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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...to show its honesty. It purports to have been made by Pio Pico in February, 1846, to Jose Prudencia Santillan, who was at that time priest of the Mission at San Francisco Dolores. But he never claimed it for several years afterwards; on the contrary, he denied any ownership of it until the early part of 1850, when he transferred it to Bolton. The great crime of forging the grant and imposing it upon the courts as genuine, is not charged upon Santillan himself. He is believed to have been the tool of others." Before going to the main point of this present letter I have some inquiries to make: 1. The Attorney General states that the District Court was " without those tests that the archives have since furnished." What new archives has this " Since " furnished that the Court could not be acquainted with nor the Government lawyers bring to its notice? 2. Santillan "transferred" the grant; but the " great crime of forging" it is " not charged on him." He is believed to have been the "tool of others." Who are those "others?" Who are or were the perpetrators of the " great crime?" How is it that its recipient and beneficiary is innocent and only a " tool?" Whose " tool" was he? Why does the " penal statute " sleep either for the " tool" or its supposititious handlers? To pause before inquiries of this sort, Mr. Attorney General, and Messrs. District Attorneys, and "Assistant Counsel," is only to confess that the report is a general (and in that view unmitigably base) libel, or that there is not courage in the concern to meet the occasion. I say unmitifably base, because a general scandal is of a meaner sort than a personal libel--the 27 latter being actionable or resentable, and the other going free like an undefined taint in the atmosphere. To return...
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