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“If this is true . . . it is outrageous.”

Here is the second half of Bidwell’s September 30, 1848 letter to George McKinstry. He is outraged by a rumor that he has killed two Indians, a charge that he stoutly denies. It would certainly have been out of character … Continue reading

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November 27, 1841

John Bidwell had set out on November 21 for Sutter’s rancho on the Sacramento in the company of two other men.  I’ve been trying to find out who his companions were, but Bidwell doesn’t give their names in any of … Continue reading

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