Digging for Gold Without a Shovel; The letters of Daniel Wadsworth Coit | From Mexico City to San Francisco 1848- 1851
Denver: Old West Publishing Company, 1967. Near Fine. First Edition. Limited to 1250 [13x9.25in]; 116 pp., 16 pencil illustrations, index, extensive introduction by Hammond; Red cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine, black ink illustration of San Francisco street; minimal shelf wear to bottom edges. [Kurutz 142]. Item #13392
Daniel Wadsworth Coit (1787-1876) was an adventurer and businessman that was drawn to the Gold Rush of California "dig" for gold from the miners. He was in Mexico City when news of the California Gold finds arrived. From Kurutz, "Rather than choosing the life of a miner, Coit decided to go to California with a plan to exchange gold and silver coin for gold dust and thereby realize a comfortable commission. He arrived in San Francisco in April 1849 and left in the summer of 1852. He was a successful businessman and financiers of the City. This book contains letters written to his wife from February 10, 1848 to December 13, 1851. Also from Kurutz, "These letters provide an outstanding glimpse of the business and social life of San Francisco during that "Golden Spring"