Excerpt from John Bidwell, Pioneer: A Scetch of His Career
The California pioneer has never had adequate justice done to him. Bret Harte has given to the world the romance of the early seekers after gold in mining camps with their picturesque environment, but the sturdy pione... ers, who, in the splendid majesty of their strength, gave their lives to the building of the State, too often, have gone to their graves neglected and, sometimes, even forgotten. The suggestion of the California State Association of the District of Columbia of doing homage to the memory of John Bidwell, one of the earliest, and perhaps the greatest, of the pioneers of California, was therefore welcomed as a special privilege.
That the following sketch of General Bidwell's career, the facts of which have been kindly verified by Mrs. Bidwell, may receive the approval of its readers, is the sincere wish of the writer.
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