Title: A Journey to Lower Oregon & Upper California 1848-49
Author: Rev. Samuel C. Damon
Description: Numbered edition [116/250]. Half morocco with leather spine label; raised bands; marbled sides. Leather spine is very worn, chipped. (Volume supplied with mylar sleeve). Interior is clean; small Newbegins seller label on rear pastedown. Introduction by the author's daughter, Ethel M. Damon. Frontispiece and initials by Valenti Angelo. Several in-text illustrations. pp. v, 86, . 10 x 7 inches.
Rev. Damon's interesting and clearly written travelogue of his 1848 voyage from Honolulu to Oregon and his visits to Astoria, Portland (which consisted of little more than twenty buildings), the Tualatin Plains, Oregon City, and Salem,. He also describes the educational institutions of the state, the Territorial Government, and the books then available on Oregon. He then departs from Fort Vancouver for California, with stops in San Francisco and Benicia, embarks on a small schooner upon the San Joaquin River to Stockton, Sacramento, Mormon Island, and describes the situation of the miners who were pouring into California for the gold rush.
Originally published as a series of articles in 1849 in the author's newspaper, The Friend, and then printed separately in Honolulu under the title "A Trip from the Sandwich Islands to Lower Oregon, and Upper California; or, Thirty leaves selected from 'Our log-book'".
Samuel Chenery Damon (1815-1885) was Seamen's Chaplain stationed in Honolulu. He was born in Holden, Massachusetts, and educated at Amherst, Princeton, and Andover Theological Seminary. He was assigned to Honolulu in 1842 and served at the Bethel Mission where he published his own newspaper, The Seamen's Friend/The Friend, for forty-two years.
Jacket Condition: None
Publisher: John J. Newbegin
Place: San Francisco
Keywords: travel, Oregon, western expansion, California, Astoria, Willamette, San Francisco, mining, Sacramento, Stockton, Valenti Angelo, Trip from the Sandwich Islands to Lower Oregon,
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