. This morning I sent 
over to the old place where I stoped last winter (about five miles) to see some of
the boy who came out with me on the road I came to a place where there were
about an hundred miners some diging in one place and some in an other and
all very much engaged. on asking the cause for so many being at work there one
of them told me that some Mexicans had a few days before struck a very rich
place and had taken out some big lumps one of which weighed eight pounds and
another seventeen hundred dollars besides many smaller lumps they showed me one
place about ten feet wide and twenty long where they said that in one day they
took out the sum of

page2 twenty three thousand dollars and that they had taken out about forty 
thousand from the same hole in the last three or four days. at first I could not 
believe the story but as everyone tells it the same, I have no reason to dout 
it though it seems almost beyond belief and perhaps the story has been exagerated 
but it is certainly on enormous pile for the large pieces have been deposited 
in Sonora as well as the other so that there can be no mistake about its being 
one of the richest places ever found in Cal. This very place I have padded over 
almost every time I went to the Post Office but never once thought I was traveling 
over such a pile no! if I had I would have clung like a good fellow till I had got 
it and then bid good by to California and come strait home. but there is no such luck 
for me. what I get I must work for and I dont know but it is best I should for then 
I know what it cost to get it and shall be prety shure to keepe it or at least
try to make a good use of it but I will not trouble myself about keeping it
till I get it you must not let this give you the feaver for there is
hardly one in ten hundred thousand that will ever find anything to be compared
with it. no! there are hundred who would gladly seek their homes but cannot get
money enough to buy their passage while fortune smiles upon the few & many
times he who is the lucky one is a worthIefs and abandoned wretch, without
principles, careing for no body and perhaps nobody cares for him. I would
not wish (at least at present) to have either you or Francis come here. stay at
home get a good education improve 

page3 all the time & advantages you can get for it strive to be industrious, 
honest & you will have that which is off more value than all the gold in 
California and which it could never buy and my advice is the same to all especialy 
of your age do not think of Cal. or if you do think of it as a land filled with 
every imaginable crime and one where disappointments may be expected at every step 
mid he is truly fortunate who find it different

We have had very fine weather for the last few weeks, no rain! and the days are mild 
and warm like the first weeks in May but the nights are coole and frosty and 
sometimes we find a little ice in the morning there is plenty of snow in sight on 
the mountains and 1 am almost tempted sometimes to try and get up to it too see if 
it would seem any like the winter in old Vermont. but 1 am shure it would not. I might
find plenty of snow but not the fine roads nice sleighs & horses. (I almost imagine 
I can here the jingling bells.) and more than all I should miss the pleasant hapy faces 
of home and the smile & joyous welcome of many a dear friend which is I think the 
greatest joy to be found in our cold nothern home. it is indeed the place find true
& faithful friend & one in California will be very shure to learn their value
& know how to appreciate them when he returns but what kind of a winter are you 
haveing now. 1 am glad it has been so milde in the first part & hope it will keepe 
on I suppose your school will be out before you get this & you will be choping up 
the wood (same as I am) or perhaps making Sugar, how I wish I could help you eat some, 
but never mind wait till another year 

page4 and then 1 think you will see me though if I come looking as 1 do now I dont 
know as you would let me come in the house at least I dont think Watch would.
Mother, how would you like to see me with my wool shirt old hat, big boots and
all my California rig on, with face not shaved for the last six months? 1 have
a great mind to have my degeareotype taken and send it home so that you
can see how 1 look now. if the boys can go to school this spring and next fall
1 want they should & you must do as you think best about leting out the farm but I
should rather hire a man than to let it unless it is to some good person. I
should like to send you money enough to pay the rest of the debts but I think you 
can get Uncle David & Aunt Wheaton to wait till Summer when if I have good luck I 
can send it 1 am glad that Cousin Tirza is with you tell her to write me a good long 
letter in answer to mine. how 1 should like to eat some of those apples but Cousin 
you must eat some for me and take a good Sleigh ride to as well as remember to give my
respects to all my acquaintance and especialy to all that inquire about
the absent Geo. You must all write as often as you can I should like to fill
out the rest of the sheat but the candle is almost out and this is the last one we have 
got it was a short piece when 1 began but its all gone so good by all
Geo Gofs