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I am doing a thesis paper on the treatment of African Americans in California during the Gold Rush, mainly the mid-century mark. This is truly helpful as it provides a primary source into how white lawmakers saw African Americans in this time period.
I happened upon this book doing research on the provenance of the term "lawful money". The search term "Formation of Associations to Issue Gold Notes" specifically led to some interesting passages. These transcripts, written on the eve of the Gold Rush, lend particularly valuable contemporary insights into the mindset of the people with regard to "money" in the middle of the 19th century at a time when Andrew Jackson's successful battle against the bankers (and the recharter of the Second Bank of the United States in 1832) must still have been fresh in everyone's minds!
The "author" is actually a professional scribe.