Voyage to California (43c) – John Jackson Lewis – More of the San Jose Valley

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

This is the last section of the final letter from John Jackson Lewis. This one is  to Edward, dated May 8th, 1851, describing the San Jose Valley and what he can see from his brother William’s farm. This sketch was made by John Jackson Lewis and enclosed with the letter.

Turning our gaze up the valley towards Monterey, the timber prevents our seeing much of the low land, except in the immediate vicinity of our house, that is within two or three miles, but beyond the timber, and distant, perhaps, five or six miles, the hills, comparatively low, but high notwithstanding, indicate that the valley becomes much narrower, and changes its course very materially.  Looking towards the Bay, the mountains fade away on either side, leaving us one place where we can look out on what I shall call the real horizon.

On the plain, in this direction, there is…

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One thought on “Voyage to California (43c) – John Jackson Lewis – More of the San Jose Valley

  1. Janet, Thank you for the re-Blog. This has been a joy for me to share because I didn’t read it before I posted it. I was discovering this journey along with my readers. John Jackson Lewis is an ancestor I’m very proud of. Thanks for sharing his journey with your readers.


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