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Sacramento City, California
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Pioneer Life in Sacramento
November 25, 1849

Though homesick, the young forty-niner wrote to his sister, "I have not come 20,000 miles to turn around and go right back again like some persons who have been here and gotten homesick." Young Buck told Mary about the success of his business. "Week before last," he boasted, "we sold out of our little store $1,500 worth of goods. All cash trade in one day. Tell Joseph to beat that . . . The flour that I bought in San Francisco for $18 per sack (200 lbs) we sold for $44 and are all out." Among those seeking gold in California in 1849, many went home again penniless. But merchants, like Buck, who provided supplies for the miners, tended to do well in the golden West.
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