CALIFORNIA. — But few persons, comparatively, are aware of the importance to New England, of the California trade. When Mr. Winsor, who was the first to attempt to keep up a regular line of ships for San Francisco from Boston, commenced loading ships, the cargoes consisted of building materials, carriages, boats, steamboat machinery, and the unsaleable and shop worn stocks of all trade, shipped by adventures and those persons who were about to go there themselves; but now a general assortment of merchandise of the best quality is going forward, shipped by merchants regularly in the trade, and who understand the wants of the California market as well as they do our own. There are now four magnificent clipper ships, which are equal to any that have yet been put afloat, to say the least, being built at South Boston and Medford, to be added to Mr. Winsor's line, which is now composed of the following splendid ships: Shooting Star, Southern Cross, Northern Light, Saml. Appleton, John Wade, Geo. E. Webster, Onward, Winged Arrow, Forward, and Prima Donna, and during the year three more will be added, which will enable him to despatch a clipper ship every twenty days.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius.
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