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May 18, 1862: Clayton

May 18, 2012

Today has been a very quiet day. We pitched the tent in a new place this morning, for the grass was worn out in the old site and we needed a “new carpet.” The boys went down to town, but a few rods distant, where a new brewery has just been started, bought a barrel of lager, brought it up in a wheelbarrow, and it reposes under a tree. Now they are out by the camp fire—it is evening—and have drawn a pail of it. I look out and see them lying around, each with his pipe and basin of beer; the bright blaze lights up the scene, and makes it one fit for a painter.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. joel hanes permalink
    June 10, 2012 12:41 pm

    I’m thinking that after three weeks of very quiet days, Brewer and party must be well-rested.

    Tom, I hope you’re somewhere up on the Sierra crest.

  2. William H. Brewer permalink*
    June 11, 2012 8:23 am

    Yeah, sorry…wish I’d been backpacking, but I’ve just been swamped at work. Going to try to catch up in the next day or two.

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