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Sloat's Proclamation taking command of California during the Mexican War..

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October 10, 1846

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 10, 1846 

* Commodore John D. Sloat
* United States Navy - Pacific Squadron
* California part the United States

Inside has a very historic Proclamation by Commodore John Sloat, commander of the U.S. Naval forces in the Pacific.
After receiving word that hostilities had broken out along the Texas-Mexico border, John Drake Sloat landed in California and called on California's residents to accept American rule. Sloat, like President James K. Polk, had feared that Britain might seize California before the United States could act.
The full text of his: "Proclamation - To the Inhabitants of California" is in this issue, and can also be read on the web. It notes in part: "...I shall hoist the standard of the United States at Monterey immediately, and shall carry it throughout California. I declare...that although I come in arms with a powerful force, I do not come among them as an enemy to California...I come as their best friends as hence-forward California will be a portion of the United States, and its peaceable inhabitants will enjoy the same rights & privileges as the citizens of any other portion of that nation..." with much more, signed in type: John D. Sloat.
An extremely significant document in the history of California.
Also within are nearly 2 pages taken up with: "SANTA FE. Diary of an Officer of the 'Army of The West' " which is a very detailed, day-by-day accounting.
The back page has a report beginning: "The Mormon War in Illinois, it is hoped is finally terminated. After several days of fighting...the city of Nauvoo surrendered to the Anti-Mormon forces..." with a bit more.
Sixteen pages, 8 3/4 by 12 inches, very nice condition.

As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily

Category: Pre-Civil War