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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

should appear.

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.
SAN FRANCISCO, CAL., February, 1870.

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The notice of James KING OF William is taken almost
entirely from a brief biography of him, issued in pam-
phlet 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
should appear.

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 move-
ments in California was first embodied in a petition sub-
mitted 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 re-
quest, 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 master-
pieces of Baker, McDOUGALL, RANDOLPH and T. STARR
King, can be other than useful and meritorious.

0. T. S.
SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., February, 1870.

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TITLE OF ARTICLE.

NAME OF AUTHOR. PAGE.

GEORGE L. Woods.

Calvin B. JcDonald.. 271

FRANK TULFORD...

The Editor,

.277

The History, Genius and Resources of Ireland. Ilon. Frank Tilford...288

(ALEB T. FAY.....

The Editor.

303

WILLIAN I. Ferguson.

.319

Reminiscences of Ferguson...

Hon. W. H. Herndon..320

Remarks on Death of Ferguson..

Col. E. D. Baker......327

Discourse

R09. J. A. Benton .. .332

EDWARD J. C. KEWEN..

J. G. Howard.. .311

Oration before California Pioneers (1854).

Col. E. J. C. kauen... 346

CHARLES WESTMORELAND.

B. P. Avery.

.361

EUGENE CASSERLY.

363

Eulogy on Daniel Webster.

Jon. E. Casserly. .370

HENRY WAGER HALLECK.

Judge 7. W. Freelon...373

Darin C. BRODERICK..

Account of the Duel between David S. Terry and

David C. Broderick....

.393

Funeral Oration over Body of David C. Broderick....('ol. E. D. Baker.,

398

Eloquent Protest against the "Code of Honor.".

ISAAC N. Roop...

Julge A. T. Bruce.....405

Tuomas H, SELBY

William V. Tells. .411

JAJIES NISBET..

4:21

Franklin TUTULL.

123

SERRANTS CLINTON HASTINGS.

T. P. Valden.

.433

JAJES WILLIS NESMITH...

The Elitor...

439

Speech on the Bill to Establish a Branch Mint in

Oregon....

Hon. J. Il'. Nesmith....443

SAUEL BANNAN..

lilliam V. Wills.

I'mlip LEGGET Enards..

. Robert E. Druper.....461

JIUGH CAMPBELL MURRAY.

The Elitor..

.473

Remarks on Death of Judge Murray,

Judge II'm. 7. Malluce. 477

Do. do.

Julge David S. Terry..478

HENRY M. GRAY...

William V. Hells....,

.479

Masonic Oration...

.Dr. H. J. Gray.... .486

Top ROBINSOX..

The Editor.

Isaac IXOALLS STEVENS.

499

JUAN BAUTISTA ALVARADO..

THOMPSON CAMPBELL....

IIon. F. F. Taylor. ..509

JOHN B. WELLER..

The Elitor.

.513

('ORSELIUS COLE...

323

Jous R. McCOXXELL.

William H. Rhodes.. 529

OGDEN HOFFMAX..

The Editor..

.535

ISAAC ROWELL...

Colvin B. JcDonald...5:9

NATHANIEL BENNETT..

The Elitor.....

.543

Oration on the Admission of California into the l’nion

1830.....

..Judge V. Bennett......553

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TITLE OF ARTICLE.

NAXE OF Attror. PAGE.

GEORGE L. Woods..

.Calrin B. McDonald.. 271

FRANK TILFORD....

The Editor... 277

The History, Genius and Resources of Ireland.. Hon. Frank Tilford...288

L'ILEB T. FAY......

The Editor..

303

Willian I. Fergrson.

.319

Reminiscences of Ferguson..

.. Hon, W. H. Herndon..320

Remarks on Death of Ferguson..

Col. E. D. Baker, .....327

Discourse

Rev. J. A, Benton.....332

LOWARD J. C. KEWEN.....

.J. G. Howard.. .341

Oration before California Pioneers (1854).

Col. E. J. (. kewen... 346

Charles WESTMORELAND....

.B. P. Avery....... .361

E' GENE CASSERLY.......

..365

Eulogy on Daniel Webster..

Hon. E. Casserly......370

HENRY Wager HALLECK..

Judge T. W. Freelon...375

Dario C. BRODERICK.....

.385

Account of the Duel between David S. Terry and

David C. Broderick...

.393

Funeral Oration over Body of David C. Broderiek.... Col. E. D. Baker......398

Eloquent Protest against the “ Code of Honor.”.

ISAAC V. Roop.....

.Judge A. T. Bruce.....405

Thomas H. SELBY.

William V. Wells.. .411

JAMES NISBET..

.421

FRANKLIN TotuulL...

. 423

SHRRANI'S Clinton Hastings..

T. P. Valden.. .433

JAMES Willis NESMITI.....

The Editor.... .439

Speech on the Bill to Establish a Branch Mint in

Oregon....

Hon, J. W. Nesmith....443

SIMCEL BRANNAN..

William V. Wells... 455

Philip LEGGET EDwards..

Robert E. Draper....,461

HUGH C'AMPBELL MURRAY...

The Elitor..... .473

Remarks on Death of Judge Murray...

Judge I'm. T. Wallace. 477

Do. do.

Judge David S. Terry..478

HENRY M. GRAY....

William V. Wells......479

Masonic Oration..

.Dr. H. J. Gray. ..486

The Elitor..

.495

Top ROBINSON...

499

Isaac INGALLS STEVENS..

.503

J. vs BattisTA ALVARADO.

Hon. F. F. Taylor.....309
THOMPSOM CAMPBELL....

The Elitor.... ...315

Juis B. WELLER...

.323

('ORNELIUS COLE.....

William H. Rhodes. 529

Join R. MCCONNELL.

The Editor,...

OGDEN HOFFMAN.

Calrin B. JcDonald...539

Isaac ROWELL....

The Editor.... 543

NATHANIEL BENNETT..

...Judge N. Bennett .......553

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Oration on the Admission of California into the Union

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