Finding aid to the William Chapman Ralston Correspondence, 1864-1875

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Finding aid to the William Chapman Ralston Correspondence, 1864-1875

Collection number: BANC MSS 77/88 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Brooke Dykman Dockter

James Lake;

revised by Alison E. Bridger
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: William Chapman Ralston Correspondence,
Date (inclusive): 1864-1875
Collection Number: BANC MSS 77/88 c
Creator: Ralston, William Chapman, 1826-1875
Extent: Number of containers: 8 boxes (3.2 linear ft.)
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Chapman Ralston correspondence, BANC MSS 77/88 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

This collection of William Chapman Ralston correspondence was given to The Bancroft Library by The Bank of California in 1976, accompanied by this detailed inventory, which summarizes the content of each letter in the collection. The inventory also summarizes Ralston, and Ralston-related letters, located in other repositories. The item numbers were assigned to the letters when they were at the Bank. Unnumbered items indicate that the items are either in another repository (and are so noted) or have not been transferred to the Library.
The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Container List

Box 1

A - Cn

Box 2

Co - Gq

Box 3

Gr - K

Box 4

L - Md

Box 5

Me - O

Box 6

P - R

Box 7

S - V

Box 8

W - Z

Inventory of the Collection

Box 1

item 1000

Adams, E[----], Secretary, [per] G[----] Genealogical Society, 185 Fifth Avenue, New York, March 13th, 1875. To Sir [William C. Ralston].

Additional Note

Requested Mr. Ralston to send whatever data he may have regarding his branch of the Ralston Family for the Ralston Genealogy.

LS 1p.
item 1003

Adsit, L[----] D., Binghamton, New York, Oct[ober] 10, [18]72. To A[----] E. Hill, Esqr.

Additional Note

Has quit drinking; plans to visit San Francisco as he wants to break off from his Chicago Associates; asks Mr. Hill what chance there is for him with ten to twelve thousand dollars and possibly more to invest in business in San Francisco; asks that the morning Call be sent to him since he wants to see one number for a particular purpose.

ALS 2pp.
item 1005

Allen, Franklin, The Silk Association of America, 93 Duane Street, New York, March 11, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Hoped the Union Pacific Silk Co. was on a sound financial basis since Mr. Ralston was its treasurer; inquired whether he was merely the depository for the company's fund or whether he took a personal interest in the company since in the East Ralston's connection with a company was a "guarantee of its responsibility"; would like to hear about the prospects of the company and would be glad to serve the western company in any way in New York if asked.

ALS 2pp.
item 1010

Allen, Gerard B., Office of the Fulton Iron Works, Corner Second and Carr Streets, St. Louis, [Missouri]. Oct[ober] 6, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

[John] McCullough has lived up to Mr. Ralston's description of his excellence as a gentleman and an artist; has performed admirably before packed houses every night; Mr. Allen regrets that the shortness of his stay prevented showing the personal attention that was due anyone who brought letters from Mr. Ralston.

ALS 1p.
 

Allen, Nashl T.

Additional Note

See Hall, Andrew T.
item 1015

Allison, W[illiam] B., Brevoort House, New York, Nov[ember] 2, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston. Private.

Additional Note

Returning to Washington. Thinks their mutual friend D[----] S. Wilson can be of great service to Ralston's friends there should "anything take place there affecting your [Ralston's] interest or that of your [Ralston's] friends." Asks that advice be kept private.

ALS 1p.
item 1016

Ames, W[illiam], San Francisco, April 30, 1887. To Bank of California.

Additional Note

The Bank was in debt to Spring Valley Water Works for 513 Second Mortgaged Bonds at $1,000 each making a total with the premium of $516,078 for which payment was received.

DS 1p.
item 1020

Anderson, Thomas, San Francisco, 29th (?) Novem[ber] 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

On behalf of the Invitation Committee of St. Andrew's Society extends an invitation to attend its annual banquet at the Lick House. Complimentary tickets enclosed.

ALS 1p.
 

Anderson, William M.

Additional Note

See Oriental Bank Corp. Collection.
item Unnumbered

Anderson (?), William W., New York, 2 Oct[ober] 1874. To [William] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanked Mr. Ralston for the "very valuable introductions" he gave him, especially to his friends in Salt Lake City and Chicago; found his hotel bill in Chicago was paid as a result; went from there to New York via Canada; to leave the next day by the Oceanic.

ALS 2pp.
item 1030

Arnold, Lucy L., Sacramento, [California], Feb[ruary] 12, [18]74 To [William C.] Ralston. Two letters--also one of May 22, 1875

Additional Note

Would like to include a letter to her sister if Mr. Ralston is sending letters by private hands on the Vasca de Gama which is to sail for Japan soon; inquires when Mr. John McCullough makes his first appearance; to tell Mrs. Ralston that she has a very sick child but symptoms are more favorable recently.

ALS 2pp.
item 1035

Atlantic Publishing Company, [per] MK, 141 Fulton Street, New York, Dec[ember] 9th, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

The company would like to publish a sketch of Mr. Ralston in its forthcoming 2d edition of its biographical work; asked Mr. Ralston's approval and way of procuring a sketch or the necessary data to prepare one and also for an autographed photograph if Mr. Ralston desired it.

ALS 2pp.
item 1040

[Austin, Alexander], Tax Collector of the City and County of San Francisco, [San Francisco], undated To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Statement of Real Estate Taxes for 1871-72 on four lots fully described; taxes due Sept[ember] 18, 5 per cent added Oct[ober] 16, [1871]; receipt on reverse side for $23.02 for taxes due paid Oct[ober] 16, 1871 signed by M[----] Waterman, Deputy Tax Collector.

DS 2pp.
item 1045

Avery, Benj[amin] F., San Francisco, April 13th, 1871. To [William C.] Ralston

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for his "very kind behavior" regarding a picture of the late John Wilson long coveted by Mr. Avery for his collection of California art; will attach double value to it because of Mr. Ralston's courtesy.

ALS 1p.
item 1050

Avery, B[enjamin] P., Peking, [China], February 10th, 1875. To W[illiam C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Chin San Pin delayed in presenting note of introduction from Mr. Ralston to Mr. Avery in United States diplomatic service in China; death of Chinese Emperor "has imposed retiracy upon all officials"; Chin San Pin's report on Coolieism in Cuba exposed a dreadfully cruel system; considered a pity that eminent United States citizens "unjustly stigmatize the free Emigration of Chinese to California as Coolieism"; invites wrong comparison in China at a time when the United States minister is one of the arbitrators on that subject between Spain and China; comments on complimentary attitude toward Ralston of Sir Henry Parks and Judge [John A.] Gingham both of whom he met in Japan; comments on his own situation in China and on the social life of the diplomatic corps and the missionaries; death of the Emperor ended all festive occasions; since he died without heir, it was quietly arranged for another boy emperor under the same female Regency as was established for the late Emperor before he reached his majority; Mr. Avery surprised at the "decorum and peacefulness of the Chinese" yet these are "The Heathen Chinese . . . despised and pelted in our superior community of San Francisco"; country easily governed but it is in a state of decay; comments upon the latter; government to maintain the status quo; Danish Telegraph Company had strung thirty-five miles of land wire, Foochow to near Amoy; no popular disfavor yet local officials say it must stop or they will tear it down; at request of all the leading treaty powers the Peking government authorities have directed the officials in the seaboard provinces to protect the cables along the coast; Chinese natural bankers and traders have a good system of exchange; Mr. Avery does not understand Chinese bills and money; when China becomes modernized it will be a great benefit to itself and also to the enlargement of commerce of America.

ALS 8pp.
item 1055

Axtell, S[amuel] B., House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., April 10th, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Gratified to know that his suggestions about letters met with Mr. Ralston's approval; thinks Mr. Ralston should make himself "felt in Washington"; considers the Washington Chronicle cause in the McGarrahan case as shameless; a marked copy is laid upon the desks of members of Congress every morning; does not convince anyone's judgment, but may unconsciously make one think "there is something to it"; considers the "press gang" as venial, but feels that its influence can be counteracted; suggests that "particular, individual attention" be given to members of Congress and other public men who plan to visit San Francisco during the coming summer; Mr. Avery will return in time to help in having them meet "our solid men"; tells Mr. Ralston that he must have influence in Washington to help "in defeating McGarrahan and similar swindles"; feels that all affairs look encouraging.

ALS 3pp.
item 1055

Axtell, S[amuel], House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., Feb[ruary] 6th, 1871. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Anxious to pass the Senate Bill but the difficulty is that the bill is a general measure which applies to all the details of the merit system; has been referred to the House Committee on Coinage [Coinage, Weights, and Measures]; Kelly [William Darrah Kelley], its chairman, will not try to pass it but hold it over until the next session of Congress; Kell[e]y and [Aaron Augustus] Sargent do not speak; Axtell on good terms with Kell[e]y but cannot induce him to act; no hope for the measure in the current Congress.

ALS 2pp.
item 2005

B[----] (?), W[----] E., n.p., undated To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Returning Mr. Ralston's letter; has nothing to suggest about New Idria; Thompson and [Christopher J.] Hutchinson to leave soon; the letter, if he thinks it proper, can communicate with your friend.

ALS 1p.
item Unnumbered

Bacon, H[enry] D., San Francisco, Feb[ruary] 28th, 1872. To William C. Ralston, Esq., Present [President] (?).

Additional Note

Sends a statement of the Tule Lands which he owns in San Joaquin County, [California]; states the financial arrangement made with Mr. Ralston regarding the lands; states his plans for the improvement of several of the lands.

ALS 2pp.
Original in Huntington Library.
item Unnumbered

Bacon, H[enry] D., San Francisco, [California], Ja[nuar]y 22, 1875. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Present [President] (?).

Additional Note

When Mr. Ralston was spoken to about iron interests, he thought he "could manage the Fay property at bed rock prices"; had asked Mr. W[----] G. Hughes to get all the possible information about the property and send it to Mr. Bacon's nephew W[illia]m D. Marks; had written his nephew that Mr. Ralston probably would not take any direct interest in the business but was interested in everything that would build up the west coast; suggested that his nephew give a letter of introduction to his friend M[----] Bowrard of a large English Iron House to confer with Mr. Ralston; asks that the usual attention be given this gentleman and that he send for Mr. Hughes.

ALS 2pp.
Original in Huntington Library
item 2010

Badger, J[oseph] B., Red Bluff, [California] March 10th, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Asked Mr. Ralston to subscribe for ten tickets for the debut of his daughter, Miss Ella F. Badger, as a Comedienne at one of the leading theaters of San Francisco; wants to obtain for her the support of those citizens who will make her opening night an encouraging one for her.
ALS 4pp.
[P.S.]
Encloses address and asks for a reply by return mail.
item 2015

Bailey & Co., Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania], Oct[ober] 10, 1871. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Had sold marble statuary some time ago to Mr. Ralston who likes beautiful works of art; calls his attention to work in bronze, just imported, of "Perseus and Andromeda"; sends photographs, price $750; sends two other photographs of figures matching the above; describes other bronze pieces and marble statuary.

ALS 2pp.
item 2020

Baldwin, I[----] G., The Levant Oil Co., New Haven, [Connecticut], June 15th, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Asks for a position if Mr. Ralston has an opening; gives his experience and qualifications.

ALS 3pp.
item 2025

Ballard Bland, Louisville, [Kentucky] (?), April 25th, [1873] To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for boxes of magnificent cigars sent him; indicates "the variety and excellence" of California products; refers to summer spent in California and Mr. Ralston's hospitality.

ALS 2pp.
item 2035

The Bank of California, San Francisco, undated, Memorandum.

Additional Note

Montgomery Street R E Co.---------------$1,944,018.20



Mission & P. W mf $677,909.10

Overdraft 300,067.17

Subtotal 977,976.27



Kimball mf 404,581.12

Overdraft 181,966.28

Subtotal 586,547.40



Total 3,508,541.87
item 2035

Bank of California in account with Oriental Bank Corporation, London, 1st Aug[us]t, 1872.

Additional Note

Statement of Debit and Credit.

ALS 1p.
item 2035

Bank of California, [per] Tho[mas] Brown, San Francisco, July 22, [187]5. To H.M. Newhall & Co.

Additional Note

H.M. Newhall & Co. deposited with The Bank of California ten bonds of $1000 each of the Hospital Fund Bonds of the City and County of San Francisco; bonds dated November 1, 1871 and payable November 1, 1891; bonds deposited under agreement between H.M. Newhall & Co. and Atlas Assurance Company of London.

LS 1p. Probably office copy. [includes typewritten copy]
 

Bank of California

Additional Note

See also Oriental Bank Corp. collection.
 

Barnia (?), Y. (?)

Additional Note

See Garrison & Fretz collection.
 

Barnum, H.H.

Additional Note

See Lansing, H.S.
item 2037

Barron & Co., The Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, San Francisco, 29 Nov[em]b[er], 1967. Telegram. To D[arius] O. Mills care Lees & Waller, New York.

Additional Note

Telegram. In code.
 

Barry and Patten

Additional Note

See Rosa, Carl.
item 2040

Barry Tho[ma]s Gallatin, Tenn[essee], Dec[ember] 6th, 1870. To Dear Sir [William C. Ralston].

Additional Note

Mr. [----] Todd, just returned from California, informed Mr. Barry that Mr. Ralston liked thoroughbred horses and farmed on a large scale; account of Barry's experience in raising thoroughbred horses; has two for sale; gives references; would like to go to California to live if a fine opening for stock exists; enclosed two clippings about the horses for sale.

ALS 2pp.
item 2045

Bartlett, W[ashington], Senate Chamber, Sacramento, [California], Jan[uar]y 27, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Concurs fully with most of Mr. Ralston's views on a Bill and will do all he can to defeat it; will show Ralston's letter to doubtful Senators; believes Bill will not pass but cannot be certain until Bill is before the Senate.
ALS 2pp.
P.S.
Would be glad to hear from Mr. Ralston regarding any bill before either house in which he has a special interest.
 

Bassett, George A.

Additional Note

See Smith, Francis H.
item 2050

Batters, Geo[rge], 5 Av[enue] Hotel, New York, 27 Oct[ober], 1869.

Additional Note

To My Dear Sir [William C. Ralston]. Leaving for the old country [England] and hopes to be of service to Mr. Ralston; asks for some information about a 60,000 acre tract of land in the San Joachin [Joaquin] Valley which might help him to find a customer for Mr. Ralston.

ALS 2pp.
item 2050

Batters, Geo[rge], 76. Old Broad Street, London, E.C., Dec[ember] 31st, 1869. To C.W. [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for abstract of title to the Buckeye Mining property and related materials; waiting to hear that possession has been taken of the "Union Hill" and "Buckeye" mines and the money given to the parties concerned; next he will bring out the "Eureka;" will ask for 100,000 down payment and balance in March; shareholders will retain possession until balance is paid; objectors will be paid off; relies upon Mr. Ralston to look after his interests and he will do the same for his friends in California.

ALS 2pp.
item 2055

Beans, T. Ellard, Bank of San Jose, San Jose, Cal[ifornia], Jan[uary] 22, 1872.

Additional Note

Mr. Beans explains his unsuccessful efforts to get the leading citizens of San Jose to give a reception to the "Princes of the Japanese Empire" in San Jose; "Leading Citizens" failed to appear at the designated time and place to make plans as they were requested to do; local officials not interested; enclosed clipping shows why.

ALS 4pp. clipping.
 

Belknap, William W.

Additional Note

See French, William H.
item 2060

Bell, Alexander D., Esq., Capitol, Sacramento Jan[uary] 21st, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Sending Mr. Ralston a copy of bill which creates the office of Bank Commissioner; would be glad to hear of any features needing attention or which are especially objectionable.

ALS 1p.
 

Bell, Alexander

Additional Note

See also Garrison & Fretz collection.
item 2065

Bell, James, 21 Pembridge Square, London, [England] 2 Nov[ember], 1871. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

[----] Walker indebted to Mr. Ralston for sundry good turns; [----] Bell thanks him for same; glad Bank is doing well and making a good showing but advises that it should get rid of its nonresident directors; sorry for Ralston's brother in the Pacific due to poor business management; brother should easily find another position; advises Mr. Ralston how to obtain water at the Cañada.

ALS 2pp.
 

Bennett, J.G.

Additional Note

See Brisbin, James S.
item 2070

Beveridge, Arthur B., 621 Sansome St[reet], San Francisco, Cal[ifornia], 16th August, 1873. To [John] Robertson.

Additional Note

Last time Mr. Beveridge met Mr. Robertson was in Australia many years ago; has been in the United States three years engaging in sheep farming; has been advised to become a stock and station agent successfully; hopes to work up to something like the Melbourne Houses; asks the favor of Mr. Robertson of writing for him a letter of introduction to Mr. Ralston whom he considers a man of influence and of considerable property; several Chinese have come over and become sheep farmers; should Mr. Robertson know of anyone coming over for that purpose he asks that they be sent to him and he will give them the needed information about property and stock; has several sheep and cattle stations for sale; never was better time to invest in California property; his brother Horation has a good position in California.

ALS 3pp.
[Note added] "Is not this the man upon whom we have a claim from Melbourne? An acceptance-" [No signature]
 

[The following note from Mr. Robertson to Mr. Ralston, Sept[ember] 23, 1873 was enclosed with the above letter.]

Additional Note

Arthur Beveridge is the son of the Agent for the National Bank of Scotland at Kirkcaldy where Mr. Robertson began his banking career; has been a great run about; saw him last in Australia twelve years ago; has a brother in Falkner Bell Co[mpany] in San Francisco; will not reply to his letter but if Mr. Ralston can do anything for him Mr. Robertson will be glad if he lets him know Mr. Robertson mentioned his name to Mr. Ralston.

[No signature] 1p.
item 2075

Beynon, William, Toronto, [Canada], December 2, [18]70. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Always wanted to come to California; sailed from England to Canada; does not like it; farmed for a gentleman satisfactorily; can produce good character; will take any work to earn an honest living; Horace Greeley wanted Mr. Beynon to go to Kansas; heard Mr. Ralston was in a high position in California and would give him information about the State.

ALS 2pp.
item Unnumbered

E.H. Biederman & Co., N.Y.

E.W. Teackle

Additional Note

Re German California Bank. 1872.
item 2080

Biederman, E[----] H. & Co., New York, April 20th, 1872. To Frank Livingston, Esqr., San Francisco.

Additional Note

Had received Mr. Livingston's letter of April 10. Had Seen Mr. Ralston's letter of March 25th to Mr. [E----W.] Teackle and had forwarded an extract of it to their European friends; feels that everyone is of the same opinion and that the only thing left to be done is for Mr. Livingston to draw up the necessary paper and obtain from one third to one half of the capital needed together with the signatures; these to be sent to Mr. Biederman who wants to take the paper with him when he leaves for Europe so that the Europeans can sign it and get the Bank started promptly; expects it to be easy for Mr. Biederman to complete all arrangements when he arrives; Frankfort and London seem to favor the proposed projects; invites Mr. Livingston to call at the office of E.H. Biederman and Company when he arrives in New York City; refers to an enclosed circular.

LS 3pp.
See Ralston, W[illiam] C., Cashier, n.p., March 25th, [187]2. To E[----] W. Teackle, New York.
item 2080

Biederman, E.H. & Co., 22 William Street, New York, April 22d, 1872. To Frank Livingston, Esqr., San Francisco.

Additional Note

Had written Mr. Livingston on the 20th of April and now wants to give further information about the proposed Deutsch-Californische Bank; capital to be $5,000,000 or 12 1/2 million florins; 40% to be called up immediately; Bank of California to do all of its California and the New Bank to do all of the former's European business except in England; requested that Mr. Livingston push the matter in California and Biederman & Co. will do the same on the Atlantic coast and in Europe.

ALS 1p.
item 2085

Bingham, Jno. [John] Armour, Yokohama, Japan, Oct[ober] 30th, 1873. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Mr. Ralston requested information on the reception Mr. Bingham received in Japan; generally well received and kindly treated especially by Mr. Ralston's friends; and equal laws in Japan would bring in capital and skilled labor necessary to develop its untouched resources.

ALS 2pp.
item 2085

Bingham, Jno. [John] Armour, Yokohama, Japan, 23d Feb[ruar]y 1874. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for New Year's greeting; enjoyed his "glowing accounts of the mines and agricultural products of the country"; ships in port displayed flags in honor of Washington's birthday; Mr. Ralston's friends could, if there were proper treaty provisions, help add to the wealth and advance the interest of Japan and the United States; Japan's natural resources; hopes that treaty revisions will give Americans "a field for their skill, capital & enterprise" which Japan wants; regrets that he cannot secure a few shares of stock in Nevada mines of which Mr. Ralston speaks so confidently.

ALS 3pp.
item 11030

Bishop, Charles R., Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Island, December 13th, 1866. To William C. Ralston

Additional Note

Mr. Bishop granted Mr. Ralston general power of attorney to handle all his business for him which he stated in great detail.

DS 1p.
See Paty, John, Commissioner of Deeds for the State of California, Hawaiian Islands, Honolulu, Oahu. To Cha[rle]s R. Bishop.
item 2095

Blaksley, H[----], San Francisco, Aug[ust] 16, [18]69. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Had requested Mr. [----] Tottingham to mention that Mr. Blaksley and party would call upon Mr. Ralston to set a time to spend a night at latter's "Country Mansion"; his daughter seasick on trip to San Francisco; recovered and thought best to visit the Geysers; Mr. [----] called home by sickness in the family; regretted being unable to accept Mr. Ralston's invitation but not less obliged for it.

ALS 1p.
item 2100

Blankman, (Mrs.) [----] Monterey, April 21st, 1869, Bahia Vista Cottage. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Asked to have Dr. [----] Blankman's bank account sent to her; Rosie and Lillie [----] to be at their uncle's, Capt[ain] [John Bautista Roger] Cooper and would like Mr. Ralston to call upon them; Amelia Cooper to be married; Rosie Cooper to be married; Rosie to be a bridesmaid; Mrs. Blankman has a baby boy two months old named Louis Washington; asked "do you like it?"

ALS 1p.
item 2105

Bofinger, W[----] H., St. Louis and New Orleans Packet Co., No. 104 Common Street, New Orleans, 26th August, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Received letter of the 17th and two packages of newspapers; representatives from Louisiana certain to support the proposed measure; company willing to mortgage the road to government as security; sending New Orleans Bulletin with facts; if republished asks for several copies.

ALS 1p.
 

Booth, L[----] A.

Additional Note

See Central Pacific Railroad collection.
item 2110

Borreck, M[----] D., Sacramento, [California], Feb[ruary] 13th, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Alteration desired and consideration of subject by Committee postponed; if Mr. Ralston wishes bill could be killed in Senate by delay and direct opposition; probably would be well for attention to the matter be called to [George] Oulton of the Committee on Corporations in the Senate; Mortgage Tax Bill delayed; bill reducing fares and freights will be postponed indefinitely by a large majority; substitute bill may be offered if Company so desires; San Francisco Delegation to meet to discuss Board of Public Works Bill and name Commissioners; Montgomery Avenue Bill, made satisfactory to the Delegation, will be reported back to the Assembly and disposed of; asked how stocks are.

ALS 3pp.
item 2110

Borreck, M[----] D., Sacramento, [California], March 27, 1874. To Friend [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Bill introduced into State Assembly to oust the Board of Regents [of the University of California]; conversation Mr. Borreck had with Mr. Ralston in latter's office somewhat confirmed by a conversation the former overheard between Professor [----] Swinton and Father [----] Scanlan of St. Rose's Church, Sacramento, "You have done well and right Mr. Swinton. The treatment you have been the recipient of has been shameful. I will assist you all I can. Send me some more of those printed statements..."; Sacramento Union [March 27, 1874] printed a tirade against the University; Governor [Newton Booth] the worst enemy of the University; Charter Bill has "gone up the flume"; so has Board of Public Works; Water Bill is "dropsical."

ALS 3pp.
 

Boutwell, George Sewell

Additional Note

See Bowles, Samuel
item 2115

Bowles, Charles, The Japanese & Foreign Agency Company, No. 1 Toori, Tokio, March 23d, 1875. To William C. Ralston.

Additional Note

"Decided success here;" made a contract between Bowles Brothers & Co. and Japanese & Foreign Agency Company to take over work of former's Japanese liquidation; Oriental Bank in Tokio acting as Company's Bondholders Trust Depository; [John] Robertson acting "right up to the mark"; thanks to Mr. Ralston's letter, and also to his own shrewdness; "man of this age -- not of past"; will consider the Japanese campaign, when it ends with the departure of Mr. Bowles for Hong Kong and Europe, as being the most remarkable of their business moves; mentions this in return for Mr. Ralston's kindness.
ALS 1p.
[P.S.]
Asked that [Warren] Leland be told that Mr. Bowles has not forgotten "for a moment the big Hotel and His Commission."
[The following two documents were probably enclosed with the above letter.]
item 2115

The Japanese & Foreign Agency Company, No. 1 Bamboo-River Street Main Avenue Jeddo-Tokio, March 23d, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Lists head office and branch offices; lists its services under Communications, Finance, Forwarding, and Commission.

D 1p.
item 2115

The registered agent's offices & sub-offices of special agents of the company.

Additional Note

[Note in handwriting:] "This is only their rotation of opening co-operation without involving the responsibility of the Company." Lists each city and province where an office is located.
[In handwriting:] Company will have only four offices; its agents will be all over Japan, spreading like Wells Fargo & Co. in the United States; outlines its financial operation; to be "one of the commercial powers of the 'East.'"; an office to open in Shanghai and a clearing house in Singapore.

D 1p.
[Note at top of page in handwriting]: "You must remember this is quite new & crude here. Nothing like it in all Japan."
item 2115

Bowles, Charles, Cairo, Egypt, May 15th, 1875. To Dear friend [William C. Ralston.]

Additional Note

Interviewed Hussein Pasha, son of the Vice-Roy and Minister of Public Instruction; presented a photograph of the University of California and "explained the object of its projected Oriental Branch"; Professor [----] Davidson of the University of California arrived while discussing with Gen[eral] [----] Stone, Consul Gen[eral] [----] Beardsley and Professor [----] Watson of Michigan University American Bank interests and reviewing Charles Bowles' work in the Orient; tried to impress upon Professor Davidson and Mr. Watson the importance of that part of their official reports on the labor systems of India and Egypt (coolie question) when they return home; also the importance of the "great resources and capacities of Egypt" which would benefit American products; Gen[eral] Stone was very careful not to discriminate in his administration of the Rail Road and Telegraph enterprises in the Nile Valley; is a patriotic American and a good ally of the Pacific transit interests; planning a four day trip up and down the Nile with the above mentioned men; Mr. Bowles going to Geneva for council in June; has been able to carry every point in the work which Mr. Ralston helped start; those in business circles are beginning to look across the Pacific; in a few years there will be an "American full westward drift"; cannot send a report to the University before going to Geneva; it will be an interesting one and give added impulse to the Oriental Branch; wants [William] Ashburner and [----] Howard to see this letter.
ALS 2pp.
P.S.
To interview the Viceroy and urge the issue of "Metric Dollar for Indio-Mediterranean circulation"; had news that the United States intended to coin 20 cent pieces which Mr. Bowles had worked for since the Paris Monetary Congress in 1867; had promised Gen[eral] Stone a photograph of the staff of the Bank of California.
item 2115

Bowles, Charles, Cairo, [Egypt], May 15th, 1875. To [William C.] Ralston, Esq. Memorandum.

Additional Note

Suggested Professor [----] Davidson as an excellent president for the University of California; stated his qualifications.

[No signature] 1p.
item 2120

Bowles, Sam[ue]l, The Republican, Springfield, Mass[achusetts], Jan[uary], 5, 1870. To [William C.] Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Senator [Thomas James] Robertson of South Carolina promised to send Congressional documents for Mr. Ralston's library; Mr. Bowles has sent a book on the West from his library and will send the books he has written on the western United States for same; California "weathering her trial times" and if there is no "ground crash and breakdown" it will be due to Mr. Ralston more than anyone else; shall say so publicly sometime; looks to the future with "hope and faith"; "reconstruction, leveling of prices, habits of business & c" were inevitable; Geo[rge] [Sewel] Boutwell considered honest himself but sometimes yields to "dishonest politicians," and following rather than leading in financial reform; the country and Congress drifting along without knowing exactly what they want or whither they are tending"; Mr. Bowles lists financial reforms he hopes will come during current session of Congress; plan fully illustrated in The Republican; best financiers East and West favor it; Washington slow to react to it; believes it to be just that which the Pacific Coast wants since it will lead it out of its "currency complications"; [Schuyler] Colfax is very sensitive to the criticism of himself in connection with [----] Richardson; Sees Captain [George(?)] Bradbury often who says Mr. Ralston had sold his "stud" and was walking; advised him not to do so; wants to know why Mr. Ralston left the Board of Regents of the University of California and how his financial matters are.

LS 9pp.
item 2120

Bowles, Sam[ue]l, The Republican, Springfield, Mass[achusetts], February 15, 1870. To William C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Glad to hear how things go with California and especially with Mr. Ralston; also with the Bank; attack upon Mr. Ralston in New York Mail sent west; had no circulation in respectable newspapers in East; Mail considered a sort of "guerilla jobbing and lobby organ" being used by those who hate Mr. Ralston; the "piece" Mr. Bowles wrote gave him a chance to say that which he wanted to about the Bank; Bank not a monopoly; commented on Mr. Ralston's help to build up [Milton S.] Latham Bank with a capital equal to that of the Bank of California; considered that the kind of monopoly California wanted; commented on way both San Francisco and California are undergoing the current reaction and revolution; things in "a drifting, wallowing condition" in Washington; business ready for resumption of specie payment, but neither the administration nor Congress are willing to act; commented on current reform; enclosed note from [George S.] Boutwell; Mr. Bowles going to Washington where he will See Mr. Ralston's friends and ask about his enemies there; advised Mr. Ralston to become acquainted with men outstanding in journalism and literature and others in San Francisco; listed them; all men whom Mr. Ralston should have on his side; requested that [Stephen H.] Franklin send Mr. Bowles anything developing in monetary matters and business on the Coast.

LS 8pp.
[The following note was enclosed with the above letter;]
item 2120

Boutwell, Geo[rge] Sewel, Washington, [D.C.], Jan[uary] 29, 1870. To Sam[ue]l Bowles, E[sq.], Springfield, Mass[achusetts].

Additional Note

Acknowledges receipt of clipping from The Republican [Springfield, Massachusetts]; discusses briefly the question of resumption of specie payment.

ALS 3pp.
item 2120

Bowles, Sam[ue]l, The Republican, Springfield, Mass[achusetts], February 22d, 1871. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Enclosed clipping entitled [Our Stock of Gold and Silver], possibly from the New York Times; requested judgment of Mr. Ralston and [Stephen H.] Franklin regarding the article, especially amount of coin in circulation in the Pacific States; also intelligent estimates of amount of gold and silver made into jewelry and household articles in past ten years; understood Mr. Ralston advocated free coinage; if so, asks for publications Mr. Ralston had made about it; inquired whether anything had been done about Gold Banks and currency Banks in Pacific States; noted the parting of California and Bret Harte, a case of "incompatibility of temper."

LS 2pp. clipping.
 

Boyd, Archibald B.

Additional Note

See Garrison & Fretz collection
item 2125

Bradbury, Geo[rge] H., 7 Broad St[reet], 21st Sept[ember], [18]69. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Enclosed a money article clipped from the New York Times, September 21, 1869 [regarding railway speculation and sale of Pacific Mail [Steam Ship Company] shares which showed an advance; reason for advance due to the alliance between some heavy holders and Bank of California]; Mr. Bradbury considers it "good, very good" that Bank is running the Pacific Mail; thought Allan McLane would enjoy running it with his friend Mr. Ralston; Mr. Bradbury applied for "something under the new regime"; mentions positions he would like to have in order of preference.

ALS 3pp. clipping.
item 2125

Bradbury, Geo[rge] H., Office of Frame, Hare & Lockwood, New York, 30th Sept[ember], 1869. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Mr. Bradbury offers his apology and explains why he had Seemingly meddled in Mr. Ralston's affairs; tells that which he did in answer to requests about stories that the Bank "was speculating in all sorts of mining stocks," that Mr. Ralston was also, and "all sorts of nasty stories"; Mr. Bradbury defended Bank; all information he obtained was favorable; stories considered to be "travelers yarns" or the invention of some person who had not been accommodated at the Bank.

ALS 3pp.
item 2125

Bradbury, Geo[rge] H., New York, May 3rd, [18]71. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Has taken the liberty of giving a Mr. Robeson a letter of introduction to Mr. Ralston; asks him to make it pleasant for Mr. Robeson, his wife and niece; "what will they not say [about] your poor Bank yet?"; encloses a clipping entitled "The Mineral Wealth of Utah", Engineering (London), April 14th, 1871; magazine sent to Mr. Bradbury to show model of a steamer for the Amazon mines; "How is that for the Emma mine?" he queried; knows of no Emma mine he would give so much money for; would like to see Mr. Ralston and drive over to the Spring Valley Water Works and lunch with his friends.

ALS 2pp. clipping enclosed.
item 2125

Bradbury, Geo[rge] H., Office of Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, New York, June 9th, 1873. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Encloses two statements which may interest Mr. Ralston; "Things behind hand & money to rain"; wanted to go out to West Coast but impossible; when he remembers Mr. Ralston's hospitality at his "Glen" and the guests he met there, it is a relief to Mr. Bradbury in his work.

ALS 2pp. Statements missing.
item 2125

Bradbury, Geo[rge] H., Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, 59 and 61 Wall Street, New York, Sept[ember] 27th, 1873.

Additional Note

Had obtained from Lees & Waller $50,000 on 2085 shares of California Dry Dock stock; had been told by [Darius O.] Mills that he would not be pushed for the loan but the 1873 financial situation resulted in Mr. Bradbury being called by Mr. Laidlow; had expected to receive $250,000 from the Panama M[----] M[----] Co. on October first but cannot get it; asked extension of time to at least January 1, 1874; if he receives money earlier he will pay loan; considers company's assets worth $6,000,000; will go to San Francisco to see Mr. Ralston as soon as he gets his company's ships ready to sail for their destinations; has worked hard to keep things going during the summer; half sick but the overland trip will cure him.

ALS 2pp.
item 2130

Bradley, L[----] R., San Jose, [California] 27 Feb[ruar]y, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Asked Mr. Ralston to procure tickets for himself and daughter to either New York or Washington; will remit money.

ALS 1p.
"Have you any answer to telegram [?]"
"What answer shall I make--to this--[Signed] W.C. Ralston"
item 2132

Brannan, Samuel, by A[----] Badlam, Office of Samuel Brannan, No. 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, [California], 4th Dec[ember], 1868. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Requested that the [Bank of California] pay $500 to E[----] L. Sullivan to pay for a bet between Mr. Brannan and T[----] J. Shackelford.

LS 1p.
item 2133

Breck, J[----] Lloyd, Missionary College of St. Augustine, Benecia, Cal[ifornia], Aug[us]t 12th, 1868. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Expresses "sincerest thanks" of the Mission for Mr. Ralston's contribution to the building fund; refers him for information about the college but would prefer that Mr. Ralston visit it and form his own judgment regarding the value of the school to the State; its work greatly encouraged by the cooperation of both the clergy and the laity.

ALS 2pp.
item 2135

Brereton, R[----], M., n.p., July, 1872. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

"Nothing can be done in England . . . in regard to any of our four California projects;" people do not believe in California and are suspicious; friends of Mr. Brereton and Mr. Benny think they have been "let in by the Californians"; Mr. Brereton feels that he must try to convince people that his belief in California is correct; has induced about a dozen men to go to San Francisco, see the country, and he believes they will invest money if it can be done with safety; Mr. Brereton has promised to stay in California for the ensuing ten years and act as their trustee and agent should they wish; confidence must be restored in American securities so that England's cheap capital will be invested in America; Mr. Rodiwald had written about this to [Milton S.] Latham and [Charles J.F.] Stuart of the Oriental Bank Corporation; will probably write the same thing. England's climate is "beastly" after California.

ALS 4pp.
item 2135

Brereton, Robert Maitland, Post Office-Victoria, V[ancouver] I[sland], 10, July, 1871. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Asked Mr. Ralston to forward his mail; outlined the itinerary of his travel north from San Francisco to Victoria; believed he has had a better idea of the country than if he had taken the regular travel routes; felt it a mistake that Portland had not been located elsewhere; would not invest in the North[ern] Pacific Railroad since he has seen the country through which it is to go; compared Pacific Northwest with California; pleased with location of Victoria; going to Fraser and Thompson rivers.

ALS 2pp.
item 2140

Brisbin, Ja[me]s S., Omaha, Neb[raska], April 17th, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Enclosed telegram from [J.G.] Bennet of New York Herald to Brisbin; while in California made some notes about the country; would like to add more; asks Mr. Ralston's help; wants full account of Bank of California, Almaden Quick Silver Mines, San Francisco manufactures, and Naglees Brandy efforts; asks that Mr. Ralston, [Isaac] Friedlander, [W.F.] Babcock, and others give him information to put into letters on the Coast in the New York Herald; "would do the Coast good"; asked that pamphlets or books on your [Mr. Ralston's] interests, resources, advantages, and curiosities" as sources of further information be sent him; asked whether [Charles] Nordhoff is reliable and worth using; appreciated Mr. Ralston's kindness and "will always strike a Lick for the Coast."

ALS 2pp. Telegram enclosed.
[The following telegram was enclosed with the above letter.]
item Unnumbered

Bennett, J[----] G., New York, 8 M[ar]ch 1875. To Colonel Ja[me]s Brisbin, Lick House.

Additional Note

"Should like letters. Interview Brigham."
Telegram. 1p.
item Unnumbered

Broff, W[----] N., New York, Oct[ober] 7th, [1870]. To My dear Sir [William C. Ralston].

Additional Note

"With the kindest remembrance of Yours Truly."

ALS 1p.
item 2145

Brooks, Cha[rle]s Wolcott, Washington, D.C., Mar[ch] 26, 1872. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

"WS Huntington of First National Bank died this morning of pneumonia."

Telegram 1p.
item 2150

Brooks, Noah, New York, July 14, 1874 (?). To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Considers Mr. Ralston's idea concerning the establishing of "a sound, able and honorably conducted journal in San Francisco as "admirable"; would like to be "editorially connected" with such a paper if it were on a firm basis; discusses "horrible" situation of journalism in San Francisco and the difficulties a new newspaper would face; reluctant to take a journalism position in San Francisco that does not promise permanent improvement; should Mr. Ralston know of any opportunities of which Mr. Brooks has no knowledge, the latter will help in any enterprise that has a good promise; if he were to organize an editorial staff he could secure some of the best talent in that line; otherwise he is too well situated in New York to change; has moved from the Tribune to the Times.

ALS 8pp.
item 2155

Brooks, (Mrs.) Tho[ma]s L., n.p., June 20th, [1873] To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks him for his "kind attention"; grateful for his efforts to secure a position for Mr. B[rooks].

