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The Atlantic to the Pacific: What to See and How to See it (1873), by John Erastus Lester


PREFACE


In the early spring of 1872 the Author, starting from New York, undertook the journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific: and the following pages contain the record of that journey. His object has been to lay before his readers accurate descriptions, which, if they should visit California, may show them what to see and how to see it. It may be said, without fear of contradiction, that the tracts of country here described exhibit some of the most beautiful and sublime scenery in the world; and these magnificent regions are practically unknown not only to Englishmen, but to many Americans who are familiar with the countries of Europe. To the latter he presents his book in the hope that it may induce them to undertake a journey which he has found most delightful; and the former he addresses in the hope that English travellers visiting the United States may not confine themselves to the Atlantic cities, but extend their journey across the Rocky Mountains to the wonderful scenery of California.

J. E. L.

  London: July 4, 1873.



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