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Ard Godfrey

Title: Letter to His Wife
Type: Letter
Date: 1863
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Ard Godfrey wrote to his wife from a gold mining expedition in the West.
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Letter to His Wife

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  1. While he was out West, what skills was Godfrey relying on to make money?

  2. What in his letter shows that Godfrey isn't completely convinced that his gold-mining expedition will work out as well as he'd hoped?

  3. Why would Godfrey being out West mean that his son wouldn't become a soldier during the Civil War?

  4. If Godfrey already had a sawmill at St. Anthony, why do you think he left his family and went west?