GEORGE GOSS LETTERS Sonora July 12th 1854 Dear Brother I have but a few minutes to write my health is not quite as good as it was when I wrote last I have had a lame side and some pain in my lungs for a few weeks it is not very bad but so that I have not done much lifting for some time though I have been very busy in the yard sending off lumber we are selling a great deal of lwnber now and about the same price at the mill as last year the time for which we formed our company ran out the first of this month but we still keep on running the mill and most of the company want to do so till the rainy season sets in and then get our business closed up to get off home Early in the Spring If my health is good I may stay till then but if not I shall try and come home this Fall. If I dont get so as to feel well soon I shall quit the yard altogether and go to sawing in the mill when I do any thing It is very hot weather now we have had no rain for some time Last Sunday night Columbia was burnt down there was but few houses escaped the page2 fire. it contained about 1500 inhabitants and was a flourishing place. in a good mining country about 3 miles from Sonora I have not heard from you by the two last mails but hope to hear by the next and that you are all well. the last time you wrot Mother was some better. I hope she will not go to work and get down again but will will keep Coz Tirza with her if she can I suppose you are about the haying now I should rather be mowing with you than to be measuring boards but I cant get away yet hope I can soon I saw Mason Sterns last Sunday well have not heard from Sam'l Goodell for some time had a Letter from Coz Mortimer Butler last night well his wife has just reached San Francisco I want you to write as often as you can I will write again soon and hope to get more time to write next time. Mother must not wory about me for I shall be carefull and not work as hard as I did Last year My best wishes to all and hope to be with you in a few months George
The fire in Columbia, California did one thing. When they rebuilt the buildings, bricks were used.