ALS 1p.
item 2160

Brown, E[zekiel], Crimea House, Green Springs P.O., Tuolumne Co[unty], Nov[ember] 10th, 1864. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Mr. Ralston had advanced $750 to Mr. Brown which expected to repay by the date of his letter but such was not the case; explains that when he saw Mr. Ralston he knew that copper had been struck in Copper Mountain; thought to be the main lode and copper would soon be shipped to San Francisco; which opinion was backed by Mr. [----] Sheldon who had made a report to Mr. Brown and which was enclosing to Mr. Ralston; gives Mr. Sheldon's qualifications as a copper mining expert and then superintendent of the Keyston Copper Mine of Copperopolis; that which was thought to be the main lode proved to be only another spur; worked on the tunnel day and night; gives facts regarding its "economical working"; enclosed a letter form the late Gov[ernor][----] Marcy addressed to Mr. Brown just before he left for California; he also gave the sender letters to Gen[era]l P[ersefo] Smith and Col[onel] [----] Stevenson; states the advantageous assets of Copper Mountain for mining; his own shares are covered by 825 feet in the mine, 275 feet of which is pledged as security for $1500 loan; nothing is for sale; in order to pay Mr. Ralston later he prepared a new note for $2000 enclosing with it 375 shares of stock in the copper mine, if Mr. Ralston approves of that he may deduct the $750 with interest from the $2000 and credit the balance to Mr. Brown's account; states that he intended to retain only one-fourth of the entire mountain so he will give Mr. Ralston the privilege of buying 25 or 50 feet of it at $15 per foot all assessments made prior to the expiration of the option; states that the Copper Mountain mines are located between the Union or Copperopolis Mine and "La Victoria" recently opened a few miles from Bear Valley, the latter of which has proved to be very rich; its outcroppings are very much like though not as extensive as those at Copper Mountain; should those prove to be rich it will require much capital to operate, so Mr. Brown will be able to reciprocate Mr. Ralston's kindness to him.
ALS
P.S.
As an afterthought Mr. Brown decided to send Mr. Sheldon's original letter to Mr. Ralston; would consider it a favor if the latter would return it and Sec[retar]y Marcy's one. E.B.
item 2160

Brown, Ezekiel, Crimea House, Green Springs P.O., [Tuolumne County], [California], Nov[ember] 30th, 1864. To William C. Ralston, Esq., San Francisco. Private!

Additional Note

Fears that his letter of November 10th in which was enclosed a note for $2000 and stock of the Copper Mountain Mining Company as collateral has miscarried since he has not heard from Mr. Ralston; states his plans for business confidentially; cites the fact that the local gold mines are "upon the wane" and his business is no longer profitable so no reason to remain; stopped in view of his Copper Mines which are very promising; also a new road to Mono has opened which is of important general interest locally; road being improved to divert most of the travel to Stockton via Copperopolis; not wanting to depend entirely on copper had had a proposal for the Weber Hotel in Stockton for which he had made a proposition to Mr. Ralston in his first letter; now has a proposal for a hotel in Copperopolis which suits him better since it is not far from Copper Mountain and it will require less money, only $750.00; gives assurance why he will succeed in the hotel and why the mining stock sent will prove valuable; will pay the assessments himself; the tunnel is progressing night and day with economy; considers Copperopolis no "mushroom" town; if Mr. Ralston will let him have the money he will be a happy man.

ALS 6pp.
item 2165

Brown, Ezekiel, Langham Hotel, London, [England], 21st Oct[ober], [18]70. To My dear Sir, W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Enclosed a newspaper report of the meeting of the Oriental Bank Corporation held the previous day; congratulates Mr. Ralston as one of the regents of the University of California and thanks him for establishing "the 5th class"'; his fourteen year old son had passed the examination necessary to enter that class; son much pleased with the university.

ALS 3pp. clipping.
Note added: "Thank Mr. Brown for his letter & be glad to hear of his Prosperity, & c." W.C.R.
item 2165

Brown, Ezekiel, Oakland, [California], Jan[uar]y 22d, 1873. To My dear Sir, W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Sending an article from a London paper and a letter for Mr. Ralston's approval before mailing it; assures him that he never allows an opportunity to promote Mr. Ralston's welfare pass without doing so; wants to know his view of that which he has sent him which he will give to a London friend for insertion in the Journal and also in the Times.

ALS 2pp. Enclosures lacking.
item 2170

Brown, J[----] McLeary, S.S. Colorado, May 12, 1868. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Having a pleasant voyage; Mrs. Burlingame slightly injured by a fall; sends a memento.

ALS 1p.
item 2175

Brown, [Joseph], Mayor's Office, St. Louis, [Missouri], Oct[ober] 15th, 1873. To W[illiam] A. [C.] Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Asks whether Mr. Ralston would loan him from three to five thousand dollars to increase his stock in the Paymaster Mine in Nevada should he wish to do so; can furnish collateral; heard Mr. Ralston quite sick.

ALS 3pp.
Clipping encl.
item 2175

Brown, Jos[eph] Mayor's Office, St. Louis, [Missouri], Nov[ember] 10, 1873. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Mr. Brown's two drafts accepted; stopped at the New mine on his way home; "it will astonish you yet"; because of the scarcity of money Mr. Brown had to [illegible] the enclosed.

ALS 1p. Enclosure missing.
item 2175

Brown, Jos[eph], Mayor's Office, St. Louis, [Missouri], Feb[ruary] 8, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Asked Mr. Ralston whether he thinks Mr. McKerny (?) can make a good living for Mr. Brown's protege Miss Spotts whom it is expected he will marry.

ALS 1p.
Note added: "Any reply to this [?]"
item 2175

Brown, [Joseph] Mayor's Office, St. Louis [Missouri], July 26, 1874. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Would like to move to California; plans a trip there.

ALS 1p.
item 2175

Brown, Joseph, Mayor's Office, St. Louis, [Missouri] Ap[ri]l 13th, 1875. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Retiring from Mayor's office for health reasons due to climate; wants to move to California; asks Mr. Ralston regarding an opening for him.

ALS 3pp. clipping enclosed.
item 2180

Brown, Richard, Sacramento, [California], Jan[uar]y 19th, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Had sent Mr. Ralston a bill which originated in the office of the State Controller; prepared by a leading member of the Code Commission who considered its general features good and beneficial; clause regarding making it obligatory upon banks to turn over unclaimed money of escheated estate to the State would be favorably considered by the Legislature; banks and savings and loan companies with small depositors will be the principal objectors; wants Mr. Ralston to state his opinion; if banking interests want the bill beaten, Mr. Brown believes it can be done.

ALS 4pp.
item 2185

Brown, Shipler & Co., London, [England], 28th Feb[ruar]y, 1873. To William C. Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Letter of introduction to Madame Arabella Goddard, the eminent pianiste who will tour the United States and the Colonies professionally; will feel obligated to Mr. Ralston for anything he can do for her which will make her San Francisco visit agreeable.

LS 1p.
item 2185

Brown, Shipler & Co., London, [England], 28 Feb[ruar]y, 1873. To William C. Ralston, Esqr. Per Parthea. Private.

Additional Note

Sending a press copy of a letter of introduction to Madame Arabella Goddard, the eminent pianiste who plans a professional tour of the United States and the Colonies; will appreciate any attention Mr. Ralston is able to show her; comments on her personal character.

ALS 2pp.
item Unnumbered

Brown, Tho[mas], The Bank of California, San Francisco, April 5th, 1871. To H.R. Linderman. Sight draft (?).

Additional Note

Pay H.R. Linderman thirty-five hundred dollars in U.S. Gold Coin, "value received."

DS
[In upper left corner:] " See letter to HRL dated 2.8.71."
item 2090

Brown, Tho[mas], n.p., Nov[ember] 3d, [187]1[?]. To H.M. [?]kall.

Additional Note

Receipt for bonds received from Messrs. H.M. [?]kall & Co.; gives number of bonds with their inclusive numbers of Southern Pacific Railroad Company of California, each bond for $1000 and for whom to be held; the same for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, each bond likewise for $1000.

DS 1p.
 

Brown, Thomas

Additional Note

See also Central Pacific Railroad collection
item 2095

Brown, W[----] E., Sec[retar]y, Office of the Contract and Finance Company, Sacramento, [California], Ap[ril] 28, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

According to Gov[ernor] [Leland] Stanford there were no encumbrances on the Bay View Railroad when sold; therefore the fee charged by [Joseph M] Nongues in a suit which he defended concerned a matter before the sale of the Railroad and should be charged to the parties interested then and not to Contract and Finance Company.

ALS 1p.
See Nongues, Jos[eph] M., The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], April 12th, 1873. To Central Pacific Railroad Company, Memorandum.
item 2095

Brown, W[----] E., Secretary, Office of the Contract and Finance Company, Sacramento, May 5, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston., Esq.

Additional Note

Requested that the enclosed checks amounting to $1676.08 be credited to Contract and Finance Co[mpany]; the bill for legal services of M. Anegues is being returned since Mr. Brown had consulted Governor [Leland] Stanford in regard to it and he stated that it was up to the parties who had an interest in the Potrero and Bay View R[ail] R[oad] before the purchase to pay the bill.

ALS 1p.
item 2200

Browne, J[ohn] Ross, S[an] F[rancisco], Nov[embe]r 25, 1871. To My dear Sir [William C. Ralston].

Additional Note

Enclosed notes he had promised; if any statistics or special data are wanted, please let Mr. Browne know.

ALS 1p.
Notes enclosed with the above about marsh lands in California, their purchase, reclamation, and cultivation, with special reference to those around San Francisco Bay.

[Unsigned] 5pp.
item 2205

Burlingame, Anson, Copenhagen, [Denmark], Oct[ober] 24th, [18]69, 1 A.M. To W[illiam] C. Ralston. Copy.

Additional Note

Governor [Frederick F.] Low must be seen before he leaves for China advised Mr. Burlingame; "better go to Europe"; "late for Peking"; Mr. Burlingame given "warm reception in Sweden and Denmark."

Cable unsigned. 1p.
item 2210

Burlingame, Edward L., Boston, Ap[ril] 29, 1870. To William C. Ralston. Telegram.

Additional Note

Thanks him for telegram and letter received; to reach San Francisco about May twentieth.

[Unsigned] 1p.
item 2215

Burnett, (Mrs.) Margaret A., San Francisco, 30th January, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston

Additional Note

Asked for an interview with Mr. Ralston; gave Gov[ernor] [Peter]Burnett and Gov[ernor] [Henry G.] Blaisdel [Blasdel] as references.

ALS 2pp.
item 2220

Burnett, P[eter] H., Pacific Bank, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia], Dec[ember] 1st, 1869. To Mess[rs] McLaughlin & Ryland.

Additional Note

Sent a draft for $2000 for collection; proceeds to be sent to Pacific Bank.

ALS 1p.
Regrets mess in Santa Clara.
Rec[eived] Dec[ember] 2nd
[Returned, as per instructions, Dec[ember] 7th.
item 2225

Burroughs, C[harles] G., St. Mary's College, Jan[uary] 15, 1875. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Thankful for Mr. Ralston's kindness during the past year and hopes to repay him at some future time; laughed when he read the morning Call that Mr. Ralston had "boosted him out"; hoped Mr. Ralston will be successful in his factory and in everything; thanked him for his kind advice.
ALS 2pp.
P.S. Asked that his poor writing be excused since he had little time. Drawing below postscript.
item 2230

Burt, J[----] Gus, San Francisco, [California], May 25th, [18]70. To W[illiam] C. Ralston Esq.

Additional Note

Resigns his position in the Bank of California and requests that it be accepted to take effect on June 1st.

ALS 1p. Includes typewritten copy.
item 2235

Butterworth, [----], Office of Lees & Waller, Agency of the Bank of California, 33 Pine Street, New York, May 25, 1871. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had received letters of credit, one of introduction, but no exchange on London as Mr. Ralston had promised him a 60 day bill on London; asked that it be sent him since he had deposited money in the Bank; mentioned trip and is sailing for England [?].

ALS 1p.
Note added at top of page: "Make draft order S.I. [?] Butterworth. 60 dfs 2000L $9846 $5 W.C.R."
item 2235

Butterworth, [----], New York, Sept[ember] 30th, [18]73. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Asked Mr. Ralston to send him his letter of credit without which he came; everybody "panicky"; [Henry B. or Charles E.] Laidlow "says the worst is over"; hoped there will be no scare in California; stated possible future plans.

ALS 1p.
item Unnumbered

Butterworth, S[----] F. [and] W[illiam] C. Ralston, Exec[utive] Comm[ittee], San Fran[cis]co, July 8th, 1869. To Gentlemen [Trustees of the College of California].

Additional Note

The Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of the University of California was authorized to rent the needed buildings from the College of California on a one year lease and to make preparation for opening the first session of the University of California in Oakland in September, 1869; the classes of the college then to be transferred to the University.

ALS 1p.
Original in the Archives of the Board of Regents of the University of the University of California Library.
item 3000

C[----], [----] W., California State Telegraph Company, N[ew] York, Jan[uar]y 7, 1860[?]. To W[illiam] C. Ralston. Telegram.

Additional Note

Thinks Mr. Wade will make a satisfactory arrangement regarding Mr. Ralston's matter; should include both past and future which is to be determined before C[----] leaves; pledged that matter to be "absolutely private and confidential"; inquires about the Bank's business.

T 1 p.
item 3005

C[----], J.[?], n.p., [June 10th, [18]74]. To W[illiam] C. R[alston].

Additional Note

Dispatch sent to [----] Wetmore that his proposition would be met that day (as directed by MacC----); no dispatch direct from Mr. Wetmore but received a letter from him to the effect that the Committee would "report adversely to [Adolph] Sutro, but dare not publish the fact"; dubious what the Senate will do since "Sutro Seemed to have them in a spell--yet I think I have compassed him"; explains about the work he has done; Sutro has no way to get news through to those on his side; "cannot explain more."
ALS 1 p.
[P.S.]
Necessary to send the papers there--"all over the state--to speak out on the Judiciary Committee report and telegraph pointed points at once"; Mr. [----] MacC----agreed with that suggestion and "has started the ball in two places"; this must he done quickly since action may occur any day as the bill is on the calendar.

ALS 1 p.
item 3010

Cabrello, Margaret Louise, Janesville, Rock Co[unty], Wisconsin, June 11, 1875. To Hon[orable] [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Ralston for his kind reply to her letter inquiring about "a home for friendless women in San Francisco"; had made other inquiries since the person referred to was anxious to make that her home; Ralston had misunderstood since the lady was not poor but had some means with which she would have endowed the home; her death intervened; Mrs. Cabrello collects pictures of distinguished persons of merit and asks Ralston for his; mentions some prominent people who have given her their pictures.

ALS 3 pp.
item 3015

Caduc, Philip [per] W[illie] M. Firderer, San Francisco, [California], March 10, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Calls Ralston's attention to a sidewalk laid with Hydro Carbonized Brick in front of A.C. Peachy's property on Mission Street near 4th Street; considers it far superior and more durable than any other sidewalk material; sidewalk mentioned laid 6 years and as perfect as when laid.

LS[?] 1p.
item 3020

Caldwell, R[----] L., Du Bois, Washington Co[unty], Ill[inoi]s, February 6, 1875. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Has seen newspaper account of Ralston in a St. Louis paper portraying his character and his wealth; writes him asking him to send him money for transportation for himself, wife, and 16 year old son to California and to provide himself and son with work to repay him; gives his qualifications and list of public offices he has held; also qualifications of his son.

ALS 4 pp.
 

Cameron, R.

Additional Note

See Oriental Bank Corp. collection.
item 3025

Cameron, Simon, Harrisburg, [Pennsylvania[?]], Nov[ember] 3, 1874. To Hon[orable] W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Ralston "for one of the most pleasant evenings of [his] life"; while he had highly appreciated California people and resources he had come away with a greatly exalted opinion of everything relating to San Francisco and the State; everything is on a grand scale yet; the city and state are "in the infancy of their greatness;"

ALS 1 p.
item 3030

Campbell, A.H., Petersborough, Ontario, 20th August, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esquire.

Additional Note

Regarding trip of Miss Fanny Cargill from England to Japan with special emphasis upon trip from Canada to San Francisco; asked Mr. Ralston to arrange for ship accommodations and to send Mr. Campbell an introduction to the [Pullman car] manager in Chicago which would secure for her care and attention from Chicago.

ALS 4 pp.
Answered by William C. Ralston, September 8, 1874.
 

Campbell, P.

Additional Note

See Oriental Bank Corp. collection.
item 3035

Canavan, P.H., San Francisco, [California], March 13, 1871. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Encloses a ticket of invitation to the Grand Banquet of the St. Patrick's Society to be held the following Friday evening; Dinner Committee desires that he honor them with his presence.

ALS 1 p.
item 3040

Cannon, Geo[rge] L., Salt Lake City, [Utah], Oct[ober] 14th, 1874. To My Dear Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

The request in Ralston's letter of the 12th was so in accord with the feelings of Mr. Cannon and those of his friends that immediate steps were taken to comply with it; meanwhile Mr. [----] Y[----] arrived and drew up the communication he thought would answer the purpose.

ALS 1 p.
 

Cany, Mo Gemda [?]

Additional Note

See Stevens, Robert J.
item 3045

Capel, I[----] J. Rector, The Catholic University College, Kensington, [England], July 7, 1875.

Additional Note

In view of Ralston's sympathy for that which is done for the advancement of Education he appeals to him to do something for the college, either by donation or by yearly subscription.

ALS 2 pp.
Note added: "This is Impudence. W.C.R."
item 3050

Carandini, Marie, Adelaide, Australia, Sept[em]b[e]r 6th, 1872. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Grateful for all the attention Ralston gave her and family while in San Francisco; gives an account of herself and children; cautions Mr. Ralston about working his brain too much; hopes the birds she sent laid; encloses draft for L50 that Mr. Ralston loaned her.

ALS 4 pp.
Enclosed newspaper clipping regarding a concert given by The Carandini Company.
item 3050

Carandini, Marie, Off Kitika [?], New Zealand, Feb[ruar]y 10th, 1873. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Pleased to hear from Ralston but regret to learn of his serious illness; trusts he has recovered from those painful pills [?]; gives an account of her children and herself.

ALS 4 pp. The following letter was probably enclosed with the above letter:
item 3050

Neill, William, The National Bank of Australia, 9th Sep[tember], 1872. To Dear Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Sending a draft for L50 on London to Mr. Ralston at request of Mr. W[alter] Sherwin.

ALS 1 p.
item 3055

Cargill, Fanny D., London, [England], 15 August [18]74. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Leaving England for Quebec and then through Canada to San Francisco; asks Mr. Ralston to make cabin reservations on the Pacific steamer and take tickets to Yokohama for herself and party; comments on health of small sister and possibility of her father coming to California to meet them.
ALS 3 pp.
[P.S.]
Going by way of Canada hoping to see their Uncle Mr. Campbell.
item Unnumbered

Cargill, (Mrs.) [Helen], place and date illegible, To Mrs. [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Sailing against wind and current; Mrs. Cargill finding it a most tedious and uninteresting voyage; very few passengers and "those only passable"; only the Captain has something cheery to say; Seeing whales was the only worthwhile incident; looks back with pleasure to her visit with Mr. & Mrs. Ralston and their great kindness; thinks her husband would say the same; love to the children.

ALS 4 pp.

Letter partly illegible.
item 3060

Cargill, Helen, Yokohama, [Japan], August 6th, 1872. To Mrs. [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had written to congratulate Mrs. Ralston on the advent of another child, "but the letter was mislaid"; Mr. Cargill in Kobé "on railway business"; will send orchids soon; wants "a lot of rose trees sent to her"; should have written Mr. [----] Walker for them but did not know his address in Cargill's absence; comments on horses and cow that were sent; asks where Ralston boys and daughter are; inquires about Mrs. Ralston's French maid; Mr. [William E.] Barron's passing; though it "very queer" that Mrs. Ralston had never written her.

ALS 4 pp.
item 3060

Cargill, (Mrs.) Helen, Yokohama, [Japan], November 8th, 1874. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

The family arrived safely; thanks Ralston for his kindness to them and making them comfortable; loss of portmanteau; Mr. Walker, Mr. Cargill and daughters left for the hills soon after their arrival; "Why don't you come to pay us a visit?"

ALS 3 pp.
 

Cargill, William W.

Additional Note

See Oriental Bank Corp. collection.
item 3065

Carleton, (Mrs.) [S.W.], 1227 Pine Street between Leavenworth & Hyde, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia], Aug[ust] 28th, [18]73. To Dear Sir [William C. Ralston].

Additional Note

Not surprised that the warm weather has prostrated Mr. Ralston; gives a number of remedies--drink ale with quinine, or brandy, beef essence with directions for preparing it, tonics, egg nog, carbonate of magnesia, cold water enemas, ice poultices, and the prescription Mrs. Carlton gave him; if these directions are pursued he will be restored to health; "Dismiss all doctors, they make you worse"; looking forward to Ralston's promised visit."

ALS 3 pp.
item 3070

Carnes, Adolphus, Cincinnati, [Ohio], June 27, [18]74. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Received check for ten dollars and answered Ralston's letter; heard that letter had not been received so writes a second acknowledgment of payment; except for check Carnes would not have known of any business transaction between Ralston and his deceased son-in-law.

ALS 1 p.
Note added: "Letter received & all O.K."
item 3075

Carnes, (Mrs.) E[----] H., 32-4th Street, [San Francisco, California], undated To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Gives an account of misfortunes in the family and asks for "a little Christian charity...for my children's sake."

ALS 3 pp.
Note added: "Send $20--with a note. W.C.R."
item 3080

Carnes, (Mrs.) F[----] G., [San Francisco, California], Sep[tember] 6th, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Seeks Ralston's aid by the way of influence in behalf of her husband, a Professor of Music, who has had many reverses; asks for an appointment for an interview to explain herself satisfactorily.

ALS 2 pp.
item 3085

Carpentier, Horace W., Washington, [D.C.], April 3, 1869. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Received Ralston's dispatch about [William] McGarrahan; nothing more to be done about the matter in the current session of Congress; will explain reasons for his dispatch to Ralston whsees him; "case looks well now"; "Hutchinson managing it with skill and ability."

ALS 1 p.
item 3090

Carr, Clark E., Galesburg, Ill[inois], Nov[ember] 4th, 1869. To My Dear Sir [William C. Ralston, Esq.].

Additional Note

Has given a letter of introduction to Ralston to Mr. Charles Hurd who is marrying Miss Day and leaves for California on his "bridal tour"; gives background of both; any attention or courtesy to them will be appreciated; Carr "perfectly delighted with his trip to California"; indebted to Ralston for his attentions.

ALS 2 pp.
item 3095

Cary, T[homas] G., Cambridge, [Massachusetts], June 9th, 1870. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Has given a letter of introduction to Mr. Ralston to Mr. Sylvester L'tmy (L'Amy) and asked that he be given information about traveling through the country of interest to him; also giving letter to Professor Gibbs of Cambridge and one to Professor Benjamin Pierce; gives brief account of each; Cary will pay a visit to Ralston as soon as he can find someone to take his place at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, Mass., where Mr. Cary is "Chief Cook & Bottle Washer."

ALS 4 pp.
item 3095

Cary, Tho[mas] G., Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Sept[embe]r 9th, 1874. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Giving a letter of introduction to Ralston to Ferdinand Becker who is going to California "to see what he can do"; has been spoken of as a Professor of Metallurgy at the University of California but there is some difficulty about the arrangements; states qualifications of Mr. Becker; asks Ralston to give Mr. Becker advice if he can.

ALS 4 pp.
item 3095

Cary, Tho[mas] G., Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 19, [18]74. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Ben[jamin] T. Reed when visiting California was enthusiastic about Ralston's style of driving and his taste of horse flesh; his son Jack Reed wants to write Ralston to recommend to his care a confidential clerk who goes to California to look after a dilatory agent and will refer to Cary's letter of introduction; account of Reed and his business; obliged to Ralston for his kindness to Mr. [Ferdinand] Becker.

ALS 4 pp.
item 3100

Casey, Tho[mas] Lincoln, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C., August 8, 187[1]. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Sending Ralston "a copy of Vol. III (Mining Industry) Report on Exploration of the 40th Parallel, with Atlas," for his use.

LS 1 p.
item Unnumbered

Casey, Tho[mas] Lincoln, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C., Feb[ruary] 28, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Sending Ralston "a copy of Vol. V (Botany) Report on Geological Exploration of the 40th Parallel" for his own use.

LS 1 p.
item 3110

Casserly, E[ugene], Dec[ember] 11th, 1867. To [William C.] Ralston. "Private."

Additional Note

Wants to know whether Ralston knows any member of the Legislature whom he could influence in Casserly's favor; "If yes, now is the time to strike."

ALS 1 p. marked [Private].
item 3110

Casserly, E[ugene], New York, Feb[ruary] 26, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston. "Private."

Additional Note

Account of N[ew] Idria claim in Congress and its opposition by Mr. G & Co. and "ring"; possible appointees to be attorney-general; contacts with [James] Lees.

ALS 6 pp. Marked [Private].
item 3110

Casserly, E[ugene], Washington, D.C., M[ar]ch 13, [18]69. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Bill affecting Pacific Coast passed both houses of Congress in session [ending March 3, 1869] and was pocket vetoed by the President; brought up again in new session [beginning March 4, 1869] where it had every prospect of passing in the Senate; gives an account of how it was defeated whereby Pacific Coast was saved from "a piece of very mischevious legislation"; Ralston should have a the Alta [California] and [San Francisco] Bulletin publish a paragraph about "this incident in legislation affecting the Pacific Coast; rush of California schemes, rail roads, water ditches and canals, land grants by the millionaires, each one "clamoring to be put right thro"; sees no trouble for New Idria this session; Republican caucus "to defer all business not political or of general interest."

ALS 6 pp. Franked envelope.
item 3110

Casserly, E[ugene], N[ew] York, May 21, [18]69. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Had waited in vain to meet [Schuyler] Colfax either in Washington or New York so sent him Ralston's last long letter on mint matters; Cyrus A. Eastman to be U.S. Treasurer in San Francisco; Democratic politics in New York City, especially for Mayor, are "getting warm"; [----] Baird a friend and a "true man. "

ALS 2 pp. Franked envelope.
item 3110

Casserly, E[ugene], South Orange, N[ew] Jersey, Sept[ember] 22nd, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

[William Pitt] Fusenden's death a loss to the country but not to be regretted in the N[ew] Idria matter, his prejudices were all wrong and violent; Two others have resigned from Senate and should be replaced by good men; a vigorous campaign on the other side must be prepared for the next session of Congress; saw Mrs. Ralston & children in New York; "Things financial are not satisfactory and likely to grow worse rather than better." [part of last page obliterated]

ALS 3 pp.
item 3111

Casserly, E[ugene], United States Senate Chamber, Washington, [D.C.], Feb[ruary] 8, 1870. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Received Ralston's letters on Pioch's Rancho and The Union Mail subsidy.

ALS 1 p.
item 3111

Casserly, E[ugene], South Orange, N[ew] J[ersey], July 30, [18]70. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Action regarding "mint-bullion matter"; amendment to money bill failed; China mail subsidy; Australian line; enclosed an article from Alta [California] of personal malice toward Casserly regarding income tax; Casserly worked hard to defeat it in Senate; tells how; enclosed clipping from Congressional Globe, July 7, 1870 showing vote in Senate; Casserly "pained" with Senate Lot Myrick Morrill of Maine.

ALS 4 pp. Clipping from Congressional Globe, and article from Alta [California] lacking.
item 3111

Casserly, E[ugene], South Orange, N[ew] J[ersey], Aug[ust] 5, 1870. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Enclosed "official act for Gold Note Banks"; does not see why such a Bank should not pay in S[an] F[rancisco] if "under proper auspeices"; sending "act for Int[ernal] Revenue, Tariff and Inland transportation"; will send others in Ralston's line when he receives them.
ALS 2 pp.
P.S. Will be in S[an] F[rancisco] next month.
Note added at bottom of page 1: "I want to answer this. W.C.R."
item 3111

Casserly, E[ugene], [Washi[ngto]n D.C.], Dec[ember] 10, [18]70. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

McGarrahan thieves, not able to steal the New Idria Mines for themselves, are seemingly determined to steal them for the U[nited] States; General [----] Butler was their leader in making out the mines belonged to the U[nited] States; Butler foreshadowed this in his speech and letter in the telegraphs; will so report with Brerton Cook of Ill[inois] and possibly others on the same committee; issue made a party question by [U.S.] Grant's scandalous course; if Ralston's title is right under Congressional Mining Act "the trial will eventually help the company"; suggests best articles from California newspapers of each party be selected and printed in a pamphlet as "The Voice of California"; David S. Wilson asked to write same suggestion; predicts that no one will be safe in his possessions if they can be reached by present Congress or the Administration; considered the President [Grant] the worst of all; President shows gratitude toward the S[an] F[rancisco] men, of whom Ralston was the chief, who saved California for him in 1868; presumes Ralston will do it a second time.

ALS 3 pp.
item 3112

Casserly, E[ugene] Washi[ngto]n, Ap[ril] 29, [18]71. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Sent Ralston a 6 volume set of the "Paris Exposition" which he had had especially bound for friends' libraries.

ALS 1 p. Casserly, E[ugene], Wash[ingto]n, Nov[ember] 17, [18]71. To [William C.] Ralston. Enclosed letter from [George G.] Wright, a Senator from Iowa, an able man who has weight; does not know why D[avid] S. Wilson's services were dispensed with; New Idria [Mine] people are tired of heavy expenses, thought if fight is to be kept up, does not See how they can "dispense with his experience and information"; enclosed "official statement of Chicago's losses by N[orth?] A[merican?] Ins[urance] Co[mpany]; mentioned death of Andrew Hill; if buried in S[an] F[rancisco] there should be a monument worthy of him and he wants to help."
ALS 4 pp.
P.S. "Did you see [----] Morton during his stay in S[an] F[rancisco]?"
item 3112

Casserly, E[ugene], Wash[ingto]n, Nov[ember] 17, [18]71. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Enclosed letter from [George G.] Wright, a Senator from Iowa, an able man who has weight; does not know why D[avid] S. Wilson's services were dispensed with; New Idria [Mine] people are tired of heavy expenses, thought if fight is to be kept up, does not see how they can "dispense with his experience and information"; enclosed "official statement of Chicago's losses by N[orth?] A[merican?] Ins[urance] Co[mpany]; mentioned death of Andrew Hill; if buried in S[an] F[rancisco] there should be a monument worthy of him and he wants to help."
ALS 4 pp.
P.S. "Did you see [----] Morton during his stay in S[an] F[rancisco]?"
item 3112

Casserly, E[ugene], United States Senate Chamber, Washington, Dec[ember] 23, 1872. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Ralston and Casserly only two persons really interested in defeating the McGarrahan swindle; no response to letter asking Ralston to have Mr. W.H.L. Barnes render certain services to help "the honest side of the case"; coinage tax; mint bill; free coinage.

ALS 4 pp.
item 3112

Casserly, E[ugene], United States Senate Chamber, Washington, Jan[uary] 23, 1873. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Wanted [W.H.L.?] Barnes' statement with dates in regard to the negotiations in the office of C.V. Barnes for the purchase by W[illiam] R. Garrison of the titles to the New Idria Mine; coinage charge kept at 1/5th of 1%; attitude of Pacific Coast friends toward it and his own.

ALS 3 pp.
Note added: "Answered February 4th, [18]73."
 

CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD COLLECTION (Begin)

Additional Note

The following letters are from the Huntington-Hopkins Papers, Stanford University Library, listed chronologically.
item Unnumbered

Crocker, E[----] B., S[an] F[rancisco], Ap[ril] 12, [18]67. To Mark Hopkins.

Additional Note

Has been getting up papers for bankers [Darius O.] Mills, [William C.] Ralston, [----] Bagon and others to sign regarding [Central Pacific]; wants 100 Land circulars gotten up by [----] Redding sent; wants [----] Steiner to send tracing ordered; wants Hopkins action regarding the purchase of the Western Pacific Railroad; makes fools out of Governor [Leland] Stanford and himself who has worked out all the details, if "it falls through," because his brother Charles and Mr. Hopkins oppose purchasing it; expects [Collis P.] Huntington to say "buy"; from his letters he is anxious to buy the northern roads but more so on a San Francisco or Goat Island road; asks Mr. Hopkins' views regarding the manner of dealing with the Northern lines or purchasing them and building them or purchasing only the Western Pacific which Huntington favors as their company would probably not be able to carry both.

ALS 2pp.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p.15. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Crocker, E[----] B., S[an] F[rancisco], Ap[ril] 16, [18]67. To Mark Hopkins.

Additional Note

Out of patience with the mismanagement of the drilling machine matter which Charles [Crocker] and [----] Stro oppose; the former is in the confidence of the latter and swears by him in everything; wrote an outspoken letter to his brother Charles, enclosed it to Mr. Hopkins who can send it on to him if thought best; [Leland] Stanford busy getting letters from capitalists; [---] Wilson not having much success, due to absence of [----] Emmett; considers W[estern] P[acific] R[ail] R[oad] of importance to the [Central Pacific] and [Collis P.] Huntington's letters indicate same feeling but has not heard from him; expects Stanford to receive letters from other financiers mentioned; Emmett and [Milton S.] Latham pleased with their trip to the summit; Emmett was impressed with the work going on and its management; train would not have been stopped by snow if snow plow was kept running all night; men not willing to work during storm; steamer arrived with a lot of glycerine which was immediately sent to Sacramento; excellent letters being received from local capitalists.

ALS 2 pp.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p.17. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., Office of the San Francisco and Oakland Railroad Company, San Francisco, Nov[ember] 3rd, 1868.

Additional Note

To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Sacramento, [California]. The notes given to buy Mr. Cohen's stock due 7th-10th November; will put them in Bank of California for collection if Mr. Hopkins approves.

LS 1 p. Answer at bottom of page:
item Unnumbered

Hopkins, Mark, Sacramento, November 4th, 1868. To A[lfred] A. Cohen, Esq.

Additional Note

Wants notes to lie over until return of Governor [Leland] Stanford, if satisfactory to Mr. Cohen; requests advisement.

LS 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 61. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., Office of the San Francisco and Oakland Railroad Company, San Francisco, Nov[ember] 5th, 1868. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Telegraph reply, "all right" to Mr. Hopkins' reply of November 4th; would like to have Mr. Hopkins pay the interest due on the notes to November 7th; amount is $6534.37; requests check for that amount.

LS 1 p.
Answer on same page:
item Unnumbered

H[opkins], M[ark], n.p., Nov[ember] 6, [18]68. To [Alfred A. Cohen].

Additional Note

Enclosed check on Bank of California to pay the interest on notes given on Aug[us]t 7, [18]68 as requested.

L[?] 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., Office of the San Francisco and Oakland Railroad Company, San Francisco, [California], Nov[ember] 9, 1868. To Mark Hopkins, Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Received check for $6534.37 for interest on four notes of August 7th due November 7th, 1868.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Collection, Vol. X, p. 69.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] Cas[hier], The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], Nov[ember] 11th, 1868. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Had telegraphed Mr. Hopkins that day to transfer money for it was impossible to send draft in the amount needed because of the current money market; would be hazardous to supply the amount of money needed in the ordinary way; coin not within reach; a deposit with Less and Waller will make it possible to manage it; business is dull; light demand for exchange; the Bank's arrangement with the Government is the only way coin can be obtained.

LS 2 pp.
For telegram see:[Ralston, W[illiam] C., The Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, San Francisco, [California]. To Mark Hopkins, C[entral] P[acific] R[ail] R[oad].
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Collection, Vol. X, p. 71.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., Cashier, p[er] J[----] Dunn, The Bank of California, San Francisco, Nov[ember] 17th, 1868. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Treas[ure]r, C[entral] P[acific] R[ail] R[oad] Co., Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

The Bank of California had credited Mr. Hopkins account with $505,000 the amount a telegraph payment in N[ew] Y[ork]; Bank returned Hopkins draft for $500,000 on Nov[ember] 10th.

LS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 73.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], Nov[ember] 21, 1868. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Treas[urer] & C., Sacramento.

Additional Note

Due to the current monetary situation Mr. Hopkins is advised that the Bank of California cannot furnish him coin for disbursements unless money is placed with Lees & Waller in time to transfer it to the Bank of California; can only be done by sale of exchanges for which there is only a limited demand; had arrangement with U.S. Treas[ur]y to make telegraphic transfer of funds but it has been suspended.

LS 2 pp.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. X, p. 75.
item Unnumbered

Huntington, C[ollis] P., The Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, New York, Nov[ember] 24, 1868, 8:20 A.M. To Mark Hopkins, Treas[urer] C[entral] P[acific] R[ail] R[oad] Co.

Additional Note

Mr. Huntington had paid Lees & Waller $250,000 in gold.

TS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 77.
item Unnumbered

Brown, Tho[mas] Ass[istant] Cash[ie]r, The Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, San Francisco Nov[ember] 25, 1868, 11:20 A.M. To Mark Hopkins, Treas[ure]r.

Additional Note

Mr. Hopkins account has been credited with $250,000 which was transferred from New York.

TS[?] 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 77.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t, for Cashier [William C. Ralston], The Bank of California, San Francisco, Nov[ember] 25, 1868. To Mark Hopkins, Esq. Treas[ure]r Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

S252,500.00 credited to Mr. Hopkins account transferred by telegram from Lees & Waller, New York.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 73, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, [Alfred] A., The Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, San Fran[cisco], [November] 30, 1868. To E[----] B. Crocker.

Additional Note

"All right will write fully."

TS[?] 1 p.
Note added in Crocker's handwriting[?]:
"This in reference to arrival of Cohen's note of $20,000 to Carpentier."
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 79.
item Unnumbered

Booth, L[----] A., The Atlantic and Pacific States Telegraph Company, San Francisco, Dec[ember] 4, 1868, 4:45 A.M. To E[----] H. Mills, Jr., K St[reet].

Additional Note

Inquires about selling his C[entral] P[acific] R[ail] R[oad] Stock at par 44.

TS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 79.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., Office of the San Francisco and Oakland Railroad Company, San Francisco, Dec[ember] 8, 1868. To Mark Hopkins, Esq.

Additional Note

Requests check for $2613.75 as interest on four notes due December 7.

LS 1 p.
Answer on same page:
item Unnumbered

H[opkins], M[ark] n.p., Dec[ember] 9, 1868. To [Alfred A. Cohen].

Additional Note

Sent check for one month's interest to January 7, [18]69. L 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 69. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., Cas[hier], The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], Dec[ember] 8th, 1868. To Leland Stanford, Esq.

Additional Note

The Bank of California holds ten notes for the account of the Marysville Rail R[oad] Co[mpany] for bonds; expect these notes to be paid by December 28th, 1868.

LS 1 p.
Note added: If no word to the contrary, the Bank will charge these notes to Mr. Stanford's account and hold them for collection on this account since the matter must be closed.

NS
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. X, p. 81.
item Unnumbered

Hopkins, Mark, Sac[rament]o, Jan[uar]y 11, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq., Cash[ie]r & C. [Copy].

Additional Note

Would like to postpone drawing on New York until [Collis P.] Huntington arrives there about January 25; in the interval Mr. Hopkins asks the consent of the Bank of California to make out checks for disbursement which would probably amount to $500,000.

