Bayard Taylor described the final day of the Convention in the New York Herald-Tribune on October 13, 1849:
The members met this morning at the usual hour to perform the last duty that remained to them -- that of signing the Constitution.
They were all in the happiest humor, and the morning was so bright and balmy that no one seemed disposed to call an organization. Eventually, they were called to order, and they proceeded to affix their names to the completed Constitution. At this moment, a
signal was given; the American colors ran up the flagstaff in front of the Government buildings, and streamed out on the air.
A second afterward the first gun boomed from the fort, and its stirring echoes came
back from one hill after another, 'til they were lost in the distance. As the signing went on, gun followed gun from the fort, the echoes reverberating grandly around the bay, 'til finally, as the loud ring of the thirty-first was heard, there was a shout: “That's for California!”