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    Edward F. Beale Signed Copy of Plutarch's Lives. Beale has signed in ink in large letters on a paper label affixed to the front cover, "Edward F. Beale / U.S.A. / Frigate Congress." As the United States stretched from sea to sea in the nineteenth century, Edward Beale found numerous ways to serve and participate across the continent: as an army officer, naval officer, surveyor, frontiersman, and explorer (he crisscrossed the continent several times). In December 1846, during the Mexican War, Beale, along with Kit Carson, stealthily and arduously made their way through Mexican lines at San Pasqual to notify Commodore Robert Stockton at San Diego of the dire need of the American force for reinforcements. Following their onerous journey, Carson stayed in San Diego while Beale, described as "deranged from his excessive exertions" by Carson (Kit Carson, Autobiography, [University of Nebraska Press, 1966], 117), was sent onto the frigate Congress. Beale took this edition of Plutarch's Lives (volume IV, the First Worcester edition, printed at Worcester, Massachusetts by Isaiah Thomas, 1804), onboard the Congress. One year later in 1848, Beale became nationally known after he brought east news of California gold. The front cover, along with two front free endpapers, has detached. The book remains fragile, though still tightly bound. The covers are worn and stained.

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