Source: Complete transcription (including exact spellings as
written), taken from a photocopy of an original letter in
possesion of my father-in-law:
Los Angeles, Cal. Aug. 26, 1862
Yours of 17th of May with one for Jose dated some time
in June only came to hand a short time ago. Don't know what was the cause of it's being so long on the road. Since we last wrote, Dona Madalena had died. She departed this life about midnight of 5th & 6th July after a long and painful illness--about a year of which she was unable to help herself. For some time before her death she expected to die and did not seem to desire to live. Her death was a great affliction to the family especially to your father and Dona Rafaella--altho it was expected. She was buried on Monday the 7th. Funeral in Church.
Juana gave birth to a daughter on the 16 of July--10 days after her Mother's death. She got along very well for 2 or 3 weeks but since, she has had a cough & has been quite weak. Dr. Hayward is attending her & she is better within a day or two. I feel anxious about her cough. Her cancer troubles her some. The babe is doing fine--is now about 6 weeks old. We call her Alice WOLFSKILL BARROWS. She squalls good deal but we all think a good deal of her. They say she looks like me.
Willie & Leonor grow and are well. Leonor talks good deal both Eng & Spanish.
Your father is well--as are rest of family except Juanita, & Madalena who has a pain in her side. Ed is here now. He got shot in his right hand by horsethieves in July--not well yet. BURGESS Family gone to S.F.--believe he is at work for Hobbs Gilmore & Co.
Jose is Mayor domo. Also have a Sonorian. Elijah went out to Colorado new mines--had hard time crossing desert--struck river between Fts. Yuma & Mojave. Lost his wagon & horses. Was so hot--could not work there--came back without doing any thing.
But the mines are rich & there will many go there this fall when the weather gets cooler
I saw Co. of Sonorians camped at the river this morning--on the way there. The mines are about 100 miles above Ft. Yuma on other side of the Colorado. All dry-washing as there is no water. Have to pack water to drink from the river from 3 to 10 leagues.
Many persons have brought in from small quantities up to 100 ounces & upwards, & mostly Course gold. I have seen pieces weighing 2, 3 & 4 ouces & [D ...?] had a piece weighing nearly 4 pounds or $800 or $900 of pure gold.
B. COHEN brought in about 20 pounds of dust week ago. He had at the river a piece weighing 56 ounces & says that the day before he left 20.000$ was weighed out in his store that went to Sonora. Mostly Sonorians there as they understand dry washing & can stand the great heat, Parties Constantly coming down from above by land on their way there.
Mexicans crazy about these new mines.
Fruit plenty this year. FRAKLING in very poor health.--bronchitis. Frank RAMIREZ Notary Public here.
Things look dark for our Country--dont know what will be the end. Secesh strong here.
Fear GURRERO will never be able to pay anything. LAZARD don't like to sue WORKMAN--but will collect YORBAs if he can. ALLANSON is at S. Pedro.
you ought to do better at the Colorado mines than in any mines in Mexico. And we should all be glad to see you.
The Strychnine mines have all fizzled out I believe. Write oftener & come home as soon as you can. We send you best Respects. Hope you wont go & get married down in Mazatlan.
Truly Your Friend
Henry D. BARROWS
Hope the Mexicans will
whip out the French every time.
They ought to--they are fighting for thier own country.