1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol X, p. 87.
item Unnumbered

Brown, Tho[mas], Ass[istan]t C[ashier], The Bank of California, San Francisco, Jan[uar]y 12th, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Trea[surer], Sacramento, California.

Additional Note

Mr. Hopkins letter of January 11 received and "contents noted"; his check on the Bank of California for the amount named [$500,000] will be duly honored.

LS 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 87. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for Cashier [William C. Ralston], The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], Jan[ua]ry 22d, 1869. To [Mark] Hopkins, Treas[urer], Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Mr. Hopkins was credited with $253,125 as per a transfer by telegram from [Collis P.] Huntington.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 10, p. 93.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t, The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], Jan[ua]ry 27, 1869. To M[ark]Hopkins, Esq., Treas[urer].

Additional Note

Gave Mr. Hopkins account credit for $253,125 in gold transferred by telegram by [Collis P.] Huntington through Lees & Waller the previous day.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 10, p. 93.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t, The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], Jan[ua]ry 29, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[urer], Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Mr. Hopkins' account credited with $253,125 by a transfer by telegram from New York.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 10, p. 101.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., Office of the San Francisco and Oakland Railroad Company, San Francisco, Feb[ruar]y 12, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Esq.

Additional Note

Requests that check for interest to February 7 be sent to him.

LS 1 p.
"Ans[were]d Feb[ruar]y 15th & sent ch[ec]k $2613.75."
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 109. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for Cashier [William C. Ralston], The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California] Febr[uar]y 13, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Esq., Treas[urer], Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

$253,125 in gold had been credited to the account of Mr. Hopkins for transfer from [Collis P. Huntington] per telegram from Lees & Waller of the previous day.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 10, p. 107.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for Cashier [William C. Ralston], The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], Febr[uar]y 16, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Esq., Treas[urer], Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Mr. Hopkins account has been credited with $304,500 which [Collis P.] Huntington had deposited with Lees & Waller as per their telegram of the day before.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. 10, p. 107.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for Cashier [William C. Ralston], The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], Febr[uar]y 20, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Esq., Treas[urer], Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

The Bank of California credited Mr. Hopkins with $253,750 in gold which was transferred from [Collis P.] Huntington through Lees & Waller to the Bank.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 107.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for Cashier [William C. Ralston], The Bank of California, San Francisco, March 8, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Esq., Treas[ure]r, Sacramento.

Additional Note

Mr. Hopkins account credited with $5-8,750 in gold per telegram from N[ew] York, on March 6.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 117.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for W.C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, March 11, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[ure]r.

Additional Note

$305,250 in gold from [Collis P.] Huntington credited to Mr. Hopkins account as per telegram from Lees & Waller, New York.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 117.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., Cashier, p[er] J[----] Dunn, The Bank of California, San Francisco April 1st, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Treas[ure]r Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

The Bank of California charged Mr. Hopkins account with a check for $24720 made by A[lfred] A. Cohen on his account; Leland Stanford paid April 1st, 1869.

LS 1 p.
[Note added probably at Mark Hopkins direction]
"(This was to pay for Oakland R.R. Stock)"
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 129.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., Office of the San Francisco and Alameda Railroad company, San Francisco, April 10, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Sacramento.

Additional Note

Requests that interest on notes to April 7 be sent; asks to have such interest payments arranged at the Bank of California instead of writing Mr. Hopkins every month; purchased 30 shares of Oakland R[ail] R[oad] stock at 60 1/2 for Mr. Hopkins' account and paid for by [William C.] Ralston who received the stock.

LS 1 p.
"Ans[were]d with ch[eck] $2613.75 and authority to B[ank] of Cal[ifornia] to pay hereafter on presentation of note."
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 131. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for Cashier [William C. Ralston], The Bank of California, San Francisco, April 10, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[ure]r, Sacramento.

Additional Note

$612,000 transferred to the Hopkins account by [Collis P.] Huntington as per telegram from N[ew] Y[ork].

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 129.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., Office of the San Francisco and Alameda Railroad Company, San Francisco, April 27, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Sending $5000 in silver by Wells Fargo & Co. and will continue to send in such amounts until all is delivered since this company charges less for small parcels; Bank of California paid Mr. Cohen $ for stock bought from Charles Mayne.
LS 1 p.
[P.S.]
"The silver will be addressed E.H. Miller Jr."
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X., p. 139. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Brown, Tho[mas], Ass[is]t[ant] Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], May 8th, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Treasurer and C.

Additional Note

Money market so close that nearly all of the Bank's customers have asked for money; Bank wants to do all it can for legitimate commercial trade and important local interest but cannot carry any large amount of money for Mr. Hopkins' company without injuring the Bank's other customers; states condition of the account of both Mark Hopkins and Leland Stanford; would be glad to have amount of money to cover their credit in New York.

LS 3 pp.
First two pages in handwriting of W.C. Ralston; last page and signature by Thomas Brown.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. 10, p. 143.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., Office of the San Francisco and Oakland Railroad Company, San Francisco, May 10, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Esq.

Additional Note

Paid for 10 shares of Oakland Railraod stock at 60 1/2 by the Bank of California and charged to the account of Mr. Hopkins.

LS 1p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 145. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for Cashier [William C. Ralston], The Bank of California, San Francisco, May 10, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[ure]r, Sacramento.

Additional Note

Mr. Hopkins account has been credited with $306,000 by telegraphic transfer from [Collis P.] Huntington, New York.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library, Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 147.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., Office of the San Francisco and Oakland Railroad Company, San Francisco, May 20th, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Sacramento [California].

Additional Note

The purchase of 657 shares of Oakland Railroad Stock advised by Mr. Cohen has been completed in the manner stated; stock has been placed with the other stock in the Bank of California; wants acknowledgement of the note given for it and that Mr. Hopkins will pay principal and interest as due or send another note.

LS 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 151. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for W.C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, June 2, 1869.

Additional Note

Mr. Hopkins account has been credited with $101,250 in gold from [Collis P.] Huntington by telegram from Lees & Waller, New York.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol X, p. 157.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], June 4, 1869. To C[----] Crocker et al.

Additional Note

Notice of note due June 5th, 1869 to the Bank of California.

L[?] 1 p.
[Note added]: "This was note dated June 8, [18]67 to order of administrator of Mott Robinsons Estate."
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Collection, Vol. 10, p. 157.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for W.C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco June 10, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[urer].

Additional Note

Mr. Hopkins was requested to call at the Bank and to receive $203,000 in gold from [Collis P.] Huntington as transferred by telegram from Lees & Waller, New York.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 157.
item Unnumbered

[Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for W.C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, June 17, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[urer].

Additional Note

The Bank of California has credited Mr. Hopkins account with 101,250 in gold sent by [Collis P.] Huntington, transferred by telegram from Lees & Waller, New York.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. 10, p. 165.
item Unnumbered

Brown, Tho[mas] [for William C. Ralston, Cashier], The Bank of California, San Francisco [California], July 3d, 1869, To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Treas[urer] Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

$75,000 in currency from E[----] H. Miller D[arius] O. Mills and W[illia]m C. Ralston had been placed to the credit of Mr. Hopkins' account by special deposit with which the Bank of California had paid his checks for that amount.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 10 p. 105.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t, for W[illiam] C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], July 15, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[urer].

Additional Note

Account has been credited with $202,500 in gold from [Collis P.] Huntington, as telegraphed by Lees & Waller in New York; the rate of exchange of 1 1/4 percent is "a very full one" as the Bank would sell at the same rate any large amount of exchange; probably will allow only 1 percent next time.

LS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Collection, Vol. 10, p. 175.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for W.C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco July 20, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[ure]r.

Additional Note

Mr. Hopkins account has been credited with $253,125 in gold from [Collis P.] Huntington as telegraphed by Lees & Waller, New York.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 175.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for W.C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, July 22, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[urer].

Additional Note

Mr. Hopkins was requested to call at the Bank of California to receive $253,125 in gold sent from [Collis P.] Huntington by telegram from Lees & Waller, New York.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 175.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for W.C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, Aug[ust] 7, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[urer].

Additional Note

Mr. Hopkins account was credited with $506,250 in gold which was sent by [Collis P.] Huntington as transferred by telegram from Lees & Waller, New York.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X, p. 175.
item Unnumbered

Sharon, W[illia]m p[er] B[----] Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company, Virginia, Nev[ada], Aug[us]t 28, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Esq.

Additional Note

Received Mr. Sharon's letter of August 26, 1869; and was in agreement with his views "as to assessment of R[ail] Roads; will try to prevent the contemplated injury which would check the extension of rail roads.

LS 1 p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Collection, Vol. 10, p. 181.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Rob[er]t for W.C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, Aug[ust] 30, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[ure]r.

Additional Note

Credited to Mr. Hopkins account was $201,500 in gold from [Collis P.] Huntington which was transferred by telegram from Lees & Waller, New York.

ALS 1p.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. X., p. 183.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], August 31, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Returning two notes in favor of F[axon] D. Atherton which Judge [----] Robinson had left with Mr. Ralston to be exchanged for two notes of specified amounts by Mr. Hopkins.

LS 1 p.
[Note added probably by Mr. Hopkins]:
"Done in accordance with above request and sent W.C.R. October 21, 1869."
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Collections Vol. 10, p. 183.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., Cas[hier], The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], Octo[ber] 2nd, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Treas[urer] C[entral] P[acific] R[ail] R[oad] Co[mpany], Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Wants note sent to Mr. Hopkins which was made by the railroad Directors in favor of F[----] D. Atherton for $53,718.12 to be replaced by "two notes of same tenor and date," one in favor of F.D. Atherton and the other for A[lfred] A. Cohen; requests that the notes be executed and sent as soon as convenient.

LS 1 p.
Note added probably by Mr. Hopkins: "These notes were sent Oct[ober] 2d before this letter was received."
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Transportation Collection, Vol. 10, p. 191.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., Office of the San Francisco and Oakland Railroad Company, San Francisco, October 19, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Inquires whether it will be convenient to pay the notes of August 7, 1868 given for the purchase of stock of the San Francisco and Oakland Railroad on November 7, 1869.

ALS 1 p. Notes itemized.
Original in Mark Hopkins Correspondence, Vol. 11. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Robert for W[illiam] C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, Nov[ember] 3d, 1869. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[urer].

item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., Cashier, San Fran[cisco], Dec[ember] 1, 1869. To Mark Hopkins. Telegram.

Additional Note

Lees & Waller telegraphed that [Collis P.] Huntington had deposited $200,000 in expectation of receiving [Governor Leland] Stanford's draft which will be cancelled when it reaches New York.

T 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Correspondence, Vol. 11, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Hopkins, Mark, The Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, Sacramento, [California] Dec[ember] 1st, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Cashier, Bank of California.

Additional Note

Knows nothing about Governor [Leland] Stanford's draft but presumed it would be honored; his account is separate from Governor Stanford's and wants it treated that way; inquired whether his check would be honored against the transfer.

T 1 p.
Answered by telegram of W[illiam] C. Ralston, San Francisco, Dec[ember] 1, 1869:
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., The Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, San Fran[cisco], Dec[ember] 1, 1869. To Mark Hopkins.

Additional Note

Replied "all right only telegraph [Collis P.] Huntington accordingly"; [Governor Leland] Stanford covered his account with a draft; Mr. Huntington had Lees & Waller telegraph the Bank of California of the anticipation.

T 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Correspondence, Vol. 16 (Vol. 11 for Hopkins, Mark telegram, Dec[ember] 1st, 1869), Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Robert for W[illiam] C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, Dec[ember] 6, 1869. To Mark Hopkins, Treas[urer].

Additional Note

$201,500 gold credited to Mr. Hopkins' account as deposited by Mr. [Collis P.] Huntington as per telegram from Lees & Waller.

L 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Correspondence, Vol. 11. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Stanford, Leland, et al., Sacramento, [California], Dec[ember] 7, 1869. To Alfred A. Cohen. Promissory note.

Additional Note

The undersigned "jointly and severally" promise to pay Alfred A. Cohen $50,000 in United States gold coin with interest at one per cent per month the same payable at the Bank of California.

NS 1 p.
"Cancelled" written across signatures.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. XII, p. 39, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

[Morgenstern, Robert for W[illiam] C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, Jan[ua]ry 6th, 1870. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[ure]r.

Additional Note

Has credited to the account of Mr. Hopkins $202,000 gold deposited by [Collis P.] Huntington according to a telegram from Lees & Waller.

ALS 1p.
Original Mark Hopkins Correspondence, Vol. 11, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Morgenstern, Robert for W[illiam] C. Ralston, Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, Jan[ua]ry 14, 1870. To M[ark] Hopkins, Treas[urer].

Additional Note

The account of Mr. Hopkins has been credited with $202,000 by [Collis P.] Huntington according to a telegram received from Lees & Waller.

ALS 1p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Correspondence, Vol. 11, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., Cashier, The Bank of California, San Francisco, Feb[ruary] 15th, 1870. To Mark Hopkins, Esq.

Additional Note

Had talked to Gov[ernor] [Leland] Stanford requesting that Mr. Hopkins would order [Collis P.] Huntington for a transfer to cover the account of both Mr. Hopkins and Governor Stanford for $230,000.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Correspondence, Vol. 11, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., Cashier, The Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, San Fran[cisco] Feb[ruary] 22, 1870. To Mark Hopkins, Treas[ure]r C[entral] P[acific] R[ail] Road. Telegram.

Additional Note

Had received no answer to the request of the Bank of California to Mr. Hopkins to find out whether he had telegraphed [Collis P.] Huntington to deposit with Lees & Waller to cover Mr. Hopkins' and Governor [Leland] Stanford's accounts.

T 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Correspondence, Vol. 11, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Brown, Tho[mas] Ass[istant] C[ashier], The Bank of California, San Francisco M[ar]ch 26, 1870. To Mark Hopkins, Esqr., Treas[urer], Sacramento.

Additional Note

The Bank of California had credited Mr. Hopkins' account with $656,500 for deposit by C[ollis] P. Huntington according to a telegram from Lees & Waller.

ALS 1 p.
item Unnumbered

Brown, Tho[mas], Ass[istant] C[ashier], The Bank of California, San Francisco, March 28, 1870. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Treas[urer], Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Have debited the account of Mr. Hopkins with $500,000 which had been paid to Messrs. Newhall, Wayne and Donahue on order from Gov[ernor] Leland Stanford; enclosed receipt for same.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 11, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, A[lfred] A., Office of the San Francisco and Alameda Railroad Company, San Francisco, April 14, 1870. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Sacramento, [California.]

Additional Note

Enclosed note for $24,000 for Mr. Hopkins and [Collis P.] Huntington to be signed by the former and returned; to be used to settle Mr. Cohen's note of April 24, 1869 for $24,420 to Charles Wayne for his Oakland R[ail] R[oad] stock; the balance to be paid in money.

ALS 1 p.
Notes added re payment of notes.
Original in Mark Hopkins Correspondence, Vol. 11, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., Office of the San Francisco and Oakland Railroad Company, San Francisco, May 2, 1870. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Enclosed note for $25,000 to replace note for $24,000 discounted with Bank of British Columbia, which was to pay his note given to pay for S[an] F[rancisco] and Oakland R[ail] R[oad] Stock purchased; requested Mr. Hopkins to have the note executed and returned and he will send $24,000 to him.

LS 1 p. Notes added.
Original in Mark Hopkins Correspondence, Vol. 11, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., Office of the San Francisco and Oakland Railroad Company, May 2, 1870. To Mark Hopkins, Esq., Sacramento, [California].

Additional Note

Enclosed check for $3953 on the Bank of California which returns to Mr. Hopkins the amount he sent to the London San Francisco Bank for his interest on his note of $100,000 which Mr. Cohen had negotiated with that Bank; had paid said Bank all of the interest due it for which the Bank of California had reimbursed him; wants receipt acknowledged.

LS 1 p.
Note added.
Original in Mark Hopkins Correspondence, Vol. 11, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Hopkins, Mark, Sacramento, [California], Jan[uary] 13, 1872. To C[ollis] P. Huntington, V[ice] P[resident], 54 Williams Street, New York.

item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., Jan[uar]y 23rd, [18]72. To [Mark] Hopkins.

Additional Note

Invitation to dinner at the Ralston home to meet the Japanese Embassy; requested to telegraph that he is coming.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Correspondence, Vol. 11, Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Stanford, Leland et al., Sacramento, [California], February 14th, 1872. To Alfred A. Cohen. Promissory note.

Additional Note

The undersigned promised to pay Alfred A. Cohen six months after date, i.e. August 7, 1869, $100,000 with interest at 1% per month until paid, all in the gold coin of the United States.

NS 1 p.
[Charles Crocker did not sign.]
"Cancelled" written across signatures.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. XII, p. 39. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Stanford, Leland et al., Sacramento, [California], August 15th, 1872. To A[lfred] A. Cohen. Promissory note.

Additional Note

The undersigned promised to pay Mr. Cohen six months after the date one hundred twenty thousand dollars with 1% interest per month paid monthly, both principal and interest to be paid in United States gold coin.

NS 1 p.
"Cancelled" written across signatures.
[Charles Crocker did not sign.]
[Note added]: "Dec. 23, 1873, these four notes taken up by new notes," i.e. by three notes totaling $370,000.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. XII, p. 39. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., San Francisco, Dec[ember] 21st, [18]72. To [Mark] Hopkins.

Additional Note

During a talk with [Leland] Stanford it was agreed that Stanford and [Mark] Hopkins must telegraph [Collis P.] Huntington to deposit a designated sum with Lees & Waller to the credit of the Bank of California and to Mr. Hopkins credit with the latter; Wants Mr. Hopkins to come down for a talk since Mr. Ralston feels that the former and his associates are not informed of the financial situation.
ALS 2 pp.
[P.S.]
[Mr. Ralston to be at his rooms the next day and the following Monday evening.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 12, p. 5.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], Dec[ember] 27th, 1872. To [Mark] Hopkins.

Additional Note

Disappointed that [Collis P.] Huntington cannot deliver Sterling to Lees & Waller nor pay money now; expects to have plenty after February first; Mr. Ralston insisted that Mr. Huntington do that which was stated to Mr. Hopkins previously; the Bank of California limited the amount it will carry; the combined accounts for the railroad associates and those indirectly connected with them has far exceeded that amount; Bank of California has always been willing to do all it could for them in every way possible but must insist that Mr. Huntington deposit the money; some let up generally may occur in a few months.

ALS 2 pp.
Answered by [Hopkins, Mark], Sacramento, [California], Dec[ember] 29, 1872. To William C. Ralston.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 12, p. 7.
item Unnumbered

Hopkins, Mark, Sacramento, [California], Dec[ember] 29, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston. Copy.

Additional Note

After the interview with Mr. Ralston, Mr. Hopkins telegraphed [Collis P.] Huntington to buy sterling and deposit it as was suggested; Mr. Huntington replied that it could not be done then but hoped to do so in January; also wrote him and hoped for a more satisfactory reply to it, (the letters); daily receipts to go to reduction of account; willing to place collateral with Mr. Ralston to guaranty the account or do anything within his power; useless to offer regrets instead of money for the situation; assures Mr. Ralston that he will take personal charge of reducing the account.

L 1 p.
Answer to Ralston, W[illiam] C., The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], Dec[ember] 27th, 1872. To Mark Hopkins.
Answered by Ralston, W[illiam] C., S[an] F[rancisco], [California], Dec[ember] 20th, [18]72. To Mark Hopkins.
Copy in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 12, p. 9.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C. S[an] F[rancisco], Dec[ember] 30th, [18]72. To [Mark] Hopkins.

Additional Note

Regrets that [Collis P.] Huntington "cannot respond promptly"; hopes more may be done than expected; as explained verbally to Mr. Hopkins it is required that he do so.
ALS 1 p.
[P.S.]
". . . not a question of security; . . .[wanted] simply a response."
Answer to Hopkins, [Mark] Sacramento, [California], Dec[ember] 29, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston. Copy.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 12, p. 11.
item Unnumbered

Huntington, C[ollis] P., New York, Jan[uary] 3d, 1873. To [Mark] Hopkins.

Additional Note

Had received Mr. Hopkins letters Nos. 173 and 174 and was greatly surprised at their contents; [Leland] Stanford had just told Huntington that [William C.] Ralston was not expecting any money then; will try to give Hopkins some money since he states he owes California banks a large sum of money but considers it not large for a corporation like the C[entral] P[acific] to owe banks; other large sums owed as well which should be paid as soon as possible; has concluded Stanford is not to be trusted business-wise; Ralston had telegraphed him via Lees & Waller he must pay or there would be trouble; telegram in cypher which was translated by Pheem [?] and given to Stanford in the morning but he did not show it to Huntington until afternoon because it was so disagreeable; had not been to see Lees & Waller nor answered the telegram because he did not know what to say; Huntington went to see Lees & Waller and told them the amount owed the Bank of California was not large for a business like the C[entral] P[acific] to owe a large bank but the interest should be paid and would pay them some money soon.

ALS 3 pp.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. III, p. 93. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Cohen, Alf[red] A., San Francisco, January 4, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq., Cashier, Bank of California.

Additional Note

As Mr. Ralston requested a telegram was sent to Mark Hopkins, "Do you require a quarter of a million dollars--answer immediately;" receiving no answer Mr. Cohen made the loan as advised; borrowed from Michael Reese L50,000 Sterling Exchange of the Bank of British North America enclosed for Mr. Hopkins; Mr. Cohen gave Mr. Reese a note for $251,020.38 bearing no interest; wants Mr. Hopkins to arrange for the transaction to relieve Mr. Cohen of the responsibility.

LS 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. XII, p. 19. Stanford University Library
item Unnumbered

Ralston. W[illiam] C., The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California], Jan[uar]y 4th, 1873. To Mark Hopkins, Esq.

Additional Note

Mr. [Alfred A.] Cohen with the help of Michael Reese had obtained a loan for Mr. Hopkins from the Bank of British North America at the name rate that Mr. Reese paid that Bank; the Bank of California guaranteed the loan but will lose 1/4 to 3/8 per cent on the transaction; enclosed note to be executed and returned; Mr. Hopkins' checks to H[----] B. Tichenor paid; money market is closer than expected; due to heavy withdrawals for taxes.

ALS 1 p.
Answered by Mark Hopkins, Sacramento, [California], Jan[uar]y 6, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.
Original in Stanford University Library -- Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 12, p. 15.
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., S[an] F[rancisco], [California], Jan[uar]y 7th, 1873. To [Mark] Hopkins.

Additional Note

Referred Mr. Hopkins to [Alfred A.] Cohen's original letter to Mr. Ralston and enclosed a copy of it; explains that the interest for the first two months is added to the cost of the Sterling and the note bears no interest until after March 5; explains how the loan was made with [Michael] Reese and the terms agreed upon; the Bank of California would lose over 3/8% on the transaction but everyone did his best to serve Mr. Hopkins.

ALS 2 pp.
Answer to Hopkins, Mark, Sacramento, [California], Jan[uar]y 6th, 1873.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 12, p. 23.
Copy of Hopkins, Mark, Sacramento, [California], Jan[uar]y 6th, [18]73. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esqr., with above letter. Copy seems to be in the handwriting of Mr. Ralston:
item Unnumbered

Hopkins, Mark, Sacramento, [California] Jan[uar]y 6th, [18]73. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esqr. Copy.

Additional Note

Received Mr. Ralston's letter of January 4th with enclosures; have done that which Mr. Ralston asked and is returning the note due March 5th for the amount of Sterling plus 2 1/2% monthly interest payable monthly.

LS 1 p.
Answer to Ralston, W[illiam] C., The Bank of California, San Francisco, [California] Jan[uar]y 4th, 1873. To Mark Hopkins, Esq.
Copy in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins, Collection, Vol. 12, p. 23.
item Unnumbered

Hopkins, Mark, Sacramento, [California], Jan[uar]y 8th, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

While thanks are owed to Mr. Ralston for his efforts in purchasing sterling, Mr. Hopkins owes an apology to Mr. Ralston for the blunder he made in his note to him on January 6th; due to haste as he understood it and made a correct entry.

LS 1 p.
Answer to Ralston, W[illiam] C., S[an] F[rancisco], [California], Jan[uar]y 7th, [18]73.
Original in Stanford University Library--Mark Hopkins Collection, Vol. 12, p. 25.
item Unnumbered

Huntington, C[ollis] New York, Nov[ember] 25th, 1873. To M[ark] Hopkins, No. 68.

Additional Note

Had received Hopkins letter of November 15th, No. 127; writes regarding notes to be paid by bonds in manner he proposes; Huntington does not understand plan but telegraphs Hopkins to do for him that which he would do for himself; among the bills payable Huntington is surprised to find nothing due the Bank of California and asked regarding not owing it anything; January interest must be paid from daily earnings.

ALS 1 p.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. V, p. 201. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Stanford, Leland et al., San Francisco, December 13th, 1873. To Alfred A. Cohen. Promissory note.

Additional Note

Three months after date (i.e. March 13, [1874]) the undersigned "jointly and severally" promised to pay Alfred A. Cohen at the Bank of California $100,000 with interest at 1% per month until paid, all payable in United States gold coin.

NS 1 p.
"Paid by new note March 13, 1875" written across note.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. XII, p. 41. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Stanford, Leland et al., San Francisco, December 13th, 1873. To Alfred A. Cohen Promissory note.

Additional Note

Three months after date (i.e. 13 March [1874]) the undersigned "jointly and severally" promised to pay $120,000.00 to Alfred A. Cohen at the Bank of California with interest at 1% per month until paid, all to be paid in United States gold coin.

NS 1p.
"Paid by new note March 13, 1875" written across note.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. XII p. 41. Stanford University Library.
item Unnumbered

Stanford, Leland et al., San Francisco, May 11th, 1874. To Alfred A. Cohen. Promissory note.

Additional Note

The undersigned "jointly and severally" promised to pay Alfred A. Cohen four months after date (i.e. Sept 14) $150,000 with interest at 1% per month until paid all in United States gold coin payable at the Bank of California.

NS 1p.
[All signatures crossed out.]
"July 14/75. Renewed for 3 months without grace at 1%," underlined and written across note.
Original in Mark Hopkins Transportation Correspondence, Vol. XII, p. 113. Stanford University Library
 

CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD COLLECTION (End)

item 3300

Chadwick, David Esq., 65 Moorgate Street, London E.C., Jan[uar]y 1st, 1875. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

"Very pleasant voyage" back to England; hopes this will encourage Ralston to travel to Europe next summer; presented Mr. Ralston's letter to Mr. [Charles J.F.] Stuart, Manager of Oriental Bank; discussion regarding investment of English capital in California; reasons for not investing given; conditions for investment suggested.

ALS 2 pp.
item 3310

Chapman, F[----] B., Honor West, G[eorgi]a[?]. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Announces death of his mother; asks Mr. Ralston, a cousin, for capital to invest in a stock farm; outlines plans.

ALS 6 pp.
item 3315

Chapman, G[----] W. n.p. June 24th, 1872. To A[ndrew] J[ackson] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had written to Jackson Ralston but had received no letter from him; presumes he had heard of the death of his wife and gives all the details about it; there is a family grave yard on the point above the house where Mr. Ralston's mother, one of his aunts and members of Mr. Chapman's family were buried; he plans to move all the bodies to the New Cumberland Cemetery as his farm may pass into other hands and the graves destroyed; wants to get a monument suitable for all; Jackson Ralston's grandmother nearly 87 is growing weaker and may not live another year; her husband is 91; "with mutch love to you all, your cincere unkle."

ALS 4pp.
item Unnumbered

Chapman, W[illiam] S., Office of W.S. Chapman, Dealer in Real Estate and Agricultural College Scrip, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia], July 15, 1875. To H[enry] M. Yerington, Esq.

Additional Note

Had drawn on Mr. Yerington for $1000 for Surveyor [----] Carlton; his account if more than the $1000 draft but it covers his present demands; advanced him money from time to time.

ALS 1 p.
[Answer added]
item Unnumbered

Y[erington], H[enry] M., July 19, [1875]. To W.S. Chapman.

Additional Note

Had paid B[ank] of Cal[ifornia] in V[irgini]a [City] a $1000 draft which Mr. [----] Carlton is to refund through W.S. Chapman when he receives his pay for his survey in Lake Valley; The U.S. Government, El Dorado, W[ells] and F[argo] advanced money to help him out.

ANS 1 p.
item 3325

Charles, D [----] T., Albany, N[ew] Y[ork], June 30th, 1870. To [William] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Sending horse shoes and the hoof and connecting bones of the horse's leg showing the anatomy of the latter with directions on how to use the shoes; sending a toilet set as a present to Mr. Ralston's little girl; did not call upon Mr. Ralston before leaving for fear of imposing upon him during business hours.

ALS 1 p.
item 3330

Chin, Kwonaki, Chinese Commissioner, The Windsor, Fifth Avenue, New York, 26th Nov[ember], 1874. To Hon[orable] W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Ralston for letters of introduction to General [----] Babcock and Gen[era]l [----] Meigs; introduced to President of the United States; writes of visit to Philadelphia and New York before going to London.

ALS 2 pp.
 

Chittenden, L.E..

Additional Note

See Sargent, Aaron A.
item 3335

Clay, Susan M. Lexington, K[entuck]y, April 12th, 1875. To William C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Forced to sell real estate owned near St. Louis, Missouri; saw newspaper column headed "W.C. Ralston, Billionaire" so asked him to purchase the property; gives some account of the property.

ALS 6 pp.
item 3340

Clayton, Cha[rle]s, Forty-Third Congress of U.S., House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., Jan[uar]y 8th, 1874. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

In an interview with President Grant he stated that he had promised Col[onel] [James] Coey the position of postmaster in San Francisco; Business Community of San Francisco opposed to his nomination; strong showing of opposition necessary or Col[onel] Coey's name will be sent to the Senate where Senator [Aaron Augustus] Sargent has promised that it will be confirmed; trusts measures will be taken regarding local sentiment.

ALS 2 pp.
item 3340

Clayton, Cha[rle]s, Forty-third Congress of U.S., House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., Jan[uar]y 11th, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Introduction of Billion appropriating money for a post office site in San Francisco; suggested site on New Montgomery street near Mission; it is thought that Ralston and others interested in property there would donate site but Clayton does not approve unless bill does not pass; has borrowed money from Bank for farming interests; loan due and sales of crops cannot meet it; pledges private property to cover loan.

ALS 4 pp.
item 3340

Clayton, Cha[rle]s, Forty-third Congress of U.S., House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., M[ar]ch 7, 1874. To William C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Appears that inflationists in Congress will fix currency limits; Congress opposed to making more appropriations for Public Buildings or grounds which effects bill in regard to San Francisco Post Office site.

ALS 2 pp.
item 3340

Clayton, Cha[rle]s, House of Representatives, Washington D.C., May 8th, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for letter regarding a subsidy for P[acific] M[ail] S[team] S[hip] letter relating to President's veto of the Currency Act was handed to President [Grant] and he was assured that it represented the general attitude of the People on the Pacific; gratified that he had done the right thing; crop prospects in California "cheering."

ALS 3 pp.
item 3340

Clayton, Cha[rle]s, Forty-third Congress of U.S., House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., Dec[ember] 30th, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Will do everything possible to obtain an additional subsidy for P[acific] M[ail] S[team] S[hip] Co[mpany] but cannot tell what the effect of the investigation under way will be; hopes House will pass Senate Finance Bill; pleased with evidences of prosperity in California; sending Ralston the Congressional Record so he can keep posted.

ALS 2 pp.
item 3340

Clayton, Cha[rle]s, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Jan[uar]y 15th, 1875. To William C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Asks Mr. Ralston to suggest name of a San Francisco boy interested in entering the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, whom Clayton could nominate.
ALS 2pp.
P.S.
If Mr. Ralston has no one to suggest he is asked to give the letter to [Issac] Friedlander.
item 3345

Clowes, Jna. [John] C., Reno, Nev[ada], M[ar]ch 8th, [18]72. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Relative to surveying land in Reno area of Nevada; Truckee River meandered and River and land within meander lines thrown out and left as unsurveyed land subject to location under Nevada law; U.S. Survey made of lands below Reno; Clowes and friend surveyed such land above Reno which will become valuable; asks Ralston to go in with him.

ALS 1 p.

Box 2

item Unnumbered

Co[----], David D., Pres[ident] R[ocky] M[ountain] C[oal] and I[ron] Co., Pacific Coast Office, 402 Montgomery St[reet], San Francisco, Sept[ember] 25th, 1872. To H[enry] M. Yerington, Gen[era]l Sup[erintenden]t Virginia and Truckee R[ail] R[oad].

Additional Note

Regarding establishing freight rates for coal by the carload by the Rocky Mountain Coal and Iron Co.; suggests rates to the Superintendent of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad for different towns on that route; long tons to be used; suggests that Mr. Yerington collect all of the freight and after deducting all freights to place the balance to Mr. Co[----] credit in the Bank of California in Virginia City; requests Mr. Yerington to telegraph any orders he may have to his office at once and he will give the orders; requests suggestions for their mutual interests; will try to visit Mr. Yerington's place.

ALS pp.
Original in University of Nevada Library, Special Collections. Yerington Collection.
item 3355

Coe, O[----] R., Rockester[?], P[ennsylvani]a, Feb[ruar]y 25, 1875. To [William] Chapman Ralston.

Additional Note

Asks regarding prospects of getting a position as a salesman in a jobbing House and the wages paid; wants to go West but wants to be sure of work; knew Mr. Ralston's father in Wellsville [Ohio] and remembered Ralston when doing business for C[entral] P[acific] Rail] R[oad].

ALS 1p.
 

Cohen, Alfred A.

Additional Note

See Central Pacific Railroad Collection
item 3360

Cole, C[ornelius], United States Senate Chamber, Washington, [D.C.] Jan[uar]y 24, 1870. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

If tariff laws are revised will see that tariff on copper ores and the salts [?] of copper is not reduced; very important to West Coast and to parts of the Union.

ALS 2 pp.
item 3360

Cole, C[ornelius], United States Senate Chamber, Washington, [D.C.] May 2, 1870. To Dear Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Acknowledged letter from Ralston which "alluded to a communication in the New York Sun"; thought Ralston mistaken in naming [Morton] Cheeseman or [Francis E.] Spenser [?] as author; "the thing" never met with Mr. Cole's approval. Thanked Mr. Ralston for his expressions toward Mr. Cole regarding matters of interest to California.
item 3360

Cole, C[ornelius], Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate, Washington, [D.C.], Feb[ruary] 2, 1873. To My Dear Friend [William C. Ralston.]

Additional Note

Has been pushing irrigation matter before Committee on Public Lands and urging a report; Mr. [Eugene] Casserly and Mr. [William Morris] Stewart are both on the committee; hope for favorable action; chances for success this session not good; will see that Mr. Brereton has hearing before the committee.

ALS 3 pp.
item 3365

[Cole, Mrs.] O[live], n.p., Dec[ember] 18, [18]72. To Dear R. [William C. Ralston]. Private. Destroy.

Additional Note

Believes and trusts Ralston; to see Fr[----] herself and declare conditions; wants Mr. Ralston to urge him to proper action; important.

ALS 2pp.
item 3365

[Cole, (Mrs.)] O[live] C., [Washington, D.C.], Feb[ruary] 22nd, [18]73. To My dear R. [William C. Ralston]. Personal.

Additional Note

Social life in Washington; returning to California; Gorham & Co. to get a large sum of money for successfully lobbying Australian Bill so there would be an extra amount to use in the next campaign against [Cole] and the people; could not work with such a gang so [the Coles] knew the course they should follow; hope Ralston not interested in Webb line--a poor investment.

ALS 7 pp. Clipping re Mrs. Cole's reception. Envelope.
Marked: "Personal."
item 3370

Coleman, W[illia]m and Co., n.p., Mar[ch] 21, [187]2. To Thomas Brown, Esq., Cash[ie]r Bank of California.

Additional Note

Advised the Bank of California that Mr. Carlton C. Coleman authorized to sign for the firm of William T. Coleman and Co.; his signature at the bottom of the page is to be recognized; [Signed] Carlt C. Coleman.

ALS 1 p.
item 3375

Comer Bro. and Co., Tahoe Fishsery [sic] July 24, [18]71. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Would like to stock Mr. Ralston's ponds with trout; would like to inspect his ponds and make test of water; asks how much he would pay per thousand.

ALS 3 pp.
item 3380

Conger, Adelaide, Janesville, Rock Co[unty] Wisconsin, August 21, [18]71. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Asks Ralston help in finding a position for Horace McElrey who has studied law and would like to obtain a position in law or business elsewhere.

ALS 3 pp. 2 xerox copies.
Note: Not answered.
 

Conn, William D.

Additional Note

See Fry, James B.

See Williams, H.L.
 

Conner [?], B.R.

Additional Note

See Williams, H.L.
item 3385

Conness, John, Washington, [D.C.], Jan[uar]y 31st, 1867. To My Dear Sir William C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Mr. Conness has been advised against the impolicy of [William B.] Thornburg being nominated by President [Johnson] [as U.S. Surveyor General for district of Nevada]; some Senators hesitant to act against him; Mr. Conness will take responsibility for his rejection in the Senate if nominated; favors an "independent and just man in that office or the mining law intended to be a blessing will prove a curse"; will see the President and try to get a good man; letter for Mr. Ralston only so that he "may know who is who."

ALS 3 pp.
item 3385

Conness, John, The Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, Washington, D.C., June 1, 1868. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Telegram.

Additional Note

Impossible to tell; Impeachment [of President Johnson] has delayed everything; will soon try it on."

T 1 p.
item 3385

Conness, John, Wash[ingto]n, D.C., June 15, 1868, via the Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division. To W[illiam] C. Ralston. Telegram. Private.

Additional Note

Requested Mr. Ralston to have [Alvinza] Hayward telegraph [Samuel B.] Axtell to have O.H. Burnharn appointed assessor of Internal Revenue in second district instead of [----] Savage.

D 1 p.
Two brief notes partly illegible signed W.C.R. written across telegram.
item 3385

Conness, John, Washington, [D.C.], June 28th, 1868. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Had telegraphed Mr. Ralston about the Pinoche Grande case; in no other case before Congress has there been so much influence used to bring about a one-sided result; Mr. McGarrahan has been smart enough to distribute his interests among able and desperate men that it was a difficult case to fight and it has been been very much out of sight; many men have strongly supported the case but Mr. Conness expects them to fail; would have taken no interest in the case had it not been for Mr. Ralston's interest in it; [William M.] Stewart believed case would be decided as he believed; will confirm [Charles N.] Felton if he comes in; [----] Miller will be confirmed as a judge in Idaho; except for Mr. Conness, [----] Cummings could have gone out of office two years previously.

ALS 2 pp.
item 3385

Conness, John, Washington, Jan[uar]y 10th, [18]69. To My Dear Sir [William C. Ralston, Esq.]

Additional Note

Has information that the "Comstock Mines will succumb in the next year or eighteen months and Virginia City will probably go through an experience unlike any that has yet occurred to it"; advised Mr. Ralston to "shape his affairs so as to avoid loss"; would like him to sell to a few of Conness's friends or "give them an opportunity to buy themselves rich"; wants this kept secret if possible and Mr. Conness's name not mentioned.

