THE UNITED STATES, ADS. JOHN C. FREMONT, APPELLANT, FROM DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA. BRIEF FOR THE UNITED STATES. C. CUSHING, ATTORNEY GENERAL.

[Washington? ca. 1855]. 55pp. plus addendum leaf inserted between pages 22 and 23. Dbd. Slightly soiled. Very good. Item #WRCAM29993

This case, brought by the U.S. government, contested Fremont's ownership of "Las Mariposas," a rich gold region near Yosemite Valley. Fremont bought the seventy- square-mile tract sight unseen for $3,000 in 1847. The gold from the area, known also as the "Mariposa Grant," made Fremont a rich man, though he was embroiled in a variety of lawsuits over the legitimacy of his ownership claim. The federal government argued that Juan B. Alvarado, who sold the land to Fremont, had no real title and that the land should be considered in the public domain. The Supreme Court, hearing the case in their December term, 1854, found for Fremont. Gold rush historian J.S. Holliday has wryly observed that Fremont "was probably the only person in California taking gold from land he actually owned." OCLC locates only four copies: three in the University of California system, and one at Yale. A scarce and interesting Fremont item. J.S. Holliday, RUSH FOR RICHES, p.136 (note). OCLC 19561911

Price: $1,750.00

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