Report of the Debates in the Convention of California, on the Formation of the State Constitution, in September and October, 1849
John Ross Browne (1817-1875) of Kentucky, the official reporter for the California State Constitutional Convention of September-October 1849, came to California in 1849 as an employee of the government revenue service. He traveled widely in the next two decades before settling down in Oakland. Report of the debates of the Convention of California (1850) comprises the official records of the convention. Browne had been a shorthand reporter for the U.S. Senate before coming west, and he provides transcripts of the proclamation calling the convention, proceedings of the convention, text of the state constitution adopted by the delegates, and official correspondence regarding the convention and the institution of state government under that constitution.
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I am doing a thesis paper on the treatment of African Americans in California during the Gold Rush, mainly the mid-century mark. This is truly helpful as it provides a primary source into how white lawmakers saw African Americans in this time period.
I happened upon this book doing research on the provenance of the term "lawful money". The search term "Formation of Associations to Issue Gold Notes" specifically led to some interesting passages. These transcripts, written on the eve of the Gold Rush, lend particularly valuable contemporary insights into the mindset of the people with regard to "money" in the middle of the 19th century at a time when Andrew Jackson's successful battle against the bankers (and the recharter of the Second Bank of the United States in 1832) must still have been fresh in everyone's minds!
The "author" is actually a professional scribe.