Ancestry.com. Henry Brewer, Surveying California, 1860-64 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data:
Library of Congress. California As I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900. Volume 142. [database on-line] Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1999. Brewer, William Henry. Up and Down California in 1860-1864. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1930.
A professor of chemistry at Washington College in Pennsylvania, William Brewer joined the staff of California's State Geologist in 1860. This database is a collection of letters and journal entries by Brewer while living in the state, before returning to the East in 1864. It provides vivid accounts of taking part in a state survey that started in the south and ended along the border with Oregon. It also contains detailed descriptions of social, agricultural, and economic life in the state during the survey. For researchers of early California, this can be an interesting and informative narrative.