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Letter to the Editor about Railroad Subsidies
In this letter to the editor, the writer makes a case for the importance of the region and the value of extending the railroads through the territory. He argues that incoming President Ulysses S. Grant is not opposed to the extension of a…

Railroad Subsidies
The editor of the Vancouver Register republishes this editorial from The Oregonian without comment. Settlers in the Pacific Northwest had been eager for railroad service since their arrival, and President Abraham Lincoln's chartering of the Northern…

What a Black Man Can Do
The editor of the Vancouver Register reprints this article from the Memphis Post. The article recounts the biography of a free black man, named Charles Letting, who bought his and his wife's freedom. He attended Oberlin College, and currently owns…

Governor William Pickering, Letter Fragment, probably to Arthur Denny, 1865
“I honestly…believe that…the time has come when the Union party ought to express their opinions of Dr. Henry.”

Dr. Anson G. Henry (1804-1865) was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, IL, and and served as personal physician to the…

Governor William Pickering Letter, with Cover Letter, to Arthur Denny, July 14, 1865
“…instead of having a large number of partners, I should think it advisable…to have as few partners as possible.”

Governor William Pickering Letter to Arthur Denny, May 4, 1865
“…We have this day laid the Earthly remains of Abraham Lincoln in the vault of his last resting place on Earth….”
“…I have happily succeeded in procuring all the reappointments….”

Governor William Pickering Letter to Arthur Denny, April 1, 1865
“…and Copperheads Nesmith, Harding, & Cole, it is supposed + it is believed here, these men have been urging the removal of Gen’l Alvord.”
“I had seen nothing of the war before this journey....”

Letter From Oregon
The report of a special session of the Oregon State Legislature describes:
l) Governor A.C. Gibb’s appeal to ratify the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, and the subsequent approval of the measure by the Oregon Senate and House of Representatives…

Insobriety of our Nominee
"Mr. Saunders applied to several clergymen to know as to the facts, and finally applied to the Rev. G. F. Whitworth. His reply was-- 'I do not think that Governor Stevens has been indulging in anything that would intoxicate, for a long time…

Gatherings by the Wayside
Among these short "gatherings," n August 1861, Republican editor John Miller Murphy republishes a California article concerning "Union Democrats," who wish to suggest they are both for protection of the Union, of the United States, but remain…
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