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The Editor has long entertained the belief, that a volume of biographical sketches of men who have attained an honorable prominence in the young commonwealths of the Pacific would be received with favor by the reading public, as containing not only notices of leading characters, but also a condensed history of the remarkable times in which the infancy of those States was cast.
Such a volume he now lays before the people. He has improved upon his original design, by incorporating into the work a large number of Speeches, Orations, Poems, etc., delivered at various times and places throughout the Pacific States; which, in his judgment, render the work highly attractive, interesting and valuable.
The volume will be found to contain twenty-four Speeches, Orations and Addresses; six Poems, and fiftynine Biographical Sketches. Of the latter a few are not original, and it is necessary to say a word concerning them.
That of GEN. E. D. BAKER, by Hon. Edward Stanly, was not written by that gentleman for this work, but is taken from his Eulogy, delivered in San Francisco, in 1861. This chaste production reappears here, with some changes which the Editor deemed important, and which the Author will no doubt excuse.
From Gen. Cullum's “ Army Register ” were procured the necessary data for the sketch of Gen. STEVENS.
The notice of JAMES KING OF William is taken almost entirely from a brief biography of him, issued in pamphlet shortly after his death. The original sketch has received many important corrections from the pen of a gentleman of San Francisco, who was intimate with Mr. King, but who thinks it unnecessary that his name
The notice of Col. A. M. Pico is inserted, with a few slight alterations, as it first appeared in the San Francisco “News Letter” of 1869.
The article on DELAZON Smith is taken from the New York “Democratic Review” of 1860.
The interesting narrative of GEN. SUTTER's early movements in California was first embodied in a petition submitted to Congress on behalf of the old veteran several years ago, praying the nation to repair his heavy losses suffered at the hands of the “settlers ” of 1849.
The name of the writer of each of the other sketches will be found at the head of the proper notice, except in a few instances, in which, by the author's particular request, his name is not given.
Although the Editor claims no credit for the manner in which he has performed his task, yet he is proudly conscious of the fact that he is giving to the world a work of beauty and merit; for (and who will gainsay it?) no volume enriched with selections from the masterpieces of BAKER, McDougaLL, RANDOLPH and T. STARR King, can be other than useful and meritorious.
O. T. S.
The notice of James KING OF William is taken almost
The notice of Col. A. M. Pico is inserted, with a few
The article on DELAZON Smith is taken from the New
The interesting narrative of Gen. Sutter's early move-
The name of the writer of each of the other sketches
Although the Editor claims no credit for the manner
0. T. S.
TITLE OF ARTICLE.
NAME OF AUTHOR. PAGE.
Eloquent Protest against the "Code of Honor.".
Willian I. Fergrson.
E' GENE CASSERLY.......
Eloquent Protest against the “ Code of Honor.”.
J. vs BattisTA ALVARADO.
Hon. F. F. Taylor.....309
The Elitor.... ...315
Oration on the Admission of California into the Union