Wandering Sketches of People and Things in South America, Polynesia, California, and Other Places Visited, During a Cruise on Board of the U.S. Ships Levant, Portsmouth, and Savannah
Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1849.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good. pp. x, -386, in publisher's blind-stamped brown cloth. Losses to spine ends, corners rubbed through, slightly shaken, but still a better than average copy of this title, which is often found in poor condition. Hill (1910): The ships made port in Rio de Janierio, Valparaiso, Callao, Paita, the Marquesas, Honolulu, Monterey, Mazatlan, Manzanillo, Acapulco, and Gayamas. Extensive visits were made in Rio, Lima, California, the Gulf of California, and Mexico. Woods was traveling in central Mexico when the Mexican War began, and he escaped via Vera Cruz. The intelligence gathered by Wood in Mexico was instrumental to the U.S. seizure of California by Commodore Sloat in that war.