History of the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851: A Study of Social Control on the California Frontier in the Days of the Gold Rush

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University of California Press, 1921 - San Francisco - 543 pages

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Page 42 - good old rule, the simple plan that they shall take who have the power and they shall keep who can.
Page 55 - Provided, That as an express and fundamental condition to, the acquisition of any territory from the Republic of Mexico by the United States, by virtue of any treaty which may be negotiated between them, and to the use by the Executive of the moneys herein appropriated, neither Slavery nor involuntary servitude shall ever exist in any part of said territory, except for crime, whereof the party shall first be duly convicted.
Page 57 - The termination of the war left an existing government, a government de facto, in full operation; and this will continue, with the presumed consent of the people, until congress shall provide for them a territorial government.
Page 92 - California and Oregon were too distant to become members of the Union, and that it would be better for them to be an independent government.
Page 24 - Sub-Prefect for each district, who are charged with the preservation of public order and the execution of the laws ; their duties correspond in a great measure with those of District Marshals and Sheriffs.
Page 206 - The sergeantat-arms shall reside at and be in constant attendance at the committee room. There shall be a standing committee of finance and qualification, consisting of five each, and no person shall be admitted a member of this association unless he be a respectable citizen, and approved of by the committee on qualification before admission.
Page 205 - ... no thief, burglar, incendiary or assassin, shall escape punishment, either by the quibbles of the law, the insecurity of prisons, the carelessness or corruption of the police, or a laxity of those who pretend to administer justice.
Page 488 - TRANSLATION AND DIGEST of such portions of the Mexican laws of March 20th and May 23d, 1837, as are supposed to be still in force and adapted to the present condition of California; with an introduction and notes, by J.
Page 61 - ... companies of regulars, every day diminishing by desertions that cannot be prevented, will soon be the only military force in California; and they will be of necessity compelled to remain at San Francisco and Monterey, to guard the large depots of powder and munitions of war, which cannot be removed. Yet, unsustained by military force, or by any positive instructions, I feel compelled to exercise control over the alcaldes appointed, and to maintain order, if possible, in the country, until a civil...
Page 165 - Moore, an act to amend an act entitled an act to authorize the funding of the floating debt of the city of San Francisco, and provide for the payment of the same...

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