An Overland Journey; From New York to San Francisco, in the Summer of 1859
New York: C. M. Saxton, Barker and Co., 1860. Very Good. First Edition, 1st Printing. [7.75x5.5in]; 386 pp.,  advertisements; Publisher's original brown cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine and blind stamped border designs on front and back, pale yellow end papers, all edges trimmed; Some shelf wear to covers, edges and corners with soiling and spots to the faded covers, bottom edges, spine and corners worn with cloth ripples on spine, several dark stain spots, age toning to text edges and several leafs (due to quality of paper), a few small stains spots along the bottom of pages, no foxing, prior owner book label on front end paper, "Private Library of Earl Schoolcraft, No. 98", old paste marks on front and rear end paper. Item #13938
Horace Greeley (1811-1872) Was a journalist, editor and publisher of the New York Tribune, and politician in the mid 1800's. He was also a reformer, abolitionist and supporter of western expansion. His well known quote, "Go West, young man, and grow up with the country", expressed his view of opportunity and growth of the country. This book is a compilation of 33 letters, or dispatches, from Greeley's 1859 trip to see the West for himself and promote his reform ideas. He gave lectures and speeches along the way on local and national issues. He met with many for interviews and discussion of local western issues. He spent several days in Salt Lake and provide an interview of Brigham Young on the growth of the settlement, along with commentary on the Mormon church and the area. His comments on California were precedent to the future growth of the state and importance to the country. The last letter was support for a "Railroad to the Pacific" to strengthen the Union.