Four Months among the Gold-Finders in Alta California

Four Months among the Gold-Finders in Alta California : Being the Diary of an Expedition from San Francisco to the Gold Districts

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J. Tyrwhitt Brooks was a pseudonym of the nineteenth-century publisher and journalist, Henry Vizetelly (1820-94). Born in London, Vizetelly was apprenticed to a wood engraver as a young child. He entered the printing business and helped found two successful but short-lived newspapers, the Pictorial Times and the Illustrated Times. His Four Months among the Gold-Finders, published in 1849, was a commercial and critical success on both sides of the Atlantic. It purported to be a genuine diary about the Californian Gold Rush, and was widely accepted as such. However, he admits in his 1893 autobiography, Glances Back Through Seventy Years (also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection) that it was an elaborate hoax. The supposed author was a doctor (whose testimony would be considered reliable) who had found and then lost a fortune. The Times reviewed it enthusiastically and at length as a morality tale for its more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 1139060279
  • 9781139060271

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1. Clearing the Faranolles; 2. Start for Monterey; 3. An arrival at San Francisco from the gold district; 4. The party leave San Francisco; 5. Encampment for the night; 6. The journey delayed; 7. Captain Sutter's account of the first discovery of the gold; 8. The author and his friends leave Sutter's Ford; 9. Two horses stray away; 10. Digging and washing, with a few reflections; 11. The proceedings of the week; 12. The party leave the Mormon diggings; 13. The party again shift their quarters; 14. Smoking and sleeping; 15. The party determine to start for Bear River; 16. A rest; 17. A rich mine of gold discovered; 18. Where McPhail was last seen; 19. The party strengthen their defences; 20. The author inclined to return to the coast; 21. The party start for the coast; 22. The stock of gold remaining weighed and shared; 23. The gold district; 24. The author and his friends part company; 25. Letter from the author to his brother in more

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