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Group portrait of gold rush-era San Francisco Mayor C.J. Brenham and associates in standing pose. Transcription of accompanying identification: "Left to right, Bernard Peyton, 'Billy' Edwards, 'Billy' Botts, Charles J. Brenham, John Saunders, W.C. Walker -- my god father, for whom Will Peyton was named.". C.J. Brenham was the second (and fourth) mayor of San Francisco (1851, 1852-1853), known for his opposition to the Vigilance Committee of 1851. "Billy" (William) Botts is described in Amelia Ransome Neville's "The Fantastic City" (1932) as a Customs House employee, noted dancer, and son of Governor [sic] Botts of Virginia (perhaps Congressman John Minor Botts?). A W.C. Walker is listed in an 1853 city directory as a customs inspector, and Bernard Peyton was an agent and contractor for the construction of the Parrott Block on Montgomery Street.

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