WHEREAS, the Oaklanders are quite a well-behaved people, and may remain so if not brought in contact with the vicious and profane, and
WHEREAS, it is our purpose and desire that Oakland and San Francisco shall be neighborly, but view each other afar off;
NOW, THEREFORE, we, Norton I, Dei Gratia Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, do order and direct the city engineers of both cities shall cause the space between Goat Island and Oakland to be filled in with dirt taken from Mount Diablo, and that suitable wharves for ocean steamers be erected along the front of the same; whereof fail not under our royal displeasure.
Given under our hand this 13th day of August, A.D. 1869, in the City of San Francisco.
A possible forgery, Cf. Drury, p. 142.