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Reminiscences


REMINISCENCES AND INCIDENTS,

OF

''THE EARLY DAYs''

OF

San Francisco,

BY

JOHN H. BROWN,

ACTUAL EXPERIENCE OF AN EYE-WITNESS, FROM 1845 TO 1850.

MISSION JOURNAL PUBLISHING CO.

MISSION STREET,

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA.
 

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1886,

By JOHN H. BROWN,

In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.

Reprinted in 1933 by the Grabhorn Press, San Francisco, with an introduction and reader's guide by Douglas Sloane Watson.



Table of Contents.

Chapter I.
Chapter II.
Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Description of the Annexed Map.



September 28 th, 1885.
Mr. J. H. Brown,

My Dear Sir:

I saw in the Call of the 20 th inst., with much surprise and pleasure, that you were still in the scene of our early acquaintance and still well and vigorous. Also, that you contemplated putting your early adventures into print. I trust you will not forget to send me a copy, and that you will include the ludicrous incidents of the fall and winter of 1846 in the old City Hotel. If I were nearer than three thousand miles I might assist your recollection of those old times.

I am the New York correspondent of the Call and Bulletin, the special telegraphic news daily sent to those papers is my contribution to the press of our whilom ''Yerba Buena.'' There is enough material extant relating to the days of '46 to make a good sized and very readable book. Hope you will make it go

With old-time regards and good wishes.

Yours truly,

Edward Kemble,

[ The boy-editor of the old ''California Star.'' ]

In introducing myself to the Public, I wish to say that I was born in the City of Exeter, Devenshire, England. While still very young, I left home to serve as an apprentice to my Uncle, on the packet ship ''England.'' I ran away after the third trip, and shipped for Havana, going thence to Philadelphia; which ended my sea-faring life. From Philadelphia, I went to New York, where I remained a few months, then started for the West, going as far as Cincinnatti. Leaving the latter place, to make my home among the Cherokees, the day after General Harrison; on his way to the Presidential Chair, left Pittsburg on the new steamer called the ''Ben. Franklin.'' I remained with the Cherokees until May, 1843, when I started for California, arriving in the winter of the same year.

Having read at various times, the history of California, and especially that of the City of San Francisco, and knowing the same or portions of the same to be misrepresented, owing, no doubt, to the fact that most of the information contained therein, was received more from hearsay than actual experience. I conceived the idea of giving my readers, a true history of the city, as well as I can recollect it, after a lapse of nearly forty years.

My book can hardly be called a history, but rather a book of reminiscences and incidents of early days, which, no doubt some of my friends will remember; and hoping that this book of mine will meet the eyes of many who were my friends in the early days of California,

I remain,

Yours respectfully,

JOHN H. BROWN.


Source: Brown, John H. Reminiscences and Incidents of "The Early Days" of San Francisco. 1886: San Francisco, CA. Reprinted, 1933: San Francisco.  Library of Congress, "California as I Saw It:" First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900.

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