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1 Rix, Alfred, Lynn A. Bonfield New England To Gold Rush California The Journal of Alfred and Chastina W. Rix Edited With Commentary by Lynn A. Bonfield
Norman The Arthur H. Clark Company 2011 First Edition Hard Cover New 
400 pages, frontis, illustrations. "Unique husband-and-wife account, which captures the turbulence of life and events during the gold rush era, is also a personal and compelling chronicle of a singular family's separation and reunion. Stricken with "gold fever," Alfred headed to California, while Chastina stayed behind. Alone with their young son in Vermont, Chastina continued the journal, describing her loneliness and fatigue as she labored to maintain the household, and summarizing Alfred's frequent letters. After establishing himself economically in San Francisco, Alfred urged his wife to join him. Chastina and their two-year-old son traveled by ship, via Panama, to California, where the couple resumed their journal, continuing the pattern of alternating entries and detailing life in the burgeoning city. Alfred's concluding notes at the end of the journal are an abrupt reminder that, just as now, life in the middle of the nineteenth century could bring unexpected and personal tragedy." 
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