ALS 3 pp. Marked "Private."
item 3390

Cooke, Isaac McKim, Panama, [Panama], A[u]g[us]t 16th, [18]73. To Friend [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

A friend of Mr. Ralston when he was in Panama; mentions Cooke family; sends Ralston a bottle of government whiskey over 25 years old from the condemned Warren; "when you taste think of your old friends in Panama."

ALS 1 p.
Note added: "have got the whiskey. W.C.R."
item 3395

Coolbaugh, W[----] F., Union National Bank, Chicago, [Illinois], Aug[ust] 28, 1874. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Warren Leland given "sumptious apartments" in the Union building where he holds levees 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; "If the Palace Hotel don't get built it won't be Leland's fault"; 60 men have been recruited and shipped to California; 40 more expected to go the next day; since Leland is near the military headquarters on floor above him, the impression is that the men are going to help Custer in the Black Hills; "It works like a charm."

ALS 1 p.
item 3400

Cooper, (Mrs.) Sarah Brown, San Francisco, [California], Oct[ober] 16, 1873. To Sir [William C. Ralston].

Additional Note

Asked Mr. Ralston to send any information regarding education that he wants included in Mrs. Cooper's Annual Report for the State of California for the and United States Commissioner of Education. Printed signature. 1 p.
item 3400

Cooper, (Mrs.) Sarah Brown, San Francisco, [California], Oct[ober] 28th, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Asked Mr. Ralston to send her information about any donations he may have made for "art, Literary, Scientific or Educational purposes" during the past year for her report to the Bureau of Education; would like to know of anything he has donated to the University [of California]; also any data of interest relating to education.

ALS 3 pp.
item 3405

Corbett, Henry Winslow, n.p., March 11, [187]2. To the President, U[lysses] S. Grant.

Additional Note

Wishes to Join with Mr. Ralston in the request that Master Frederic H. French may be appointed at large; understands such appointments must be sons of officers or soldiers as the President had ruled; withdraws his application and would be pleased if this appointment could be made.

ALS 2 pp.
item 3410

Corwine, A.B., New Rochelle, N[ew] Y[ork], Jan[uary] 8th, 1875. To My Dear Sir [Hon[orable] W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Will send a letter of introduction to Ralston to his son whom he wants his son to meet upon his arrival at the port of San Francisco on the steamship "City of Peking"; should he hear from his son that he and other cadets have received the same treatment as those on other ships of the same company have, he will advise his son to leave the ship; asks Ralston to find a position for his son and be a "father" to him; called upon Mrs. Ralston; congratulates Ralston upon his prosperity.

ALS 3 pp.
item 3415

Corwine, (Mrs.) David M. In Memoriam.

Additional Note

Obituary of Mrs. Corwine, the oldest foreign lady resident of Panama. From Panama Star and Herald, February 25, 1873.

D 1 p.
item 3415

Corwine, (Mrs. [David] M.), February 23, 1873.

Additional Note

Invitation to her funeral.

D 1 p.
item 3420

Covode, Jacob, Farmers and Mechanics Bank Sharpsburgh, [Pennsylvania], April 14th, 1875. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Had lost trace of Mr. Ralston after he left Panamaugh [Panama]; learned of his position and wealth three years ago; asked to give a letter of introduction to Mr. Ralston by a local citizen; Mr. Covode hopes to travel to San Francisco to see Mr. Ralston and the country; inquires whether Mr. Ralston knows anything about several people whom they both knew in Panama.

ALS 2 pp.
item 3425

Cox, Addie Gardey [?], Nashville, Tenn[essee], May 18th, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Her son Thomas G. Cox is unemployed and wants to go to San Francisco; asks Ralston to use his influence in obtaining a position for him before he leaves home.

ALS 2 pp.
item 3430

Cox, Jennings S., Agency Pacific Mail Steamship Company, San Francisco, [California], April 21st, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for that which he has done for him above all others while he was the San Francisco Agent for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company; consulted Ralston frequently; considers his success due largely to Ralston's good judgment and advice to him; hopes social relations will continue after leaving his position.

ALS 2 pp.
item 3435

Craighead, S[----], San Francisco [California], Oct[ober] 4, 1869. To My Dear Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Thanks Ralston for his hospitality and would like to reciprocate if Ralston is ever near Dayton, Ohio.

ALS 1p.
item 3440

Crawford, (Mrs.) R., "Anzerais House," San Jose, Sept[ember] 30, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Has heard of Ralston's handsome villa as surpassing many of Europe's palatial houses; as a correspondent of the English Press, Mrs. Crawford asks permission to visit his country home; then she will name it as another of the "rare beauties of this great, and most nature-blessed country!"

ALS 1 p. Her card enclosed.
item 3445

Crerar, John, Chicago and Alton Railroad Co., President's Office, No. 53 Dearborn Street, Chicago, [Illinois], Sep[tember] 1, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Has given a letter of introduction to two noblemen, Lord Berkley Paget and Lord Waterpark to Ralston; clever young fellows; "Gen[era]l [Philip Henry] Sheridan has them in charge" on the day the letter was written; they want to go buffalo hunting at Fart Hayes; Mrs. J. Pierpont Morgan said Ralston remembered Crerar, otherwise he would not have written; met [J.P.] Morgan and party at Cedar Rapids and took them over his Iowa line to Fort Dodge; intends to visit Ralston; [most of last page illegible]; remarks about whereabouts of mutual friends and/or acquaintances.

ALS 4 pp.
 

Crockett, E[----] B.

Additional Note

See Central Pacific Railroad Collection.
item Unnumbered

Crockett [----] and Crittenden [----], San Francisco, [California], Oct[ober] 19th, 1858. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Captain [----] Gerard has called upon Crockett and Crittenden regarding his statement with Daniel Gibb and Co. who insist upon full payment of $500.00 for commissions; Mr. Gibbs had promised to return $250.00 of the commissions to the ship and Mr. Ralston had guaranteed payment on the part of Daniel Gibbs and Co. and promised Captain Gerard to pay him if Mr. Gibbs and Co. did not; Mr. Gibbs has refused to pay; Mr. Ralston now liable for $250.00 to be paid to Capt. Gerard; wants to know whether he will pay.

ALS 2 pp.
Answered by Ralston, W[illiam] C., San Francisco, [California], Oct[ober] 19th, 1858. To Mess[ier] D[aniel] Gibbs and Co.
Original in Calif. Pioneer Soc.
item 3455

Cronise, Mr. H.V., San Francisco, May 7th, 1868. To Dr. B. Silliman. Statement.

Additional Note

Note made Jan[uar]y 3, [18]68 plus 126 [?] days interest equals $22,560.50 less 9 dividends on 1/2 share of Eureka at $500 per dividend $4,500 leaving a total of $18,060.50 which was the "amount of W.C. Deans's note held by the Bank of California as collateral for note made by B. Silliman dated Jan[uar]y 3d, 1868."

D 1 p.
item 3460

Curtis, Geo[rge] Ticknor, New York, Dec[ember] 15, 1874. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

[Samuel P.] Barlow gave Mr. Curtis a letter to introduce his son Joseph S. Curtis to Ralston; gives an account of son's education and experience in mining; has equipment; seeking new position as mill where he is employed is about to close.

ALS 3 pp.
item 4000

Dalzell, M[atthew?], Maquoketa, Jackson Co., Iowa, M[ar]ch 3rd, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Thurston C. Owens, a cousin of Mrs. Dalzell, has some connection with the San Francisco Health Office; wants to retain his position and thinks he can do so through Mr. Ralston's influence; has given him a letter of introduction to Ralston and will call upon him; Ralston can judge the suitability of the young man for the position; will feel under renewed obligations to Ralston if anything can be done for him.
ALS 3 pp.
[P.S.]
"Should be glad to hear from you at any time."
item 4000

Dalzell, Matt[hew?], Maquoketa, [Iowa], March 4, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Thought he would not ask another favour of Mr. Ralston but is asking for another loan of five hundred dollars; explains why; if Ralston does not wish to do so or cannot, he will not think him unkind; will transfer a paid up life insurance policy for about $1600 to Mr. Ralston as security if he will make the second loan to him.

ALS 4 pp.
item 4000

Dalzell, Matt[hew?], Maquoketa, Jackson Co., Iowa, Dec[em]b[e]r 3rd, 1874. To W[illiam] Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Asks to borrow $500 for one year which he can pay in this time, while his father lived he would endorse for him and could borrow money at local bank; has no one to endorse for him now; gives references; finds it "no disgrace to be poor but very inconvenient sometimes."

ALS 2 pp.
item 4005

Davidson, Geo[rge], Cairo, Egypt, May 15, [18]75. To My Dear Sir, W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Had seen one of Watkins' views of the University of California and he feels he could make good use of a few of them in making the institution known in Europe before he is through; asks that a few unmounted ones be sent care of American Minister in London; will place them "where they will do the most good"; gives an account of his examination of the irrigation schemes of India, Japan, China and partially that of Egypt; believes he has "a broad and comprehensive view of the results present and prospective"; also has "a vast amount of information" which will be of interest to Ralston in the development of California.

ALS 3 pp.
item 4010

Dawes, Henry Laurens, Pittsfield, Mass[achusetts], Oct[ober] 1st, 1871. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Had a most delightful trip to which Mr. Ralston contributed so much enjoyment; thanks him and feels obligated for his "truly Californian hospitality."

LS 2 pp.
item 4015

Dawson, O[----] S., New York, Nov[ember] 20, 1867. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Greatly obliged for Mr. Ralston's kindness to his sister while at his house; explains why he demanded money be forwarded to his sister in Honolulu; he had forwarded money to Ralston through Wells Fargo & Co. by telegram but they neglected to notify him; all right now since they refunded the money last week; hopes he may reciprocate the kindness to his sister at some future date.

ALS 2 pp.
item Unnumbered

Deane, Coll, n.p., Dec[ember] 22, [18]84. To Judge T[----] H. Rearden. Copy.

Additional Note

Thanks Judge Rearden for his "kindly and truthful reference (in a recent Judicial decision) to the late Wm. C. Ralston" whose generosity and disinterested acts of friendship are still remembered by thousands of people; Mr. Rearden able analysis of the motives that were back of these good deeds shows how well he was acquainted with Mr. Ralston's character; considers Mr. Ralston's business mistakes due "to disloyalty and treachery of those ... [whom] he implicity trusted"; despite how grave the consequences of these errors right-minded men shared General Wm. T. Sherman's public comment on Mr. Ralston; under Mr. Ralston public and private enterprises flourished but they are now languishing and dying due to "the selfish dishonesty and greed of those who succeeded him in finance;" especially was that true in the management of the Comstock Lode.

ALS 6 pp.
Answered by letter of Rearden, T[----] H., New City Hall, [San Francisco?], Dec[ember] 26, 1884. To Coll Deane, 328 California [Street], [San Francisco, California].
Copy in Bancroft Library.
item 4025

Deane, Josephine, 804 Stockton St[reet], [San Francisco, California], Ja[nuar]y 17th, [18]73.

Additional Note

"Assured of Ralston's kind patronage and support," tickets for a ball are enclosed leaving it up to him how many he retains or disposes of.

ALS 1 p.
N.B. "Please make a return before day of ball."
Added note: "Returned tickets with check for $100. W.C.R."
item 4030

Deas, Z.W., Paso Robles, [California], May 20th, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Has taken the baths regularly, feels much better and the physician thinks his health will be restored; further comment about his condition; have been given good accommodation for which he is grateful to Mr. Ralston; Mr. Jos[eph] Eastland has been seriously injured when thrown from his waggon [sic].

ALS 1 p.
item 4030

Deas, Z.W., Paso Robles, [California], June 13th 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

After four weeks Mr. Deas feels the water has benefited him and thinks he can return in two weeks much improved; taking the baths regularly and follows the doctor's directions for he is anxious to get well and return to work; grateful to Ralston for sending him there.

ALS 1 p.
item 4035

Delano, C[olumbus], Department of Interior, Washington, D.C., May 31st, 1872. To My dear Sir [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Mentions stops made after leaving San Francisco en route to Washington; he and Mrs. Delano express their sincere thanks for Mr. Ralston's kindness and hospitality.

LS 2 pp.
item 4040

DeLong, C[harles] E., Grand Hotel, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia], January 22nd, 1872. To My Dear Sir W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Has received Mr. Ralston's note with enclosed copies of his correspondence with Mr. [T. Ellard] Bean of San Jose, [California] "relative to the proposal for the Japanese Embassy to be given a collation at that place"; could add little to Ralston's reply which was a rebuke to those who refused the courtesy which Ralston had suggested; wants Ralston to convey to Mr. Bean his sincere acknowledgements for his efforts; were it proper he would inform the Ambassadors of these matters but Mr. Bean would agree that it were better that they should not know that there is any feeling of dislike for them in San Jose or elsewhere; one of the first orders of the Embassy was for several thousand fruit trees of every variety and large orders of shrubs and vines for Japan; the country has excellent soil, but inferior; fruit since the culture of fruits is not understood; will probably result in Japan placing large orders in the United States for such and also asking for skilled labour to plant and care for their orchards; "mistaken people of San Jose" have a direct interest in this; regrets they should have acted as they did and repeats his assurance of gratitude to Mr. Beans.

ALS 3 pp.
item 4040

DeLong, [Charles E.], Great Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb[ruary] 10th, 1872. To My Dear Sir, W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Still blockaded but hope to get out in two days; the community has exerted itself to make the stay pleasant; the [Japanese] Ambassadors are delighted with the people; Mormon people have been most active and obliging; not numbskulls nor niggards; Ambassadors are all well and wish to be remembered to Mr. Ralston; Mr. Ewackura expressed himself very complimentarily about Mr. Ralston.

ALS 2 pp.
item 4040

[DeLong, Charles E.] Clipping: New York Herald, March 1, [18]72.

Additional Note

Caption: Minister DeLong's Pretensions and Hopes--Treading on the Toes of Jim Nye--A Delicate and Dangerous Position.
item 4040

DeLong, [Charles E.] Arlington House, Washington, D.C., M[ar]ch 5, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

"Letter received your advice at once followed thanks."

D 1 p.
Telegram--Western Union Telegraph Company.
item 4045

DeLong, C[harles] E., United States Legation, Japan, Yokohama, [Japan], August 17th, 1872. To My Dear Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Has arrived safely in Japan; the horses and carriage also; has tried the horses on the open wagon which attracted great attention and brought forth praise and admiration; comments on the horses; things progressing favorably; Emperor is visiting all parts of the Empire which indicates to Mr. DeLong that he is "actually leading off a great reform movement"; thinks the civilized world will "feel very confident in the rapid advancement" of Japan; has not met Mr. Cargill but has received broadsides from his organ, the Japan Mail; will try to improve relations with him as Mr. Ralston suggested; thinks that good relations based on a spirit of mutual accommodations would result in each doing more than at present to serve the people of the United States and also save the Japanese from doing many unfortunate things; asks Ralston to command him if he can do anything for him; would be happy to reciprocate his kindness; kindest regards to Mr. Ralston and friends.
ALS 4 pp.
P.S. Asks to be remembered to his brother [James Alpheus] Ralston in Virginia City.
item 4045

DeLong, [Charles E.] Yokohama, [Japan], Oct[ober] 1, [18]72. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Sending Mr. Ralston a Japanese figurine which Captain Warsaw will deliver; he and Mrs. DeLong thought it would be a curiosity if put in Ralston's saloon; "At all events you can give it to the Baby."

ALS 2 pp.
item 4045

DeLong, [Charles E.] [Yokohama, Japan], undated [1873?] To My Dear Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Thanks Ralston for his favors received on the last steamer; DeLong has met Mr. Ralston's friend Professor [----] Seely [?]; need Mr. Ralston's note of introduction; have tried "to put him through according to his desires"; the same for Professor [----] Hitchcock and Mr. Fitch who seem to be exceedingly well pleased; Mr. DeLong's horses are working [illegible]; generally admired and referred to as "the finest team in Japan"; got his carriages off of the America a few hours before it burned; Mr. Cargill had called upon him and Mr. DeLong will return the following day; wants to establish a friendly feeling with him; wants Mr. Ralston to give his friend and colleague Chevalier Van der Hown [?] a little of his "polite attention"; "Dutch nationals here amount to a great deal"; DeLong honored by being selected by him to take charge of Dutch affairs during Van der Hown[?]absences; asked to be remembered to Mr. Ralston's brother in Virginia City [James Alpheus Ralston]; asks "who will be elected President. How will California go?"

ALS 4 pp.
item 4045

DeLong, C[harles] E., U.S. Legation, Japan, Yokohama, [Japan], Feb[ruary] 16th, 1873. To My Dear Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for his attention to the physician matter; expects him by the next mail; Ralston friend Thomas Ap Catesby Jones [?] arrived and was made trustee of his interpreter's services and "all personal official assistance he may require"; heard that Mr. Ralston was not well but hoped he had recovered.

ALS 2pp.
item 4045

DeLong, [Charles E.], U.S. Legation, Japan, Yokohama, [Japan], March 4th, 1873. To My Dear Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Sorry that the physician did not come but realize that Mr. Ralston would not send one that he could not "swear by"; had received a hint from the Secretary of State that the President would accept his resignation; sent it; Secretary writes that this is not being done from "diminished confidence" in his ability and integrity, but changes in the diplomatic service made it necessary and the President feels that a change should be made in Japan; asks Ralston to give an opinion as to where DeLong can locate when he returns and obtain a good home and a good outlook for a fair professional business.
ALS 4 pp. Page 2 marked "(confidential)".
[P.S.]
Wonders just what caused the President [Grant] to do this after the strong personal assurances he had given him; "Quien sabe!"; understands the Japanese government has "handsomely complimented" him and asked as a favor to itself that DeLong not be recalled; promised a copy and will send Ralston one if it arrives in time; will always be proud of this piece of evidence; the action taken by the Oriental Bank and other English Honsed [?] whom he has often opposed; has paid him a tribute which makes him feel very light-hearted.
item 4045

DeLong, C[harles] E., U.S. Legation, Japan, Yokohama, [Japan], March 8th, 1873. To My Dear Sir [W. Margill, No. 2, British Bluff].

Additional Note

Suffered from a headache and had much mail so sent his regrets that he could not be present at a social affair that evening; assured Mr. Margill of his appreciation of his kindness to him.

ALS 2 pp.
item 4050

DeLong, [Charles E.], U.S. Legation, Japan, Yokohama, [Japan], May 5th, 1873. To My Dear Friend, W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

[William W.] Caigill and Mr. DeLong "feel profound pleasure in the knowledge that his telegram was so handsomely responded to"; due more to Mr. Ralston's "kind heart and powerful influence" than anything else; ignorant of the results; "has worked like a dog at this post and received a dog's pay and a dog's thanks from [his] government"; only a question of time before going into bankruptcy, should he remain in Japan; must do something to support his large family; feels "justly proud" of the things he has acomplished in Japan; raised position of United States with Japan from that of below any other nation to "Crown Point Stock on its list"; tributes received from Japanese government and from Peru, Hawaii, and Holland whose government he has represented; feels himself above the eastern press reporters whose instrument he would not become; blames his difficulties on the State Department because Mr. [Hamilton] Fish sent out a former clerk, E. Pishim Smith, as legal advisor to the Japanese Government; Smith "pursued [a] course of unparalleled indecency and debauchery" which forced DeLong to denounce him; Mr. Fish did not believe this and felt DeLong was oppressing him - "the whole thing in a nutshell"; had followed Ralston's suggestion and cultivated [William W.] Cargill and his friends; considers him "a capital good man;" considers Mr. Cargill's telegram to Mr. Ralston "most unexpected but a noble tribute of praise'' to himself; thanks Ralston for his trouble and consideration regarding a physician and begs him to send him there since he is required; has a new sow.

ALS 4 pp.
item 4050

DeLong, [Charles E.], U.S. Legation, Japan, Yokohama, [Japan], May 22, 1877. To My Dear Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Pleased with endorsements he has received and grateful to Mr. Ralston; "left entirely in the dark as to results"; J[ames] H. Latham, a mutual friend, spent some time with DeLong before returning to California "can very fully explain the position of things" in regard to Mr. Delong to Mr. Ralston.
ALS 3 pp.
P.S.
Mr. DeLong's interpreter N. [?] E. Rice has heard that Mr. Ralston had been told some "tough things" about him; pays his own way and conducts himself "as a square [?] active man."
item 4050

DeLong, [Charles E.] U.S. Legation, Japan, Yokohama, [Japan], July 5th, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Wishes he could express his gratitude to Ralston and all of his friends for the "herculean" work done for him; its defeat does not detract from its merits nor from DeLong's sense of gratitude; determine to redeem his character in the opinion of the public from all the unjust criticisms against it, has written to friends expressing his gratitude; grateful for Ralston's offer to assist him in business; will do nothing in that regard until after he has turned over his office; will not enter Japanese service; if he does anything it will be in a commercial course; has had several promising offers; cannot leave before October as he does not want to sail during typhoon season; the sooner Bingham comes the better for DeLong so he can get out of the office and "be free."

ALS 4 pp.
item 4050

DeLong, C[harles] E., U.S. Legation, Japan, Yokohama, [Japan], August 28th, 1873. To My Dear Friend, W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Convinced of Mr. Ralston's suggestion [probably about DeLong going into mercantile business in Japan] but sees no opening in Japan preferable to a life of labor at home; not a merchant and it would be unwise to go into business at his age; could not engage in his profession in Japan as there is no opening and if there were it would mean loss of self-respect; Japanese employment never offered him and probably never will be; would not accept it since Japanese mistrust all foreigners; explains why disinclined to do anything more in politics; to decide that which he will do after he returns home and counsels with his friends; spent an evening at the Palace and spoke of Judge [John A.] Bingham's qualifications and warned against being influenced by newspaper reports; trying to make Mr. Bingham's way as smooth as possible; believes Japanese will receive him well; but they seem to feel piqued that the request preferred by their sovereign was not accorded or even answered; will probably sail November 6.

ALS 4 pp.
Added: H.G. Moss
item 4053

DeLong, [Charles E.], Yokohama, [Japan], October 5, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Gives a detailed account of how well he tried to carry out the advice of Mr. Ralston in relation to the arrival and assistance to Judge John A. Bingham, the Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the court of his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Japan, who replaced Mr. DeLong; reaction of Judge Bingham to Mr. DeLong's friendly courtesies; sending 6 enclosures relating thereto; and copies of the speeches of DeLong at his farewell audience and of Bingham's introductory one with the Japanese Emperor.
ALS 7 pp.
P.S.
Asks that these copied enclosures be preserved and should any attempted injustice to Mr. DeLong occur to have a "friendly editor know the facts of the case."
7 Enclosures. Copies.
item Unnumbered

Enclosure No. 1

DeLong, C[harles] E., Minister for Foreign Affairs, U.S. Legation, Yokohama, [Japan] September 26, 1873. To His Excellency Soyoshima Tanevim [?].

Additional Note

Informs His Excellency of the arrival of the Hon[orable] John A. Bingham with credentials as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States to Japan; asks him to designate the time when he could receive both Mr. Bingham and himself.

ALS 1p.
item Unnumbered

Enclosure No. 2

Bingham, John A., Yokohama, [Japan], September 25, 1875. To Sir C[harles] E. DeLong.

Additional Note

Advises Mr. DeLong of his arrival and informs him of his commission as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to reside near the Court of his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Japan; ready to receive the archives and assume the duties of the office; asks that Mr. DeLong inform Mr. D.W. Stevens, the duly commissioned Secretary of the Legation, that a time be set to take the necessary steps to effect his installation into office.

ALS 1 p.
item Unnumbered

Enclosure No. 3

DeLong, C[harles] E., U.S. Legation, Yokohama, Japan, September 27, 1873. To John A. Bingham.

Additional Note

Acknowledges Bingham's communication of September 25 advising Mr. Delong of his arrival and of his commission and readiness to receive the archives and assume the duties of his office; Mr. DeLong has received no official communication from the Secretary of State regarding this nor instructions to do this except that the Secretary, in instructions on another subject, has urged Mr. Bingham to hasten to Japan to relieve Mr. DeLong; assumes information has been given and will do everything necessary to effect his installation and afterward transfer all the property and archives belonging to the U.S. Legation; has written the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding a time to receive Mr. Bingham and Mr. DeLong so that they might arrange for an audience with his Majesty the Emperor; asks Mr. Bingham to submit his credentials for examination as a basis for giving up his duties; expresses his willingness to assist Mr. Bingham in any way regarding his taking over the office.

ALS 2 pp.
item Unnumbered

Enclosure No. 4

Bingham, J[ohn] A., Yokohama, [Japan], Sept[ember] 27, 1873. To Sir [Charles E. DeLong].

Additional Note

Reply to Mr. DeLong's note of September 25; has authorized Mr. D.W. Stevens, Secretary of the Legation, to submit his credentials from the United States government to Mr. DeLong for examination.

ALS 1p.
item Unnumbered

Enclosure No. 5

DeLong, C[harles] E., U.S. Legation, Sunday, October 5, 1873. To John A. Bingham.

Additional Note

Mr. Herai, Secretary and interpreter to Mr. Soyoshima, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has called and informed him that His Majesty the Tenno will receive Messrs. Bingham and DeLong at a farewell audience for Mr. DeLong and an introductory one for Mr. Bingham at the Asakma [?] Palace at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning; states arrangements for transportation both in Yokohama and Yedo subject to Bingham's approval; after the audience Mr. Delong will formally transfer all property to Mr. Bingham.

ALS 1 p.
item Unnumbered

Enclosure No. 6

Bingham, Jno. [John] A., Grand Hotel, [Yokohama, Japan] 5th October, 1878. To C[harles] E. DeLong.

Additional Note

The arrangements made for an audience with his Majesty the Tenno at the Imperial Palace are most agreeable and satisfactory to Mr. Bingham; a change in time table necessitates taking a train the evening before and suggests that Mr. DeLong join him then.

ALS 1 p.
item Unnumbered

DeLong's Speech. Your Majesty

Additional Note

Comes "to bid farewell"; extends wishes of the President, the government and the people of the United States "for the health, well being and continued prosperity of [His] Majesty and people of Japan"; assures the Emperor that the President of the United States wishes to continue the feeling of amity between the two countries; asks that the confidence and support that His Majesty has given him be bestowed upon his distinguished successor; speaks of the kindness and courtesy extended to him by His Majesty's Ministry and proofs of royal favor; expressed his gratitude and reverence for His Majesty, respect and esteem for the Ministry, and kind regards for the Japanese people; comments favorably upon the many changes brought about by the Japanese government - adoption of the policy of western states, release of Christian Japanese from captivity; efforts to suppress Coolie trade; the negotiation of Treaty of Peace and Amity with China; sending distinguished Japanese to western nations, sending students abroad to learn and bring back a "correct knowledge of the customs, manners and policy of western states"; has enjoyed the confidence and association of his Majesty's Ministry; steps aside to be a spectator of Japanese affairs; Adieu.

D 3 pp.
item Unnumbered

Bingham's Speech. Copy.

Additional Note

The Emperor has already been informed by his Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bingham's commission to Japan; will endeavor to strengthen the existing friendship between Japan and the United States; assures the Emperor that he has the goodwill of the President and people of the United States who are aware of the trust and confidence of the Japanese Government toward the government and citizens of the United States; Thanks his Majesty for the consideration shown him; desires that the growing empire will continue advancing; presents to His Majesty his credentials "Signed by the President of the United States and authenticated by the Great Seal of the United States of America."

D 3 pp.
item 4055

DeLong, [Charles E.] Yokohama, [Japan], Octo[ber] 18th, 1873. To My dear W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Condition of affairs remain unchanged; Mr. Bingham does not return Mr. DeLong's official or private calls except by sending a card; makes his legation at the hotel; trying Consul Shepard on charges which DeLong had professed to the Department of State; DeLong not invited to be present at this court; held in private; states his conclusion as to meaning; will write the President reviewing his course in Japan; some matters affecting some cabinet members; will ask for Congressional investigation; DeLong's letter of recall was sent in a sealed sack addressed to Bingham; states implication of the meaning of that action; will do nothing to prejudice interest of U.S. nor to hurt Bingham's chances of success; sending printed copies of his speech, the Mikado's reply and Bingham's address; may not sail before November 22.

ALS 4 pp.
item 4055

DeLong, [Charles E.] Yokohama, Japan, October 20th, 1873. To My Dear W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Introducing his brother-in-law Dr. R.Y. Hayes and family of Los Angeles, recently from Japan; Dr. Hayes will deliver a letter and some papers from Mr. DeLong to Mr. Ralston.

ALS 1p.

item 4055

DeLong, C[harles] E. Virginia [City] [Nevada], March 5th, 1875. To My Dear Sir, W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Geo[rge] W. Dent had written Mr. DeLong whether he would accept a mission to Peru if offered; must first learn the wishes of Mrs. DeLong and Mr. Ralston's views and to be assured of the Administration's support; Mr. DeLong had represented Peru for four years while in Japan with its government's repeated thanks; feels he would go there "under very favorable auspices"; states his financial situation in relation to the position; queries whether his absence would impair his chances for the Senatorship; had asked Mr. Dent to call upon Mrs. DeLong and Mr. Ralston and learn their views; asks Ralston to write him his views frankly.

ALS 2 pp.

item 4055

DeLong, C[harles] E., Virginia [City, Nevada], May 1st, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

A correspondent in Japan who seemed to speak for the Japanese Government wanted Mr. DeLong to find out whether the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company would accept one million dollars in currency for four named steamers together with other company properties in Shanghai, Nagasakie, Kobe, and Yokoska; other factors involved which seemed to make advantageous for the company to sell; immediate reply requested; not knowing a company representative in San Francisco, Mr. Ralston was asked to present this offer to him and telegraph the answer; if currency was unacceptable there was a possibility that the payment might be in Mexican [dollars] or would the company accept "a gold draft In New York less 2 1/2 % for commission."; Japanese government might not want to be known as being directly in the business, yet the correspondent, an American, was acting for a Japanese official; Mr. DeLong did not want it known that he was acting on the Japanese side; advised the offer being accepted and stated why; begged Mr. Ralston's pardon for the trouble.

LS 7pp.

[At top of first page] "answered 3d, [18]75"
 

DeLong, Charles E.

Additional Note

See also Dent, George W.
 

DeLong, Charles E.

Additional Note

See also Oriental Bank Corp.
item 4060

DeLong, [Charles E.], U.S. Appraiser's Office, Virginia [City?], [March] 12, 1875. To G[eorge] W. Dent

Additional Note

"At your service unless unforseen business difficulties prevent."

D. 1p.
[Telegram - The Central Pacific Division of the Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph Company.] Enclosed in letter of Geo[rge] W. Dent to [William C.] Ralston, Custom House, San Francisco, Appraiser's Office, March 12, 1875.
item 4060

Dent, Geo[rge] W., CustonHouse, San Francisco, Appraiser's Office, March 12th, 1875. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Suggestions regarding those people who might have influence in bringing about the nomination of [Charles E.] DeLong by President [Grant]; enclosed dispatch from DeLong.

ALS 2 pp.

Telegram enclosed.
item 4065

DeSales, Sister M., Grass Valley, Roman Catholic Orphan's Asylum, [California], January 19th, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Asks Mr. Ralston to contribute to the support of an orphanage in Grass Valley, California.

ALS 3pp.
item 4065

DeSales, Sister M., Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum, Grass Valley, [California], May 13th, 1875. To William C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Due to fluctuating mining situation in the area the orphan asylum feels obliged to ask charitably minded people to help in providing food and clothing for "the destitute little ones of Christ"; trusts Ralston will contribute a donation to support parentless young boys.

[Second request]

ALS 3 pp.
 

DeThielb, Samuel

Additional Note

See Garrison & Fretz
item 4070

Devenny, Lafayette, Cincinnati, [Ohio], September 22nd, 1874. To My Dear Sir, W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Had written Mr. Ralston some four years ago and was grateful for his reply; had heard of his success and congratulated him; wants to obtain a position on the Pacific Coast; hopes there might be an opening for him in the various industries in which Ralston is interested or which might be made available through his influence; outlines his experience and qualifications.

ALS 4 pp.

Added note: "An A No. 1 man. W.C.R."
item 4070

Devenny, Lafayette, Office of Devenny, Weaver and Clough, General Commission Merchants, No. 46 Vine Street, Cincinnati, [Ohio], Nov[embe]r, 19th, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

No reply to his letter to Ralston of several months ago; encloses circular of the business in which he was currently engaged; still desires to engage in some commercial interest on the Pacific Coast; firm recently purchased barley from Mr. Isaac Friedlander of San Francisco, which made necessary a telegram to the Bank of California regarding the firm's financial standing; suggests Ralston add his personal knowledge of his old friend.

ALS 1p.

Circular enclosed announcing the General Produce Commission Business of Devenny, Weaver and Clough; identifies each member; gives references.
item 4070

Devenny, L[afayette], Office of Devenny, Weaver, and Clough, General Commission Merchants, No. 46 Vine Street, Cincinnati, [Ohio], February 18th, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for his friendly interest expressed in his last letter and his request for Devenny's present status and future plans; gives an account of the commission business into which he had entered; the situating confronting it, and the reasons for dissolving the partnership; "More anxious than ever to obtain some salaried position on the Pacific Coast"; solicits Ralston's advice and assistance; better qualified for a position in connection with railroad transportation; states why he wants to leave Cincinnati for the West.

ALS 6 pp.
 

DeYcaza, J.J.

Additional Note

See Garrison & Fretz
item 4075

Dickinson, J[----] B., California State Telegraph Company, New York, June 16, 1866. To William C. Ralston. Telegram. Partly in code.

Additional Note

Requested that a certain number of shares in designated mining companies -- Crown Point, Savage and Yellow Jacket -- be sold; asked that result of sale be telegraphed and amount sent by steamer.

T 1p.
(Statement of sale on reverse of telegram.)
item 4075

Dickinson, J[----] B., California State Telegraph Company, New York, August 6, 1866. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Wants only one share of Crown Point [Mining stock] and ordered June 16 sold if Mr. Ralston held balance; wants five shares of Yellow Jacket stock ordered this date sold.

T 1p.
(names of stock in code)
item 4075

Dickinson, J[----] B., California State Telegraph Company, New York, Aug[ust] 6, 1866. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Wants Crown Point and Yellow Jacket stocks bought under order 23rd sold and $14,000 place to the credit of Oneida; wants telegraph reports as to the amount of purchase and sale.

T 1p.
(Names of stocks in code.)
item 4075

Dickinson, J[----] B., California State Telegraph Company, N[ew] York, Aug[ust] 9th, 1866. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Ordered to sell all Crown Point [mining stock] bought on twenty-third; wants report by telegraph.

T 1p.
Crown Point in code.
[On Verso]
August 10

2ft sold by $900

2ft sold by $900 (check original)

3ft sold by $890

1ft sold by $900

2ft sold by (illegible, check original)
item 4075

Dickinson, J[----] B., California State Telegraph Company, New York, August 15, 1866. To W[illiam] C. Ralston. Telegram.

Additional Note

Asked that three shares of Savage [mining stock] be sold. Eureka dividend to be drawn in New York.

T 1p. The word savage in code.
Note at bottom: "Sold average [?] 70 "(check original)
On verso
Sold by PB Conivall:

1 at 1180

1 at 1170

1 at 1160

Average 1170
 

Dinneford, William

Additional Note

See Garrison & Fretz Collection
item 4080

Dixon, J[----] and William C. Ralston, November 1, 1873. Lease.

Additional Note

William C. Ralston of San Francisco, party of the first part, "does grant, demise, and to farm" leases to J. Dixon of Fresno County, California, party of the second part, certain specified lands in Fresno County described according to the United States Government Survey containing 5760 acres together with appurtenances for one year from November 1, 1873; annual rent to be $720, payable June 1, 1874; it was agreed that if any rent should remain unpaid or default occur in any of the covenant, the party of the first part had the right to re-enter the premises and remove all persons from it; should Mr. Ralston sell the property or any part of it before the lease is terminated, Mr. Dixon had agreed to, he may if he so desires quit and give up the same if Mr. Ralston returns him the amount of rent he had paid to cover the unexpired term; when the lease expires, Mr. Dixon is to leave and return the property in good condition, as reasonable condition; should Mr. Dixon comply with all parts of said lease, he may continue on said land for another term.

DS 2 pp.
item 4085

D[----], J., [----] S., n.p., undated, To Allen [Allen]

Additional Note

"For answer to this." 1. Mr. Ralston not personally interested in the property; his name used for benefit of deceased friends of family. 2. Deed to city ready to be delivered upon receipt of the award; technical difficulty has caused a delay but both sides are doing their best to settle it. 3. Matter in charge of Mr. Doyle who has details. 4. Any complements and c [illegible]

A.N.S.[?] 1p.
item 4100

Dodge, (Mrs.) E.M. 1065 Broadway, [San Francisco, California], Dec[ember] 24th, 1874. To Hon[orable] W[illia]m [C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Has a son for whom she wishes to obtain employment; knowing Mr. Ralston's wealth and position he is asked to help in getting employment or giving him some; would like to talk with Mr. Ralston.

ALS 2 pp.
Note added: "No position. Will be glad to do anything we can. W.C.R "
item 4105

Dominis, Jno [John] O., Office of the Governor of Oahu, Honolulu, [Hawaii], May 25th, 1869. To Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

His Majesty the King of Hawaii has commanded Mr. Dominis to send His respectful compliments and to present to Mr. Ralston in His name a sideboard of Island woods "as a token of His consideration"; shipped by steamer "Idaho" to the Hawaiian Consul in San Francisco with instructions to deliver it to Mr. Ralston.

ALS 1p.
item 4108

Donohoe, Kelly and Co., Bankers, et al, San Francisco January 20th, 1869. To the Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures. [Copy].

Additional Note

The undersigned Bankers and Assayers of San Francisco are surprised and regret that the Secretary of the Treasury and the Director of the Philadelphia Mint have reccommended the passage of a law which would give the Secretary of the Treasury the authority to "contract with a private refinery to refine unparted bullion, deposited with U.S. Refinery for Coinage;" reason given is "economy to the Government" which the undersigned says is not based upon fact; explain why; even if said Mint could not meet its expenses, it was maintained that a country which produces such large amounts of precious metals annually should not, to save a few thousand dollars, give itself over to the interest of a private refinery; outlines history of attempts to close the United States Refinery in San Francisco; states the possible results if the refinery is closed; "the undersigned for themselves, ...the public...and the Government protest against being placed in the power of any company who could control both the bullion and the Mint on the Pacific Coast."

DS 5 pp.
item 4110

Donahoe, Kelly and Co., per J[----] W. Flarr [?], Exchange and Banking House of Donohoe, Kelly and Co., San Francisco, Cal[ifornia], Aug[ust] 20th, 1869. To Messrs. McLaughlin and Ryland, San Jose, Cal[ifornia].

Additional Note

The checks enclosed in letter received amounting to $2,005.25 have been paid and credited to the account of McLaughlin and Ryland; the draft on Redington Hostetter and Co. was paid on August 18th as advised.

ALS 1 p.
item Unnumbered

Dore, Maurice and Co., per [----] Kent auctioneer, San Francisco, July 13th, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Statement of a private sale of real estate (i.e. two lots in San Francisco) sold to A [----] K. Grim for $10,000 less commission charges of $250 leaving a net sales of $9,750 for Mr. Ralston's account. End. O.E.

