Personal Memoranda. The Journal of His Voyage to California in 1848-1849. By Samuel Hopkins Willey, Founder of the University of California.
Berkeley: The Friends of the Bancroft Library, University of California, 1997. 8vo, 141pp. Original dark brown buckram, stamped in gilt to top board and backstrip; frontispiece from photography of Willey, and illustrated throughout from photographs, drawings, and maps. Description of this Keepsake of the Friends of the Bancroft Library loosely inserted. Fine. A rare and wonderful inside look at California from the personal notes of one of the most important early Californians, S. H. Willey. From the printed description:This diary, wonderfully edited by Friends Council member Jim Spitze, is a splendid account of a trip to California before the Gold Rush. Willey left New York in December of 1848, heard the news about the discovery of gold in New Orleans, and arrived in Monterey in February of 1849, one of the few individuals on board the S.S. California, making her maiden voyage from Panama to California, who was not tempted to head for the mines.
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