Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory 1849 (Dear America Series)

Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory 1849 (Dear America Series)

Kristiana Gregory

Language: English

Pages: 184

ISBN: 0590511572

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Susanna Fairchild and her family are on board a ship sailing from New York to the West, where they plan to start a new life in Oregon. But tragedy strikes when Susanna¹s mother is lost to the sea. Hearing stories of great wealth, Susanna¹s physician father decides he wants to join the hordes of men rushing to California to mine for gold.

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there’s a nice pot of soup simmering on the coals. All the way home we talked of wanting to help Rosita, but we’re not sure how. NEXT DAY Pork and beans for breakfast with dried apples. We are out of coffee. A little burro that lost its mother was wandering through town. This morning when Clara and I saw some boys kicking it, we lifted the hems of our skirts and raced over. This time my sister did not stop me. I picked up some stones and threw them at the boys’ feet, not to hurt, but to let them

something other than the man’s filth that scared us. His eyes were cold. We worry because he knows our cabin and probably knows we’re alone. But we don’t think he knows that we know who he is. He seemed too stupid and dirty to realize that the pouch he stole is unique and could easily be claimed by its owner, our father. Meanwhile, we will keep this to ourselves. We are more anxious than ever for Papa to return. 73 Clara has finished with the dough and placed a damp cloth over the bowl. By

with his black ink, a beautiful drawing of a lady looking out at the mountains. Along the top he carved her name and the date she died — July 20, 1849. Now if Jenny’s loved ones visit Miner’s Creek, they’ll be able to find her. FRIDAY, THE 17TH OF AUGUST This afternoon Sam and I were sitting in front of the cabin, peeling potatoes for Clara’s soup. Papa walked into camp and set his black bag in the dirt. He had been on the other side of the river, doctoring a man who broke his arm in a fight.

children playing. Now they are hidden by a curve in the river. Oh, Papa is asking if we might have some dinner. It’s noon, so I’ll write later. We ate boiled eggs, crackers, cheese, and crisp red apples we bought in Sacramento. We sat together on deck, I next to Sam, quietly enjoying this last bit of gold country. I am happy Captain Clinkingbeard is with us. Without saying so, we have become his family. Now he is like our uncle, a pleasant dear man who tells stories and listens to ours. After the

after all. The rumors had persisted for many years, but here was confirmation from the President himself. The United States had just acquired the California territory ten months earlier in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war with Mexico. The United States paid fifteen million dollars in return for the territories of California, New Mexico, and the Rio Grande region. Mexico had failed to act on the rumors of gold in California. It already had productive copper, silver, and gold

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