DENVER, June 21, 1859.
I KNOW it is not quite correct to speak of this region as "Western" seeing that it is in fact the center of North America and very close to its backbone. Still, as the terms "Eastern" and "Western" are conventional and relative--Castine being "Western" to a Bluenose and Carson Valley, "Eastern" to a Californian--I take the responsibility of grouping certain characters I have noted on the plains and in or about the mountains as "Western," begging that most respectable region which lies east of the buffalo-range--also that portion which lies west of the Colorado--to excuse the liberty.
The first circumstance that strikes a stranger traversing this wild country is the vagrant instincts and habits of the great majority of its denizens--perhaps I should say, of the American people generally, as exhibited here. Among any ten whom you successively meet, there will be natives of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia or Georgia, Ohio or Indiana, Kentucky or Missouri, France, Germany, and perhaps Ireland. But, worse than this; you cannot enter a circle of a dozen persons of whom at least three will not have spent some years in California, two or three have made claims and built cabins in Kansas or Nebraska, and at least one spent a year or so in Texas. Boston, New York, Phila
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Publication information: Book title: An Overland Journey from New York to San Francisco in the Summer of 1859. Contributors: Horace Greeley - Author. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 157.