California Gold Rush Era State Government Correspondence, 1849-1869.
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The fourth legislative session of the State of California in 1853 took place in Benicia while a permanent site for the capitol was still under debate. There Governor John Bigler was in regular communication with the Legislature regarding necessary state business. Typically he would send a message to the Senate and Assembly transmitting items that he felt should receive their attention. When a message was received, it would be referred to one of the standing committees with instructi...