Fifty Years in Oregon: Experiences, Observations, and Commentaries Upon Men, Measures, and Customs in Pioneer Days and Later Times (Google eBook)

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Neale publishing Company, 1912 - Oregon - 536 pages
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I heard of this book and then found an early copy, from 1913, and began reading it. I expected dry history, with lots of names and flowery language. Instead I have a book loaded with humor, fact, opinions, curiosities, and hundreds of glimpses into the society of Oregon and the nation from the 1840's to the very early 1900's. It's a very enjoyable book. 

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Page 29 - The colony or province of Louisiana is ceded by France to the United States, with all its rights and appurtenances, as fully and in the same manner as they have been acquired by the French Republic, by virtue of the third article of the treaty concluded
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Page 35 - of Cuba and inscribe on it a ne plus ultra as to us in that direction. We should then only have to include the North in our confederacy, which would be, of course, in the first war, and we should have such an empire for liberty as she has never surveyed since the creation, and I am
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Page 181 - I do solemnly swear that I will support the organic laws of the provisional government of Oregon, so far as the said organic laws are consistent with my duties as a citizen of the United States or a subject of Great Britain, and faithfully
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Page 504 - and the performance of duty only is required to make our State a land, so far as a mere human habitation may ever become, where Rocks and hills and brooks and vales With milk and honey flow.
Page 181 - the Willamette or Multnomah River, and a supposed line running due south from said river to the parallel of forty-two degrees north latitude, south by the boundary line of the United States and California, and east by the summit of the Rocky Mountains. The above districts to be designated by the name of Oregon Territory.

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