April 27, 2017
April 27, 1853. We were satisfied the gold was there in our claim, Charles T. Blake wrote from Michigan Bluff to his parents, and a week ago we got into the lead. It is a steady paying claim now, averaging about $12 a day [2/3 ounce] to the hand. There is as much dirt as we can wash out in two years, with 10 hands; we are working but 5 now. And, of course, Blake was wheeling and dealing with another dozen claims and ditches--but no longer doing the hard, physical work. I concluded to give up mining altogether, he said, and promptly became a Wells Fargo agent.