DS 1 p. See folder 8545
item Unnumbered

Dore, Maurice and Co., Ub a/c with Maurice Dore and Co., San Francisco, July 13th 1874. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Statement of net sales of $97.50 according to the statement of account listed below: cash paid for the dismissal of three suits, for a deed and its recording, for a release and recording of same and for a commission which leave $97.50; End O.E.

DS 1 p.
item 4120

Downing, Cha[rle]s, San Francisco, [California], [August, 1870?]. To My Dear Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Sends Mr. Ralston a copy of the Second revised edition of Downing's Fruits and Fruit Trees which he asked him to accept as a small token of respect for [his] courtesy and kindness "while ill at Ralston's home."
Added Note: Explains why he did not call upon Mr. Ralston and present the book personally; thanks him for the many kindnesses and asks him to thank the lady who administered to their wants while ill.

ALS 2 pp.
item 4125

Dun, R[----] G., The Mercantile Agency, Dun, Barlow and Co., New York, Dec[ember] 6, 1871. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

While enjoying Mr. Ralston's hospitality Mr. Dun glanced around his mansion looking for some place where he might put "some little remembrance of Mr. Ralston's polite attention and support and assistance in setting up of his business on the West Coast"; since every room was so elegant and complete that he almost despaired; thought a megileloscope might give some pleasure in showing California views to Ralston's many guests; sends one by Wells Fargo & Co. Express together with one dozen illuminated foreign views; explains how the instrument works; apologizes for the oversight of the shipper in not prepaying the freight and insists that Mr. Lugsdin refund the amount.

ALS 2 pp.
Added: Queries whether they shall have the opportunity of Seeing Ralston in New York and reciprocating his kindness.
Added note: "answered Dec[ember] 27th, /71."
item 4130

Dyer, William, L Fr Furgenion [?], and Edward Smith, Taboga, [----], Sept[emb]er 20th, 1854.

Additional Note

The undersigned certified that at the request of W.G. Dyer that they surveyed a lot of rope rigging once owned by H. Harris of Taboga and upon examination found the rope rotten and estimated its value to be not more than 5 cents a pound; weight 3027 lbs. Certificate 1p.
item Unnumbered

E and O.E., n.p., June E, 1869. Statement. To B. Silliman, Esqr., Dr.

Additional Note

Amount due on each of four notes total $12559.45. Interest on each of four notes total $492.28. Balance due for principal and Int[erest] June 8th, 1869 $13051.73 [error]. should be $13051.63.

DS
 

E. and O.E.

Additional Note

See Also Garrison & Fretz
item 5010

Eagar, Thomas, California State Telegraph Company, Virginia, [City, Nevada], M[ar]ch 13, 1867. To D[arius] O. Mills. Telegram.

Additional Note

States that a word from Mr. Mills to [James] Nye and [William] Stewart would result in Mr. Eagar being appointed Surveyor General; asks him to answer whether he would do so.

T 1 p.
item 5010

Eager, Tho[ma]s, Virginia, [City], M[ar]ch 14, 1867, via California State Telegraph Company. Telegram. To D[arius] O. Mills.

Additional Note

Does not think James [....] can get position [of Surveyor General]; requested Mr. Mills to telegraph; "have recommended James but Eager equally acceptable."

D 1 p.
item 5020

Earl, Blanche, San Francisco [California], Aug[ust] 17th, [18]69. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Has heard about Ralston's mansion and superb horses; has come from Ohio to see the "sights" of California and would like to visit his place; assures him she is not a Chicago delegation nor a Congressional Committee; if Ralston does not think it "highly improper" she asks him to write her a note telling her when it would be most convenient for him.

ALS 2 pp.
item 5025

Earl, Jno., [John] O., California State Telegraph Company, New York, Ap[ri]l 10, 1867. To W[illiam] C. Ralston. Telegram.

Additional Note

Believed that officers and friends of the Bank have organized opposition Steamers; Bank rumored interested and, if so, Mail Co. and leading stockholders will use their influence against Bank.
item 5030

Eastwick, Edward B., The Lick House Hotel, San Francisco, [California], November 23rd, 1871. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esqre.

Additional Note

English capital to be used in forming a company to purchase and reclaim land likely to be inundated located on the San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento River and Tulare Lake; would like to know Ralston's opinion of such a project; lists the various tracts of land and acreage involved; also asks his opinion regarding legal title to the land, quality of its soil, its general value, desirability of reclaiming and expediency of investing English capital in the project and whether Ralston would cooperate and endorse the scheme.

LS 2 pp.
item 5035

Eckley, Geo[rge] R., Yokohama, [Japan], Octo[ber] 7th, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Delayed writing hoping to have something definite on business to report; has not; and has not accomplished anything though he has one or two things in view; a banking system similar to U.S. National law, but "more lax and liberal" has been set up in Japan; two have been organized and have announced business, the notes being engraved in America; business limited chiefly to discounting and advancing on warehouse receipts; positions all filled but Eckley may obtain one if a vacancy occurs; Chinese control the "Exchanging of Coin and Currency and Brokerage business"; some friends have proposed making a small capital if Eckley will take charge and conduct the business; disappointed in the country and states why; many foreigners employed by the government at large pay but dissatisfied with the authorities under which they work; employees recruited abroad resulting in many incompetent men; real work done by Japanese salesmen; about 1200 white inhabitants, mostly Englishmen, the French next; only rush of business is about four days per month when steamer arrives; states Mr. Cargill's position as superintendent of the railroad being built to Yedo and other railroad employees are Englishmen except Japanese in subordinate positions; predicts English capitalists will gain control of all important branches and revenue of the government; heard Ralston had been ill.

ALS 4 pp.
item Unnumbered

Eckley, [----], Agency of the Bank of California, Virginia [City], Nev[ada], 22 May, 1872. To H[enry] M. Yerington, Esq., Carson [City], [Nevada].

Additional Note

A rate of $92.50 was charged on the New York draft which totaled $1480, the amount filled in on Mr. Yerington's check.

ALS 1 p.
item 5045

Edelen, W.R., Washington, D.C., March 13th, 1873. To Sir Hon[orable] Cashier, Bank of California, San Francisco, [William C. Ralston].

Additional Note

Professor Thomas J. Chubb had informed Mr. Edelen that Mr. Ralston was interested in forming "a company for the advancement of mining interests, using his recent patents in Separators and furnaces, for the advancement of [his] project"; learned of Professor Chubb's death only when letters to him were returned marked "Deceased"; writing Ralston for more definite news about his death; Professor Chubb had written on January 7 that he would forward funds to Mr. Edelen to come to California as he understood the professor's business; had "done all his drafting, framed all his specifications, and done the majority of his work, in general"; was to make all the draftings in California for the separators and to estimate and superintend the construction of the separators and furnaces"; the Professor very ill when in Washington; had told Mr. Edelen that he would draw up a paper giving him full power to act in case of his death; left for California before doing so but stated he would send him "power of attorney" giving him full control of his business; if Professor Chubb left any papers for Mr. Edelen with Mr. Ralston or with any other interested person he wants them mailed to him immediately; had received descriptions of plans and designs for an important invention of which Mr. Edelen was to make drawings for the Patent Office; it is a steam generator, of which he has the secret; if Ralston has any information about Chubb's business would like to have it.

ALS 2 pp.
item 5050

Edwards, Henry, Bohemian Club Rooms, Corner Sacramento and Webb Streets, San Francisco, [California], Sept[ember] 8th, 1874. To My dear Sir, W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Has received Ralston's letter with reference to rejecting Judge [William T.] Wallace as a Bohemian Club member; thanks him for his interest but believes he will in common with the vast majority of the Club it is as Edelan consider it "an outrage upon good taste"; a special meeting that afternoon to take decided steps to set aside the action; hopes to be able to announce that the matter has been pleasantly settled in such a way as to be honorable to Judge Wallace.

ALS 1 p.
item 5055

Eells, Rufus S., San Francisco, Dec[ember] 8th, 1867. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Mr. Ralston had assisted Mr. Eells in the sale of his San Francisco property; saving him several thousands of dollars; promised himself he would show his grateful appreciation for Mr. Ralston's kindness to him at that time as well as subsequent occasions and also with financial aid; thought of ways to do so including a gift, decided upon a letter of thanks expressing his great gratitude and concern for Mr. Ralston's health.

ALS 4 pp.
item 5060

Emmett, C. Temple, Office of Richard S. Emmett, 56 William Street, Union Building, New York, July 14, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Capt[ai]n [----] Brenham had informed Mr. Emmett that Mr. Ralston had told him that Mr. Emmett "had spoken disparagingly of the B[an]k of California"; tries to defend himself against such a remark; admits he ''may have said that the Bank of California felt the pressure of the present hard times in San Francisco"; if so, he said it to persons whom he supposed to be as warmly interested in [Ralston's] success and welfare as himself; hopes Ralston will let him know from whom he obtained the information "and...the particulars of it."

ALS 5 pp.
item 5065

Estee, Morriss M., Assembly Chamber, Twentieth Session, Sacramento, [California], Feb[ruary] 18, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Had not given the subject of which Mr. Ralston writes in his letter much consideration; finds bill referred has been reported out of the committee "without recommendation"; thinks Ralston's "argument strong and conclusive"; Estee's views are that "this subject should be left to the parties contracting save only after judgment or legal proceedings"; feels the Legislature should offer "some protection to parties after judgment even against their own when the rate of interest is exorbitant"; Thinks it unwise "to interfere with contracts made between borrower and lender on commercial paper"; price of money "depends upon sup[p]ly and demand."

ALS 2 pp.
Marked "Personal" on first page.
item 5070

Euxine, N[ew] York, Dec[ember] 27th, 1864, via California State Telegraph Company. To Bank of California.

Additional Note

"Very confidential"; mostly in code except last several lines "here there might be disappointment perhaps trouble would be careful about new account."
"m.a.r.i.p.o.s.a. Crisis evidently coming. Be prepared for dishonor drafts."
[Not on telegraph blank. May be office copy or translation of code. Last two sentences the same as in Euxine to Bank of California, New York, Dec[ember] 28, 1864, via California State Telegraph Company.
item 5070

Euxine, California State Telegraph Company, New York, Dec[ember] 28, 1864. To Bank of California. Telegram. Partly in code.

Additional Note

To refer to dispatch of the day before [statement in code]; "crisis evidently coming"; warns Bank of California to prepare to dishonor drafts.

T 1 p.
item 5500

Fauntleroy, Ch[arle]s M., P[acific] M[ail] S[team] S[hip] "New York", Yokohama, Japan, Aug[us]t 23d, 1868. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Acknowledges Mr. Ralston's letter of credit and one of instructions; assures him that he can depend upon him in regard to Ralston's expressed wishes in carrying out the commission using his discretion; he feels called upon to exert his power to the utmost to do everything to Mr. Ralston's satisfaction; market very unsettled due to an unusually large Fleet of Foreign Men of Star in port; sending a letter and package in care of Ralston for their friend Cash; so many naval commanders there that the price of Japanese curios has gone up ridiculously high; since Mr. Ralston is in no hurry, he will bide his time; two ships expected.
Added Note: "My Dear Cash I send you this [letter] for perusal and return to me. Caps [?] Fauntleroy's Head is level --I don't care if he waits a year rather than to pay any fancy prices besides, I will not be ready for anything short of abt[e] [?] that time." "R-------"

ALS 4 pp.
For reply to this letter see: R[alston], W[illiam] C., n.p., October 2d, [186]8. To Captain [Charles M.] Fauntleroy.
item 5500

Fauntleroy, Ch[arle]s M., P[acific] M[ail] S[teamer] "New York", Yokohama, [Japan], Sept[ember] 25, 1858.

Additional Note

Encloses voluminous documents relating to 4 small bronzes being sent to Mr. Ralston by "Japan"; the vendor asked $271.00 but they were bought for $150.00; export duty of $3.50, freight and consular fee $7.50 making total of $161.00; leaves $23.00 in the Oriental Bank for buying other "Curios"; when Mr. Ralston starts building will order from Singapore "Penang Rattan" chairs and sewing chair for ladies; Japan in an unsettled condition; people leaving Yedo rapidly; Civil War in Japan sickens Mr. Fauntleroy; very wet summer destroying the rice crop, a serious thing for the people whose food is "Fish, Rice, and Vegetables"; no steamers in as yet; heard of death of Thaddeus Stephans by telegraph; sent Mr. Ralston a little box for "Cash" by the "Republic."

ALS 4 pp. Documents lacking.
item 5500

Fauntleroy, Ch[arle]s M., Steamer "New York," Yokohama, [Japan], Sept[embe]r 25, [18]68. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Since finishing his note of same date several ships have arrived in port; reports of the markets seem to indicate that there is an unusual demand for blankets and none are offered for sale; thought it a good chance to speculate and have a lot of common double blankets sent out by the firm of Lazaid and Fring, the Bills of Lading to be sent to Mr. Fauntleroy; Blankets to be sold by a Japanese on a percentage basis; $2.50 to $3.00 blankets could be readily sold in Japan--$2.50 ones for $5 or $6; should be rushed out from England before European speculators arrived; Fauntleroy wants "to turn an honest penny" and this is the only way he can see to do it; if this is agreeable to Mr. Ralston and he will tell those who might be interested in speculation of this kind he would greatly be obliged to Mr. Ralston; suggests that a few blankets of a higher quality would have a ready sale at a higher price.

ALS 4 pp.
item 5500

Fauntleroy, Ch[arle]s M., Leesburg, London Co., V[irgini]a, March 8th, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Since the Pacific Mail [Steam Ship Company] has reorganized Mr. Fauntleroy feels that Mr. Ralston may be willing and able to help him obtain a position with the new management; thinks that Mr. Ralston's great influence and his power could obtain a position for Mr. Fauntleroy if he is so inclined; found it difficult to obtain a livlihood in Louisiana because of dishonesty of state officials so would like to again be employed by the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company; would prefer an agency but would take one of the new steamers.

ALS 2 pp.
item 5505

Fay, C[aleb] T., San Francisco [California], Nov[ember] 8th, 1872. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Wishes to have "a square talk" with Mr. Ralston; best elements of the City and those who should be its protectors are at war; "this should stop-divided both have been beaten--united some practical plan--great and lasting good will come"; wants to talk the matter over with Mr. Ralston, not hurriedly at the Bank but outside of business hours for two hours; asks Mr. Ralston, if agreeable, to name the time and place.

ALS 1 p.
At top of page: File away.
item 5510

Felton, C[harles] N., Office of U.S. Assistant Treasurer, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia], Dec[ember] 13th, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Sends a copy of a letter addressed to Sec[retary] [George S.] Boutwell explaining a matter on which Mr. Ralston's influence is desired if he can lend it; the Sec[retary] has caused a bill to be introduced into the Lower House of Congress relieving Felton "from loss by reason of the checks referred to in the copy"; bill referred to the Ways and Means Committee; asks Mr. Ralston to use his influence with any members of the House outside of the San Francisco delegation who favor the bill.

ALS 1 p. Enclosure lacking.
item 5510

Felton, [Charles N.], [n.p.], Dec[ember] 19, [18]72. To [William C.] R[alston].

Additional Note

Enclosed will show the action of Secretary [George S.] Boutwell in regard to Mr. Felton's relief bill; thinks it favorable; has written to all their delegation; if Ralston has written Mr. Hooper "nothing else can be done"; should any letters be enclosed that should be done immediately as this is short session and the one most favorable to Felton.

ALS 1 p. Enclosure lacking.
item 5515

Feuerstein, R[----], New York, [June?] 18th, 1868. To [William C] Ralston.

Additional Note

Writes to Mr. Ralston to tell why be left San Francisco "in an irritated and most unpleasant state of mind" which he blamed principally on Mr. Ralston's actions; Mr. Feuerstein had acted only upon Mr. Ralston's advice and counsel; thunderstruck at learning about Mr. Stanger Tate's defalcation and supposed Mr. Ralston and others knew about the ways in which Mr. Tate had betrayed Mr. Feuerstein; Mr. George Gordon's last charge against Mr. Feuerstein had added nothing to any that [Frederick] Roeding and [----] Deko had told him; looked to Mr. Ralston to "quiet that nasty business"; was told his views and "to keep cool, to say as little as possible and let the matter blow over until some proper moment"; Mr. Gordon and Mr. Deko were of the same opinion; did not suspect that Mr. Ralston would change his views; before his departure Mr. Feuerstein considered the time right for action but Mr. Gordon wanted to complete the repairs to the refinery first which meant further delay; if Mr. Gordon thought Mr. Ralston knew all the particulars in the case he must have thought Mr. Ralston had made up his mind and "some proposition would settle the business at once"; if Mr. Gordon thought Mr. Ralston did not know them "he must have intended to prevent action by delaying his charge to the last day" before Mr. Feuerstein's intended departure which would keep Mr. Feuerstein in a "fearful suspense"; if his departure was delayed Mr. Feuerstein might have been forced "into some kind of arrangement which [he would] ever have regretted as incompatible with [his] self respect and honor"; was mortified when he learned that Mr. Ralston's accusation that Mr. Feuerstein "had been in the way of a timely settlement"; explains that which he considered the reason for Mr. Ralston's action and is willing to forgive and forget and hoped Mr. Ralston would do the same; had planned to leave for Europe at an early date but changed his plans after being pressed by Mr. Ralston in view of the interests of the Company; no matter what happens Mr. Feuerstein will not change his opinion of Mr. Ralston, but will say that he "acted solely according to [his] sense of justice and propriety."
ALS 9 pp.
P.S. Mr. Harris of Washington has informed Mr. Feuerstein that no change has taken place there regarding the treaty question; Mr. Deko has been written to in that regard.
[Comment by Ralston added]:
Dr. Roeding
Their friend "has given entirely improper construction to [Ralston's] views; he insisted that Feuerstein remain over one steamer until Gordon should be forced to end that cursed business of his"; wanted a chance to end it by action and suggested they try "to agree on a program or it will never be ended." Ralston.

ALS 1 p.
item 5520

Field, Barnum W., Pioche City, Ely District, Nevada, Apr[il] 8, [18]70. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Sending the enclosed letter for Mr. Ralston's "own personal and thoughtful considerations"; asks that it be read outside of business hours so as not to interfere with his official duties; apologizes for length of letter but the circumstances as given make that necessary.

ALS 1 p.
Via Hamilton [at top of page]
See Field's letter of April 7, 1870 for enclosed letter.
item 5520

Field, Barnum W., Pioche City, Ely Mining District, Nevada, April 7, 1870. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Lengthy letter explaining why he was forced to resign from the Agency of the Bank of California at Hamilton, Nevada; had sent the December, [1869] returns for the Hamilton Agency to Mr. [----] Paxton at Treasure City with a letter in which he mentioned that a $300 loan to Agnes Hall was made under Mr. Paxton's "special order"; with only a gold watch and chain as security; Mr. Paxton angered by the fact and that which he considered the transaction "un-business like"; secondly, Mr. Paxton did not like the allusion in the Field letter to "the heavy indebtedness during the month of December [1869] of the Treasure City to the Hamilton Agency" so that Mr. Ralston could "see clearly the course that business was taking" in that district; Being depressed and desponded as a result of Mr. Paxton's abusive language and manner, Mr. Field resorted to the use of stimulants for the remainder of day; went to work next morning and upon Mr. Paxton's arrival his resignation was desired and he was notified to vacate the room in the Bank building which he occupied at once; Mr. Paxton made the excuse changes had been contemplated for some time; Mr. Field was considered "unreliable"; Mr. Field had been requested by Mr. Paxton to influence the customers of the Bank to give their assaying to Van Wyck and Co. and did so until he found that Mr. Paxton was sharing in the business profits, which added to his dislike of Mr. Field; other banking situations added to Mr. Paxton's dislike; Mr. Field blamed himself only for lack of strength at the time; staying in a camp near the Pioche Mine the superintendent of which is going to resign; asks Mr. Ralston whether he could obtain the position for him; makes promises if request is granted.

ALS 8 pp.
At top of first page: Via Hamilton. Personal.
Enclosed with Field's letter of April 8, [18]70.
item 5525

Field, [Mrs.] Hattie I., Boston, April 28, [18]70. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Asks Mr. Ralston's kind consideration for herself in regard to her husband's situation; Mr. B[arnum] H. Field had lost his position at the agency of the [Bank of California] in Hamilton, Nevada; he had tried to explain the causes that lead up to it; his dismissal is believed in Boston to such an extent that his wife cannot advise him to return East; asks that her husband reenter Mr. Ralston's employ and atone for that which he has done; his wife feels he will by "earnest endeavour and strict temperance" merit Mr. Ralston's entire trust if given a second chance.

ALS 4 pp.
Note added at top of first page: "I wish to answer by Reference to ours to Field we cannot Reinstate him on principal [sic]." W.C.R.
item 5530

Field, [Mrs.] M.A., Chicago, [Illinois], July 25, 1874. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Nearly lost her health when she opened Mr. Field's letter and saw Mr. Barlier's letter and statement to Mr. Ralston; expresses her gratitude for the kind words spoken in their behalf, has five sons all good business men; have had business reverses in Chicago; Mr. Field has been in California for two years; Mrs. Field wants the family united; asks Mr. Ralston whether the chances would be better for the boys in California than Chicago, or should Mr. Field come home; expects no written answer but can give his views to Mr. Field when he sees him.
ALS 4 pp.

P.S. "If old Tilton comes to you to stay 'Shoot him like a dog'--(pardon this foolish cut paper)."
item 5535

Fish, Ros A., Treasury Department, Washington, D.C., Dec[ember] 16th, 1870. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Sending Mr. Ralston copies of the Secretary of Treasury's report; made up tables G.K.L. and M. himself from the books of the office from 1791 to 30 June, 1870; calls special attention to Table M which is valuable; thanks him for his "polite attention" to himself and friends when visiting San Francisco.
ALS 2 pp.
P.S. "I beg that you will present my remembrance to Mrs. Ralston."
item 5540

Fitzhugh, P[erry], San Francisco, [California], January 30th, 1874. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Heard that Ralston suffered from piles; takes pleasure in giving him a recipe and box of salve; gives recipe and directions for using the salve; states that it had benefited an old sheep partner of his.

ALS 2 pp.
Note added: "Acknowledge recipe with best thanks and c. W.C.R."
item 5545

Florens, W[----] I., Salt Like City, [Utah], Dec[ember] 22d, 1875. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Wants Mr. Ralston to sell his Con[solidated] Vir[ginia] stock when it reaches $500, realize and send him draft in [currency]; Mr. Florens and wife expect to be in San Francisco in May; obliged to Ralston for introduction to Ralston's people in Salt Like City; has seen Ralston's brother and liked him; tells Ralston to ask Sandy Austin to show him Florens' "report on the Virginia Consolidated Mine."

ALS 4 pp.
"Merry Christmas" at top of first page.
 

Fogle, H.C.

Additional Note

See Williams, H.L.
item 5550

Forbes, C[harles], St[eamer] Nevada off San Diego, Feb[ruary] 2nd, [18]74. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Apologizes for not seeing Ralston to say good bye after his many kindnesses; getting better every hour; nothing Ralston can do for him except keep his letters until his return in the fall; wishes he were not going away; [----] Stuart has nearly lost his voice and is going to Egypt; thanks Ralston for the Panama introduction and his many kindnesses.

ALS 2 pp.
item 5555

Forney, J[----] W., Office of "The Press," Phila[delphia], [Pennsylvania], Sept[ember] 13, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Ralston for his many kindnesses during his visit to [San Francisco]: states that the letters he wrote (enclosing copies of them) "have excited universal interest" to such an extent that the demand for the papers [containing them] cannot be supplied and Forney not half through publishing them; convinced that the publication of the facts about California which he had gathered will advance the interests of California, especially with the people who wish to emigrate to California; people in Philadelphia know little about California; has made mistakes which will be corrected in the pamphlet which will be published by Colonel Scott after the series of letters is complete; hopes to revisit California in the spring.

ALS 2 pp.
item 5560

Foss and Connelly, Office of the Geyser Stage Co., 214 Montgomery St[reet], San Francisco, [California], Calistoya, [California], May 29th, 1871. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Asks Ralston to advise his friends who desire to see the geysers to take the evening train to Calistoga and leave on the morning stage for the geysers; can do better for them than if they came up on the morning train since the stock must make a double trip in that case so cannot give them a good ride.

ALS 2 pp.
item 5565

Foster, W[illiam] H., Jr., Hong Kong, March 19, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston. "Japan."

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for his note of January 30 with enclosures; by the trial balance from Shanghai there were Taels 360.07 to Mr. Ralston's credit as of December 31, 1868; will write to Shanghai for information Mr. Ralston requested and will report to him; sending 16 Penang chairs as per invoice which cost $1105 [?] Mex; Mr. [----] Bowman charged a very moderate freight rate; will send more lounges by the "China" which will be made in Hong Kong; has given his old friend David Maclean a letter of introduction to Mr. Ralston; will always be glad to be of service to any of Mr. Ralston's friends who come his way; Mr. Foster was married on February 13th, 1869; sends his regards to [Thomas H.] Brown and [George H.] Thompson of the Bank of California and [Zoeth S.] Eldredge.
ALS 4 pp.
P.S. Mr. McDonald had told Mr. Foster that he had ordered through Mr. Ralston a pair of horses; Mr. Foster's horses have given him much pleasure in riding and driving and are much admired.
Enclosures and invoice lacking. "Japan" at top of first page. Some words illegible.
item 5565

Foster, W[illiam] H., Hong Kong, April 19, [18]69. To W[illiam] C. Ralston. "China."

Additional Note

Thanks Ralston for his letter of the 3rd of March and for his kind offer of services; sent 16 chairs by "Japan"; sending by China 12 Ratan Lounges, sufficient for the large verandah of the Belmont house; if not, he will send more; encloses invoices and B[ill] [of] L[a]d[in]g for the 12 chairs--cost $29.00 at Ralston's debt; freight $12.96; Exchange market locally, now favors the buyers and expects it to remain so as long as Manila requires money; "sales of first class paper at x/7 [?] for bills on London at 6 [illiegible]."

ALS 2 pp.
item 5565

Foster, W[illiam] H., Hong Kong, June 14, [18]69. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for his note of May 2 and for his attention to his friend Maclean and for Ralston's promise to "put through"' anyone Mr. Foster might send him; has already availed himself of this by giving a "line" to Ralston to Baron de Traittenberg of the Austrian Expedition who will be in San Francisco about the end of the year and will be delighted with the fine city; missed seeing the Admiral except at an evening party given by the Governor but Mrs. Foster told him about San Francisco where he will go and Ralston will have the opportunity to make arrangements for him to see San Francisco; Dr. Scherder, chief of the scientific department of the Austrian expedition, will want to know about the mines; if more can be made in time additional chairs will be sent for the verandah of Ralston's house; frequently during the summer Mr. Foster has thought of the contrast in climate between where Mr. Ralston lives and he lives; very hot weather in Hong Kong; business dull; tea markets at Foochow and Canton not yet open; much money lost in tea in 1867/69; doubts whether there was half a dozen English Houses solvent in China; Mr. J. McDonall "has astonished the slow people of Shanghai with the horses [Ralston] sent him; Mr. Foster's horses much admired and are excellent saddle horses; thanks Ralston for his congratulations; praises married life.

ALS 6 pp.
June 17th. Encloses Bill of Lading for 6 Lounges and 6 arm chairs costing $[----] at [Ralston's] debit in a/c.
Bill of Lading missing.
item 5565

Foster, W[illiam], Hong Kong, June 19th, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, esq. "Japan."

Additional Note

Encloses B[ill] [of] L[a]d[in]g by this steamer ["Japan"] and Mexico; the cost is $34 for six packages of 6 Lounges and 6 arm chairs which Mr. Foster presumes Mr. Ralston will be glad to have for his new house; will send no more chairs without further orders; Mr. [----] Edmondson asked to have some chairs sent to him and was sent the same number as to Mr. Ralston; and charged the cost to Ralston's account; Mr. Edmondson has been requested to pay Mr. Ralston $39 in gold, "the equivalent of $34 Mexican;" hopes Mr. Ralston will approve of his action.

ALS 2 pp.
At top of first page "Japan."
Note added at bottom of first page: Send this to Mr. Smith at Custom House [probably added by Mr. Ralston].
item 5565

Foster, W[illiam] H., Jr., Hong Kong, June 30th, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Introducing his friend Hon[orable] W.H. Rennie, Colonial Auditor General and member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong and asks for "any civilities" which Mr. Ralston may be able to offer him; is an experienced traveller and knows that Ralston will make it possible for Mr. Rennie to see the grand scenery of California and Nevada; has hinted that Mr. Ralston's "stables can turn out...something wonderful in beauty and strength, or rather power, as well as tremendous in spirit"; asks that he be recommended to [----] Foss at the Geysers and to be driven down from the summit in 7 1/2 minutes.

ALS 2 pp.
item 5570

Foster, W[illiam] H., Jr., Hong Kong, July 19th, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Introducing to Mr. Ralston his friend, W.H. Rennie, an Englishman of liberal ideas, who sails from Japan; wants to see California; fond of horses, has been one of the best supporters of the races in Hong Kong; won the "challenge cup"; has been told about Mr. Ralston's stables and hopes to see them; gives an account of business conditions in Hong Kong.

ALS 3 pp.
item 5570

Foster, W[illiam] H., Jr., Hong Kong, Sept[em]b[e]r 16th, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Has received Mr. Ralston's second order for chairs and forwarded it to Singapore; gratified that the chairs sent were satisfactory; suggested being commanded at any time; the house [Russell and Co.] letter will give Mr. Ralston information about the market.

ALS 1 p.
item 5570

Foster, W[illiam] H., Hong Kong, Oct[ober] 16, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esqr. Per "Japan."

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for his order for chairs which will be sent him as soon as they come from Penang; greatly obliged for the attention Mr. Ralston gave his friend Mr. Rennie who wrote that he was received very cordially and entertained very hospitably; he was very enthusiastic about the many interesting things to be seen in and around San Francisco; his letters to friends in Hong Kong will influence people traveling to the United States and Europe to go by way of San Francisco; Governor of the Colony of Hong Kong thinks he may return to England by the Pacific route and overland but has waited to learn Mr. Rennie's opinion of that route; Mr. Foster has rearranged his plans for the future and would like to settle in California; asks Mr. Ralston's advice regarding future business arrangements, cites his qualifications along that line, and feels he is competent to take any responsible position in a mercantile firm; would prefer a business such as that of his friend [----] Edmondson who had thought of selling out; Mr. Foster would like to succeed him; Mr. and Mrs. Foster prefer the climate of San Francisco.

ALS 4 pp.
item 5570

Foster, W[illiam] H., Jr., Hong Kong, Dec[ember] 18th, [18]69. To [William C.] Ralston. Per "American."

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for his note of November 3 giving "much interesting information about the state of monetary affairs in California"; a hard time existed for a time and there were malicious reports started about the Bank of California according to the papers; rumors stopped and confidence restored; sends Bill of Lading and 19 chairs on the steamer "American"; son born on November 25, 1869 and registered with the U.S. Consulate as a citizen and "he cannot be claimed as a Britisher"; baby born on Regatta Day and that evening received a note from U.S. consul that Captain English of the U.S. Flagship Delaware proposed the baby's health which was drunk by forty true Americans when the news was received during lunch; business dull but manage to cover expense; the much talked about coolie business does not proper with the people here to inaugurate it; after the Chinese New Year that business may improve.

ALS 3 pp.
Per "American" at top of 1st page.
item 5570

Foster, W[illiam] H., Jr., Hong Kong, Jan[uar]y 11th, 1870. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for his "frank note" assuring him that he may have his [Ralston's] advice and recommendation upon arrival in San Francisco; appreciates Ralston's kindness and will let him see that he [Mr. Foster] is worthy of it; may leave by March steamer instead of April as first planned; leaves his share of the profits for the year when he sails; Mrs. Foster looking forward to being able to say that she is at home again; comments on his little son; sending 16 more chairs as per Bill of Lading enclosed; brisk business in staples during past month--"Rice, Sugar and Salt in Japan"; very little trade with the United States.

ALS 3 pp.
Per "Japan" at top of first page.
Bill of Lading lacking.
item 5570

Foster, W[illiam] Jr., Hong Kong, Feb[ruar]y 12th, 1870. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Sending Ralston Bill of Lading for 15 more Rattan chairs by the steamer China; he and family will leave by the next steamer for San Francisco and hopes to find Ralston well upon arrival; leaving the firm of Russell and Co. and his responsibilities will end then according to the agreement with Mr. Cunningham, Attorney for Mr. [Paul] S. Forbes; Mr. Foster will then be able to trade on his own in any field he chooses; Mr. Cunningham did not favor Mr. Foster's personal expenditures over which it was considered that he had no control; no criticism of his economy in the management of business matters; states real reason for leaving was that Mr. Forbes wished to provide positions for his relatives; considers his connection with the company as being agreeable; will have some business in hand upon arrival.

ALS 4 pp.
Per "China" at top of page one.
Bill of Lading lacking.
 

Fowlkes, Dr. Jeptha

Additional Note

See Garrison & Fretz Collection.
item 5575

French, W[illia]m H., San Francisco, Cal[ifornia], February 7, 1872. To Hon[orable] W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

His seventeen year old son Frederic Halver French has applied for an appointment at large to West Point; Mr. French gives some family history; asks Mr. Ralston's "assistance in bringing this prominently before the President of the United States"; this action "will be highly esteemed and appreciated. "

ALS 3 pp.
"Senator Cole has taken charge of my son's letter asking the President for the appointment."
item 5575

French, W[illia]m H., Presidio of San F[rancisc]o March 21, 1872. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

A telegram had been received from Washington announcing the appointment of his son Hal to West Point; thanks Mr. Ralston for bringing his "very strong influence to bear in his favor"; this favor is "high appreciated" and will be remembered by both father and son.

ALS 2 pp.
item 5575

Belknap, W[illia]m W., War Department, Washington City, March 27th, 1872. To Hon[orable] C[ornelius] Cole.

Additional Note

The Secretary of War, William W. Belknap informed Senator Cornelius Cole that Frederic H. French, whose application Senator Cole had endorsed, had been appointed by President [Grant] as a Cadet to the Military Academy to enter in 1873.

ALS 2 pp.
"Respectfully refered to Mr. Ralston." [Signed] C. Cole.
2 copies, one dated March 26th, 1872; the other March 27, 1872.
 

Fretz, A.C.

Additional Note

See Garrison & Fretz Collection.
 

Fretz and Ralston

Additional Note

See Garrison & Fretz Collection.
 

Fretz, John

Additional Note

See Garrison & Fretz Collection.
 

Fretz, Ralph

Additional Note

See Garrison & Fretz Collection.
 

Fretz, Ralston

Additional Note

See Garrison & Fretz Collection.
item 5580

Fry, (Mrs.) Caroline, Louisville, [Kentucky], Aug[ust] 31st 1869. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Enjoyed seeing Lizzie (Mrs. Ralston) and the children in New York; comments on each one; furnishing a new house and making new friends; hopes Mr. Ralston will send his friends to visit the Frys and they will do the best they can for them; asks Ralston what he has "done for the 'widow' and her oil painting."

ALS 3 pp.
item 5585

Fry, James Barnet, Headquarters Military Division of the South, Louisville, K[entuck]y, July 18th, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Enclosed clipping entitled The Chinese in California which gives "the leading democratic view on the Chinese question" in the local area; it will be a mistake for Senator [Eugene] Casserly to appease the Irish by making "war on the Chinaman"; will not be supported by the party on this side and he will be "out in the cold"; "a fair chance for all will be the result of the war"; Capt[ain] [----] Brenham has gone East, his wife confined to her room in Galt House; hopes to start housekeeping in a few weeks after Mrs. Fry arrives; if Mr. Ralston cannot visit them then, he can send them any of his friends who come that way and a promise to do all he can to make their visit pleasant; obliged for the business the Bank has done for him so promptly every month; supposes that Ralston has been kept busy by the influx of people from the East.

ALS 2 pp. Clipping enclosed.
item 5585

Fry, James B., Phila[delphia], [Pennsylvania], Aug[ust] 18, [18]69. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

When [General] Fry arrived in Philadelphia he learned that Dr. I.H. Baxter had started on a trip to California with a party made up mostly of members of Congress; he is a personal friend of General Fry, stationed in Washington, distinguished professionally, "has a large acquaintance and a strong power" among members of both houses of Congress; commends him to Ralston; General and Mrs. Fry go to New York expecting to see Lizzie [Ralston] and from there to Louisville to settle down; will try again to see [James] Lees in New York; met Gov[ernor] [Richard James] Oglesby in Chicago who was delighted with his visit [to California] and who told much about Mr. Ralston.

ALS 2 pp.

Please answer at top of first page. - R
item 5585

Fry, James B., Louisville, [Kentucky], October 10, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Has given a note to Mr. Ralston to W[illia]m D. Conn, his chief clerk who sails for California to find employment; is not asking any favor for him, only if Mr. Ralston has an opening for such a man as he, gives an account of his character and qualifications; "Well, you did put the delegations through! Some fair drinkers sh!"; "a pity to pour that fine wine into some of those rat holes"; did not think much of the way some of the Chicago and Cincinnati people behaved; criticized them; "Douglas and Ogden have parted as pretty fully [?] as to matters generally and especially as to the return of Lizzie [Ralston] and the children...the greatest among the great events at Belmont"; often discussed and wonder how she gets "along with the big house and all her duties and responsibilities"; "she has the ability and nerve to meet it all and more too"; met Governor [Richard James] Oglesby in Chicago after he returned from California which he praised highly and also Mr. Ralston particularly; "all the men of sense and standing" do the same but there are others who are not of that kind; Colonel [----] McDowell was charmed, was at Belmont; did not wonder that California was lively after going from Louisville; a dull place with a heavy trade in pork, whiskey and tobacco, local society does not have "the purpose of making things agreeable and jolly for the people in general"; has single purpose of marrying off the girls; Mrs. Fry gets along well but complains about the coal dust.

ALS 3 pp.
Specimen of Mr. Conn's handwriting enclosed:
item Unnumbered

Conn, W[illia]m D., Baltimore, [Maryland], October 6th, 1869. To General James B. Fry.

Additional Note

Has received General Fry's letter and the letter of recommendation; however the result may or may not justify the endorsement of his character, General Fry, General Halleck and Colonel Scott can rely upon his gratitude; will not decline nor accept General Fry's offer; leaves for New York on the 30th and from there by steamer for San Francisco.

ALS l p.
With letter Fry, James B., Louisville, [Kentucky], October 10, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston. As a specimen of Mr. Conn's handwriting.
item 5585

Fry, James B., Louisville, [Kentucky], Oct[ober] 24, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Encloses a newspaper article [Wealth as King] for Mr. Ralston to read "for relief from Bank business"; considers parts of it good others not so good; expresses better than he could some of the views he advanced when discussing Mr. Sharon's taking the Senatorship with Ralston; Mr. Fry's "idea is that bad government will sooner or later result in all evils and carry every body to pot; purity and efficiency in legislation and c, is therefore a prime consideration"; states how all ought to seek to secure it; 1st, "a fair degree of fitness and then the more wealth...the better" since that would make the incumbent less apt to be corrupted since a wealthy man can be independent, 2nd. the fit man if wealthy is under stronger obligations to accept the office and should do so; 3d should "be held responsible and not be the tool [of] whom he controls as at present; "all quiet, very quiet on the Ohio."

