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The Butterfield overland mail

Author: Waterman Lilly Ormsby; Lyle Henry Wright; Josephine McDuffee Byrum; Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
Publisher: San Marino, Calif. : Huntington Library, 1942, t.p. 1955.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the classic firsthand account by Waterman L. Ormsby, a reporter who in 1858 crossed the western states as the sole through passenger of the Butterfield Overland Mail stage on its first trip from St. Louis to San Francisco. Ormsby's reports, which promptly appeared in the New York Herald, are lively and exciting. He describes the journey in close detail, giving full accounts of the conveyances, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Waterman Lilly Ormsby; Lyle Henry Wright; Josephine McDuffee Byrum; Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
OCLC Number: 1626382
Notes: "Centennial printing."
Reprint of a series of eight articles, published in six numbers of the New York Herald at intervals from September 26 to Novemer 19, 1858.
Description: xv, 179 pages : color illustrations, folded facsimile, map (on lining paper) ; 24 cm
Responsibility: by Waterman L. Ormsby ; edited by Lyle H. Wright and Josephine M. Bynum.

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This is the classic firsthand account by Waterman L. Ormsby, a reporter who in 1858 crossed the western states as the sole through passenger of the Butterfield Overland Mail stage on its first trip from St. Louis to San Francisco. Ormsby's reports, which promptly appeared in the New York Herald, are lively and exciting. He describes the journey in close detail, giving full accounts of the conveyances, the accommodations, the other passengers, the country through which they passed, the dangers to which they were exposed, and the constant necessity for speed.

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