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Arrive San Francisco

October 5, 1852 
Captain C. H. Baldwin
From New York via Panama. 288 passengers.


Arrival of the

Fifteen Days Later
Chas J. Brenham appointed Treasurer of the Mint.

The steamer Brother Jonathan arrived yesterday with fifteen days later news from New Orleans. She brings but few New York papers of late date; we have files from that city to Sept. 4. Our New Orleans dates are to the 8th September.

The B. J. is 12-1/2 days from San Juan. She brings 288 passengers. The news is of but little moment. There had been a terrible gale at Mobile, during which a portion of the city was inundated, and a great number of lives lost. The loss of property was over a million and a half.

Through the politeness of Captain Baldwin, our efficient Marine Reporter was enabled to board the Brother Jonathan outside the heads, in advance of all other boats.

The Purser of the Brother has our thanks for the following memoranda of the steamer:


Steamship Brother Jonathan left Valparaiso on the 21st August. Experienced very heavy weather in and about the Straits, losing two anchors and a kedge; was obliged to put in to the southern part of Chile, for wood and coal, and lost a great deal of time. Reached Panama in 12 days. Left Panama on the evening of the 13th ult There was a report that the Cortes had arrived at Taboga same evening. At 8 P. M., 15th, passed a steamer going South, supposed to be the California. Left San Juan del Sud on 23d ult. On the 25th, met the steamer Golden Gate, 300 miles south of Acapulco. Experienced rough weather in the Gulf of California. 3d inst., at 2 P. M., off San Diego, spoke the steamer Tennessee.

Charles J. Brenham has been appointed Treasurer of the Mint for the State of California, and his nomination confirmed.

Messrs. Trollicoffer and Marling, editors of the Banner and Union, in Nashville, Term., had a street fight, in which both were slightly wounded. Cause, political difficulties.

Importations/Consignee Notices

Per Brother Jonathan - 150 sacks flour, to order; 78 cases cigars to Rousset & Co; 6 packages to Davidson & Way; 13 packages to Berford & Co; 1 package to Moss Monthfre; 3 cases to Alsop & Co.; 11 packages to Haven & Co; 21 cases cigars to Hermann Ernest; 2 cases to Dupuy, Foulke & Co; 2 packages to Wells, Fargo & Co; 14 packages to J. Honigsberger; 2 cases to Haves & Co.; 8 cases to Hermann Ernst; 50 packages to Geo. Aiken.

Steamship Brother Jonathan 

Consignees by the above ship are hereby notified that she will discharge this day, Wednesday, October 6th, at Pacific Wharf, and are requested to call at the office of the line, pay freight, and receive an order for the goods. All merchandise remaining on teh wharf after 4 o'clock P.M., will be stored at the risk and expense of the owners.

D. Grigham, Jr.
Agent of the Vanderbilt Line
Battery street, between Pacific and Jackson sts.


October 6, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Arrived: October 5, 1852: 288 passengers

Arrival of the Brother Jonathan from New York via Panama October 6, 1852.

October 7, 1852, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, USA

Destructive Gale at Mobile. 
Whit Mass Meetings -- Great Enthusiasm

The steamer Brother Jonathan, of Vanderbilt's Nicaragua line, arrived on Monday afternoon, from New York, via the Straits, Panama and San Juan.

The Brother Jonathan touched at Valparaiso on the 21st August. She experienced very heavy weather off the coast of Chile, and was compelled to put into a southern Chilean port for fuel, thereby losing much time.

The B. J. arrived at Panama in 12 days from Valparaiso. Left at 8 p.m. on the 13th Sept.

There was a report prevalent at Panama that the Cortez had arrived at Toboga on the eve of the departure of the Brother Jonathan. On the 10th at 8 p.m., the steamer California was passed. Left San Juan on the 22nd ult., and on the 26th passed the Golden Gate 300 miles below Acapulco. Experienced severe gales in the Gulf of California. Spoke the Tennessee off San Diego at 2 p.m. on the 3d.

The Brother Jonathan brings 200 passengers and dates to the 3d Sept. fifteen days later.

Her news is of little importance. We are indebted to the Editor of the Alta for a New Orleans True Delta of the 31 ult., from which we compile our summary of intelligence. We return our sincere thanks to the gentlemanly clerk of the steamer Antelope, Mr. Daniel Knight, for the facilities afforded us in obtaining news for our extra of this morning.

The Brother Jonathan is a handsome vessel, about the size of the Pacific. Her engine is the same as that of the steamboat Atlantic, wrecked a few years since on Long Island Sound.

There has been a terrific gale at Mobile, with loss of life. The loss of property is estimated at $1,505,000. The damage to shipping was immense. Five persons were drowned at Choctaw Point.

The steamer Ben Franklin exploded in the Mississippi river on the 24th August; number of persons killed twenty-five.

October 7, 1852, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California

Arrival of the SS Brother Jonathan, October 5, 1852 from Sacramento Daily News.

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