These papers are Pioneer recollections of early gold digging and mining all throughout California, as related in the article
Farwell wrote for an issue of The Pioneer from January 1898. There is also a handwritten account tracing the author's life
from the time he left Boston in 1848, through his various careers and offices held in California. He was a member of The Society
of California Pioneers, and active as an officer of that organization.
Willard Brigham Farwell, born in Marlboro, Massachusetts January 26, 1829, left his job in Boston (jan. 12, 1849) for California,
organizing 150 men (Boston and California Joint Stock Mining and Trading Company) on the "Edward Everett". Stopping in Valparaiso,
arriving in Benicia July 12, 1849, Farwell left on the first steamboat to navigate the Sacramento Rive (Aug.17, 1849). He
went to Bidwell's Bar but failed at mining. Returning to Sacramento, then to S.F. with his brother and a shipmate, they left
for the southern mines (1850). Having no luck in Wood's Creek, nor Angel's Camp, they returned to S.F., and bought land (Mission
Lands) in San Jose. In 1852 Farwell helped found the S. F. newspaper "The Daily Whig". In 1854-55, he served in the State
Legislature, and was nominated for State Senate (Whig) in the fall of 1855, but was defeated. Farwell was Editor-in-Chief
of the "Alta California" in 1860 and moved to Washington D.C. to work for U.S. Senator E.D. Baker (Oregon). Appointed Naval
Officer in the Customs House of S.F. (1861-65), he also was elected President of The Society of California Pioneers (1863).
Appointed "Resident Agent - Abroad" of the U.S. Treasury Dept., he traveled in Europe, but resigned in 1870 to begin the "The
North Atlantic Express Company" as Gen. Supt. for 3 years. In 1884, Mr. Farwell was elected Sup. of the Calif. State Central
Committee. The account in this manuscript notes Farwell as being born and raised in the East, leaving home as a young adult
and sailing from Boston around the Horn arriving in Bodega Head July 6, 1849, and anchoring in San Francisco that evening.
It continues with a history of his personal and professional life and his extensive world-wide travels. He was elected to
the state assembly in 1854 for one year and in 1861 was appointed as a Naval officer at the Customs House. He was nominated
for other offices - public and private - and was also active in building in San Francisco. He apparently travelled and lived
abroad for a period of years related to his term as a Naval officer. Farwell died in 1903.