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    San Francisco Vigilantes: A Terrific 1856 Letter by One Thomas B. Parke. A neatly-written four-page letter ( two sheets), written by a miner from the "diggins" to his family and largely devoted to a defense of the actions of the San Francisco Vigilance Committee, which were apparently looked upon with some disfavor back in blue-nosed Philadelphia. He points out that the citizens of Philadelphia were quick to support violence in their own city in 1844 "to put down the insulting and outrageous conduct of foreigners (part of the Native American reaction). But they are so far from California that they cannot see or feel the necessity for the course of action the people of San Francisco have been compelled to take in their own defense. No people ever had greater cause to take up arms... for their own rights, for the safety of their persons and property....Usurpt [sic] by the most infamous set of rascals and scoundrels that ever infested any city on the face of the earth. No other mode of action left.... the elections was a mere mockery carried out by bullies and false ballot box... how does this infamous set of villains to be got rid of only by a revolutionary movement. The committee have acted with great wisdom in all their movements. They've given everyone a fair trial who have been arrested and brought before them," and much more descriptive text in the same vein. He goes on, "the committee are supported by at least 9/10 of the people of Calif... Now disbanded... you can have (this) extracted and published in (a hometown Philadelphia paper) and send me a copy." Parke concludes the letter with a discussion of his brothers poisoning by his wife, who had been "imprudently social with a certain man. That man is supposed to furnish her with the poison." An outstanding content letter in exceptional condition with only the slightest of overall aging. 7.75" x 9.875".

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