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    1859 Pamphlet Oration Delivered Before the Society of California Pioneers, at the Celebration of the Eighth Anniversary of the Admission of the State of California to the Union. This twenty page string-bound pamphlet measures 5.5" x 9", and was printed in San Francisco in 1859. It comprises an oration given in San Francisco on September 9, 1859 by Willard B. Farwell, a noted California writer of the time, as well as the poem "California" by John Rollin Ridge, a Cherokee poet and writer who had only just arrived in California. The pomp and circumstance of the occasion is recorded in the brief preface to the oration: "The Society entered the theatre [American Theatre] at the rear, together with their escort, and were formed upon the stage in very beautiful order by the Marshal, the military occupying each of the wings. When the curtain rose, the effect was a very splendid one, the brilliant uniforms of the military, and the members in their regalia making a very beautiful display." Land baron James Lick presented the Society with a lot of land at the corner of Montgomery and Gold streets to mark the occasion. Farwell's eloquent speech gives wings to the promise of the fortunes that were to be California's future destiny. The pamphlet exhibits scattered light foxing throughout, with more modest areas of damp stain. The front wrap is missing; the rear wrap detached but present. All things considered, in very good condition.

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