San Francisco, March 15, 1855S. N. CarvalhoMy dear Sir!By this you will have resumed some post to carry on The warfare that this life imposes onThe children of man. The struggle is real and continual; The distant trophies held up by Thearm of hope in the skies, vanish in the clouds, and leave disappointment behind them.Happy The man who, for the bare means of life, fully confides in The bounty of TheDispenser of life – his bread shall be given him, and water shall not fail.I expect, please god, to receive soon a few lines stating your safe arrival home, and thehealth of yourself and family.Here we have had excited times, bankrupcies, reverses; we do not know who is involved,and how matters will end – The return of protested drafts will open a scene to which thefailure of bankers was but The prelude. Many sufferers are obliged to keep their woundscovered carefully – The very picture of life. Labor, speculations, accumulations,botheration, we at last imagine our deposit safe, ourselves rich the last failure - awakens usfrom our madness in raving after riches, which, when acquired, we did not know, wherewe deposit them and how to apply them for our use.But to come to ourselves: Col Freemont has left for the states: his suit is to come up atWashington soon.Mr. Friedlander has appealed to the supreme court. results unknown yet.[Page Break]The late excitement has put all religious affairs into the shade all is dormant. We can get noear for lectures, and no persons for attendance: a few stereotype edition appear everySaturday. Since four weeks there was not even a disposition shown to hear a lecture: Thelast time such was shown, the Parnas invited the people to stay and the ladies to comedown. But on his going to the vestibule to invite them into the interior, he learned that theSteamer had come in, and so he came up to me and apologized “for himself and the house
about him, and about his house,"
Job 1:10] like the priest of old in theholy of holies.There is a strange mode gaining countenance here of celebrating wedding banquets – thefeast takes place in some public locality – of course
["non-Kosher food"] at thesoirees, and even the Ball on the dedication of the Synag to which they invited Dr Wise(this was in a Christian establishment). After the last
["wedding canopy," i.e.,