Excerpt from Franco-American Commerce Sir: The Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, on the thirteenth day of June last, after hearing the argument of Mr. Leon Chotteau in favor of a proposed French Treaty, and a contrary argument from Mr. Chas. A. Wetmore, passed a series of resolutions hostile to the adoption of any such treaty, and a committee was appointed, with special instructions to seek out and report to the Chamber, the injurious effects such treaty would have upon the trade, industries and manufactures of our country; on behalf of the wine interest of California, I therefore submit to your consideration the following statement: In order to understand fully the present condition of the vinicultural interest of California, and its possible great future, an outline of its past history and present extent is necessary, which I will endeavor to draw as briefly as the subject will permit. The vine was first known to be cultivated in our State, at the Mission San Gabrielle, in Los Angeles county, in the year 1771, and was first planted by the Catholic Fathers. Gradually its cultivation was extended from mission to mission, till there was not a single one which did not possess from five acres, upward. Owing to a lack of regular communication with other countries, little or none of the wine could have been exported - its entire quantity being consumed in the immediate neighborhood of its production. Its manufacture and care was also conducted in the most crude, primitive, and unscientific manner. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.