The California Gold Rush
In Their Own Words and Images
Excerpts of a letter by Martin Rodney to T.J. Rodney

August 9, 1852

… T’is true a California life is not one of pleasure, but to the contrary one of fatigue, toil and privation. Which I presume ere this time you are aware of, …

I have never regretted the moment I left Missouri and were I there again I would not remain there long. But I would launch my bark for the Land of Glittering Dreams. …

Courtesy Searls Memorial Library

The Land of Glittering Dreams
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