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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by

D. APPLETON & COMPANY,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern

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TO

DR. CHARLES M. HITCHCOCK,

OF SAN FRANCISCO,

XY EARLIEST, KINDEST, AND MOST CONSTANT FRIEND,

these sketches

ARE AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED

BY

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

This book is merely a collection of sundry sketches, recently published in the newspapers and magazines of California. They were received with approval, separately, and it is to be hoped they may meet with it on their appearance in a collected form. When first published, the Author supposed he had seen and heard the last of them, but circumstances entirely beyond his control have led to their republication.

The Author does not flatter himself that he has made

any very great addition to the literature of the age, by this performance; but if his book turns out to be a very bad one, he will be consoled

he will be consoled by the reflection that it is by no means the first, and probably will not be the last of that kind, that has been given to the Public. Meanwhile, this is, by the blessing of

Divine Providence, and through the exertions of the Immortal Washington, a free country ; and no man can be compelled to read any thing against his inclination. With unbounded respect for every body,

The Author remains,

JOHN PHENIX.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, 1858.

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