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GEORGE GOSS LETTERS Chili Camp Feb 22/52 [1852)

Dear Brother

I received your Letter of Jan'y 1st on Monday last and am very glad to here
that you are all well. I was affraid that Fathers health was very poor but
you write that it is now prety good! is it as good as when I left? dont
keep any thing back but let me know if you are sick and how sick you are for I
had rather know all than to be in doubt about it and you may be certain that
when you hear from me that what I write you is the truth but from your letter
you think I have not writen all the particulars about my expenses: Well I
did not! from the fact that at the time I did not wish to have you know for
fear you would think I should not have money enough to get here with. you know
I started from home with two hundred and ninety five dollars - to get to New
York buy my blankets and other fixings and pay my board there it cost me twenty
dollars then I paid for a Second Cabin ticket two hundred and fifty dollars
which you see left me twenty five dollars for pocket money I took a Cabin
ticket because I could not get a birth in the stearage, (the tickets
were 180.00) and all of our Company advised me to do as I did and in the end I
think it was the best for me for when we got through it had not cost me more
than thirty dollars more than it did those who came stearage their living
was so poor that they had to buy a great many things which I did not and I
think if I was comeing again I should come in the Cabin or else take some
provision with me and then you must look out or others will steal it.

page2 While we were on the Isthmos I paid sixteen dollars for board and sold a
ruber bag for 3 dollars the Vanderbilt Co paid five dollars to have us
crofs the land on foot and four dollars for our board which when all is
reckoned up left me twenty one dollars when I got to San Francisco and when I
reached this place I had eleven dollars all told to buy tools and get started
with. I think I wrote you that I went to boarding at $8.00 per week but I did
not write you much about my affairs. the first two weeks. I worked six days on a
dam so as to have a place to wash out dirt and the first rain carried the dam
away so ther is so much work gone to grafs or rather down the Creek though I had 
sold out one half of my chance for $14.00 but the man who bought has been sick most 
of the time since he got here and I have not got the face to aske him for it and 
presume I never shall unlefs I need it very much. I worked five days throwing up 
dirt from which we washed 16.00 which after geting hauled did not leave me much 
besides buying shovel & pick and and hireing team So that you see by this time I was in
debt for my board. I then worked one month for $100.00 out of which I paid
fifty for board up to the first of Jan since then I have been prospecting to
find a good place but without much luck. I have bought a claim for which I paid
twenty five dollars. we have had water to wash a little and it pays very well
O. T. White, A Morrill and myself have built a Cabin which cost with stove
$92.00 besides our work. we can now board ourselvs for about $5.00 per
week and I like to board myself first rate. they have

page3 bought a claim for which they are to pay $150.00 to be paid as fast as 
they get it from the claim after paying their expenses We think we can work to 
better advantage so we have put our claims together at just what they cost and 
are now in Co. I think we could do very well if we could get water enough. there 
are several Co that fetch water from the Creek but they are quareling among themselves 
and we get the water very irregular. we have hauled three days and washed the most of 
four we washed out $90.00 and I think there is dirt enough hauled for 10.00 or 15.00 
more and if we could get water on the claim two could dig and wash more than three can haul
and wash but if we dont get rain we shall have to work hard to get much. but if
we dont get it in one place we will try another at least I shall (if my health
is as good as it is now) and I think Mr White will too though he has been a
little Home Sick but I guefs he is geting over that and perhaps you
think I am Homesick too? Well I should like to see you all but then I am about
as will contented in one place as another at least I shall try to make
the best of things and when I get very Homesick and have monney enough I
shall start for Home. but not yet! I want to see more of California yet and
try and get a little of the Oro (gold) You write that you have had a good lot of Snow
and some very cold weather: well that is not much like winter here we have not
had any snow to last more than a few hours though there is a plenty on the Mountains 
in sigh. I think the nights are not so cold as they are at Home in October: in fact it 
has been all October with me since I started and I cant make it seem like the last of 
February. Yesterday as I was comeing from the Creek I picked seven kinds of flowers

