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John W. Bell Diary

Bell, John W. (Mixed Material)
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Entries made from October through December 1849 recount Bell's party's departure from San Francisco for the gold country, camping along the way, their arrival and permanent camp set-up, and the value of the gold dug each day. At the end of the diary are a number of expense accounts, including traveling, camp equipment, and provisions. Barometer readings are recorded for June 3-August 4, 1849. John W. Bell lived in Utica and Albany, New York. He kept this diary (2 vols.) during a voyage from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn on board the schooner "Gager" from February 14-September 12, 1849. The ship stopped at Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Callao, with an overnight visit to Lima. Bell writes of the trials of ship life, the terrible storms and the calms they encountered, their first (unsuccessful) attempt to round Cape Horn, and homesickness during the months at sea, with no means of receiving mail. He also describes the pleasures of beautiful weather and passing other ships, including one from Bremen loaded with German emigrants headed for California.
Authors: Bell, John W.
Title: John W. Bell diary
Characteristics: .21 linear foot (1 volume)
Restrictions on Access: Apply to Manuscripts and Archives Division for access at http://www.nypl.org/mssref
Summary: Entries made from October through December 1849 recount Bell's party's departure from San Francisco for the gold country, camping along the way, their arrival and permanent camp set-up, and the value of the gold dug each day. At the end of the diary are a number of expense accounts, including traveling, camp equipment, and provisions. Barometer readings are recorded for June 3-August 4, 1849.
John W. Bell lived in Utica and Albany, New York. He kept this diary (2 vols.) during a voyage from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn on board the schooner "Gager" from February 14-September 12, 1849. The ship stopped at Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Callao, with an overnight visit to Lima. Bell writes of the trials of ship life, the terrible storms and the calms they encountered, their first (unsuccessful) attempt to round Cape Horn, and homesickness during the months at sea, with no means of receiving mail. He also describes the pleasures of beautiful weather and passing other ships, including one from Bremen loaded with German emigrants headed for California.
Subject Headings: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Description and travel Montevideo (Uruguay) Description and travel Horn, Cape (Chile) Description and travel Callao (Callao, Peru) Description and travel California Gold discoveries History 19th century California Description and travel 19th century Voyages and travels 19th century Ocean travel 19th century Gold mines and mining California Gold miners California Diaries Gager (Schooner) Bell, John W. Diaries
Genre/Form: Diaries
Topical Term: Voyages and travels
Ocean travel
Gold mines and mining
Gold miners
Research Call Number: MssCol 252
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