October 25, 1857 & Feb. 7, 1858.
8 pp total. Old folds. Item #304768
Both of these letters are filled with rich content on Prarie City in Kansas Territory and the California gold rush. In fact, Haven's spends most of the first letter bemoaning his misfortune before discussing "United Brethren have held their annual conference in Prairie City the past week. I have been to Meeting this forenoon nad heard an excellent discounrse delivered by the Bishop ... The Methodists had a Camp Meeting in a grove near Prairie City in September"
The second letter is of greater interest as he relays news from a mutual friend of life in California: "All the dangerous places there was on Humbolt [River] & Goose Creek. There had been fifty emigrants killed before they went through and he says that he knew not how many times their company found ... dead men. One train he spoke of was entirely destroyed ... Some of the company have written back that they had one very hard battle with the Indians. [Later at Maryville:] There were hundreds of miners travelling through the mines waiting for the rainy season to set in for good ... I do not know whether all of Kansas will go to California in the spring or not but if one half go that talk of going, there will be quite a turn around"
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