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January 3, 1863: San Jose

January 3, 2013

I was invited to deliver a lecture in San Jose [this] evening…and went up [today], arriving at 3 P.M. I expected to stop with Mr. Hamilton, but found his household in some slight confusion owing to the addition of a young daughter to the family that morning. All parties were doing well at the last accounts. I had a very good audience and I believe it was considered that the lecture was a very good success. My subject was “The Mountain Scenery of California.” I was invited to the house of a wealthy citizen…and had a very pleasant time. Mr. Belden, at whose house I stopped, is an old pioneer—came here in 1841, while the territory was under Mexican rule, and his wife followed five years later. The changes they have seen in this state in the twenty years they have been here must seem like romance. Like other pioneers he made money, and unlike most of them he has saved a snug little sum of it and now lives in very comfortable circumstances, indeed.

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