ALS 2 pp. Clipping enclosed.
item 5585

Fry, James B., Headquarters Military Division of the Missouri, Chicago, Ill[inois], Dec[ember] 4th, 1872. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Heard that Mr. Ralston is going to send an expedition from Belmont to the south (New Orleans etc.); hopes it will be directed to encamp on the military grounds if it goes over the Chicago line of March; "How are you Diamond Mines?"; best thing for that kind of a case is the "argumentum ad hominum ... Latin for beating a man over the head with a club"; warns not to "send any Gospels with the expedition...plenty to be had" en route.

ALS 1 p.
At top of page one: "Answered. W.C.R."
item Unnumbered

Fry, James B., Headquarters Military Division of the Atlantic, New York, February 8th, 1875. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Mr. Ralston's "decision of character does not show itself as much in educating your boys, as it does in other things"; encloses a clipping which he advises Mr. Ralston to read since it shows "how fully and promptly a Wall Street man settles the matter with the school master."

ALS 1 p. Clipping enclosed.
The following clipping enclosed with the above letter: "The Chinese in America," The World, New York, July 12, 1869.
item Unnumbered

Gardner, Robert, State of California, Office of Surveyor General, Sacramento, 13 January, 1875. To H[enry] M. Yerington, Esq.

Additional Note

Acknowledges receipt of telegram and letters sent to C[----] E. Hartnell as well as warrants Mr. W[illiam] C. Ralston sent to be located on certain specified land according to Mr. Yerington's instructions; some of the land has not been surveyed so it cannot be located with School Land Warrants; office records show that there is on file a Warrant Location filed by Mr. [----] Bliss in the name of W[----] R. Eckhart; lists land he has located in the name of C[----] E. Hartnell; there are preemption filings on some of it on which an abandonment can probably be obtained.
LS 2 pp.
[Note added]
"The scrip located as above was withdrawn for cause."
Original in University of Nevada Library, Special Collections, Yerington Collection.
item Unnumbered

Garner, Robert, Sacramento, State of California, Office of Surveyor General, 13 Jan[uar]y, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Had received Mr. Ralston's letter with land warrants listed by number and had located that day all the land that could be located according to H[enry] M. Yerington's instructions; listed warrants used in locating the land with the acreage for each and those that were not used which were subject to Mr. Ralston's order.
LS 1 p.
Original in University of Nevada Library, Special Collections, Yerington Collection.
 

Gardner, Robert

See also Hartnell, C.E.

 

Garrison, Cornelius Kingsland

See Garrison & Fretz Collection.

item 6020

Garrison, D.R., Pacific Railroad (of Missouri), President's Office, Saint Louis, [Missouri], Feb[ruar]y 15th, 1875. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq. Strictly Confidential.

Additional Note

C.K. Garrison of New York is to leave for San Francisco on important business; informs Mr. Ralston that the M[iss]o[uri] Pacific R[ailwa]y Co[mpany] then owned by various New York parties can be purchased to such an amount as to give the purchaser control of the Road; "the Road is leased to the Atlantic and Pacific Ry. Co. but the lease's illegality can be easily proved; "gives an account of the Railroad, its receipts, its bonded indebtedness as shown by enclosed clipping, value of the property, the Union Depot, its charter; suggests that Mr. Ralston and a few of his friends consider "obtaining control of this magnificent property"; C.K. [Garrison] will see Mr. Ralston and would be pleased to have him consult with him about the railroad.
LS 4 pp. Clipping enclosed.
item 6020

Garrison, D.R. per C.K.G., Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company and Leased Lines, St. Louis, [Missouri], Feb[ruary] 17, 1875. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Is sending the attorney for the above railroad company, P.N. Lilton, to San Francisco on business for the railroad; he will probably call upon Mr. Ralston who is requested not to inform him of the contents of his first letter, since he does not want this attorney to know about any of his movements.
LS 1 p.
Mr. Ralston may make any inquiries he pleases about the condition or management of the railroad.
item 6025

Garrison, J.L., Home Mutual Fire and Marine Ins. Co. of St. Louis, St. Louis, [Missouri], August 9th, 1873. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Mr. Cha[rle]s Holland of Chicago is in St. Louis to dispose of a marble patent for manufacturing Manhattan Artificial Marble of which he is one of the owners; he has stated that he has sold his patent for California to Mr. Ralston and others and that the factory for producing artificial marble is in operation in Oakland [California]; "would like to know whether the thing is a success."
ALS 1 p.
[Note added] Answered Aug[ust] 19th, [18]73.
 

GARRISON & FRETZ COLLECTION (BEGIN)

Additional Note

Garrison & Fretz--1849
Garrison, Fretz & Co.--Sept., 1851
Garrison, Morgan, Fretz & Ralston--Jan. 1, 1856
Fretz & Ralston--July 11, 1857
item Unnumbered

Clippings, miscellaneous.

Additional Note

Number of clippings, sources. not indicated. Some apparently from Congressional Record, but no date; others probably from newspapers.
item 6030

Dinneford, W[illia]m, Esq. n.p., undated To Garrison & Fretz. Statement of account with amounts stated.

Additional Note

"For your note to us dated June 16th, 1850.
For Interest on do to 16th Decr., 1851, 18 months at 1% per mo.
For your note to us dated from 20th June, 1851 at 30 days not yet paid.
Interest on do to 16th Decr. 1851, 5 months and 25 days at 3%
American currency
GG Pina and Co.
Dft returned
Int and Damages
Total $1,227.10"
DS 1 p.
item Unnumbered

Dinneford, W[illia]m, Esq., n.p., undated To Garrison & Fretz. Statement of account with amounts stated.

See Dinneford, W[iliiam], Panamá, June 16, 1850. To Messrs. Garrison & Fretz or order. Promissory note.

item 6030

Fretz and Ralston, n.p., undated

Additional Note

Sundry statements regarding coal at San Francisco; including cost of storage and wharfate, money collected, credit to Fretz and Ralston and debits to Fretz and Ralston.
D [No signature] 1 p.
item 6030

Fretz and Ralston, n.p., March 28th, [18-]1. To Ben Holladay.

Additional Note

Receipt for having received from Ben Holladay 120 shares of stock of the Ophir Silver Mining Company as collateral for money loaned.
ANS 1 p.
item Unnumbered

G[arrison], C[ornelius] K[ingsland], n.p., undated To F[retz] and R[alston].

Additional Note

Statement of C[ornelius] K[ingsland] Garrison's charges and credits to Fretz and Ralston.
D 1 p.
item 6030

[Garrison Fretz and Co. ?], n.p., undated

Additional Note

Our 1/2 San Fran[cisco] coal.
46,768.96 Dr.
35,452.78 Sale of 1/2
$11316.18 Loss
D No signature. 1 p.
item Unnumbered

[Garrison Fretz and Co.?], n.p., undated

Additional Note

"Sundry statements regarding coal at San Francisco "
D [No signature] 1 p.
item 6030

Garrison, Fretz and Co., Bankers. General Agents, Commission and Forwarding Merchants, Panamá, N[ew] G[ranada], undated

Additional Note

Memo. Notes of Edw[ar]d McGovern and S.P. Dorsey given to Fretz and Ralston, San Francisco for collection.
S.P. Dorsey note to Ran Runnels and int[erest] 3%.
Give up note if principal is paid "or do the best you can to collect it."
E. McGovern to W.R. Buker
2 notes
"Compromise the above two by his paying $500 and give him up the notes."
[On Verso]
"Dorsey and McGovern Notes for Collection for a/c Ran Runnels"
Garrison & Fretz
item 6030

[Garrison, Fretz and Co.], n.p., undated To W[illiam] Dinneford. Statement of Account.

Additional Note

"Advances made by Wm. Dinneford for a/c of Ship Kingston and owners" plus interest on loan of Garrison & Fretz
"Less amt paid him a/c of disbursements."
"Our int[erest]...for which were [?] are indebted to Dinneford."
Dinneford Dr
"To amt of Chas Jacksons bill Pork and Beef for Kingston rend[ered] in a/c as paid
Amt. G and F Bill oil casks do do
Amt. G and F Notes --
Dinneford Dr
Dinneford Cr
Bal[ance] due us by Dinneford $666.58."
[On verso]
"Memo Kingston and Dinneford."
The following letter was with the above note:
item Unnumbered

Dinneford, W[illiam], n.p., undated, for a/c of ship Kingston and owners.

Additional Note

Statement of amount advanced and interest on money loaned of Garrison & Fretz; less amount paid Mr. Dinneford and balance due him by Garrison & Fretz; Mr. Dinneford is debtor for supplies for Kingston and with deduction of interest he owes [Garrison & Fretz] $666.58.
D [No signature]
item Unnumbered

Garrison, Fretz and Co., undated To John Mathison, [Panamá, Nueva Granada].

Additional Note

Inv. Power
$500
Due 2/5 Nov[ember]
Pay to John Mathison Esq., or Order.
DS
item Unnumbered

Mathison, John, I.I. de Ycaza, Panamá [Nueva Granada], 30th July, 1856.

Additional Note

To Messrs. Garrison Fretz and Co.
Pay to the order of Messrs. Garrison Fretz and Co.
DS
item Unnumbered

Ralston, W[illiam] C., San Francisco. To Fretz and Ralston.

Additional Note

Eleven checks signed by Mr. Ralston, most of which are made out to "myself" or "W.C.R." or "W.C. Ralston" on one; most state purpose or are to be charged to "general account"; dates of checks; Mr. Ralston's signature partially blotted out on all except one check.
DS
item 6030

Thomas H. Somonson and Horatio N. Gallup agt. [vs] Cornelius K. Garrison and John Fretz, Supreme Court, City and County of New York. Copy.

Additional Note

Complaint of Plaintiffs against the Defendants shows to the Court that the Defendants at Panamá, New Granada on May 18th, 1853 "collected and received on the account and for the use of Samuel Churchman...the sum... of the value in the City of New York of $2245.10...being the proceeds of a certain Bill of Exchange..drawn by said Churchman in favor of said Garrison & Fretz on Ferand and Co....and by them paid to the Defendants for the account of...Churchman and that thereby the said Defendants...were indebted to...Churchman the..named sum with interest from the said 18th day of May, 1855"; After being requested to pay the Defendants have refused to pay the money collected or any part of it; before starting this action Mr. Churchman for "a valuable consideration" which the Plaintiffs paid him, "assigned, transfered and set over" to the Plaintiffs "all his... claim and demand against the...Defendants to the money...collected by them for his account...and that the Plaintiffs are...the lawful holders, owners and assignees of said claim and demand...the same remains wholly due and unpaid"; Plaintiffs demand judgment against the Defendants for $2,245.10 with interest and costs of the action; sworn statement of Thomas H. Simonson.
D 2 pp.
[On verso]
"Supreme Court. Simonson and Gallup vs. Garrison & Fretz. Copy complaint. F.F. Marbury for Plffs. I have just procured a Copy of the Complaint in order that you and Mr. Garrison might see the matter more fully on seeing their claim and that I might more easily make a defense. Yours truly W.K.T."

See E O E, Panamá, March 23d, 1853. To Samuel Churchman, Esqr.
15.15 To Balance when party was made up for coco
To Cash Jany 24 to Feb. 1 and amounts paid to several individuals and for supplies with amounts
558.70 Total
279.35 1/2 for your a/c
294.50 Total
item 6030

Dinneford, W[illiam], Panamá, June 16, 1850. To Messrs. Garrison & Fretz or order. Promissory note.

Additional Note

Promised to pay Messrs. Garrison & Fretz or order $200.00 in American Gold on demand with interest from date or value received.
S 1 p.
[On verso]
"W. Dinneford
$200
Pay to the order of Garrison Fretz and Co.
Garrison & Fretz."
item 6030

Dinneford, W[illiam], Panamá, June 20th, 1851. To Garrison & Fretz, Promissory note.

Additional Note

Promised in thirty days to pay to the order of Garrison & Fretz $250.00 American Gold with 3% interest per month.
DS 1 p.
[On verso]
"W Dinneford. Note due July 20 for $250.00"
"Pay to the order of Garrison Fretz and Co. Garrison & Fretz."
item 6035

Jenkins, Tho[mas] H., Panamá, January 15th, 1852. To Garrison & Fretz. Promissory note.

Additional Note

Promised to pay to the order of Messrs. Garrison & Fretz $630.67 American Gold for value received.
DS 1 p.
[On verso]
Pay to the order of Garrison Fretz and Co. Garrison & Fretz
Tho[mas] H. Jenkins due--Jany 15th $630.67
item Unnumbered

C[illegible], M. [L. or S.?], San Francisco, Oct[ober] 25th, 1852. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Receipt for $50
DS 1 p.
item 6035

Bell, Alexander, Panamá, Nov[em]b[er] 24th, A.D. 1852. To Edgar Wakeman. Bill of sale.

Additional Note

Sold to Edgar Wakeman "30 head of hogs...one cart and farming utensils on the ranch of Algodono and a number of fowls"; acknowledged payment of $500.00 and bound himself for the good title to all the property.
DS 1 p.
"Signed and Sealed this day Panamá Novb 24th, A.D. 1852. Witness Geo. S.[?] Keen."
item 6035

Raymond, J[----] W., San Francisco, Jan[uar]y 14, 1853. To Messrs Garrison & Fretz, Panamá.

Additional Note

Acknowledged receipt of letters of Dec[ember] 12th and 21st; New Orleans advertized for January 14 but as...no tickets of consequence were sold up to 1 o'clock (neither on her nor any of the other steamers) it was deemed better to withdraw said steamer rather than suffer a heavy loss on the down passage which might not be made up on the return trip; regretted this loss because Mr. Raymond wished the New Orleans to wait until after Cortez had left Panamá so as not to compete with other boats under the management of Garrison & Fretz; less expensive to wait in San Francisco; would like to send New Orleans on February 1st and "let Capt[ain] Wakeman have time to go on the beach and examine the ship's bottom"; since both his bookkeeper and purser are ill Mr. Raymond has had much extra to do so has not been able to examine the accounts of Garrison & Fretz; has noticed that both "damages and interest" were charged on the protested draft of J. Howard; Messrs. Page, Bacon and Co. is his authority that when "damages" are claimed "interest" is not customarily charged; "but the holder takes his option of either"; returning "t[----] Lynch's draft on D[avid C.] Broderick protested"; requested that it be collected of the endorser "Bell."
LS 1 p.
item Unnumbered

Garrison & Fretz [Panamá], After March 8, 1853.

Additional Note

Items charged and credited in Profit and Loss a/c of Garrison & Fretz from March 9, 1853 to October 31, 1853.
D 3pp.
item Unnumbered

Garrison & Fretz, per S[amuel] W. Ralston, 10 M[ar]ch, 1853. Balance Sheet Ledger.

Additional Note

Undated itemized list of debit and credit. E and OE.
DS 2 pp.
[Vertical]
Balance sheet
Garrison & Fretz Ledger
Panamá 10 M[ar]ch, '53
Prior to transfer of Stock to G[arrison] F[retz] and Co.
item Unnumbered

E and OE, Panamá, March 23d, 1853. To Samuel Churchman, Esqr.

Additional Note

Statement of unpaid draft on J.B. Ferand and Co., Panamá, cashed by Mr. Garrison in New York, plus interest.
DS 1 p.
[?] See Thomas H. Simonson and Horatio N. Gallup, agt [vs] Cornelius K. Garrison and John Fretz, Supreme Court, City and County of New York. Copy.
item Unnumbered

Garrison & Fretz [per] S[amuel] W. Ralston, Panamá, 29 March, 1853. Current account with.

Additional Note

Statement of cash received and interest at 3% per month from Nov[ember] 20, 1852 to March 29, 1853.
DS 1 p.
item Unnumbered

Stevens, Curtis, Taboga, May 29th, 1853. To Messrs. Garrison, Fretz and Co., Panamá.

Additional Note

Requested that payment of balance of $200 due Mr. Stevens be paid to Charles Tripp, Captain of Taboga.
LS 1 p.
Not in handwriting of Mr. Stevens but signed by him.
[Receipt added]
"Received from W[illia]m Nelson for Messrs. Garrison Fretz and Co. Two hundred Dollars being above am[oun]t. $200 Panamá, 11 June, 1855 Charles Tripp"
[On verso]
"Curtis Stephen [sic] order and receipt June 11th, 1855 from Wm Nelson $200"
item 6035

McLean, A[----] C., Panamá, August 20, [18]53. To Messrs. Garrison Fretz and Co.

Additional Note

"Due Messrs. Garrison Fretz and Co. or order Fifteen Dollars Am[erica]n Gold on Demand, --borrowed Cash--$15--"
DS 1 p.
item 6035

Marks, Robert, Panamá, Sept[ember] 3rd, 1853. To Garrison Fretz and Co, Promissory note.

Additional Note

Promised to pay to Garrison Fretz and Co. two hundred ninety four 50/100 dollars American Gold ten days after date for value received the preceding January.
DS 1 p.
[On verso]
R Marks
Sept 3rd
$294.50
item 6035

Marks, Robert, Panamá, Sept[ember] 3rd, 1853. To Messrs. Garrison Fretz and Co. [Promissory note].

Additional Note

Mr. Marks promised to pay Messrs. Garrison Fretz and Co. $45 five days after date which was the amount held by them for value received.
S 1 p.
[On verso]
"A Marks
Due 8/11 Sept
$45"
item 6040

Bartty [?], Mary Ann, Panamá, [Nueva Granada], Sept[ember] 10th, 1853. To Garrison Fretz and Co.

Additional Note

Thirty days after date I promise to pay Garrison Fretz and Co. or order the sum of Fifty Dollars American Gold for value received (being loaned money) without defalcation or discount.
DS 1 p.
item 6040

[Garrison Fretz and Co..], n.p., Sept[ember] 17, 1853. To Mrs. [A.] Mayer.

Additional Note

Receipt for $1,000 from Mrs. Mayer, [Garrison Fretz and Co.] going her security for a claim against her in court; if Mrs. Mayer lost the suit [Garrison Fretz and Co.] to pay over the $1000; if Mrs. Mayer won the case, the $1000 was to be returned to her.
D [No signature]
The following letter was with the above letter:
item 6040

[Garrison Fretz and Co.], Dec[ember] 28, 1853. To Mrs. A. Mayer.

Additional Note

Paid Mrs. Mayer $1000 she having won the case in court; Garrison Fretz and Co. were obliged to return the money to her; $1000 was credited to Mrs. Mayer's bank account as appears in her account below.
item Unnumbered

Garrison Fretz and Co. In a/c with Mrs. Mayer Deposit of $1000 returned to Mrs. Mayer indicated by a star.

Additional Note

[No copy of verso]
item Unnumbered

Barnia [?], Y.[?], Panamá, Oct[ober] 27, 1853. To Middleton and Boyd. Promissory note.

Additional Note

Promised to pay Middleton and Boyd $75.00 in American Gold, on or before March 1, 1854 with interest at 3% per month from date until paid.
DS 1 p.
item 6040

Items charged and Credited In Profit and Loss. From March 9, 1853 to October 31, 1853.

Additional Note

[No signature] 1 p.
item 6040

Rohde, W[illiam], Panamá, 19 April, 1854. To Mr. [----] Scott.

Additional Note

Receipt for four [?] boxes of lard in good order received from Mr. Scott.
DS 1 p.
[Vertically across receipt]
Two cases.
AJR [Andrew Jackson Ralston]
item 6040

Boyd, Arch[ibald] B., Panamá, 30 April, 1854. To Augustus Tyreet, San Francisco.

Additional Note

"Mr. A. Tyreet To A.B. Boyd, Dr. To amot. of account due latter by former at time of leaving Panamá American Cy $35.00"
Disappointed that above amount had not been remitted since Mr. Boyd had heard that Mr. Tyreet had done well since he arrived in San Francisco; requested that the amount be handed to W[illiam] Ralston which was for rent and a cash transaction; hoped for his continued success in California.
ALS 1 p.
[On verso]
"Additional documents from Boyd Panamá"
item Unnumbered

Middleton and Boyd [?], Panamá, 30 April, 1854. To Augustus Follur [?].

Additional Note

Mr. Augustus Follur to Panamá Star Dr.
To Amo[un]t of a/c due for advertising and c as rendered $24.00
Requested Mr. Follur to hand the above amount to Mr. W[illiam] C. Ralston as the firm is closing up its business.
D[?]LS 1 p.
item 6040

Middleton and Boyd, Panamá, 1 May, 1854. To Augustus Hogg.

Additional Note

"Mr. Augustus Hogg To Panamá Star Dr.
193.25 - To amount of a/c rendered due 31 December 1852
10.00 - To cash lent Mr. Miller
$203.25 - Total
Request to pay the above amount to W.C. Ralston
D
The following letter was with the above letter:
item Unnumbered

Boyd, Arch[ibald] B., [Panamá], 1 May, 1854. To A[ugustus] Hogg.

Additional Note

Had written Mr. Hogg frequently regarding the balance due the Panama Star but had never received an answer regarding it; Requested Mr. Hogg to settle the account immediately with Mr. Ralston as Mr. Boyd was "now fully tired of letting the matter stand open."
ALS 1 p.
item 6040

Rohde, W[illiam], n.p., May 6th, 1854. To Mr. [----] Scott.

Additional Note

Receipt for eight cases of lard received in good order from Mr. Scott.
DS 1 p.
item Unnumbered

Protest $245.00

Additional Note

[Probably on verso of protest]
Thomas G Johnson for Lees & Waller. New York, June 25, 1854. Jueph [?] C. Camern [?], Notary, 67 Wall St.
Fees 75 cents
Charges $1.50 chg do in acct.
item Unnumbered

Protest $245.00

Additional Note

[Probably on verso of second copy of protest]
Thomas G. Johnson for Lees & Waller. New York, July 3d 1854. Jueph [?] C. Lamero [?], Notary, 67 Wall S[t]
Fees 75 cents
1 Protest 75
$1.50
item 6045

Lamern [?], Jueph [?] C., United States of America, State of New York, City of New York, June 26th, 1854. To Drawer [Thomas G. Johnson] and Endorsors [Jno. C. McLemore, Lees & Waller, and Fretz and Ralston], Atlantic and Pacific Rail Road Company and all others concerned. Protest.

Additional Note

On June 26, 1854 at the request of Lees & Waller, Jueph [?] Lamern [?] presented the original Bill of Exchange to the Secretary of the Atlantic and Pacific Rail Road Company at its place of business, No. 63 Beaver Street, New York City, the said drawee being absent, and demanded acceptance but the Secretary refused to accept the same "for want of advice and authority to draw"; the Notary Public thereupon entered a protest against the drawer and endorsors of the Bill of Exchange and all others concerned, "and all costs, damages, and interest...incurred" or that may be incurred because of non-acceptance.
DS 1 p.
Bill of Exchange attached to this:
item Unnumbered

Johnson, Thomas G., San Francisco, May 30th, 1854, To John C. McLemore. Exchange for $245.

Additional Note

"Five days after sight of the FIRST [Bill] of Exchange (Second and Third unpaid) pay to the Order of John C. McLemore Esq. The sum of Two Hundred and Forty-five Dollars; Value received and charge the same to account of (Signed) Thomas G. Johnson." "2nd July 1854 To L. Chatfield Esqr., Prest. Atlantic and Pacific RRd, 229 Broadway, New York
DS 1 p.
[On verso]
"Pay Fretz and Ralston or order Jno C. McLemore
Pay Lees & Waller or order Fretz and Ralston"
Attached to protest of June 26, 1854.
item 6045

Fowlkes, Dr. Jeptha, Farmers' and Merchants' Bank of Memphis, Tenn., Office 37 Wall Street, New York, New York, July 20th, 1854. To Col[onel] [John C.] McLemore.

Additional Note

Has had to make several large payments and found it impossible to pay him $245; "should it go back instead [?]... to draw on me [Jeptha Fowlkes] at three days sight; if it goes back and I will pay it--[illegible] doubt or fail!"
ALS 1 p.
[At bottom of same page]:
item 6045

Johnson, Thomas G., [New York, July 20th, 1854]. To Col[onel John C. McLemore].

Additional Note

Regretted that he had not been able to pay the draft that day as all expected as the Doctor [Jeptha Fowlkes] had to make some large payments as his note shows; impossible to meet the payment as expected; requested Mr. Johnson to draw on Dr. Fowlkes for the amount plus all damages caused by the delay; in haste because the mail closes very soon; asked Colonel McLemore not to think hard of him as he had done all he could; knows the Doctor's situation and he could not ask or insist that he pay; certain that the doctor will pay the draft on him; stated that all this things were ruined as he was not able to get them across the Isthmus [of Panamá] in time; requested that he hear from Colonel McLemore by the next mail.
ALS 2 pp.
item Unnumbered

McLemore, Jno [John] C., San Francisco, August 22, 1854. To Fretz and Ralston. Bill [of Exchange] for 250.80.

Additional Note

"Three days after sight of this First of Exchange (Second and Third unpaid) pay to the Order of Fretz and Ralston To hundred and fifty 80/100 dollars and charge the same to account of (signed) Jno. C. McLemore"
"To Dr. Jeptha Fowlkes No. 37 Wall Street New York"
[across end of Bill of Exchange] "Office Farmers and Merchants Bank of Tennessee, 37 Wall Street, New York, September 27, 1854. Protested for [illegible] Jueph C. Lamern [?] Notary Public, 67 Wall Street N.Y."
DS 1 p.
item Unnumbered

Rohde, William, Esq. N 11°, Panamá, Sept[ember] 6th, 1854. To Garrison Fretz and Co. Dr.

Additional Note

Sept[ember] 6th, 1853. Ssdkd amount of Wm Rohde less amount paid on a/c in goods. 10 cases, sold for cash.
item 6045

Rohde, William, Esq, N 11° Panamá, Sept[ember] 6th, 1854. To Garrison Fretz and Co. Dr.

Additional Note

1853, April 4 - Amount of Wm Rohde note less amount paid on a/c in goods.
1854, May 6 - 10 cases, 2400 lbs. Lard at 24 sold for cash.
1854, Sept. 6 - Interest on $832.94, 17 months at 1 % per month. Interest on $546, 4 months at 1 % per month.
Total 1,573.56
DS 1 p.
item 6045

Harris, H[----], St. Francisco, Sept[ember] 13th, 1854. To Ralph S. Fretz, Esqr., Panamá.

Additional Note

$100.00
One hundred dollars in American currency to be paid to the order of Fretz and Ralston; the money to be charged to the account of the rope which Mr. Harris had placed in the possession of Fretz and Ralston and delivered to Mr. G.W. Dyer on the Halk Superb.
S 1 p.
[On verso]
"Rec'd value from Messrs. Fretz and Ralston. (signed) H. Harris. By Garrison, Fretz and Co., Fretz and Ralston, B.F. Voorher, Cash[ie]r
item 6045

Lamern [?], Jueph [?] C., Notary Public and California Commission, 27th September, 1854. To Drawer Jno. [John] C. McLemore, and Endorsers [Fretz and Ralston, Lees & Waller, Dr. Jeptha Fowlkes] and all others concerned, United States of America, State of New York. Protest.

Additional Note

On September 27th, 1854, at the request of Messrs. Lees & Waller, Jueph [?] C. Lamern [?], a Notary Public, presented the original Bill of Exchange "to a man in attendance at the purported office of the drawee of the said bill, No. 37 Wall Street in the City of New York, the said drawee being absent and demanded acceptance who refused to accept the same"; whereupon the Notary Public entered a protest against the drawer and endorser of the Bill of Exchange and all others concerned, "and all costs, damages, and interest...incurred" or that may be incurred because of non-acceptance.
DS 1 p.
Bill of Exchange attached to this.
[On verso]
"Pay to the order of Lees & Waller
The Following Bill was attached to the above protest:
Protest $250.80
Jno. [John] C. McLemore for Lees & Waller, New York, Sept. 27, 1854, Jueph [?] C. Lamern [?], Notary
item Unnumbered

Lamern [?], Jueph [?] C., Notary Public and California Commission, United States of America, State of New York, 3rd October, 1854. To Drawer, Jno. [John] C. McLemore, and Endorsers [Fretz and Ralston, Lees & Waller, Dr. Jeptha Fowlkes] and all others concerned. Protest.

Additional Note

On October 3rd, 1854, at the request of Messrs. Lees & Waller, Jueph [?] C. Lamern [?], a Notary Public, presented the original Bill of Exchange "to a man in attendance at the office of the drawee of said bill, No. 37 Wall Street in the City of New York, and demanded payment who refused to pay the same"; whereupon the Notary Public entered a protest against the drawer and endorsers of the Bill of Exchange and all others concerned, "and all costs, damages and interest...incurred" or that may be incurred because of non-acceptance.
DS 1 p.
Bill of Exchange attached to this.
[on Verso]
"Pay to the order of Lees & Waller"
Protest $250.80
Jno. [John] to McLemore for Lees & Waller, New York, Sept 27th, 1854. Joseph [?] Co. Lamern [?] Notary [attached to protest of September 27th, 1854.]
 

Garrison, Morgan, Fretz and Ralston

See Garrison & Fretz

 

Garrison & Fretz COLLECTION (END)

item 6300

Gassaway, F.H., The First National Bank of Washington, [D.C.], July 27[?], 1871. To My Dear Sir W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Mr. Ralston's letter of the 18th with enclosures of pictures of himself and family had been received; Mr. Huntington had sailed from New York "On an important financial mission to St. Petersburg, Russia." He will be gone two months after which Mr. Ralston will hear from him.
ALS 1p.
item 6300

Gassaway, F.H., The First National Bank of Washington, [D.C.], April 27, 1872. Personal. To My Dear Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Mr. [Wm S.] Huntington died on 26th of March from plura-pneumonia; while Mr. Huntington had never seen Mr. Ralston he considered him a good friend and looked forward to seeing him on a contemplated visit to San Francisco; considered that there was a "certain similarity" between himself and Mr. Ralston; Mr. Huntington had the "idea that his immense service to Jay Cooke and Co. in securing and holding for them the almost absolute monopoly of the Government business was not properly appreciated by them"; had thought of starting another house in Washington "which would represent some other large firm or institution" and spoke of going to San Francisco to see if he could make some arrangement with Mr. Ralston's bank in that respect; Mr. Gassaway expected to be assigned Mr. Huntington's position and to represent Jay Cooke and Co. but that was given to another and he was given another position; plans withdrawing from First National Bank and starting a new one; if Bank of California would like to be identified with the new bank or be "represented by it" he would be glad to correspond with Mr. Ralston in that regard.
ALS 4pp.
item 6300

Gassaway, F.H., Washington, D.C. Jan[uar]y 7th, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Had been the cashier of the Second National Bank of Washington, D.C. which he organized shortly after the death of their mutual friend Wm. Huntington; as administrator of Mr. Huntington's estate he had to bring suit against some of the more important members of the "Washington Ring"; as a result evidence was brought out which resulted in the abolition of the current government of the District of Columbia; those people bought up most of the stock of the new bank and made Mr. Gassaway's position so unpleasant that he resigned; anxious to get back into banking business and asks Mr. Ralston for a position in his bank.
ALS 4pp.
item 6300

Gassaway, F.H., Offices 503 D. Street, Washington, D.C., Feb[ruar]y 12th, 1875. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Anxious to receive a reply to his letter of some three weeks back [January 7th, 1875]; begs that he be favored with a line at his earliest convenience.
ALS 1p.
item 6305

Geisse, P.F., Willsville, Ohio, July 24th, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Introduces the "Barer" [sic], Mr. Fready Knowland to Mr. Ralston; who is going to California as an agent of the Pa [Pennsylvania] Centeral [sic] RailRoad Co.; any attention or information Mr. Ralston can give him "will be axcepted [sic] as a personl [sic] favour"; he may live in San Francisco.
ALS 1p.
item 6305

Geisse, P.F. n.p., undated, [Willsville, Ohio], [July 24, 1869]. To [William C.Ralston.]

Additional Note

Congratulates Mr. Ralston on his "great sucksiss [sic] in buissness [sic]; has "felt a deept Intrust [sic] in [his] sucksiss [sic] in life ... heare [sic] God has prospured [sic] [him] wounderfully [sic]; would like to hear from him personally; gives an account of himself and family and of several of the older people in the town.
ALS 1p.
This may have been enclosed with Mr. Geisse's letter of July 24th, 1869.
item 6310

Gibson, Rev. M[atthew] M., 114 Eddy St[reet], San Francisco, California, San Francisco, California, November 13th, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Help Mr. Ralston gave in connection with Dr. Lord's lecture was greatly appreciated by Rev. Gibson and his people.
ALS 2pp.
item 6310

Gibson, Rev. M[atthew] M., [San Francisco, California], Aug[ust] 3rd, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

[Rev.] Gibson has learned that a large number of sewing women in clothing and shoe manufacturing have been thrown out of work or have to work for very low wages because of the introduction of cheap Chinese labor in order to compete with Eastern trade; spent part of his summer vacation visiting the manufacturing establishments and the working women in their homes and learning of their hardships; proposes to use the basement of his church [United Presbyterian Church] to establish a work room for these women and soliciting work for them; asking aid from the public to pay off the church indebtedness; with the debt removed it is possible to go forward with the proposed plan to help the working women; gives an account of that which would happen if help is not given them.
ALS 7pp.
item 6315

Gift, Geo[rge] W., Office of the Napa Reporter, Book and Job Printing Office, Napa City, [California], June 7, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Asked Mr. Ralston to advertise in his newspaper and cites reasons why he should, (1) his newspaper circulates widely in surrounding counties and is read by several thousand people who do business with banks; (2) 200 copies circulate in Eastern States; (3) has written two pamphlets to induce immigration to California and plans to write another; has been working for California for more than a year at his own expense.
ALS 2pp.
Willing to insert the accompanying advertisement to occupy five inches space at $5 per month.
S.
[Note Added]
"Answered with check for $50.00 W.C.R., June 8th, [18]75."
item 6320

Gilman, Daniel C[oit], New Haven, Conn[ecticut], September 13, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Acknowledges "the confidence and support" Mr. Ralston gave him and his "marked kindness and courtesy" when he left San Francisco; thanks him; has been inspired with hope and strength for the new work he is soon to do; met at Sacramento by Mr. [----] Towne who presented him with a railroad ticket to New York and a pass for himself and family on the Central Pacific Railroad good until December [18]72--the pass "with Gov. Stanford's compliments"; indebted to Mr. Ralston for all this; his friends protest his leaving New Haven, but they can hardly object when he tells them of the cordiality and opportunities in San Francisco; hopes to see Mr. Ralston about November l.
ALS 3pp.
item 6320

Gilman, Daniel C[oit], University of California, Oakland, Cal[ifornia], May 14th, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Mr. Gilman a messenger for the tickets Mr. Ralston has purchased for him; queries as to how he can repay his indebtedness to Mr. Ralston and acknowledge the latter's many kindnesses; mentions Mr. Ralston's repeated encouragement and assistance and if he successfully serves the University of California it will be due in large part to Mr. Ralston's "counsel and cooperation."
ALS 2pp. Photocopy
Original in Bancroft Library.
item 6325

Glidden, John M., Boston, [Massachusetts], Jan[uary] 14th, 1875. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

San Francisco papers tell of great excitement in mining stocks; queries whether it would not be a good time to put the Union Copper Mine on the market; if Ralston thinks so, he should "drop [him] a Postal Card."
ALS 1p.
item 6330

Goldsmith, J.C., Editor, Frank Leslie's Publishing House, 537 Pearl Street, Corner of Elm St[reet], New York, Sept[ember] 2nd, 1874. To Dear Sir [William C. Ralston.]

Additional Note

Frank Leslie's Illustrated newspaper will shortly "publish views and sketches" in San Francisco; wants Mr. Ralston's portrait; asks permission for some friend to send his photograph and a short sketch.
ALS 1p.
Added Note:
"No -- respectfully."
item 6330

Goldsmith, J.C., Editor, Frank Leslie's Publishing House, 537 Pearl Street, corner of Elm St[reet], New York, Sept[ember] 8th, 1874. To Dear Sir [William C. Ralston.]

Additional Note

Requests again for a portrait and sketch of Mr. Ralston with recommendation of Senator A[aron] A. Sargent, a friend of both Goldsmith and Mr. Ralston; hopes they will be sent; Senator Sargent has given him a letter of introduction to Mr. Ralston which Mr. Goldsmith may soon present in person.
ALS 1p.
item 6335

Goodnough, A.M., October 6th, 1867.

Additional Note

San Mateo congregation Sunday School at a meeting voted to express its "sincere thanks" of the Sunday School to Mr. Ralston for the books he had donated to its library; committee of these boys, three girls appointed to present its acknowledgement to Mr. Ralston; names appended. Attest, A.M. Goodnough, Pastor.
DS 1p.
item 6340

Gordon, Ge[orge], Refinery, Nov[ember] 6th, 1867. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Will not bother Mr. Ralston with refinery details but will point out things of interest; 1st has decreased indebtedness -- owe only the Bank and Pacific and Union Insurance Company; expects to decrease the Bank's balance in next two months; 2nd, has convinced both Bay and Shuckles that it is to their interest to talk with Mr. Gordon and they have talked about the large sums they have presented to the public; gives an account of them; suggests other things that may be accomplished; has three things he would like Mr. Ralston to do; 1st, Backup Mr. Gordon in moving the town office to the Refinery, will be opposed but Mr. Gordon wants the men under his eye; 2nd, Mr. Gordon wants conversations referred to him in the matter of Tate's stealings permitted by [R?] F[....] and [Frederick] Roeding and Deko; 3rd, advises Mr. Ralston to "keep a stiff talk about [their] stock and tells him that which he should say.
ALS 3pp.
Also copy of letter. 4pp.
Copy of the above letter in handwriting of another.
item 6340

Gordon, Geo[rge], Refinery, Jan[uar]y 14, [?]. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Doyle's well posted Washington friend wrote "the impression here [Washington] is that the S.I. [Sandwich Islands] treaty will be ratified"; negotiations with the Refineries are about closing -- Mr. Gordon's "with the Bay [Sugar Refinery] is favourable - De Ro's with the [clans] Spreckels crowd [California Sugar Refinery] not so much so but in one respect good, they bind themselves under penalty but exact none from us.
ALS 1p.
item 6345

Gorham, Geo[rge] C., Hamisin Square, Mass[achusetts], June 24th, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Received Mr. Ralston's letter of 6th with Mr. Nye's letter to Mr. Ralston enclosed; assures Mr. Ralston he "will figure for the young man to the best of [his] ability"; will be in San Francisco before the middle of July and wants to consult with Mr. Ralston on various subjects; President Grant to win again "through the imbecility of his opponents"; praying that [Horace] Greeley may be endorsed at Baltimore whereby Grant will lose only Delaware and Virginia; "blunder as we might, the Democracy will outblunder us."
ALS 2pp.
item 6345

Gorham, Geo[rge] C., Office of Secretary of the U.S. Senate, Washington, [D.C.], Jan[uar]y 30, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Received Mr. Ralston's letter of the 21st with enclosures to [William M.] Stewart and [James W.] Nye; bill introduced and referred to the Committee on Public Lands; when Mr. [----] Biereton calls will have an early conference between him and all friends and himself where modes will be discussed; assures Mr. Ralston he can rely upon him to put forth his best efforts in this matter of such public importance; hopes Mr. Ralston's health has improved.
ALS 2pp.
item 6345

Gorham, Geo[rge], Washington, D.C., Feb[ruary] 16, [18]73. To [William C.] Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Would not sustain the mess about whom Mr. Ralston writes if they were his friends on the basis of that which they have done; never were his friends; Senator [Cornelius] Cole recommends the charges against them against Mr. Green's opposition; considered the men "incompetent and personally and politically offensive" and should they interfere with the operation of the Mint "it will be because it cannot be helped"; thinks they will be removed; comments favorably on Mr. [----] Biereton; indicates that which may be done the next session of Congress, but legislation was "absolutely impossible the current session"; thought best to have such progress made as would give assurance of future success.
ALS 4pp.
item 6345

Gorham, Geo[rge] C., Washington, D.C., Feb[ruar]y 14, 1875. To [William C.] Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Has received a letter from Mr. Ralston and would be glad if it were possible in any way to have a hearing on a proposed measure for promoting ship building on the Pacific Coast; nothing can be done; win necessary general legislation for operation of the Government is very much behind; many important questions will have no attention paid to them; would be impossible to attract any attention on the subject of Mr. Ralston's letter.
ALS 2pp.
P.S.
Has an idea [Newton] Booth will be able to defeat all measures relating to California; can do so if he is as able as [Cornelius] Cole was; [----] Irwin lifted Cole off of Whiting; Anthony and Merrill may do a little lifting; Booth goes out in six years, then California can breathe again unless she has another Booth.
item 6345

Moulin, Alfred, Clerk of the United States Circuit District Court for the Northern District of California, [n.p., undated] . To Geo[rge] C. Gorham.

