J[ohn] M. Vanderbilt


John Muir


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00958 [5]Indian killed. I am sorry that Brady has disappointed me with the bracelets or rather that he Indian jeweler goes on sprees & neglects his work — he has one of them finished & I am hopeful of being able to send them to you next steamer. Mr. Schulze also has an order with Brady for some. Our business is very good and prospects for next year very flattering, we are about having constructed here a schooner rigged [soon?] of about fifty tons to meet our increasing want of carrying capacity. Some very rich gold quartz has been brought in here from the mainland back of Douglass Island [Auk?] country — the gold shows all through the rock which also carries Galena, assays just made here by [Piltz?] goes from $500.00 to $6,000.00 per ton —00958 [6]About the same time some men struck the same character of ore at the head of Schuet creek which they have taken to Wrangel, other parties struck some rich pay in places away up to the head of that creek & three other prospecting parties discovered from $3 to $6 diggings & they think richer on three different creeks running into the channel back of Douglass island where the quartz was found — the creeks & flats are extensive & will hold a great many men — As you can imagine there is great excitement here & we have been applied to by more people for passage than we can carry when we leave next week for the [Auk?] country. It seems probable that a rich section of country is to be opened up! The pay is found from salt water to the head of


Sitka, Alaska

Date Original

1880 Nov 20


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0360

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