REPORT OF THE DEBATES IN THE CONVENTION OF CALIFORNIA, ON THE FORMATION OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION, IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER, 1849. J. Ross Browne.

REPORT OF THE DEBATES IN THE CONVENTION OF CALIFORNIA, ON THE FORMATION OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION, IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER, 1849

Washington, D.C. John T. Towers, 1850. First Edition. Hardcover. This work preserves in detail the workings of California’s 1849 constitutional convention in Monterey and consequently may be regarded as the most important printed document pertaining to government in the Golden State. The delegates met at Colton Hall from September 1 to October 13, a full year before the federal government voted on California becoming the thirty-first star on the U.S. flag. The Report recorded the debates and decisions over such key questions as the property rights of women, slavery, suffrage, elected judiciary, inclusion of Mexican laws, and the eastern boundary. This record of political discourse on the frontier further serves as a superb overview of the political, economic, and sociological thoughts of California’s pioneers in forming a self-governing dominion in response to the chaos brought about by the Gold Rush. In addition to the debates, the volume includes military governor Bennet Riley’s call for the formation of a civilian form of government, a list of the delegates, a digest of Spanish laws, the state constitution, and a memorial sent to the federal government petitioning the admission of California to the Union" (Gary Kurutz, The Zamorano 80 Collection of Daniel G.Volkmann Jr.). Octavo. Original brown cloth binding, with gilt titles and decorative blindstamping. Period previous owner's ink signatures to the title page and front endpaper, with a bookplate to the front pastedown. Mild foxing to the endpapers. Some wear to the corners and tips, which are showing a bit; else very good. The Zamorano Eighty 11. Very good. Item #66512

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