Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Sonora

Arrive San Francisco

June 30, 1857
SS Sonora
Captain W. F. Lapidge
From Panama

July 1, 1857, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California


The arrival of the Sonora yesterday afternoon, places us in possession of news from the Atlantic States of very considerable moment. In Ohio, the slavery agitation has been brought to a head in a most violent manner. The United States authorities, in executing the laws of the National Government, have come in conflict with the State authorities, and the result is that which every good citizen must deplore the imprisonment ofthe officers of the National Government. As yet, we have but a meager account ofthe transaction, and are, of course, ignorant of the merits of the controversy.

At the National Capital, a scene but rarely witnessed in our country was enacted. In respect to it, our information is equally scant. It seems, however, a Baltimore mob visited Washington and perpetrated such outrages at the municipal election, as justified the President of the United States in ordering cut a detachment of marines, who fired upon and dispersed the mob, killing and wounding a number. This action was prompt and apparently rigid, but was doubtless called for by a proper respect to the majesty of the laws. Baltimore rowdies, who have long since gained an unenviable notoriety, will hereafter be less prone to outrage. The arrival of General Walker at New Orleans was the signal for a demonstration showing clearly the proclivities of that people for forays upon foreign soil. He was received with great eclat.

Two thousand United States troops have been ordered to Utah, under the command of General Harney, who is known as "the fighting man" of the Army. This is sufficiently significant. C. K. Garrison is interesting himself in the affairs of Nicaragua, with a view to obtaining the protection of the American and British Governments.

This looks like the reestablishment of another line of steamers with New York an event in which the whole people of California feel the deepest interest. The contract for carrying the overland California mails had not yet been awarded. The Democrats had been successful at the election in Virginia, and at New Haven, in Connecticut the Americans at Orleans, and the Republicans in Minnesota.

Three United States Senators are dead. Fifty lives have been lost by the burning of a Gulf steamer.

Thanks to the enterprise of the newspaper dealers of San Francisco, we will be placed this morning, not only in possession of Atlantic papers, but also of our mails. Immediately upon the arrival of theSonora, Ullman, one of those energetic dealers, chartered the steam tug Martin White, which was to convey his packages to Benicia, where they would be landed, and thence brought to this city by overland express. The indefatigable Jerry Sullivan also chartered the steamer Cornelia, which will probably arrive this morning by six o'clock. The Cornelia being one of the California Steam Navigation Company's boats, will bring the mail. The contract requires that those boats, whenever they run, shall carry the mail, and the Post Master at San Francisco very properly sees that the terms of the contract are complied with; yet we are none the less indebted to Sullivan, through whose enterprise this great benefit to the people of the north is conferred. It deserves the most unbounded praise, and will, we hope, prove remunerative. Should the Cornelia arrive here at or before six o'clock, the mail will be ready for delivery at the Post Office between ten and eleven o'clock. All honor to the newspaper men of San Francisco.

Coming to California to get rid of Taxes. 

We like to see immigration into our State from any quarter, but we apprehend those who come here with property only to avoid taxation, will be slightly disappointed. The following we publish from the Jacksonville (0. T.) Sentinel, of the 20th June:

At the present time, and for three months, the road has been crowded with bands of cattle and horses, owned by farmers leaving Oregon and going to California. Upon inquiring, where are you going Answer. "To California, where the taxes are low." "Why," says one, " I had to pay ten cents on the one hundred dollars last year, and that is higher than I can stand. And besides that they intend to form a State Government, which' will increase the taxes." In Jackson county the peoDle pay a higher tax than in any other county in the Territory. The tax last year was only fourteen cents on the one hundred dollars.


The Pacific Mail Steamship Company's steamer Sonora, W. F. Lapidge, commander, sailed from Panama June 16th at two o'clock p.m., with the United States Mails, 664 passengers and 617 packages of merchandise. The steamer Illinois, from New York, and the steamer Granada, from New Orleans, arrived at Aspinwall on the 15th June. The passengers arrived at Panama at 8:30 p. m. same day, and were immediately brought off to the Sonora by the Company's steamer Toboga. The U. S. sloop-of-war Cyane is still at Aspinwall, and the U. S. frigate Independence at Panama.

The U. S. sloop-of-war John Adams arrived at Panama June 10th, sixteen days from Callao, and sailed for San Juan on the 15th.

June 17th, at 11 m., in lat. 7 53 north, lon. 83 20 west, boarded the Company's steamer John L. Stephens all well. Arrived at Acapulco June 22d at 5 A.M. Received our supplies andj sailed at 2:30 p. m. June 23d, at 7:15 A. m., in lat. 17 54 north. lon. 103 06 west, observed a ship showing signs of distress. At 8 a. m. boarded her; she proved to be the Pacific Mail Steamship Company's coal ship Superior, bound for Acapulco. We towed her into Manzanillo, at which port we arrived June 24th at 8:30 a. m. Received passengers and treasure, and sailed for San Francisco at noon same day. June 25th, at 10:15 a.m., lat. 21 22 north, lon. 107 40 west, exchanged signals with the Company's steamer Golden Age, for Panama.


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