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111 Research for this book led to a variety of sources: some materials related directly to Jessie and others described the historical period in which she lived. Selected for the reader’s consideration are only a portion of the narratives studied, and we hope they are listed in a way that will be helpful to those who are interested in learning more about Jessie and her times. Obviously, the most highly recommended sources are those that Jessie wrote herself. She had a vast knowledge not only of the events she was a part of but also of the place those events had in history and thus of her place in history as well. Most of the accounts listed here meet a certain criteria: accessibility. With the exception of the information found only at the James S. Copley Library in La Jolla, California; the Bancroft Library at the University of California , Berkeley; and the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, these books should be available in all large academic libraries. Primary Sources WORKS BY JESSIE BENTON FRÉMONT Far-West Sketches (Boston: D. Lothrop, 1890). Introduction to Memoirs of My Life, by John Charles Frémont (Chicago: Belford, Clarke, 1887). Letters and Papers of Jessie Benton Frémont, James S. Copley Library, La Jolla, California. “The Origin of the Frémont Explorations,” Century Magazine, For More Reading March 1891, pp. 766–71. Souvenirs of My Time (Boston: D. Lothrop, 1887). The Story of the Guard: A Chronicle of the War (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1863). The Will and the Way Stories (Boston: D. Lothrop, 1891). A Year of American Travel (1878; reprint, San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1960). WORKS BY JOHN CHARLES FRÉMONT The Expeditions of John Charles Frémont, 3 vols., edited by Donald Jackson and Mary Lee Spence (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1970–1984). Letters and Papers of John Charles Frémont, James S. Copley Library, La Jolla, California. Memoirs of My Life (1887; reprint, New York: Cooper Square Press, 2001). “Proclamation of General John C. Frémont,” St. Louis, Missouri, August 31, 1861. /civil-war/1861/september/slave-proclamation.html ADDITIONAL PRIMARY SOURCES Attention, Pioneers! Facsimile Reproductions of Twelve Rare California Broadsides or Posters, from the Collection of Carl I. Wheat. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1952. Frémont Family Papers. Bancroft Library, University of California , Berkeley. Funeral Sermon for Mrs. Thomas Hart Benton, by Rev. Nathan Lewis Rice, Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, March 26, 1855. Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis. “General Frémont Dead.” New York Tribune, July 14, 1890. “Gen. Frémont’s Widow Dead.” New York Times, December 29, 1902. 112 / FOR MORE READING “Notice” [reward offer for Kit Carson], Missouri Intelligencer, October 12, 1826. “Pathfinder’s Widow Crosses the Divide.” Los Angeles Times, December 28, 1902. Recollections of Elizabeth Benton Frémont, compiled by I. T. Martin (New York: Frederick H. Hitchcock, 1912). Rocky Mountain Song Book. 1856. James S. Copley Library, La Jolla, California. Song Book for the Campaign of 1856. (Indianapolis, Ind.: M’Clure and Hand, 1856). Thirty Years’ View; or, a History of the Working of the American Government from 1820 to 1850, by Thomas Hart Benton, 2 vols. (New York: D. Appleton, 1854–1856). “To Help Frémont’s Daughter.” New York Times, January 30, 1900. Secondary Sources Abraham Lincoln: A History, by John G. Nicolay and John Hay, 10 vols. (New York: Century Co., 1904), a lengthy history by Lincoln’s secretaries that includes details of pre–Civil War conditions in Missouri and provides wonderful insight into Lincoln’s association with both Jessie and her husband. Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, by Carl Sandburg, 4 vols. (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1939), won its author the Pulitzer Prize in history. Agriculture and Slavery in Missouri’s Little Dixie, by R. Douglas Hurt (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1992), details the economy in mid-Missouri in the years preceding the Civil War. California in the Fifties, by Douglas S. Watson (San Francisco: John Howell, 1936), conveys through vivid pictures and sketches a sense of what the early towns and cities of California looked like. The Chagres: River of Westward Passage, by John Easter Minter 113 / FOR MORE READING (New York: Rinehart, 1948), a fascinating book on the difficult journey of crossing the Panamanian isthmus as one way to get to the West Coast. This book nicely complements Jessie’s own account of traveling to California, A Year of American Travel. Cities...


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