June 28. Thursday. Lat. 32-06N Long.118-35W distance 231 miles.The wind blows briskly, and wedo not sail so fast as formerly.There is a great deal of motionto the steamers, and many onboard are sea-sick, Dr. andmyself among the rest.June 29. Lat. 35-15N Long. 121-24WDistance sailed 242 miles. Westill continue to be quite sea-sick,Mrs. Lakeman especiallywho is not able to rise at all.We sailed in sight of the abrupt,rocky coast of California, the greaterpart of the day. Oh! Californiamy future home! if I only werea poetess, how the muse wouldstir within me, at this glorioussight. We are all anxious to land.June 30. Saturday. San Francisco, CaliforniaHow early we rose this morning!The mate had told us that weshould reach the Golden Land alittle after daybreak; which drovesleep from many eyes, and raisedthe expectations of those of us whowere arriving here for the firsttime, to the highest pitch. Beforesunrise we were on deck, viewingthe pleasant prospect which openedon either hand. The delight ofentering the narrow passage, calledthe Golden Gate, had been describedto me in glowing terms;on this account, I do not think
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