It has been interesting to find the history that is falling in place behind these letters.
"The discovery of gold at Canyon Creek on June 8, 1862, brought a rush of people and supplies into the Upper John Day basin. Within a year nearly 10,000 fortune hunters trekked to the gold fields from the nearest access and supply point-- The Dalles-- over a series of trails that became
"The Dalles to Canyon City Wagon Road." Canyon City was larger than Portland at the time.
Dalles April 6th 1863
Dear children i received your letter and was over joyed to here that you all war a live and was as well as you was but am verry sorry for Wellingtons misfortune we are all well Hiram and Oren started with the Pack Trane the other Day to the mines to Canyon citty
i am a waiting at the Dalles for Elizabeth and William to come i Expect them on the next California Steamer
i sent them 265 Dollars to come with and i wish i had some to send to you but i will send you some as soon as possible and i hope that will be be four long but own loses in california has made it very hard for us but we have got a start a gain am in a better location than before you must not feel down? that I have not written often for the year past for the most of the time and have ben in the mountains and could? not but my interest and feeling and affections i miss the kids? i have strong hopes and Determined to make a move and i will do it that I may a ward you for your Integrity Don't dis pair know hope on the cloud?, will clear a way by and by all
Is Sephen telling his children not to despair but to have hope because even though it is cloudy, they will clear eventually ?). He always has a message of hope in his letters. (go to page 2)