No other improvement... can equal the utility of the rail road. It is a never failing source of communication... not interrupted by either high or low water, or freezing weather..."
By his kindly ways [Lincoln] drew from me all I knew of the country west... As the saying is, he completely shelled my woods, getting all the secrets that were later to go to my employers.
Let us strive on to finish the work we are in to bind up the nation's wounds... to do all which may achieve a just and lasting peace among ourselves...It would take another four years to build the railroad, but the project would fulfill one of Lincoln's oldest and fondest wishes.
... [The people of California] desire in this, the first message across the Continent, to express their loyalty to that Union & their determination to stand by the Government in this, its day of trial. They regard that Government with affection & will adhere to it under all fortunes. Stephen J. Field Chief Justice of CaliforniaThe California State Telegraph office occupied the first floor of the Hastings Building and the California Supreme Court chambers were located on the second floor.