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The Diary of a Forty-Niner

April 16, 2010

Originally, I just planned to stick this at the bottom of another post and provide a link, but then I started reading the book.  It is a quick read, authentic and very entertaining.  I have clipped a few excerpts of the text as examples.

This first clip is from the preface; it gives some background information on the material and the forty-niner who wrote it.


This next excerpt gives a rather humorous description of his jackass:

Next, is the disappearance of two fellow miners, Ristine and Carter, although I am only excerpting two small snippets, so if you want to know more, you will have to read the book:




And no gold mining story would be complete without the mention of gambling:


For those who enjoy romance, there is definitely a little of that with the French woman, Marie:

Evidently, there are several editions of this book, the latest one listed as being published in 2007.

Title:    The Diary of a Forty-Niner
Author:    Chauncey L. Canfield
Publisher:    M. Shepard Co., 1906
Length:    231 pages

Here is the link to the edition I used  in this post: (Google book LINK.)