A Yankee Trader in the Gold Rush: The Letters of Franklin A. Buck

A Yankee Trader in the Gold Rush: The Letters of Franklin A. Buck

A Yankee Trader in the Gold Rush: The Letters of Franklin A. Buck

A Yankee Trader in the Gold Rush: The Letters of Franklin A. Buck

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This New England youth, Franklin A. Buck, has painted for us a glowing picture of a day long since passed -- a day replete with adventure and romance. As we peruse these fascinating letters, we sense the courage and indomitable spirit inherited from his Colonial forbears. Sterling men and women were those ancestors who were responsible for the founding of the Colonies. Small wonder that their descendants should be imbued with that Wanderlust that ever beckoned toward the Golden West.

This lusty youth, graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, was a direct descendant of two famous families: Colonel Jonathan Buck, a man of ardent temperament and iron will, founded the town of Bucksport, Maine, the birthplace of the author. The Buck family trace back to one Sir Hugh Buck, who was Master of the Rolls under King James and Queen Elizabeth.

Colonel Dummer Sewall, his great-grandfather, founded Bath,Maine. Both were Revolutionary heroes, and Colonel Sewall, a brilliant scholar, and leader of his community, was elected a delegate to the First Continental Congress. He left a magnificent collection of three hundred letters which are greatly prized by the Sewall family -- the shipbuilders of Bath, Maine.

This flair for letter-writing, the keeping of diaries, etc., seems to be a direct throw-back to the famous Judge Sewall whose letters and diaries are so well known and widely read.

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