In The New York Tribune for December 8, 1848, published by Horace Greeley and Thomas McElrath. Original elephant folio newspaper, 4pp., complete, the report on p.3. "Colonel Richard B. Mason's famous report of his trip to newly discovered placers. It ranks as one of the most important eyewitness accounts of the Gold Rush." (Kurutz 105). "One day Mr. Marshall, as he was walking down the race to this deposit of mud, observed some glittering particles at its upper edge...." (from the Report). This was printed just three days after the "Message from the President....to the Two Houses of Congress...., December 5, 1848". Richard Barnes Mason was Military Governor of California from 1847-1849. His letter, dated August 17, traveling by sea to Washington, did not arrive until December. By this time most people who were already in California had left their jobs for the gold fields, and rumors had reached the east coast. But this presidential announcement was confirmation that settled all doubts. Removed from a bound volume. Minimal edge chipping, else Fine.
Title: "California Gold. Important Official Report".
Author: [Gold Rush, California, 1848; Colonel Richard B. Mason]
Seller ID: [goldrush,california,1848;colonelrichardb.mason]20