Josephine J. Crawford

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Letters are addressed to Josephine's aunt, Calista. Early letters describe Marysville, Strawberry Valley and San Jose in some detail. Later letters concentrate on the family, giving news of her sister, Alphonsine Saunders (Mrs. Charles Saunders) who lived nearby, her brothers, Durlin and Julian Pond and asking news of various relatives in Vermont. ** Please note that historical materials in the Gold Rush Collections may include viewpoints and values that are not consistent with the values of the California State Library or the State of California and may be considered offensive. Materials must be viewed in the context of the relevant time period, but views are in no way endorsed by the State Library. The California State Library’s mission is to provide credible information services to all Californians and, as such, the content of historical materials should be transcribed as it appears in the original document.

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not employed in my domestic duties - Have all I can dowhen I am able to be about - We have hired help- Shepherd's to cook for - Mr Crawford's Partner is an old Physician formerly from Ohio - used to attend upon both of our families when sick when we were children -So we have a Skillful Physician right at Home here -& a learned man - Have plenty of wild game here Grizzly Bears - Coyotes, Panthers - Wild Cats - Deer. Hare. Squirrels Quails &c &c - There are Wild Horses Antelope & Elk - up the San Jooquine River not far distant - but none here - Rattlesnakes are to be found in abundance here - We pitched our Tent by the side of the Bear trail - And now it passes through our Garden - They seem to be puzzled as to the reason of finding a fence in their road & other new sights - hereabouts so they turn & keep up the "Arroyo" Creek - Have not killed any yet though they are about every few weeks - It is not safe for a Hunter to shoot one unless he has a safe place to flee to instanter - if the Bear is not killed instantly. They are Strong ferocious animals - Hard to kill - Have not done any damage to our stock yet - but have killed several valuable Cows for our Neighbors - There are several men within a few miles of us who have Stock here - (but no families) it will not be many years before there will be familiesof Americans here - You ask if we are coming back - We hope to by & by - intend to return on a visit if not to remain - If I am permitted to live a few years I hope to gaze upon the green Hills of my dear Native State - and the dearer much love Friends - That still find a Home there - I feel that I must visit Pond Hill - once more ere I bid it adieu forever - but Time alone can tell how this may be - Aunt C - I often think of you - & I dare say you have not = & could not, if you wished forget the little noisy young-ones that used to be around |you| into |all sorts of| mischief - & up to many childish capers- I can now think what little toments we were - & wonder you had so much |patience| as you had with us - How we must have tried it - How we must have vexed you -- Those days are past but they live in my memory not to be forgotten so long as I retain my reason I remember when you were my Teacher - The prize - "Ribbon & Buds" that Charlotte & I tried to see which should be winner - and have one of the Tickets you gave me in my Case of choice Relics,- & Rupsakes - which you gave me during that term -I was five years old - now I am thirty two - shall be 33- if I live until the 3d of Septr next Tell Aromel - the piece of Marble he gave me graces my centre Table here . Where does he live? Have they any children? Where do you live?- How much I would like to visit you and eat Sugar I have not had any for several years - Am very fond of it

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Where does Aunt Charlotte live? Is Cousin Hoyt in circumstances to take care of his motherless little ones. It seems to me quite sickly in your section so many going with Donsumption - was sorry to hear it - My Cousins & other friends are going. Sad thought but we are all going soon & should not mourn & grieve ourselves as friend after friend departs as we do - but tis natural we cannot help it - notwithstanding we know it will not be very long at the longest, ere we shall be called Aunt Angeline has lived to bury all of her family only P- is she healthy Does she live on (Pond Hill, Sacred Spot, to me, the Name of my Forefathers My dear Aunt I wish to ask so many questions I expect I shall weary your patience - When I commence writing or talking about V.T & V.T folks I never know when to stop and now it has been so long since I have heard from there I dont know as I can find a place to stop Where is Cousin Martha? Cousin Julia Ann is married I have heard how much I do wish she would write to me- Is she happy & pleasantly situated? It would give me much pleasure to hear from any of my friends - I speak of cousin Julia A because she & I, have been together more than some of my Cousins who were younger. Give much love all for me & say to Julia Ann - Florolia Met & all the others that I remember them with the warmest feelings of friendshp & wish them to write to me - Does John & Lucy Farwell still live ? Are they on the old Place? Who lives in the old Yellow House - on Pond Hill Had I wings I think I would fly over & give you all a call I should ask more questions than I do now - Dear me! it does not seem as though I could wait until I can get ready to go back -

I should miss many that welcomed me to their Homes when on my last visit there. Have no Grand Mothers now - I assure you Aunt C I look back upon that visit as one of the happiest in my life You were all so kind & indulgent- I did |not| help you about your work so much as I ought you petted me so much - I remember I used to sleep until breakfast was ready - I find I must stop & take a little cry I feel a child again - so vividly the days "lang Syne" come up befor me O! Memory! you have awakened some sad recollec tions with the pleasing ones - but I must not think & cry-for those days are past I am far, far, from former Home & Friends - no longer a thoughtless child -- but why weep we are all growing old & soon must go hence I hope to meet you then, if I am never permitted to here - We had our likenesses taken to send you a long time ago but waited to hear from you & finally sent them to Mr C- friends west - We have none finished now- will send them as soon as we can - - Wish we had yours Do please write soon again Hiram joins with me in sending much love to your family - Cousin Oscar will you not write to Cousin Josephine? Hope he is wel ere this- Good night your loving niece Josephine J. Crawford

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