Gilpin County Colorado

~ A Frozen Pump ~
~ & Frozen Ears ~

~ 19 March 1870 ~
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United States postage stamp. 3 cent 1869 Issue
Scott # 114
1869 Issue.
From the envelope.

Circular black postmark:
Mrs. Edward Mead
Black Hawk Mar 19th 1870

Dear Mother
We have been having some of the coldest weather that I ever saw. It was terrible cold last Monday. everything about the mill froze up although we had two good fires in it. The engine pump froze up so that I could not keep a supply of water in the boiler. I went to the Postoffice that night and got a letter from Katie, while coming back I froze my ears. The weather very pleasant again yesterday just the kind that I like.
I have not heard anything from the letter I wrote to Father. I am expecting to hear something every day. Donot send the money for the freight on the barrel to me, if you take the trouble to send me anything, I don’t want you to have any freight to pay. I would rather pay it. I don’t know as I shall want you to send me any--thing before next Fall. Then I will write and tell you what I want most The cake that was sent in my barrel kept very good, a good deal better than one would think, it was so long coming. I have got my deep and every thing about the mill all right.
Cousin Robert tries to do what is right, he made a bad move when he first came out here, -- investing so much money in mines, he has $30,000 of his own money invested in mines that don’t pay a cent. Cousin Roberts wife is better but is not able to walk yet without help. I don’t think she will go back home this Summer. Two weeks ago, a mill owner tried to get the ore we were crushing away from our mill, he said he could save more gold than we could, both mill tryed to see which would do the best, our mill beat the other mill two ounces a cord. Since then he has not said any thing more about beating our mill. I have been working all night, it is a little after six O’clock in the morning. A man cannot stand working in the night so well as he can in the day. I must close now or I shall not be able to get this in the morning’s mail.
Your affectionate Son

From the Collection of Frederick Smoot
Provenance: eBay Online Auction 2001

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