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by Edwin Bryant

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Bryant was born in Pelham, Massachusetts, the son of the first cousins Ichabod Bryant and Silence Bryant. Bryant had an unhappy childhood and his father was frequently imprisoned for debt.

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D. Appleton & Company, 1849 - 480 pages. All churches and the property they contain, in possession of the clergy of California, shall continue in the same rights and possessions they now enjoy. Appears in 57 books from 1813-2004. Page 456 - Along the whole route mills were lying idle, fields of wheat were open to cattle and horses, houses vacant, and farms going to waste. Appears in 50 books from 1849-2007.

Book digitized by Google and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tp. What I Saw in California. Book from the collections of. New York Public Library.

Almost overnight, Edwin Bryant became their authority on how to survive the .

Almost overnight, Edwin Bryant became their authority on how to survive the grueling passage from Independence, Missouri, to San Francisco, and how to prosper in the Promised Land. He also served as a literary model for the diarists among them. His popular book was based on journals describing fully his "tour" west in 1846. First published in 1848, What I Saw in California has long been recognized as the foremost trail guide for the Forty-niners. In sharp detail, the book portrays births, weddings, and deaths on the trail and the strategies of men and women desperately trying to survive in the adventure of their lives.

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know i. his work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations.

The HISTORY OF COLONIAL NORTH AMERICA collection includes books from the British Library digitised by Microsoft. This collection refers to the European settlements in North America through independence, with emphasis on the history of the thirteen colonies of Britain. What I saw in California; being the journal of a tour, by E. Bryant. To which is added, California as it is, and as it may be; a guide to the gold regions. With a map, etc. Edwin F.

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Edwin Bryant (1805-1869) gives his account of his overland journey from Independence, Missouri to San Francisco and his further explorations of the West in 1846-47. He traveled through the Rocky Mountains, across the desert, and throughout California. He often helped the people in the wagon trains with medical needs. This book provided valuable travel tips with extremely detailed descriptions of everything he saw for the 49ers traveling by way of the California Trail a few years later.

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I so want to read this book!

But this product as received is almost unreadable. Literally.

This is a LARGE format paperback, measuring 8.5 x 11. Now that I've received the book, I see that point is mentioned in the product description, but overlooked by me before I hit "Add to Cart." But the size I could have lived with.

It's when you open the book that the real problem arises. The text, printed in very a thin, non-proportional typewriter font, flows all the way across the 8.5 inch page. Think of a very tightly spaced manuscript or screenplay from the 1950's, 138 pages long, where the typewriter ribbon is well beyond needing replacement. It's a sea of very light gray. My eyes hurt just thinking about it.

I thank the publisher for wanting to reprint this esteemed title, but with so many inexpensive desktop publishing programs available, there's no excuse for a product of this quality.

So now I'll go back and find a used hardcover. I still want to read this book.
This book could have been called "Calibre of Heroes." It is not a page turner. The end of each chapter will not leave you breathless. But if you're interested in the people who traveled the Overland Trails, this is the book to read. You will get an inside and in-depth look into the daily struggles of the men and women who risked it all, and sometimes lost it, as they scratched, clawed, and fought their way west in search of a better life.
"What I Saw in California" is a stirring reminder of the courage, spirit, and fierce independence of those who forged a great nation.
Frank Allan Rogers, author Upon A Crazy Horse
This review is for the Narrative Press edition of this book.

First off, there are a number of typos due to the OCR process of processing this book for a new typesetting. In other words, there are well-spelled, but inappropriate, words every page or two. Usually you can figure out what the intended word was. Also, the PDF for this is readily and freely available so you can consult that, but I never had to. This is a common problem with books published by Narrative Press. Some of their books are a lot worse in the respect than this one.

As for the material, the first half is fairly enjoyable reading about the journey from Missouri to California even though Bryant is an unusually pompous person. The account of the journey is continually marred by his gushing about how sublime the experience is in certain places and by continually insisting that all the rock formations he sees remind him of grand architectural structures in ruins. He continually makes allusions to classic culture, the Greeks and Romans, to remind us what an highly classy and educated person he is.

The second half, after he reaches California, is almost unreadable. I have to wonder why I even bothered to read it all the way through. It is so dull, pompous and officious. Most of the second half is devoted to describing in minute detail the 2 or 3 minor military skirmishes that occurred as part of the US annexation of the territory. So noble, manly and glorious, of course.

As for the leg-amputation incident cited in the book's write-up, there isn't much to it. The young boy is almost dead from gangrene when the amputation is started and he dies before it's completed. If you want grisly details, there's quite a long section in the middle detailing all the gory cannibalistic goings on that occurred during the famous Donner Party tragedy. I had never really read that much about this before and found it mildly interesting, but I read these books for the story of the journey, not for sensational thrills.
Exactly what I was looking for!
I thought it was an amazing vignette of pioneer and California history. There were no punches pulled; the author wrote what happened. It was indicative of the times that there is a certain amount of ethnocentrism and lack of understanding of the plight of the American Indians, but the history was great! I got out a map and followed along.
I can't blame Amazon for this book only containing half of its material. It is an interesting read, though. See if you can find mention of William Tecumseh Sherman, who was a mere Second Lieutenant at the time.
Hard subject matter, well written, good info.
Correction ... the great book is about what the author saw bumping along from Missouri to California, and the last part on what he observed there. It's a fun, educational, early tell-all narrative by a 19th century gent who doesn't mind embarrassing himself. He and his comrades are the three-stooges making every mistake in the book during the first days of the slog out of Independence, MO, and every tragedy is told with humor and interjected by the author's wondrous and verbose appreciation of the countryside and nature. I'm so glad I read this book as a primer of what not to do in a covered wagon, and an inspiration to get in one and go!
What I Saw In California download epub
Author: Edwin Bryant
ISBN: 1438502699
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Language: English
Publisher: Book Jungle (October 22, 2008)
Pages: 188 pages