Last of the Missions: A Documentary History of San Francisco de Solano.
Edited by Francis J. Weber. Hong Kong: Libra Press Limited, 1985. 173 Pages. $16.00.
Francis J. Weber’s series on the California missions draws toward its conclusion. Volume seventeen concerns Mission San Francisco De Solano, which is more popularly known as the Sonoma mission. It was the last founded (4 July 1823) and the only one founded under the Mexican flag. Despite its youth, Sonoma mission had the largest number of Indians of any mission during its final five years. The book includes Weber’s usual montage of selections (fifty-five) ranging from official documents to newspaper and magazine articles. As usual, the book lacks any scholarly apparatus, which diminishes Last of the Missions’ ultimate contribution to the history of the California missions.