Additional Note

To the case of Alfred Moulin, Appellant vs. Steamship "Sonora" Pacific M.S.S. [Mail Steamship] Co., Appellees charges against Mr. Gorham is impeding justice in the case.
D 1p.

Box 3

item 6350

Grant, Mary C., San Francisco, March 10th, 1871. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

As a favor she asks Mr. Ralston for a loan of $25.00; her husband died in Peru and she wants the money until she can recover the money due her on her husband's insurance policies.
ALS 1p.
Added Note:
"I gave the money." W.C.R. M[ar]ch 15th, [18]72.
item 6350

Grant, Mary C., San Francisco, March 23rd, 1871. To William C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for the favor with which he complied; asks for another loan of $50.00 for a short time to pay small bills; offers her little homestead as security; says her father's brother will have that policy; [her husband's insurance policy]; will be fixed for her in a few days and then she would repay him.
ALS 2pp.
item Unnumbered

Gray, Nathaniel and Co., Undertakers, San Francisco, [California], Aug[ust] 28, 1875. To Hon[orable] Ogden Hoffman.

Additional Note

Requested him to attend the funeral of William C. Ralston as Pall Bearer at the residence of J.D. Fry, Esq., on Monday 30th, at 10 A.M.
L? 1p.
Original in U.C.L.A. Library.
item 6360

Greene, Ben[jamin] B., Southern Hotel, St. Louis, [Missouri], October 5, [18]70. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Overwhelmed by Mr. Ralston's kindness; his telegrams preceded Mr. Greene's arrival in Salt Lake City, which resulted in a very warm reception and great hospitality; the same upon his arrival in St. Louis; gives details of his visit to both cities; has learned that Bank of England has reduced its rate of discount to 2 1/2 per cent per annum; better use could have been made of the money in California; his heartfelt thanks for Mr. Ralston's kindness, hopes Mr. [Stephen H.] Franklin none the worse for his tour with Mr. Greene who enjoyed the excursion with him.
ALS 4pp.
Leaving for Cincinnati the same afternoon.
[some words illegible]
item 6360

Greene, Benjamin B., 25, Kensington Palace Gardens, W., London, 29 Oct[ober], 1870. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Arrived in London after crossing the Atlantic on the "Java" which left New York October 12, 1870; found his family and friends well; hopes Mrs. Ralston enjoyed and benefitted by her trip to Oregon; mentions war news; Mr. [George P.] Kimball had promised to send him a catalogue of his carriages together with illustrations, weights, and prices and would like to have him mail one to him; asks Mr. Ralston to send him the amount of payments he had made for him but none has been received; wants Mr. Ralston to draw upon him or his firm or let him know the amount and he will pay it to Mr. Ralston's account in Oriental Bank Corporation; greatly enjoyed his tour of the United States, especially his stay in California made so by Mr. Ralston's kindness and attention; asks to be remembered to Mr. [Stephen H.] Franklin with whom he enjoyed a trip to the Geysers and the Big Trees and to other gentlemen whom he met in San Francisco; asks to be commanded if he can be of any service to Ralston.
ALS 7pp.
Reminds Mr. Ralston that he had promised him a list of the gentlemen he had met at Ralston's home and asks him to do so.
item 6360

Greene, Benj[amin] B., 15 Philpot Lane, London, 9 November, 1870. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Praises California and believes it the state to which people should go to make money and to enjoy themselves at the same time; his description of California has inspired some people to take a tour there; may result in settlers going there, which is that which California needs as well as England's cheap money; thanks him for his account and has paid £30 to the Oriental Bank Corporation on the Bank of California's account; the French are being badly punished during the war and the men at the head are totally incompetent to meet the situation; comments on money situation in England; remarks on Mr. Fiss' wonderful drive [to Geysers at Calistoga].
ALS 3pp.
item 6360

Greene, Benj[amin] B., Bank of England, London, 22 April, 1871. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had received the specimens of California and Oregon woods; considered them "really objects of great beauty [and] ... deserving a place in our International Exhibition"; but the authorities did not consider "such productions...receivable..."; asks regarding expense and will credit it to the Ralston's account at O.B.C. [Oriental Bank Corporation]; Mr. Greene now Deputy Governor of Bank of England; after serving two years will be Governor for two years more which he considers a position of honor; hopes there will be no commercial storm during his governorship; Oriental Bank Corporation has declared a 12 per cent dividend and assured its shareholders of its prosperous condition; comments upon the bad state of business and money matters in France and its effects; sends his regards to Mr. [Stephen H.] Franklin and asks that he be told that "the seed from the cones of the Big Trees" picked up in Calaveras is coming up nicely; comments on condition of things in California and that English people would have confidence to send money to California.
ALS 6pp.
Asks that Mr. Ralston let him know whether he can be of any service to him in England.
item 6360

Greene, Benj[amin] B.

Additional Note

List of California Woods
38 woods listed
1 (perfumed wood) Box
1 lot veneer and Large board of samples.
Sent to Benj. B. Green, Esq., London, by Kimball and Co., March 1871.
item 6365

Griffith, W.W., Merchants National Bank, Toledo, O[hio], Aug[ust] 14th, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Takes the liberty of addressing Mr. Ralston and encloses the letter of H.V. Siveringen of H. Wayne, Ind[iana] which "speaks for itself"; a way of making known "the wants of a very worthy young man" whom Mr. Griffith believes is a relative of Mr. Ralston; anything that could be done for him would be well received; gives an account of Mr. Siveringen's family; Mr. Griffith and family spent three months in San Francisco in 1868 and did business with Mr. Ralston's Bank.
ALS 3pp.
Letter enclosed.
P.S.
Sending photo of Mr. Siveringen "which too speaks for itself."
item 6365

Siveringen, H.V., Office of J.T. Losee, Real Estate, Insurance and Collection Agency, Journal Building, Court Street, over Post Office, Fort Wayne, Ind[iana], Aug[ust] 12, 1873. To W.W. Griffith, Esq., Toledo, Ohio.

Additional Note

His book has been published and given good announcements in the leading pharmaceutical and chemical journals and adopted as a text book in colleges; had become considerably involved while writing the book and wants to get out of debt; book cost about five thousand dollars; to do so and attend a course of medical lectures and purchase a home for his family, he will sell his copyright for $5000.00; has heard that W.C. Ralston of the Bank of California is worth millions, is some way related to his family and has sent for a copy of his book; because of this Mr. Siveringen believes Mr. Ralston might be willing to help him by purchasing his copyright which would be a good investment, with royalty payments twice yearly; requests Mr. Griffith to write Mr. Ralston "an earnest letter in his behalf"; has planned two more books which will fill a void in medical literature; one to be dedicated to Mr. Ralston, "provided he will have no objections"; asks that the letter be written soon and a copy sent to him.
ALS 3pp.
P.S. $5,000 would be worth more now than $20,000 in payments over 14 years, the time of copyright runs, which can be renewed; wishes to attend lectures in October but next payment is not until Jan.
item 6370

Guthre, Emma, New York, 137 West 42nd Street, Dec[ember] 15th, [1873]. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Teaching in New York; has some pupils whom she wishes to bring out in concerts; if she could give the concerts herself she could make some money; asks Mr. Ralston for $500 and begs him not to refuse; promises to repay with interest in a few months.
ALS 4pp.
[Added note]
"I must decline the honor -- W.C.R."
 

Guttierez and Co.

See Garrison & Fretz

item 6375

"Guyescutes", Washington, [D.C.], Jan[uary] 14th, 1870. To My Dear Sir [William C. Ralston.] Confidential.

Additional Note

Had informed [Louis H.] Garnett [president and manager of the San Francisco Assaying and Refining Works] that the Mint Bill would pass without difficulty; an interview with Judge [William D.] Kelly, chairman of the Coinage Committee cast doubts since [Samuel] Hooper, a member of the Committee seemed inclined to delay action on it; pointed out advantages of bill to Pacific Coast; Kelly agreed to call a committee meeting with "Guyesctes" present to make explanations; fears an amendment will endanger the bill; hears there will be a general cabinet reorganization which will occur March 4 [1870]; thinks it "highly important that the Mint Bill pass the House of Representatives; there seemed "to be some apathy in the House and a quiet opposition from Philad[elphia]"; writing to California members of the House of Representatives, especially [Aaron A.] Sargent and [Samuel B.] Axtell and ask them to give special attention to Mint Bill in House of Representatives, pointing out how important the Bill would be to the Pacific Coast; must work up enthusiasm there to cause the committee on Coinage to act early; should Mint Bill pass there should be no "disposition or chance to distrust its propositions."
ALS 3pp.
or
[Regarding the advantage of the Mint Bill [to establish a U.S. Branch Mint in San Francisco] and possibility of its passage.]
item Unnumbered

"Guyescutes", Washington, [D.C.], Jan[uary] 14, 1870. Confidential. To My Dear Sir [William C. Ralston.]

Additional Note

P.S. Requests that Mr. Garnett be told that the Senate made only one alteration in the bill which was to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to appoint the clerks in the office of the Director of the Mint instead of the latter "as provided in the Bill when first submitted."
item 6380

Gwin, W[illia]m M. Jr., Gwin Mine, 10 March, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Since his last letter drifting has been continued on the 800 foot level, north and south; 240 feet of tunnel has been run on the fissure; no sign of quartz; discouraging since there were hopes of striking the lead in the south anytime; shall continue working and food is furnished to them; hard to get along with them but will do all he can for he feels that as long as mine is worked there is hope that everything will turn out all right.
ALS 1p.
item Unnumbered

Hager, [John S.] [n.p., undated], last page a fragment, probably [Washington, D.C.]. To [William C. Ralston].

Additional Note

The Chronicle exposed the fact that the directors were dividing the earnings of the company among themselves; Mr. Hager feels that it looks like a fraud against the general stockholders; leaves it to Mr. Ralston to decide as to that which may be worth looking after in the general wreck; hopes to return home in April or May; "nothing new here but dresses --mostly for the ladies."
ALS 1p.
item 7005

Hager, Jno [John] Sharpenstein, Paris, [France], Nov[ember] 15th, 1872. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had written Mr. Ralston to ask his assistance in looking after his affairs in case Capt[ain] Brenham was not able to do so because of illness; a letter from his clerk Thomas stated that he had recovered; if he is unable to attend to business Mr. Hager will send Mr. Ralston a power of attorney; offers to be of any service to Mr. Ralston while in Europe; Bowles Brothers and Co. had closed up, did not pay depositors, and will probably not reopen.
ALS 2pp.
Note Added.
"Answered Dec[ember] 13th, [18]72. W.C.R."
item 7005

Hager, Jno. [John] S., Nice, France, Dec[ember] 25th, 1872. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Has had no information in regard to the purchase of the Connelly estate; held in common with Mr. Hager, nor of payment of purchase money; Capt[ain] [----] B[renham] had not written to Thomas; all done before receiving Ralston's letter that Capt[ain] Brenham had substituted Mr. Ralston in his place; glad Ralston is to take charge of his affairs; acknowledges his offer to select mines or anything else but repudiates "the French nurse" and describes Nice and mentions people he has met there; going to Italy and had intended to go to Egypt but report of cholera may scare them off; told Capt[ain] B[renham] to sell his savage stock when thought advisable and hopes Mr. Ralston will exercise the same discretion; inquires how Pres[ident] [Daniel Coit] Gilman succeeds; how he has been received and the people's impression of him; hopes he will be a success and that the University may flourish; thinks it justly his due to elect Gov[ernor] [Henry H.] Haight to vacancy on the Board of Regents; expects to remain in Europe until after the Vienna exposition but his wife wants to return sooner and states why.
ALS 4pp.
item 7005

Hager, Jno. [John], Naples, [Italy], Jan[uar]y 30, 1873. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Newspapers tell of Mr. Ralston's illness; from his letter recovery is presumed; asks for information regarding the new Gass [sic] Company of which he has 2400 shares and which had frequent assessments at $1.00 per share; fears that will overrun his income; asks questions regarding it; had his "opinion about the diamond bubble..." and "not disappointed with the exposure"; hopes Mr. Ralston had not suffered much as a result; gives an account of his travels in Europe; expects to return to San Francisco; if Madame likes it well enough remain there; if not will go elsewhere; has some drawbacks; glad to hear that Mr. John [?] Brougham [?] is likely to recover his health; "too good a man to lose."
ALS 4pp.
item 7005

Hager, [John S.], Paris, [France], Mar[ch] 11, [18]73. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Mr. Ralston's note of January 22 reached Mr. Hager in Venice; had received no current account of his finances since December 4th; [----] Brenham told to use his discretion about selling Mr. Hager's Savage stock; would like to get his money out of it; left private papers with Brenham to deposit in bank; Mr. Brenham in London and expects to go to Paris; fears he is not well; glad President [Daniel C.] Gilman [University of California] proved to be a success and hopes the University will advance to greatness and prosperity; gives Mr. Ralston the credit for having him elected; wants to be accommodated if his bank account is overdrawn while in Europe; does not know amount of assessments on Gass [sic] stock and Savage stock and amount of his taxes; queries re: terminating war between rival gas companies; expects to see [----] Twis in Paris; plans to return in May or sooner if the health of Mr. Lucas makes it necessary; Mrs. Hager will be pleased to meet Mr. and Mrs. Ralston; requests that Mr. Darby be asked to send him his account unless he has already done so.
ALS 6pp.
item 7005

[Hager, Jno. [John] S.], Paris, [France], March 20th, [18]73. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had received his current account but noted that bank dividends have not been credited to it; lists the money he has drawn on the bank since he has been in Europe; does not know how much more he will need until he returns home; Capt[ain] Brenham has moved from London to Paris and will soon go to Italy; Mr. Hager states he was one of the stockholders in the California Mutual Ins[urance] Co[mpany].
Fragment 2pp.
item 7005

Hager, Jno. [John] S., St. Louis, [Missouri], May 28, [1873]. Private. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Suddenly called home because of Mr. Lucas' declining health, who has improved; expect to leave for California in a few days; Mr. Lucas wants Mr. Hager to remain in St. Louis and manage his estate and also to be one of his executors; as it would be necessary to remain for some years, he has decided not to do so; will arrange his overdrafts when he returns; has seen many of Mr. Ralston's friends there who inquire about him.
ALS 3pp.
item 7005

Hager, Jno. [John] S., S[an] F[rancisco], Sept[ember] 17, [1873]. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Has been requested to ask Mr. Ralston for a letter to Governor F[rederick] A. [Ferdinand] Law, United States Minister at China, in behalf of an application to be made for the appointment of Reverend Doctor [Augustus W.] Loomis of San Francisco as Consul General for the Empire of China at San Francisco; encloses a sample letter.
ALS 2pp.
item 7005

[Hager, Jno.] [John] S., to His Excell[enc]y F[rederick] A. [Ferdinand] Low, Minister and C. [Sample letter]

Additional Note

Friends of Revd. Dr. [Augustus W.] Loomis [pastor of the Chinese Mission Church in San Francisco] will apply to have him appointed Chinese Consul General in San Francisco; states his qualifications; will facilitate trade between the United States and China; asks that Mr. Low give such recommendations to this the application as he can.
D 2pp.
[Enclosed with Jno. [John] S. Hager, S[an] F[rancisco], September 17, [1873]. To W[C] Ralston.
item 7006

Hager, Jno. [John] S., United States Senate Chamber, Washington, [D.C.], Mar[ch] 26, 1874. Personal. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Received Ralston's dispatch [re Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company subsidy]; the California Legislature in its resolution had instructed the Senators to vote against the subsidy and that must be obeyed "or else and c"; the opposition to the company is that it is waging war against the State coast steamers and is determined "to run them off"; those engaged in the coast trade state that the P.M.S.S. Co. is using government money to monopolize that trade; if so, it is "an ill-advised movement"; Mr. Hager has no personal concern or feeling against the Company and presented the resolution because it was sent to him to do so; have been instructed to vote for an appropriation for an artificial harbor at Oakland; have received about 100 resolutions of instructions from the California Legislature; has heard that the C[entral] P[acific] R[ail] R[oad] Co[mpany] is hostile to the P.M.S.[S.] Co. and favored the passage of the resolution by the Legislature; knows of no action in Congress beyond the presentation of the petition; had written Mr. Ralston "about assessment in Pioche west extension in stock" and to balance his account.
ALS 3pp.
item 7006

Hager, Jno. [John] S., United States Senate Chamber, Washington, [D.C.], Mar[ch] 30, 1874. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had seen an assessment of 50 cents a share on the Pioche West extension stock in the San Francisco papers; presumes he had better pay it since the stock has no market value; paid it; had left the certificates with Mr. Ralston; asks to have his bank balance made out and sent to him; has been ill since he had been in Washington; offers to do anything for Mr. Ralston in Washington.
ALS 2pp.
item 7006

Hager, Jno. [John] S., United States Senate Chamber, Washington, [D.C.], Ap[ril] 12, 1874. Private. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had received a dispatch from Mr. Ralston about the P[acific] M[ail] S[team] S[hip] Co[mpany]'s subsidy; had replied; a resolution was passed by the legislature instructing the California Senators to use their influence against Congress granting the company any additional subsidy; Governor sent the resolution and as customary Mr. Hager presented it to the United States Senate and some California representatives presented it in the House; has taken no further action; private parties have sent him reasons why subsidy should not be granted but he has made no use of them; an article appeared in the Chronicle assaulting Mr. Hager for presenting a petition intimating that it is bogus and saying that he had done so to protect his wife's railroad stock; had presented no petition and does not know of his wife having any such stock; presumes the Chronicle would not have published such an article without being paid and presumes the Company at the bottom of it; if that is the way it does things would like to know and asks Mr. Ralston for information since he was interested in the matter.
ALS 4pp.
item 7006

Hager, Jno [John] S., United States Senate Chamber, Washington, [D.C.], Ap[ril] 16, 1874. Private. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had received his account and "documents relating to the Sutro project"; does not think the measure will pass the Senate since the members from California, Nevada, and Oregon will "work against it"; unless friends of the measure put up a better argument than has been used; extraordinary things have happened and he is prepared for almost anything; "a California legislature is no proper preparatory school for the atmosphere of Washington; his wife writes that the baby is quite sick but he is afraid that she does not tell all and that the baby is more dangerously ill than she has stated; asks Mr. Ralston to let him know should anything be wrong; had written him about "an article in that dirty Chronicle in which [his wife's] name was used without regard to decency or propriety."
ALS 3pp.
item 7006

Hager, Jno. [John] S., United States Senate Chamber, Washington, [D.C.], June 2, 1874. To Dear Sir [William C. Ralston].

Additional Note

Received a letter [of May 25th] from Mr. Ralston and supposes "the certificate of Ins[urance] stock is all right"; asks that his bank balance be continued up to date and sent to him before June 14 since he may want to make a remittance to Paris before Congress adjourns and he leaves for California.
ALS 2pp.
item 7006

Hager, Jno. [John] S., United States Senate Chamber, Washington, [D.C.], Jan[uar]y 22, 1875. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had formerly written asking that his bank account be sent to him but have had no response; reports that the Senate bill "to remove the limitation on the circulation of gold Banks [national] has passed both houses" of Congress and is expected to become a law; gold national Banks may be formed with any capital and its circulation will be equal to it; Jones arrived that morning.
ALS 2pp.
item 7010

Hager, Mrs. Lizzie [n.p.] 4th May, [18]74. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

"...all well and not going to St. Louis."
item 7015

Hall, And[rew] T., Office of Andrew T. Hall, 41 State Street, Boston, [Massachusetts] Jan[uar]y 28, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Assures Mr. Ralston that he shall have pleasure in looking after his two boys at Newton; will go to see them and do everything needed for them; will ask to be advised of any illness or casualty that may occur; if not against the rules of the school, would like to have them spend an occasional Sunday with him.
ALS 1p.
item 7015

Hall, And[rew] T., Office of Andrew T. Hall, 41 State Street, Boston, [Massachusetts], Feb[ruar]y 17, 1874. To William C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Had gone to Newton to see Mr. Ralston's boys, found them pleasantly located in good health with "cheeks like two red apples"; they were out coasting in two feet of snow; shall take pleasure in seeing them occasionally and if they become ill his wife will give them the best of attention; with their father's permission he would like to have them come to spend an occasional Sunday with him and his wife; encloses a note received from Mr. Allen.
ALS 2pp.
Note Enclosed:
item 7015

Allen, Nashl T. To Andrew T. Hall, West Newton, [Massachusetts], Feb[ruary] 16, 1874. Letter enclosed in letter of Andrew T. Hall to Mr. Ralston, Boston, February 17, 1874.

Additional Note

Thanks him for his letter and for one from Mr. Ralston which he encloses; regrets that he was not at home when Mr. Hall called and to have spoken of Samuel and Willie Ralston; characterizes them; glad that there is a friend of the family to consult in emergencies; will call at the bank to make Mr. Hall's acquaintance; sending a school catalogue.
ALS 2pp.
item 7020

Halsey, J.L., Manhattan Life and Insurance Co., No. 156 Broadway, New York, March 18th, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Has received Mr. Ralston's letter resigning his seat as Director of the Manhattan Life Insurance Company; points out the value of his services in his section; thinks that will offset the trouble he may have had; does not lessen the company's obligation to him nor its regret that the reasons he gave for resigning will not let him remain a member of the Board.
ALS 1p.
P.S. Have written Messrs. Landers and Co. to withdraw Mr. Ralston's name from publication and [?] to publicize his resignation.
 

Hampton, Henry

See Holladay, Ben Collection

item 7025

Hanahan, H.D., Agency of Bank of California, Office of Laidlow and Co., New York, Aug[ust] 11th, 1874. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Has been bookkeeper in the above office for seven years and has made an effort to fill the position creditably for the Bank; has no knowledge of Mr. Ralston's arrangements with the Agents; asks that he be given "an appointment with a general surveillance over all the books"; feels it would benefit the Agency and free him of perennial patronage; if his statements prove him fit he would be "happy to have such a compliment and position conferred upon [him]".
ALS 2pp.
item 7030

Hanbury, T. [----], Shanghai, [China], 11 May, [18]70. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had forwarded Mrs. Ralston's order to friends in Canton who say that it is in process of execution; hopes to send the goods by the next mail; the brown horse is now "very stiff and groggy" and no pleasure to ride; would sell him for half price; "horses often go in this way in Shanhai", if no longer young.
ALS 2pp.
On Envelope per "Golden Age"
item 7035

Harbaugh, Springer, Pittsburgh, [Pennsylvania?], May 3, 1875. Personal. To My dear Sir, W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Acknowledges and thanks Mr. Ralston "for the many civilities and the great kindness" he had shown his son which is appreciated; wishes that he proves "as faithful true and honest to, and with others, as he has always been" to his father.
ALS 1p.
item 7040

Harder, J., [San Francisco, California], Mission Street 1049, Feb[ruar]y 23rd, 1875. To William C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Generally known that Mr. Ralston helps people in carrying out plausible ideas; solicits his favor in establishing a Stock Broker's Office in San Jose; if this plan is not favored, Mr. Harder will submit a "few proposals in regard to the Grand Jubilee July 1876"; thinks there is a chance to make a fortune; hopes he will write him granting an interview.
ALS 2pp.
[Note Added] Probably crazy, not answered.
item 7045

Harlan, John M., Louisville, K[entuck]y, May 2nd, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Received through their mutual friend Dr. Rogers four boxes of California cigars Mr. Ralston sent him; found them to be excellent and so have several friends whom he had asked to test them; asks that Mr. Ralston accept his "warmest thanks" for his kindness; while not personally acquainted he feels he knows him well; Kentuckians who go to California speak well of him; hopes he can come there and is sure Kentuckians will repay his hospitality.
LS 2pp.
 

Harris, H.

See Garrison & Fretz

item 7050

Harris, Header, St. Thomas, West Indies, 13th Jan[uar]y, 1874. To Dear Sir [William C. Ralston]

Additional Note

His brother-in-law, Mr. P. Campbell, manager of the Oriental Bank Corporation in London has forwarded letters to Mr. Harris to Mr. Ralston; requests that such letters be returned to said bank.
ALS 1p.
[Note Added] No letters Jan 31/74
[Note added on another page] No answer required.
item 7050

Hart, Henry, Agency of Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, Yokohama, [Japan], January 23, 1874. To My Dear Sir W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Reached Yokohama the morning of December 29th; have heard nothing from the [American] side and only one ship, "Vasca De Gama" has left; found Myon [?] Hammond and Mr. Chas Crocker agreeable companions; remained there a week and went on to Shanghai via Hioge and Nagasaki; received a letter from Mr. Crocker from Shanghai who will go to Hong Kong; does not like the country; is there only on business and not trying to combine pleasure with it; sending Mrs. Ralston a box of dried persimmons and two pots of rare plants in charge of the purser (Mr. Hill) which he begs her to accept; instructed Mr. Hill to send them to the Bank of California; when their friends Crocker and Hammond return home he wants Mr. Ralston to ask them how his friend Mr. [---] Robinson treated them; trusts that Mr. Ralston will permit him to serve him in that part of the world.
ALS 2pp.
item 7050

Hart, Henry, Agency, Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, Hong Kong, Feb[ruar]y 27, 1874. To My dear Sir [William] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Sending Mr. Ralston a basket of oranges and a package of Lychees by Mr. Harris, steward of the "Alaska"; also sending a package of Lychees addressed to a friend in New York which he requests Mr. Ralston to forward by express.
ALS 1p.
item 7050

Hart, Henry, Agency of Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, Yokohama, [Japan], Aug[ust] 3d, 1874. "Japan." To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Received Mr. Ralston' s letter per "Colina" and says it is impossible to make him understand how much he regrets having given a letter to such a man as Mr. Conny proved himself to be; begs his pardon; admitted Pennack [?] had asked that he be introduced to someone in San Francisco who would help him; when the "Colina" arrived he met Mr. A[lvinza ] Hayward and family and brought them ashore and took them to his home; assures Mr. Ralston that he will be well looked after; Mr. Hayward liked the "Colina" so much that he remained on board and goes to Hong Kong; Mrs. is unwell and thinks a sea voyage will do her good; has put her in charge of Mr. Hayward to Hong Kong and will return with the party; when Mr. Hayward returns Mr. [----] Robertson and Mr. [William W.] Cargill "will do the needfull" as will Mr. Hart; has to dispatch both the "Japan" and Colina" at noon that day.
ALS 2pp.
Mr. Hayward says "tell Ralston I am allright and better."
item 7050

Hart, Henry, Agency of Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, Yokohama, [Japan], Aug[ust] 13, 1874. "Great Republic." To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Sending a bed quilt by the Capt[ain] of the "Great Republic" which he begs Mrs. Ralston to accept; since the telegraph line has been seriously damaged he does not know of the arrival of "Colina" at Hong Kong but expects her in Yokohama on the 18th of August and should reach San Francisco as soon as the bearer; Mrs. Hart and the Hayward family must be experiencing hot weather in the south; gives an account of the fine business he is doing for the P.M.S.S. Co. in Japan; "as soon as Hayward returns will commence [?] to try to make him happy."
ALS 2pp.
item 7050

Hart, Henry, Agency of Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, Yokohama, [Japan], Sept[ember] 29th, 1874. "Japan" To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Mrs. Hart is leaving for San Francisco and will proceed Eastward; has given her two small drafts and asks Mr. Ralston to discount them and give her the funds; also asks that she be assisted with her baggage when she leaves San Francisco and shown any other courtesies thought proper which will be appreciated; has made Mr. [Alvinza] Hayward and family comfortable; Mr. Hayward's daughters and Miss McConnel return on the "Japan" while Mrs. Hayward remains in Japan and has been located at Kiya, a watering place where he lives as luxuriously as in his own home in the San Jose valley; Mrs. Hayward and Mrs. Hart will tell Mr. Ralston all about him.
ALS 2pp.
Has given Mrs. Hart another "draft for $1500 @ 3 months sight a No.1 plan discount."
item 7050

Hart, Henry, Agency of the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, Yokohama, [Japan], Dec[ember] 5, 1874. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for the information he received in his letter by the "Colorado"; also received a letter from Mrs. Hart telling of the many acts of kindness shown her by Mr. and Mrs. Ralston while in San Francisco; hopes he may have an opportunity to show his appreciation of his goodness.
ALS 1p.
item 7050

Hart, Henry, Agency of the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, Yokohama, [Japan], Jan[uar]y 29th, 1875. Per "Vancouver". To My Dear Sir [William C. Ralston.]

Additional Note

Encloses Bill of Lading for two boxes of 100 lanterns made expressly for Mr. Ralston and asks him to accept them.
ALS 1p.
Statement of duty and storage on 2 boxes. $8.20; payment receipted Feb[ruar]y 23, 1875.
item 7055

Hart, Mrs. Julia, Palmer House, Chicago, Ill[inois], 5th Dec[ember], 1874. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Encloses some slips from a morning paper; wants to know what is the matter with the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company; it was in a flourishing condition when she left Yokohama; feels an interest in the company since her husband has devoted his time and energies in building up the company; startling rumors from New York regarding it; feels toward the company like she would a relative; visiting a sister in Chicago; has learned that Mrs. Ralston is expected there shortly and hopes to meet her; asks Mr. Ralston to write to her.
ALS 4pp.
item 7060

Hart, W[illia]m K., Hart, Caughey and Co., Bankers, Pittsburgh, 187[?]. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Has learned that Mr. [John] Pearce, a large owner of the Blue Gravel Co[mpany] at Smartsville [California] on the Yuba River lives in San Francisco; Mr. Hart and friends have a large interest in an adjoining claim known as the Pitts and Yuba River tracts; has heard the Blue Gravel Co. is washing up to their claim with better than expected results; asks Mr. Ralston to see Mr. Pearce and find out the situation in relation to the Pitts and Yuba River tract and the possibility of making some arrangement regarding it.
ALS 2pp.
item Unnumbered

H[artnell], C.E., The Central Pacific Division of the Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph Company, Sac[ramento], [California], Jan[uary] 12, 1875. To H[enry] M. Y[erington]. Telegram.

Additional Note

Had received the papers from below but the instructions not arrived; will acknowledge receipt to the Bank [of California] in San Francisco; Mr. [----] Rice went west this day.
T 1p.
Original in University of Nevada Library. Special Collections. Yerington Correspondence.
item Unnumbered

Hartnell, C[----] E., Sacramento, [California], Jan[uar]y 13th, [1875]. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Had received Mr. Ralston's letter of January 11th, 1875, with the documents regarding the land matter which H[----] M. Yerington had ordered W[----] S. Chapman to forward to Mr. Hartnell with Mr. Yerington's instructions; he turned over the papers and instructions regarding the lands to Robert Gardner, Surveyor General of California.
ALS 1p.
Original in University of Nevada Library.
Special Collections - Yerington Collection.
Letter of W.C. Ralston Esq., January 11th, 1875 to C.E. Hartnell not located.
item Unnumbered

Gardner, Robert, State of California, Office of Surveyor General, Sacramento, [California], 29 May, 1875. To H[enry] M. Yerington, Esq.

Additional Note

Mr. C[----] E. Hartnell had located certain designated lands for Mr. Yerington to the amount of 2252 48/100 acres; lists the School Land Warrants used to locate said land; W[illiam] C. Ralston sent the above listed warrants except three to the Office of the Surveyor General; prior to the locating of land for Mr. Yerington W. [----] R. Eckart had located lands listed for Mr. [----] Bliss; condition of the land described may be obtained from T.B. McFarland, Register of U.S. Land Office, Sacramento, California; some of the land may have been filed on by pre-emptors.
LS 2pp.
item 7068

Haskell and Buckelew, Wholesale and Retail Dealers in Choice Teas and Groceries, per Sprague, San Francisco, March 31, 1868. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Bill for 2 baskets, price $3.00, paid April 1st, 1868. E.O.E.
DS 1p.
item 7069

Hastings, B.F. and Co., Banking House of B.F. Hastings and Co., Sacramento, [California], M[ar]ch 16, 1871. To Messrs. McLaughlin and Ryland, San Jose, [California].

Additional Note

Will give attention to the enclosures received in letter of March 14.
ALS 1p.
item 7070

Hatch, Rufus, Office of Pacific Mail Steamship Company, 59 and 61 Wall Street, New York, July 14th, 1874. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for his dispatch of the 13th inst; Mr. Ralston's objections seems to be in regard to changing commanders on the ship with which Mr. Hatch differs; states his idea of a captain and gives individual detailed accounts of various changes with the reasons made and the gratifying results of such changes; mentions swindlers whereby many more Chinese were brought in than were entered on the way bill; this being done by Company employees at Hong Kong and Yokohama and also by ships employees, also stowaways; mentions "entire want of discipline system and honesty everywhere, and the interests of the Company neglected at every point"; all employees now held strictly accountable and he gives no excuses or explanations except to Board of Directors or a good friend like Mr. Ralston; states condition of Company when Mr. Hatch became managing director and the change for the better brought about under his management; negotiating for a lease with Panamá R[ail] R[oad] C[ompany] soon to be completed which will be an advantage to San Francisco; plans to visit San Francisco and will explain many things to Mr. Ralston and discuss other matters.
LS 16pp.
item 7070

Hatch, Rufus, Office of Pacific Mail Steamship Company, 59 and 61 Wall Street, New York, Dec[ember] 9th, 1874. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Mr. Hatch's reply to Mr. Ralston's telegram indicates that he expects Mr. Ralston to take care of [Jennings T.] Cox and that Mr. Hatch will manage the New York end and will send "three millions additional security on the Peking, Tokio and City of Panamá, insured for seventeen hundred thousand dollars"; "will yet be proud of the only Steam Ship Company that floats the American flag on the Atlantic and Pacific"; its ex-President, Russell Sage, with Jay Gould have tried to undermine the Company's credit; hence his reason for telegraphing Mr. Cox was to show that it still had credit in San Francisco, New York and London; comments on the attitude toward "Steam Ship men" but believes that Ralston, Cox and Hatch will be considered "successful Steam Ship men", the opposition to the company's China line and its San Diego line, the overland railroad and Jay Gould trying to injure its credit and with little support from the merchants have made it "uphill work" for the company; without Mr. Ralston's assistance it would have been difficult to tell the outcome; company coming out all right and with "flying colors"; has not made known Mr. Ralston's dispatch to anyone except Mr. [----] Park but will have it published in the [New York] Herald the next day; thanks Mr. Ralston for his generous confidence.
LS 3pp.
item 7070

Hatch, Rufus, Office of Pacific Mail Steamship Company, 59 and 61 Wall Street, New York, Dec[ember] 29th, 1874. To W[illia]m C. Ralston Esq.

Additional Note

Gratified at receiving Mr. Ralston's words of encouragement; comments on newspaper notoriety; gives an account of the problems with which Mr. Hatch has had to contend with since he took charge of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company; states the current condition of the company; wants to sell its San Diego line and pay Mr. Ralston the amount owed him; considers it advisable to sell the unused real estate the company owns in San Francisco and put it into iron steamships; agrees with Mr. Ralston that [Jennings T.] Cox should have a three to five year contract with the company; suggests Mr. Ralston write the company president Mr. [----] Alexandre regarding placing other than Wall Street men in the Direction, the condition of the company's "ships, property, and their future prospects" and that San Francisco merchants would like to be assured that Mr. Cox would be the company's agent there for a term of years, whereby the company's credit would be helped and its business increased; will do all he can regarding Mr. Cox but believes Mr. Ralston's letter will be influential; Mr. Ralston need not apologize for making suggestions as Mr. Hatch will be glad to have them.
LS 6pp.
item 7075

Haussman, H., Oldenburg, Germany, February 16th, 1875. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Had talked recently with his fellow townsman, Mr. Schussler, Chief Engineer, S.V.W. Works about California and it had occurred to him that Mr. Ralston might find it desirable to have a European agent; offered his services; states qualifications; gives an account of transoceanic steamship business in Europe with the idea that Mr. Ralston might make use of the information.
ALS 3pp.
item 7080

Hay, J.S., Office of the Daily and Weekly Onyhee Avalanche, Silver City, Idaho, April 23rd, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Sends Mr. Ralston a copy of the Avalanche with which he is associated; had been connected with the St. Louis Press for several years and may return; had a letter of introduction to Mr. Ralston from Martin Collins, Esq.; Mr. Ralston might want to do a little business with them in Silver City.
ALS 1p. Author's card enclosed.
P.S.
I send you a copy of the Avalanche.
item 7085

Hayward, Thompson, and Stow, Virginia [City], June 20th, 1864. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

"Protect our acceptance for twelve thousand five hundred (12,500) due at your house this week."
D 1p.
item 7090

Heath, Mary E., Oakland, October 29th, [1867]. To [William C. Ralston].

