needs of his colleagues and mules, kept statistics, main-
tained detailed notebooks, and yet found time to sit
around a campfire to write. During a lengthy Los Ange-
les rain, for example, he confided that he had written
thirteen letters or about eighty pages.
Credit must be given to Farquhar for a masterful
job of documenting Brewer’s California peregrinations.
In addition to extensive notes, the volume includes an
itinerary and a map illustrating his travels.
“Pro-Union sentiment ran high and
King’s eloquence was its cutting edge”
9. [BROADSIDE: CALIFORNIA & THE CIVIL WAR].
KING, T[homas] Starr.
Peace: What It Would Cost Us. Address
Delivered in Platt’s Music Hall, San Francisco, by Rev. T. Starr
King, Thursday Evening, August 29th, 1861....
Francisco, August 29th, 1861
. Folio broadside in six columns. A
few small spots, some skillful repairs at folds, minor losses
(costing a few letters), but overall a fine copy of an ephemer-
Greenwood 1480 (2 locations: California
Historical Society & Boston Public Library). Text of an
address denouncing the Southern Rebellion and advocating a
return to constitutional government for the whole county, by
force, if necessary. King (1824-1864) was a prominent Boston
emigrant to California and a strong Union advocate. For dis-
cussion of King’s influence in California, see pp. 97-105 in
Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915
(New York: Oxford University Press, 1973).
“Westward the Star of Empire makes its Way”
10. [BROADSIDE: MANIFEST DESTINY]. PHELPS, H.
The Great West Embracing its Population, Productions, Extent,
Places and Distances on the Ohio, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers,
Panoramic View of the Route to China, &c. By H. Phelps, New York
Rufus Blanchard, 242 Main St. Cincinnati
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1847, by H. Phelps,
in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States for the
Southern District of New York.—Published by Joseph Ward, 52
Cornhill, Boston. | Ensigns, & Thayer, 36 Ann Street, New York. |
D. Needham, 12 Exchange St., Buffalo N.Y.
Large broadside (71.2
x 54.6 cm; 28 x 21
inches). Woodcut illustrations and printed
text, hand colored. Panoramic view at top showing overland
and sea route from the U.S. to China, portraits (Ferdinand De
Soto, Daniel Boone, Thomas H. Benton, and Henry Clay),
shields of states (including Texas), with statistics, itinerary of
routes on the Missouri, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers, and alle-
gorical scene “Westward the Star of Empire makes its way.”
Mild staining and some tears repaired, generally very good.
Manifest Destiny ephemera—the climax of
popular iconography for the masses. The designers seemed
intent upon squeezing in as much history and iconography as
possible of the Young Republic on the crest of Manifest Des-
tiny. Phelps was one of the more enthusiastic boosters of
Western travel and emigration.
Young Comet stud services for $15
11. [BROADSIDE: TEXAS STUD]. CONN, Tramuel.
Comet! This fine and celebrated Horse, will stand this season at my
Stable 12 miles above Gonzalez, and 4 miles North East of Bellmont,