The Diary of Johann Augustus Sutter

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Author: R. B. Mason  | Date: 1932

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D. S. Watson 1932 Grabhorn Press, San Francisco, California

Gold in Them Hills

[1848]

II

Headquarters, 10th Military Dept.

Monterey, Calif., August 17, 1848.

At the time of my visit, but little over three months after its discovery, it was estimated that upward of 4,000 people were employed. . . . I could not have credited these reports had I not seen, in the abundance of the precious metal, evidence of their truth.

Mr. Neligh, an agent of Commodore Stockton, had been at work about three weeks in the neighborhood, and showed me in bags and bottle over $2,000 worth of gold. I might tell of hundreds of similar instances; but, to illustrate how plentiful the gold was in the pockets of common laborers, I will mention a simple occurrence which took place in my presence when I was in Weber’s store. This store was nothing but an arbor of bushes, under which he had exposed for sale goods and groceries suited to his customers. A man came in, picked up a box of Seidlitz powders, and asked its price. Capt. Weber told him it was not for sale. The man offered an ounce of gold, but Capt. Weber told him it only cost fifty cents, and he did not wish to sell it. The man then offered an ounce and a half, when Capt. Weber had to take it. The prices of all things are high, and yet Indians, who before hardly knew what a breech cloth was, can now afford to buy the most gaudy dresses.

The discovery of these vast deposit[e]s of gold has entirely changed the character of Upper California. Its people, before engaged in cultivating their small patches of ground, and guarding their herds of cattle and horses, have all gone to the mines, or are on their way thither. Laborers of every trade have left their work benches, and tradesmen their shops. Sailors desert their ships as fast as they arrive on the coast, and several vessels have gone to sea with hardly enough hands to spread sail.

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Chicago: R. B. Mason, "Gold in Them Hills—II," The Diary of Johann Augustus Sutter, ed. D. S. Watson in History in the First Person: Eyewitnesses of Great Events: They Saw It Happen, ed. Louis Leo Snyder and Richard B. Morris (Harrisburg, Pa.: Stackpole Co., 1951), Original Sources, accessed July 5, 2022, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=F31NJ1VWHJLPIPD.

MLA: Mason, R. B. "Gold in Them Hills—II." The Diary of Johann Augustus Sutter, edited by D. S. Watson, in History in the First Person: Eyewitnesses of Great Events: They Saw It Happen, edited by Louis Leo Snyder and Richard B. Morris, Harrisburg, Pa., Stackpole Co., 1951, Original Sources. 5 Jul. 2022. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=F31NJ1VWHJLPIPD.

Harvard: Mason, RB, 'Gold in Them Hills—II' in The Diary of Johann Augustus Sutter, ed. . cited in 1951, History in the First Person: Eyewitnesses of Great Events: They Saw It Happen, ed. , Stackpole Co., Harrisburg, Pa.. Original Sources, retrieved 5 July 2022, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=F31NJ1VWHJLPIPD.