page4 but here I am on the last page of my letter which I have so far filed up about 
myself so now to return to your Letter Mother you say you want to send me a Tub of 
Butter. Well I realy wish you would send it along; or couldent you some and bring it 
it would come first rate here and fetch $1.00 per pound but I dont care so much about 
Butter as I did! when we began to board ourselvs we got a pound and a half and it aint
all gone yet and it would last me forever I guefs! you used to tell me
that I should have to come to it and eat poor Butter yet! Well I have come to
it but I haint eat it yet and I dont mean to perhaps you would like to look in
and see where and how we live! I rather think our floor wants washing; but as
it is in California I don think it best to wash the ground; our beads are built
at one side of our cabin we set a post in the ground and nailed
two poles runing the length of the cabin one about three feet above the
other and similar ones next the wall we then nailed on some drilling acrost
which makes our beadsted! (mine is the under one) we then made some
matrasses; White & Morill filled theirs with hay which cost 2 cts per
pound but I went and bicked some pine brouse for mine, which I like
better My bad clothes are three blankets and my coats, shirts pants etc Our
household furniture consist of an old table hewed out of logs three stools two
or three boxes etc our Cooking utensels are an iron fry pan a pan to bake
bread in and tea pot. our crockery is three tin plates three kifes & 
forks three spones three cups and saucers a pepper Box a few bottles
Oyster cans etc then put a 1/2 barrel of pork in one corner a sack of
flour in the other and you can guefs how we look! and now will you please
come and take tea with us. Mr White makes the bread (and it is good bread too!
I tell you I was glad to see him) Mr Morill the nut Cakes & I the flapjacks
and for cooking the meet Potatoes and beans sometimes one does it and
sometimes another but help yourself to a potatoe (by the way this cost 12 cts
per pound, take a slice of pork; this cost 20 cts per pound; have a piece of
bread; flower is 12 cts; have a cup of tea, tea is 1.00 per pound will you take
some sugar? this cost 15 cts, take some milk, this cost 50 cts per quart; but 
would you like some vegetables, (onions are 50 cts per pound, Cabbag 25 cts, beets, 
carrots turnips etc are about the same in proportion 

page5 Now Father what do you say to coming out here to farming how would you 
like to sell your hay for 10 cts per pound; your oats for 7 cts. butter 1.00 
cheese 25 cts beef 20 cts and other things at the prices I have mentioned; how would 
you like to pay $250.00 for a yoke of Oxen and 75.00 for a cart no better than Pattrcks; 
well I dont think you had better come here if you do fetch John and Charley with you though
I dont think they would look so well as they do to home it is a hard place for
horses. Levi says that Charley drives well alone; if he does and Mother will
ride after him I would not sell him unlefs you can get a very good price
for him for I want to ride after him when I get back but I hope you will take
care of your health, dont work too hard! if you draw any wood get somebody to
heulp you Tell Pat if he comes to California that I want to see him but I
want you and Mother to write too and not let Levi & Francis do it all Tell
Mrs Goodell that I have writen to Sam'l again but have not got an answer
yet but I presume I shall soon give my respects to her and tell her to make up
her mind to come to California to live on a Farm Levi; I am glad you have
written me such a good long letter but I want you to write a longer one next
time but dont get the California feaver but stay to home go to school and
when you cant go to school go to work.

page6 Francis I suppose you and Watch keep on catching those greys yet? Well that 
is right but dont eat up all the Apples yet perhaps they will make you sick: 
keepe a good eye on the School Marm but I guefs we shant get gold enough so that 
you will have to come and help us fetch it home. tell Coz Lafayette that I am 
glad to here from him and will try and write soon to him and the other Coz give 
my love to all tell them that I should like to write a word to all but they are
now waiting for my letter so good by one and all and remember to write often 

Your Brother Geo Gofs 

I rec' d the papers but want you to direct them to Wood
Diggings Southern Mines GGofs