Chapter 15: Bay of San Francisco.
A long and narrow inland sea, about the size and volume of Lake Leman, open to the ocean by an avenue called the Golden Gate
; a stretch of water locked within the arms of picturesque and sunny hills, with islets sprinkled up and down, as Angel Island
, Alcatraz, and Yerba Buena
, round the cliffs of which skim flocks of gulls and pelicans; the inner shores all marsh and meadow, falling backward to the feet of mountain chains; shores not only rich in woods, in springs, in pastures, but adorned at every jutting point by villages of saintly name; a group of white frame houses, partly hidden by a fringe of cypresses and gum trees,--such is the Bay of San Francisco
, as her lines are swept from Belmont Hill
The lordship of this inland sea is written on her face, as plainly as the legend on a map. The