Author: Otis, Fessenden Nott
Title: Isthmus of Panama. History of the Panama Railroad; and of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company
Place Published: New York
Publisher:Harper & Brothers Publishers
Date Published: 1967
317 pages. Engraved portrait of the railroad's chief engineer, George M. Totten; two maps; and numerous plates and text illustrations after sketches by the author. (8vo) original pebbled brown cloth, spine with gilt lettering, beveled edges. First Edition Thus.
Includes a traveller's guide and business man's hand-book for the Panama Railroad and the lines of steamships connecting it with Europe, the United States, the North and South Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, China, Australia, and Japan. Inscribed "Presented to Rev. Dr. Breck / at Aspinwall / U.S.C. / by J. L. DeGraw."
J. L. DeGraw was an officer of the Panama Railroad Company. Breck met DeGraw in Aspinwall (now Colon), Panama, the western terminus of the Panama Railroad on his trip to California.
The recipient was James Lloyd Breck, a celebrated Epicopalian missionary who, after many years of toil and accomplishment in the wilds of Wisconsin and Minnesota, was in 1867 emigrating to California where he established his final mission in Benicia. Breck had organized congregations and schools at Nashotah Lake, Wisconsin, and St. Paul, Gull Lake, Leech Lake, and Faribault, all in Minnesota where he had especially dedicated himself to conversion of the Indians. In October 1867, he and fourteen associates boarded the steamer, Henry Chauncey, in New York and arrived in San Francisco in November. Breck quickly established his Pacific Coast Mission and by the time of his death in 1876, the mision incorporated a college, schools for boys and girls, a divinity school and five congregations.
F. N. Otis had been a surgeon on the U. S Mail and Pacific Mail steamers. He later achieve eminence in New York as a physician, surgeon, and medical inventor.