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NOTES OF A VOYAGE TO CALIFORNIA VIA CAPE HORN, TOGETHER WITH SCENES IN EL DORADO, IN THE YEARS 1849-'50
Published by the Author, Philadelphia 1878 - "According to Upham, these reminiscences 'have been written amid the hurly-burly of a busy mercantile life, from notes taken at the time the incidents treated of transpired.' Despite being a recollection, his narrative is rich with information and written in a sprightly and entertaining way. Leaving a lucrative position in a counting house in Philadelphia, Upham 'resigned the quill for the pick and the spade' and set sail on the brig Osceola on January 15, 1849, shipped around Cape Horn, and reached San Francisco on August 5. Upham devoted a major portion of his book to the long voyage. After experiencing a jumping San Francisco, the gold seeker headed for the diggings on the Calaveras River. Poor health, however, forced him back to Stockton and then San Francisco, where he survived by selling pickles and pipes before becoming a courier for the Pacific News. In the spring of 1850, Upham relocated in Sacramento, and with five others started the Sacramento Transcript, one of California's first newspapers. The journalist provided a superior description of Sacramento City, witnessing the first great fire, the first election under state law, and, in August, the famed Squatter Riots in which the sheriff was killed and the mayor wounded. He wrote in vivid terms of Captain Sutter and his fort, a banquet at Sutter's Hock Farm, a concert given by the celebrated French composer Henri Herz, and the first minstrel performance in town. Upham liberally reproduced articles from his newspaper to supplement his narrative. In the fall, he sold out his interests in the Transcript for $10,000 and returned to Philadelphia via the Isthmus of Panama on the steamship Columbus. Upham included an extensive appendix covering such topics as the history of pioneer journalism in California, celebration of Admission Day, a reception for John C. Fremont, and the dedication of the Lick Monument at Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania" (Gary Kurutz, The Zamorano 80 Collection of Daniel G. Volkmann Jr.). From the library of English dramatist Alfred Sutro (1863-1933), with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Octavo. Original maroon pebbled cloth binding, with pictorial gilt stamping. Ink address stamp to a prefatory blank leaf. The binding is lightly shaken, and the front hinge is just starting. Some general sun fading along the spine, with wear to the corners and tips; else about very good. The Zamorano Eighty 76. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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