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AN HISTORICAL SKETCH OF CALIFORNIA ; A RECORD OF THE MEXICAN GRANTS ;
THE EARLY HISTORY AND SETTLEMENT, COMPILED FROM THE MOST
AUTHENTIC SOURCES; SOME OF THE NAMES OF SPANISH
REPRESENTATIVE MEN ;
SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.
ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS, IN THE YEAR 1883, BY B. F. ALLEY, IN THE
OFFICE OF THE LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS, AT WASHINGTON, D. C.
C. W. GORDON,
San Francisco, Cal.
The history of San Mateo county was undertaken nearly twelve months since; the result of our labors will be found in the following pages. We claim no literary merit for the work. Our aim is to please the majority, by presenting a volume wherein will be found in convenient shape, the principal events that have transpired within the county limits.
To the old settler, to the pioneer citizen, the events recorded in these pages, many of them in which he has figured, and which have been gradually and surely fading from the mind, will he as a revival of by-gone associations. The ground' that he rescued from the wilderness will be made holy, while the infant will be taught to look with reverence upon the book which holds the annals of his parent's wanderings, and the rise and progress of his native county
Through unredeemed promises, much in respect to prominent matters has been per force omitted—this through no fault of ours; notwithstanding these, we venture to predict for the history of San Mateo county, a full recognition from those gentlemen who have done us the honor to place their names on our subscription list.
To compile such a volume has been a task requiring much patience, a certain amount of skill, and a very great deal of application, yet happily our labors have been gladdened by many a cheering word and much information, pleasantly obtained from many of the residents of the county. To all those gentlemen we tender our most sincere acknowledgments.
In conclusion, we offer our heartiest thanks to the members of the press in San Mateo county, while to Alex. Moore, of Pescadero; A. S. Easton, James Whitehead and D. S. Cook, of San Mateo; G. H. Rice, H. B. Thompson, of Redwood City; Dr. Tripp, of Woodside, and I. C. Steele, of New Year's Point, is due a thorough appreciation of their kindly offices.