Title: Letter of the 4th Governor of California to ...
Publisher: January 28, Sacramento
Publication Date: 1857
Book Condition: Fine condition
1 p. [of 4] 10 "x 7 1/4". laid in clear plastic holder. 1 p.[of 4]. J. Neely Johnson was an Indiana attorney who joined the Ô49 rush to California and practiced law for a time in Sacramento. He ran for Governor successfully in 1855 and became the fourth Governor in 1856. [The reason for four governors within six years was twofold: Terms were only two years long and the first Governor, Peter Burnett, resigned after one year in office leaving the elected Lt. Governor John McDougal to complete his term.] Frustrated in his attempt to solve the State's financial problems, and by his inability to suppress the activities of the 1856 vigilance committee, Johnson abandoned further political life and moved to Nevada where he was appointed to the State Supreme Court. This letter was written to John McDougal and demonstrates the formal courtesy of the time. It was addressed to "His Excellency Jno. McDougall [sic]" in response to a letter from him. Johnson writes, "Yours of the 23rd came to hand yesterday, I cannot possibly leave here until tomorrow in consequence of some private matters of business, I shall be at San Francisco on Thursday morning & if the nature of my dispatches seems to require it, will proceed at once to San Jose. I am exceedingly obliged to you for this display of confidence and friendship manifested in your letter & hope I may prove worthy of this unexpected honor. In great haste, Your friend.". Bookseller Inventory # 3972
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