San Francisco. 1856. 79pp. Modern brown cloth, gilt morocco label. Titlepage with a few fox marks and a small tear in upper outer corner. Two light vertical creases throughout. Still, very good. Item #WRCAM47324
An important California tract, with much material relating to the contentious issue of land titles, as well as early postal and express history. Crane, editor of the CALIFORNIA COURIER, lashes out at the policies of the federal government toward California, especially with regard to the validity of land titles held by early settlers from the period of Mexican control. He argues that federal policy toward California is malignant, and makes parallels between the present state of affairs and the relationship of the American colonies to England on the eve of the Revolution. "The author was a pioneer journalist. The pamphlet demonstrates the indifferent attitude of the federal government toward California" - Greenwood. "Crane describes the Conquest of 1846; the postal difficulties; leasing of the mineral lands; private land claims; the railroads across the continent; etc. An important early source book" - Eberstadt. COWAN, p.149. EBERSTADT 111:175. GREENWOOD 673. GRAFF 910. HOWES C861, "aa." KEMBLE, pp.333-34. KURUTZ 162.