Elijah Allen Spooner letters and diary
Scope and Contents
Overland diary and fifteen handwritten letters. Most of the letters are addressed to Spooner's wife and were written while on the overland journey by ox team from Adrian, Michigan to Sacramento, California in 1849. Spooner writes of encounters with Indians, buffalo hunting, distaste for Sunday travel, a handful of deaths within his company, and travelling conditions. Spooner also mentions his religious faith in most of the letters. Spooner stopped in Salt Lake City and gives a brief description. The rest of the letters describe life in California and Spooner's distress that he has not received any letters from home.
- Spooner, Elijah Allen, 1811-1879 (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Massachusetts native who settled in Kansas in 1857. Spooner farmed and served as a probate judge and county clerk. Also prospector who participated in the California Gold Rush of 1849.
16 items ((128 pages) + typescripts)
Language of Materials
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
- Register of Letters and diary
- Leslie Evens
- 2011 December 9
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.