Additional Note

Expresses thanks to Mr. Ralston for his kindness and help in times of trouble; relates the reverses and regrets that Mr. Ralston should suffer from his confidence in herself and her husband; offer the house they live in to Mr. Ralston toward paying him for that which they owe him; resigns her claim to it; knows that her husband when relieved of his debts will be able to keep the family from wants; mentions efforts to economize; no words can express her gratitude and hopes that her year old son who bears Mr. Ralston's name may when older "prove the gratitude and affection which his father and [herself] will never cease to feel."
ALS 4pp.
item 7090

To My Dear Madam, [n.p., undated]

Additional Note

Right for her and her husband to offer the property and from a legal and business point of view the Bank had a right to take it; however, it might be wrong in another and higher sense; as far as the writer is concerned the property shall continue to belong to Madam and her children; hopes that "better and happier days are in store" for her and her husband.
L 1p.
This letter may refer to the property mentioned in Heath, Mary E., Oakland, October 29th, [1867], to [William C. Ralston]. Madam may be Mrs. Heath. Sender may be Mr. Ralston, but not signed by him.
item 7090

Heath, Mary E., "Edge Hill", St. Helena, [California], March 1st, [1875]. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Wants to procure an appointment for her second son Charles as a Cadet in the Naval Academy at Annapolis; needs letter from friends to influential members of Congress and to the President; asks Mr. Ralston's help in this regard; daughter's illness prevents her going to San Francisco.
ALS 2pp.
item 7095

Heimké, Wm [William], Headquarters Department of the Missouri, Office of the Chief Quartermaster, Fort Leavenworth, K[ansa]s, July 5th, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Mr. Ralston is the only gentleman Mr. Heimké knows in San Francisco and asks him to purchase a very nice feather fan for ladies in the Chinese Notion store on Kearney Street where he had seen them while on a visit to San Francisco; wants one of the finest of these as a birthday present for a twin sister living abroad; wants not to pay over ten dollars; since the girl's birthday is the first of August he requests that the purchase be made at the earliest possible time; will always be grateful for this kindness.
ALS 3pp.
item 7100

Henderson, (Mrs.) J.J., Albany, New York, Oct[ober] 11, 1873. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Mrs. Henderson is about to start for China, and asks Mr. Ralston to reserve a stateroom for her sister and herself on the steamer leaving San Francisco November 1st.
ALS 1p.
[Note added]
My Dear Taylor
Will you please do me the favor and lay aside a good room as requested for this lady - Her husband is the U.S. Consul at either Hong Kong or Shanghi I think it is. - Ralston
Please return this letter by bearer or your messenger - R
All right -E. Taylor
item 7105

Henschell, (Mrs.) F., Paris, [France], January 17th, [18]69. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Gives an account of trip to New York, of the time spent in that city and of the "awful" voyage to Paris; likes Paris and would like to have all her San Francisco friends there; mentions Lucy of whom Mr. Ralston is guardian.
ALS 4pp.
P.S.
Received the note of Mrs. Lamuche and asks Mr. Ralston to give her the one enclosed; hopes he has paid the bill of the real estate agents.
[Note added]
"Ans[were]d June 18"
item 7105

Henschell, (Mrs.) F., Paris, [France], April 5th, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Has been to see Mrs. Ralston and finds her charming; wants to remain in Paris until June or July, 1870; asks Mr. Ralston to take care of some business matters for her; hears that Montgomery Street is to be lengthened which will increase the value of her property; gives an account of the obligations she must meet each month; Lucy has a fine voice and may make a fortune out of it; states her living situation in Paris; states her financial situation; hopes a good tenant can be found for her house; asks whether Mr. Ralston can send her "a rich, young Californian to marry Lucy and take her back to her Darling San Francisco."
ALS 6pp.
item 7110

Hewston, John Jr., The Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, Philadelphia, June 10th, 1868. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Bank of Cal[ifornia]. Telegram.

Additional Note

No quorum of Committee [in Washington]; has been active daily; no failure "if perserverance can succeed"; hopes to succeed without Legislation if he fails.
T 1p.
item 7110

Hewston, John Jr., Washington, D.C., June 25th, 1868. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

From Mr. Ralston's telegram he was tired of Mr. Henston living in Washington; Ralston cannot "appreciate the misery of having to live in Washington and transact business with the set one finds here"; can send some definite results in a few days; tries to justify his lengthy stay in Washington; [Cornelius] Cole had been to the Department and requested that nothing of the kind should be done; E. Kelly of New York made the strongest kind of a fight and is still fighting his bill in Congress; tried to get the secretary of the Treasury to give the contract, "decided that no authority existed"; had the bill sent to Congress and beat E. Kelly before the Committee; it agreed upon its propriety but the impeachment of the President [Andrew Johnson] prevented a quorum of the Committee from meeting; should bill be reported out of committee E. Kelly would prevent it from being passed unanimously; decided to get contract from Secretary of the Treasury as first proposed but first had to get the Director of the Mint to admit that he had made a wrong statement officially and to endorse Mr. Henston's proposition to refine; has reviewed such an endorsement and [Cornelius] Cole has given a partial one; gives an account of how matters are to be worked out, i.e. to get business for the S[an] F[rancisco] A[ssaying] [and] R[efining] W[orks]; will send the papers to Louis A. Garnett, its president and manager; will return to San Francisco.
ALS 7pp.
 

Hewston, John Jr.

See also Henschell, Mrs. F.

item 7115

Higgins, W[illia]m T., Assembly Chamber, Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms, Sacramento, [California], M[ar]ch 18th, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

State prison bill passed the House, amended by [----] Norton; seconded by Charles C. Terrill; gives a few details of it; account of investigating Committee of the University [of California] meeting and its report; may not be able to get Mr. Ralston's report into it but believes it has furnished the groundwork for the report; San Francisco Water bill passed the House but will be opposed in the Senate and states why; suggests Mr. Ralston explain the amendments to the Convict Labor bill and that which he wants done to it to [George] Oulton, [W.T.] Garratt, and [Washington] Bartlett; it can be passed in the Senate as there will be opposition in the Senate by the Prison Committee but these men can save it.
ALS 2pp.
[P.S.]
Advises Mr. Ralston that if he does anything about the State Prison matter he must do it at once as the bill is before the Senate and may be taken up at any time. - W.T.H. 1p.
"Stow is here, W.B; Carr also, have you heard from Hartson."
item 7120

Hill, A.G. and E[dney S.] Tibbey, The Bank of California, San Francisco, Oct[ober] 12, 1866. To [Bishop and Co.?].

Additional Note

Mr. Ralston had instructed the undersigned to send twenty thousand dollars in coin to the correspondents of the Bank of California in Honolulu, Messrs. Bishop and Co., by the steamer Vanderbilt; gives way in which the coin was sent.
A note S 1p.
item 7125

Hill, William, New York, Ap[ri]l 3rd, 1873. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Thanks him for his "most liberal and generous action" that he did for his deceased brother Andrew while he lived and that he and the rest of his brothers and sisters are deeply indebted to Mr. Ralston; account concerning the settlement of the brother's estate.
ALS 4pp.
item 7130

Hilliard, Elizabeth, Manchester, [New Hampshire], Nov[ember] the 19th, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Has seen Mr. Ralston's name frequently in the newspapers and writes to ask for employment in the Ralston family since she has been advised to go to California by her physician; can bring letters of recommendation; asks for $875 for steerage passage from New York and could earn enough to pay it back; requests a yes or no answer.
ALS 2pp.
item 7135

Hite, W. C., Office Commercial Bank of Kentucky, Louisville, K[entuck]y, May 3rd, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Mr. Ralston's friend [Isaac] Friedlander and family spent a day in Louisville, Kentucky; mentions how they were entertained; wanted them to stay another day; sent him letters from several army officers to President Grant and letters to men in Philadelphia; requested that he investigate the syndicate "Ten Million dollars to build the California and Texas Railroad"; expects it to pay "verry [sic] largely" but not up to Credit Mobilizer"; has invested one hundred thousand to show his faith; many of their friends interested in it and could get Mr. Ralston and his friends some if they desired it, but would have to act quick.
ALS 2pp.
item 7135

Hite, W.C., Office Commercial Bank of Kentucky, Louisville, K[entuck]y, July 10th, 1874. To William C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Mentions stops made en route home from California; names Mr. Ralston's friends who have called to inquire about him and his family; attended a breakfast where many asked about Mr. Ralston and his health; doctors think he is "working too hard"; suggests coming to Kentucky or going to Europe for a year; thanks him and his friends "for the most delightful visit [he] ever had in [his] whole life"; can never repay him but asks to be of service in any way; hopes Mr. Ralston has recovered his health.
ALS 2pp.
item 7135

Hite, W.C., Louisville, K[entuck]y, August 13th, 1875. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Asked Mr. Ralston to find out for him who owns the patent for making ice (thinks it is Senator [John P.] Jones) and for how much they will sell the privilege; may be induced to make use of it in several cities; would like to know cost of building machinery capable of manufacturing 20 to 30 tons of ice daily; if owner will not sell all the patent; he might sell one-half or three-fourths with Mr. Hite managing it; not much money in the business; Mr. and Mrs. Marves sends kindest regards; Mrs. Marves advises everyone to go to California to see Mr. Ralston; suggests that C.A. Peters could get the information for Mr. Ralston if he is too busy; will continue to do all he can for the Palace Hotel; his son will probably visit Mr. Ralston and will be grateful for any attention given him; wants his children to enjoy themselves.
ALS 3pp.
item 7140

Hodgman, C., Edwards, Matthews and Co., Loan Real Estate and Gen'l Agents, St. Louis, [Missouri], Feb[ruary] 11th, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Had heard his father speak of Mr. Ralston as one of his friends of his youth, he is writing to ask him to use his influence in getting a position for his brother in San Francisco; states his qualifications; gives references for himself; he and his mother would highly appreciate anything that Mr. Ralston can do for his brother.
ALS 2pp.
 

HOLLADAY, BEN (BEGIN)

Additional Note

The following letters from the Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society, contain references to William Ralston or the Bank of California. Listed chronologically.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., undated To My dear Will, [William Norris, Esq.].

Additional Note

"I write a note to friend Ralston, which after reading seal and send to him."
LS 4pp.
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp. 51-54, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item 7150

Holladay, Ben, n.p., May 17th, [18]69. To Gen[eral] Rufus Ingalls, New York.

Additional Note

Telegram.
Regarding rumored likely appointment of C[----] A. Eastman as Assistant Treasurer, U.S. in San Francisco [?]; while General Ingalls and General [Ulysses S.] Grant would probably approve, Mr. Holladay does not consider it proper because of his recent transactions; sending letter overland stating particulars.
ALS 1p.
Probably office copy.
item 7150

Holladay, Ben, n.p., May 19th, [18]69. To Gen[era]l Rufus Ingalls. Telegram.

Additional Note

Investigated C[----] A. Eastman's case and found himself cleared of matter referred to in telegram of May 17th; advocated his appointment.
D 1p.
Original in Oregon Historical Society.
item 7150

Holladay, B[en] N., n.p., May 20th, 1869. To Gen[era]l Rufus Ingalls, New York. Telegram.

Additional Note

Since his telegram of May 19th, Mr. Holladay is of the opinion that no Assistant Treasurer or other officers should be appointed until after an investigation has been made; telegram was probably too hasty, but thought it might please General Rufus Ingalls; [----] Eastman's "associates bad"; have grave doubts about him.
TS 1p.
Original in Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., A[u]g[u]st 12th, [18]69. To [William] Norris.

Additional Note

Gives an account of the needs for the railroad, (i.e. iron, bolts, etc.) and plans for construction; writes that "all we want is time - and Ralston must help us out. He will bond nothing and shall make money;" Mr. [----] Garfield, a delegate from Washington Territory, an able man and the best speaker on the coast, is in [Portland, Oregon] and plans to go down to San Francisco; Mr. Holladay wants Mr. Norris "to sho[w] him to Ralston and others."
ALS 3pp.
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp. 30-32, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, Portland, [Oregon]; Sep[tember] 10th, [186]9. To W[illiam] C. Ralston and W[illia]m Norris, San Francisco.

Additional Note

"Governor Seward sailed on Taylor this morning will arrive in San Francisco Monday morning."
T 1p.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, Portland, [Oregon], Sep[tember] 10th, [186]9. To W[illia]m Norris, Office of N.P.T. Co., San Francisco.

Additional Note

"You must arrange at once with Tichnor for through business, for Ralston and fix it up."
T 1p.
Both of the above telegrams on one page.
Letter press copy in Book 5, p.83, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., Sep[tember] 16th, [186]9. To [William] Norris.

Additional Note

"I proposed to [William C.] Ralston that we should get [----] Cohen obligation but he said it was not necessary - all would be right."
ALS 5pp.
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp.91-95, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., Sept[ember] 22nd, [18]69. To [William] Norris.

Additional Note

Mr. Holladay considered that it would be ruinous to their business to act upon the suggestion of their "good friend [William C.] Ralston" and go off to New York; felt he must remain on the job until the completion of the first section of the railroad, otherwise their securities are "worthless;" was quite aware of the embarassment that the situation was causing Mr. Ralston, "but what on earth can we do;" the only thing Mr. Holladay could do was to accept Mr. [William L.] Halsey's proposal even at "a great sacrifice," as the only quick way to pay the Bank of California; Mr. Ralston urged Mr. Holladay to accept that proposal which Mr. Halsey advised him to do; he telegraphed Mr. Ralston their acceptance; was very willing to sacrifice anything to pay the Bank and when that is done could go on building the road; had instructed Mr. Halsey to sell one million of the bonds which would get them out of trouble.
ALS 2pp.
P.S.
"Their [sic] is no change to Ralston for rent of my rooms, until Ben returns. His care of them is all I want and will take."
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp.99-100, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., Sept[ember] 23rd, [18]69. To [William] Norris.

Additional Note

Had received a letter from Mr. Norris and Mr. Holladay writes that he was "not surprised at Ralston's charge on you - but what can we do?" he asks; Mr. Holladay states that which he is doing, (i.e. building the railroad), will pay all debts later on but should 20 miles of the road not be completed on time [in order to receive the grant from the United States government] he asks, "where and when can we get the money?" Tells Mr. Norris that he "can sho[w] the enclosed letter (41) to Ralston." Had telegraphed Mr. Norris to sell his (Holladay's) Nav[igation] Stock . . . which he could have sold away up in the Seventys, but at the request or advice of [William C.] Ralston he held on to it.
ALS 3pp.
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp. 101-103, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., Sept[ember] 24th, [18]69. To [C. Temple] Emment.

Additional Note

Gives an account of the construction material on hand and that expected to arrive for the building of the railroad to Salem, [Oregon]; "We owe Bank of California $280,000 - with that paid - we are all right."
ALS 3pp.
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp. n4-116, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., Oct[ober] 22nd, [18]69. To [C. Temple] Emment.

Additional Note

Mr. Holladay's great objective is to "get free of the Bank of California;" the Bank seems to be "pushed for money" and he feels that he must reduce the interest being paid to it.
ALS 3pp.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., Oct[ober] 25th, [18]69. To [William] Norris.

Additional Note

Capt[ain] [J.C.] Ainsworth had taken passage on the Taylor to San Francisco, but Mr. Holladay does not know that which is taking him there; claims Captain Ainsworth is "trying hard to get someone to run as opposition;" considers him his "worst enemy on the entire coast;" thinks it possible that [Alvinza] Hayward had told him of something that takes him down; is of the opinion that Mr. Hayward does not own any of their stock with the exception of that which was given him "for working up the Scheme;" -and he believes "Ralston knows it - I am right;" requests that Mr. Norris inform [----] McAllister that he "work up" [his] law suit and not let them play any "dirty tricks;" asserts he "never will pay it until the law is executed;" tells Mr. Norris, "Get us clear of Ralston first - then we are all right."
ALS 4pp.
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp. 171-174, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., Oct[ober] 27th, [18]69. To [William] Norris.

Additional Note

Prayed that Mr. Norris had been able to make an arrangement with [----] Gallagher to get the money so that payment could be made to the Bank of California; [Williams] Ladd and [J.C.] Ainsworth make out that [William C.] Ralston is a close friend of both theirs and the Holladay group at the same time; asserts that Mr. Ralston was aware that when Mr. Norris gave him a draft on [C. Temple] Emment that the letter was not in a position to pay without selling bonds; wondered how he could say he was being used; states that Mr. Ralston was "in with [----] Cohen on the iron question by which we were most [illegible];" Mr. Cohen informed Mr. Holladay with Mr. Ralston present that the 25 miles [of iron] had all left Europe in Mehana in April when Mr. Norris already knew that the iron received was not ordered until after an agreement was made with Mr. C[ohen]; Mr. Holladay informed Mr. Norris that everything possible had been done to obtain more but had failed and Mr. Ralston knew it; considered it their misfortune that money was owed to the Bank of California when both were "short."
ALS 7pp.
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp. 177-183, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, B[en], Portland, [Oregon], Nov[ember] 5th, [186]9. To C[harles] J. Brenham, San Francisco. Probably a telegram.

Additional Note

Refuses to sell interest in Union Hill Mine for $6,000.
ALS 1p.
Answered by the following:
item Unnumbered

Holladay, [Ben], Portland, [Oregon], Nov[ember] 5th, [186]9. To C[harles] J. Brenham, San Francisco. Probably copy of a telegram.

Additional Note

"Ralston's telegram received. You can sell the interest in Union Hill Mining Company."
ALS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 5, p.186, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
Both items on same page.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., Nov[ember] 25th, [18]69. To [William] Norris.

Additional Note

Believes with Mr. Norris that [C. Temple] Emment has no appreciation of that which those building the 20 miles of railroad have gone through; if he is unable to help them by obtaining bonds and funds he does them no good; Mr. Holladay thinks that some bank, perhaps Mr. Ralston's, would be willing to extend enough credit for iron for 15 miles of railroad.
ALS 2pp.
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp. 210-211, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., Nov[ember] 27th, [18]69. To [William] Norris.

Additional Note

Mr. Norris telegraphed Mr. Holladay that the California had been bought by [----] Wright, [----] Donahue, and [----] Baning; will probably run the ship south with freight only; [----] Tichner will not make through freight rates with the purchasers because he had agreed to make such rates with Mr. Holladay's company; should he refuse, Mr. Holladay will fight him [illegible] of railroad which Mr. Holladay dropped at the request of [William C.] Ralston.
LS 2pp.
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp. 226-227, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, Portland, [Oregon], May 4, [18]70. To Holladay and Brenham, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia].

Additional Note

"Send three hundred (300) pounds ice instead two hundred (200) by first steamer."
T 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 5, p. 357, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

[Holladay, Ben], n.p., May 4th, [187]0, To [William] Norris.

Additional Note

Gives instructions for settling money matters with [Milton S.] Latham and [----] Gallagher of the French Bank of [San Francisco]; states some specific amounts to be paid and "also what amounts you and Ralston agree on, is just for the last transaction;" will be liberal no more.
L 2pp.
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp. 356-357, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., May 18th, [187]0. To Judge [George H. Williams]. Private.

Additional Note

Regarding raising funds for the election of Mr. Williams to the Senate; "Ralston will give $2,500 - God bless him but no one else a dollar in that State." Wrote Mr. Holladay.
LS 8pp.
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp. 374-381, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, n.p., May 21, [18]70. To [William] Norris.

Additional Note

Valued on Mr. Norris for $2,500 which is the amount that [William C.] Ralston contributed for the election of [George H.] Williams; the only help received to date; comments that Mr. Williams will always be a friend of Mr. Ralston; election very expensive to Holladay et al but they "must succeed."
LS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 5, p. 385, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Holladay, Ben, President, O[regon] and C[alifornia] R[ail] R[oad] Co[mpany], April 1st, [18]70. To W[illia]m Norris, San Francisco. Telegram.

Additional Note

Sent Mr. Norris the authority but thought it should not be used because they had agreed to contract for only 3 1/2 million and would not pay the money until the bonds were sold; also Mr. Holladay stated that his railroad company had nothing to do with putting the bonds on the market, but it was speculation on the part of [Milton S.] Latham and [----] Rulofson for their own profit at the expense of the railroad company; states that he did not authorize Rulofson to put 5 million on the market; requested Mr. Norris to show this telegram to Mr. Ralston.
T 1p.
"BH decided not to send it - withdraw from Tel[egraph]/office."
Letter press copy in Book 5, p. 275, Ben Holladay Papers, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

[Holladay], Ben, n.p., Ap[ri]l 26th, [1870?]. To W[illia]m Norris.

Additional Note

"Ralston is a humbug and always was;" -both he and [Leland] Stanford had promised to work with Holladay's railroad company on railroad matters, but instead had done everything they could against it."
ALS 3pp.
Letter press copy in Book 5, pp. 333-334, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Towler, R[----] H., Seaside House, Clatsop Co[unty], Or[egon], August 6th, [18]74.

Additional Note

[Sam] Butterworth will be on board a steamer to Portland; W[illia]m C. Ralston of San Francisco had given him a letter of introduction to both R[----] R. Thompson and Capt[ain] [----] Ainsworth.
ALS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 8, p. 56, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Towler, R[----] H., Seaside House, Clatsop Co[unty], Or[egon]. To A[----] G. Cunningham, Portland, Or[egon].

Additional Note

Mr. S[am] Butterworth, a friend of Ben Holladay is to arrive in Portland and is to take some trips in the Pacific Northwest; W[illiam] C. Ralston has given him a letter of introduction to both [R R.] Thompson and Captain [----] Ainsworth.
ALS 2pp.
Letter press copy in Book 8, pp. 53-54, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Towler, R[----] H., Seaside House, Clatsop Co[unty], Or[egon], Aug[ust] 6th, [18]74. To W.L. Halsey, Esq., Portland, Or[egon].

Additional Note

Mr. S[am] Butterworth visited Mr. Ben Holladay, a long time friend, and plans several trips in the Pacific Northwest; W[illiam] C. Ralston has favored him with letters of introduction to both R[----] R. Thompson and Capt[ain] Ainsworth.
ALS 2pp.
Letter press copy in Book 8, pp. 51-52, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, H[enry], n.p., September 30, [187]4. To S[----] O. Putnam, Esq.

Additional Note

Explained that a $500 refund was one-half of a check for $1,000 which had been given to [William C.] Ralston which was to be paid on some "subteranean [sic] account;" the other $500 was charged to the Australian Line; believed he had explained that the N.S.N.Z. and Aus. M.S.S. Co. accounts ought to "square the balance"; this includes the %00 of the old business in the account of W[----] H. Webb; trial balance shows to debit of Webb and Holladay Australian Line; $99,726 of the amount is included in balance debited to Mr. Webb and N.S.N.Z. and A.M.S.S. Co. but really belongs to P. and L.; suggested that [William] Norris could give him all the details regarding the check said check, since Mr. Hampton never knew for the purpose for which it was given.
ALS 2pp.
Letter press copy in Book 7, pp. 44-45, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, [Henry], n.p., Oct[ober] 29th, [187]4. To W[illia]m Norris, Esq.

Additional Note

According to a letter from Mr. [William] Norris, Mr. Hampton was of the opinion he had given Mr. [S O.] P[utnam] a memo of a $10,000 note, in Aug[ust] [18]73, and he thought it was to pay a note of the same amo[unt] at Bank of Milton S. Latham; enclosed two 1st Nat[iona]l Bank checks on Donahoe K[elly] and Co. with which Mr. Norris was to pay Mr. Holladay's int[erest] at Bank of Cal[ifornia] one mo[nth] to Oct[ober] 31 on $30,150 and B[a]nk of Cal[ifornia] one mo[nth] to Nov[ember] on $1,000,000.
ALS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 7, p. 67, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, [Henry], n.p., Nov[ember] 27th, [1874]. To My Dear Sir [Probably William Norris].

Additional Note

Sends First Nat[iona]l Bank check on D[onahoe] K[ell]y and Co. which he indicates how he wants it distributed for interest at B[a]nk of Cal[ifornia] on $40,150 for Nov[ember] and the Fr[ench] B[a]nk.
ALS 3pp.
Letter press copy in Book 7, pp. 87-89, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, H[enry], n.p., Jan[uary] 29th, [187]5? To W[illia]m Norris.

Additional Note

Enclosed an Exchange on the B[a]nk of Cal[ifornia] and Donahoe Kelly and Co. for $1118.93 to be used to pay the interest owed by Mr. Holladay
ALS 3pp.
Letter press copy in Book 7, pp. 114-116, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, [Henry], n.p., Feb[ruar]y 26th, [187]5. To W[illia]m Norris, Esq., 210 Battery St[reet], S[an] F[rancisco].

Additional Note

Sends Mr. Norris $1088.76 "out of half drawn. Ja[me]s Stule [?] Cash Exch[ange] on D[onahoe] K[elly] and Co. of S[an] F[rancisco] to pay Mr. Holladay['s] int[erest] at . . . Bank [of] Cal[ifornia]" [also to pay interest at Fr[ench] B[a]nk.
ALS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 7, p. 131, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, H[enry], n.p., March 27th, [187]5. To W[illia]m Norris, San Francisco.

Additional Note

Enclosed a draft for $1,118.91 by W[illiam] L. Halsey, V.P. on M[ilton] S. Latham with which he is requested to pay the March interest of $411.55 to the B[a]nk of Cal[ifornia] and the Apr[il] interest to two other banks.
ALS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 7, p. 140, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, H[enry], n.p;, Ap[ri]l 23rd, [187]5. To W[illia]m Norris, Esq., San Francisco.

Additional Note

Enclosed a draft by James Steele, Cashier, on the firm of D[onahoe], K[elly] and Co. for the amount of $1,208.86, $407.50 of it to be used to pay the interest at the B[a]nk of Cal[ifornia], the remainder to pay the interest at two other banks; regarding Mr. Holladay's E. and O. Land Company stock, Mr. Hampton states that no one locally had ever seen the certificate and does not recall ever having seen it himself but was under the impression that either the B[a]nk of California or Latham's bank held it.
ALS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 7, p. 149, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, H[enry], n.p., May 28th, [187]5. To W[illia]m Norris, 210 Battery Street, S[an] F[rancisco].

Additional Note

Encloses a 1st Nat[iona]l B[a]nk check on Donahoe, Kelly and Co. for $1,218.91 to be used to pay the May interest of $411.55 owed to the B[a]nk of Cal[ifornia] and the remainder to two other banks.
ALS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 7, p. 155, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, H[enry], Portland, [Oregon], June 30, 1875. To S[----] O. Putnam, Esq., 210 Battery Street, San Francisco.

Additional Note

Requested that Mr. Putnam pay out of the enclosed check of the 1st Na[tiona]l [Bank] on D[onahoe], K[elly] and Co. for $1,208.86 Mr. Ben Holladay's interest at the B[a]nk of California to the amount of $401.50 and the remainder to two other banks.
ALS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 7, p.161, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, H[enry], Portland, [Oregon], July 29th, 1875. To S[----] O. Putnam, Esq., Sec[retary], 210 Battery Street, S[an] F[rancisco]

Additional Note

Turned over to Mr. Putnam a 1st N[ationa]l B[a]nk check on D[onahoe], K[elly] and Co. for $1,208.86 with which Mr. Putnam was to pay Mr. Holladay's interest at three San Francisco banks, $401.50 of which was to be paid to the B[a]nk of Cal[ifornia].
ALS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 7, p. 172, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, H[enry], n.p., Sep[tember] 25th, [187]5. To W[illia]m Norris, Esq., San Francisco.

Additional Note

Had received Mr. Norris' letter of September 17th and writes, "I can understand what a terrible blow the failure of the Bank of Cal[ifornia] must have been to you; and the embarassment that must follow as affecting the N.P.T. Co. and Mr. Holladay." Mr. Holladay had telegraphed Mr. Hampton that he was leaving the next day for Oregon; the letter had hoped he would return by way of San Francisco and stop there "long enough to arrange for his indebtedness at the banks;" Mr. Norris had inquired about the stock of the 'Oregon Real Estate Co.' held by Bnk [sic] Cal[ifornia] as collateral security for Mr. H's indebtedness." The reply was, "It represents real and personal property in the shape of houses and lots here and East Portland, farms and land in adjoining counties and the Clatsop outfit;" taxable value almost $350,000.
ALS 2pp.
Letter press copy in Book 7, pp. 191-192, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, H[enry], Portland, [Oregon], Sept[ember] 27th, [18]75. To S[----] O. Putnam, Esq., San Francisco.

Additional Note

Enclosed a 1st Nat[ion]al B[a]nk check on Donahoe, Kelly and Co. for $1,208.86 with which to pay Ben Holladay's interest on the B[a]nk of Cal[ifornia] and two other banks.
ALS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 7, p. 193, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon. Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, H[enry], Portland, [Oregon], Oct[ober] 29th, [18]75. To S[----] O. Putnam, San Francisco.

Additional Note

Enclosed a 1st Nat[iona]l B[a]nk check on Donahoe, Kelly and Co. for $1,108.86 with which to pay Ben Holladay's interest at the B[a]nk of Cal[ifornia] and another bank.
ALS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 7, p. 201, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, H[enry] n.p., Nov[ember] 29th, [187]5. To W[illia]m Norris, Esq.

Additional Note

Sent a 1st N[ationa]l Bank draft on Donahoe, Kelly and Co. for $1108.86 which Mr. Norris is asked to distribute in the usual way as interest payment for Ben Holladay to the San Francisco banks which include the Bank of California.
LS 1p.
Letter press copy in Book 7, p.226, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
item Unnumbered

Hampton, H[enry], Secretary, O[regon] C[entral] R[ail] R[oad] Co., Jan[uary] 6th, [187]6. To S[---] O. Putnam.

Additional Note

In June, 1871, The Bank of California was paid for the cr[edit] of Ladd and Tilton $625,543.33 by the N.P.T. Co. [North Pacific Transportation Company] on account of O.C.R.R. Co. (Oregon Central Railroad Company); later Mr. Holladay informed Mr. Hampton that $17,000 of the above amount should have been charged to Mr. Holladay on the books of N.P.T. Co. instead of the O.C.R.R. Co.; Correction made by Mr. Hampton.
ALS 2pp.
Letter press copy in Book 7, pp. 254-255, Ben Holladay Collection, Oregon Historical Society.
 

HOLLADAY, BEN (END)

item 7300

Holland, Dr. G[ustave], Stuttgart, [Germany], 8th Aug[ust], [18]73. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Has found a way to be of some service to Mr. Ralston while on a trip to Europe; gives an account of the Royal Bank of Wurtemburg at Stuttgart, [Germany], its organization and operations; in conversation with bank officials Dr. Holland had shown there the need to extend their field of operations because of changed business conditions in the world; the Bank has authorized Dr. Holland to tell Mr. Ralston that it is ready and willing to act as the principal agents of the Bank of California in Germany and is anxious to learn whether Mr. Ralston approves of this connection and how it should be arranged; could not give full details of the Bank's ideas in a letter but will tell Mr. Ralston when he returns to San Francisco.
ALS 4pp.
item 7300

Holland, [Dr. Gustave], [Stuttgart, Germany], 8th Aug[ust], [18]73. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Personal letter enclosed with business letter of [same date]; hopes Mr. Ralston's health has improved; writes of the places where he has been and mentions the mutual friends he has met in Europe; wherever he goes everything is "running over with Americans. California is fully represented"; extreme heat - "an unusual summer"; heard that Mr. Ralston had been elected President of the Bank, merely "an idle form" since he had "always been the Bank no matter who had the name of President".
ALS 4pp.
N.B. asks to be remembered to several friends.
Oregon R[ail] R[oad] bonds have damage this country in Europe; [Milton S.(?)] "Latham especially is looked upon as the head man of what they call here the "great swindle."
item 7305

Hollister, W.W., Santa Barbara, [California], May 25th, [1873]. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Has found a horse for Mr. Ralston after looking at a number but all had some fault or other; describes this one as being "as ugly as a Jack Ass" but guesses that it will suit; With Mr. Ralston's "own good looks and reputation ready made, what," he queries, "is the difference to [him] now whether [he] mounts an regular Brucephalus or an Ass"; the horse is eight years old [a pinto], raised by a Mr. Heath of Carpenteria, "gentle as a lamb -and broken to harness (double)"; Mr. Hollister has him at his house and states that the horse is a little thin, as he is "just recovering from eppizoottis [sic]"; will send the horse before long; does not know the cost to him but will charge it "to the acc[ount] of Buckeye friendship Jr. and will settle this with other matters of like kind on the other side of Jourdan [sic]."
ALS 3pp.
item 7305

Hollister, W.W., Santa Barbara, [California], July 30th, [18]74. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

If Mr. Ralston is not prevented by his heavy expenditure there is a good opportunity to invest in a local seaside hotel, a very pretty one near the coast called Barton's Mound; could be bought at a fair price; thought it might be just the thing to supplement the grand hotel Mr. Ralston was building in San Francisco; if Mr. Ralston will say that he will think about it, such a picture of it will be painted as to make him hurry to Santa Barbara; wants to see him again and have "a good old-fashioned talk."
ALS 2pp.
item 7310

Holmes, S., San Jose, Cal[ifornia], April 4th, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Had heard that Mr. Ralston was willing to spend a few thousand dollars in testing and prospecting for leads of various minerals; knows of a good quartz lead - and his acquaintances know of another; in a fair way to be privileged to develop two quicksilver mines; another acquaintance knows where there is "floating stone coal" [anthracite]; if Mr. Ralston thinks favorably of furnishing money to prospect, Mr. Holmes will call upon him in San Francisco and have a talk with him; if he wants to furnish money and be interested with him and others they will be willing to go ahead and test these leads; will give him good references.
ALS 2pp.
item 7315

Homans, H[arry], S., New York Life Insurance Company, London Office-76 and 77 Cheapside, London, June 15th, 1870. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

At the request of Mr. Henry Starr he has been given a letter to Mr. Ralston stating that he would like to be a correspondent for drawing drafts and c.; knows little about Mr. Starr since he has known him only a short time; however, Mr. Starr will be able to give "abundant references as to his standing"; Mr. Homans has suggested the Bank of California to Mr. Starr with the thought that it might lead to some business for it; working hard in his new field; American Room is fast becoming the headquarters for California people in London.
ALS 1p.
item 7320

Hooff, Lewis, First National Bank of Alexandria, V[irgini]a, Alexandria, V[irgini]a, July 15, 1875. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Mr. Hooff's desire to go to San Francisco is so great that he is writing to ask whether there is any vacancy in the Bank of California; would be willing to act as a messenger hoping to work his way up; gives as references bankers and merchants in Alexandria, Virginia; has had lung trouble and knows the climate in San Francisco would benefit him but is not an invalid; would be satisfied with just sufficient salary to live on; would like to be favored with an answer.
ALS 2pp.
item 7325

Hooper, S[amuel], Boston, [Massachusetts], Sept[ember] 5th, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq. Private and Confidential.

Additional Note

Assured Mr. Ralston that he would not forget the many kind attentions shown him and his Committee by Mr. Ralston and his friends on their trip to California; Mr. [William] Sharon did all he could to make the trip across Lake Tahoe to Virginia City a most enjoyable one; had been sent articles in the Alta California and the Bulletin about the connection between the Treasury Department and the finances of California; showed them to Mr. [George S.] Boutwell, [Secretary of Treasury] with whom he discussed the subject; gives an account of the discussion; seemed to him that the Treasury Department "had been prejudiced in references to any transactions with the Bank of California"; understands that such prejudices can be started by some unimportant officer or clerk who handles the transactions; asks that this information be kept confidential; is willing to do anything he can for Mr. Ralston and the Bank; Mr. Boutwell asked regarding his impression of [Charles N.] Felton, (sub-treasurer at San Francisco) as Mr. Boutwell was favorably impressed; as to Mr. Hooper's remarks about the late Superintendent of the Mint he stated that his only objection was too much other business, but "the change was made by General Grant."
ALS 4pp.
item 7325

Hooper, S[amuel], Office of S. Hooper and Co., 2 Pemberton Square, Boston, [Massachusetts], Sept[ember] 8th, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Encloses a clipping from the Boston Daily Advertiser announcing the death of Secretary of Treasury [----] Rawlins, September 6th, 1869; comments on Treasury transfer.
ALS 1p.
Part of letter covered by a chipping.
Nothing additional.
item 7325

Hooper, S[----], The Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, Washington, D.C., Jan[uary] 4th, 1870. To W[illiam] C. Ralston. Telegram.

Additional Note

A fund is being raised in the Eastern cities to the memory of Edwin M. Stanton for the benefit of his family; inquires whether San Francisco can be depended upon and for what amount.
T 1p.
item 7325

Hooper, S[amuel], 1501 H Street; Corner of 15th, Washington D.C., Jan[uar]y 31st, 1870. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston on behalf of the Committee for his liberal contribution to the [Edwin McMaster] Stanton fund; Mr.. Hooper feels that no personal prejudice should exist against Mr. Stanton since he acted only professionally in the New Almaden suit and had no personal interest in it; had not been able to go to Treasury Department since he had received the newspaper clipping about Mr. Ralston's bank, but will see Mr. [Francis] Spinner and then write.
ALS 2pp.
Enclosures lacking.
item 7330

Hopkins, L.B., Julian City, [----], Feb[ruary] 29th, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Had borrowed $60.00 from Mr. Ralston; had sent him $40.00 but had not received an acknowledgement of its receipt; sending $30.00 including interest; has had a hard time to live after having lost the little he had; not possible to make anything there; have good mines but the miners and prospectors are poor and have no capital; is willing to go anywhere where he is certain of permanent business and a living for himself and family and make himself useful to his employer.
ALS 2pp.
 

Hopkins, Mark

See Central Pacific Railroad Collection.

item Unnumbered

Hopper, P.J., Attorney-at-law and Land Agent, Notary Public, Sacramento, Cal[ifornia], Ap[ri]l 23rd, 1875. To H[enry] M. Yerington, Esq.

Additional Note

Knows a local gentleman who has him scrip for 120 acres in the [Sacramento] District which he is willing to sell at $3.75 an acre; Mr. Yerington might want to purchase it and locate it on good timber land; gives township plats filed in U.S. Land Office; asks how Mr. Yerington is getting on with the choppers; if he wants land surveyed in Alpine [County] Mr. W[illiam] C. Ralston could arrange to have it done by seeing the Surveyor Gen[era]l.
ALS 1p.
[Answer added]
Yerington, H[enry], May 1st, [1875]. Answered - To P.J. Hopper.
Wants Mr. Hopper to buy the 120 Lieu Scrip at $3.75 and send it to him by Express and will send payment.
ALS 1p.
item 7340

Horner, A.L., Sedalia, M[issouri], Feb[ruar]y 16th, [18]75. To W[illiam] [C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Asks for information about Ernest H. [?] Woodward who was in San Francisco about two years previously; circumstances necessitate knowing some record of his life in California; rumor of a wife still living in California; has led to this inquiry; Mr. Woodward claimed Mr. Ralston and family and other prominent Californians as personal acquaintances.
ALS 1p.
item 7345

Houghton, S[herman] Otis, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., April 10th, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Asks why Mr. Ralston persists in "Hunting Down" [Adolph H.] Sutro and not allowing him "to gobble up the Comstock Lode and so be rewarded for his great enterprise."
ALS 1p.
item 7350

Howe, T.O., Sacramento, [California], July 23rd, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Because of Mr. Ralston's courtesies to him during his short stay in San Francisco, Mr. Howe could not leave for the East without saying "good-bye" to his generous host; because of illness while under jurisdiction of Commodore [----] Fass, he could not return to San Francisco, he is saying "good-bye" by letter; had a delightful and he hopes profitable visit to California.
ALS 2pp.
item 7355

Howland, G.[?] H., Salt Lake City, [Utah], May 15th, 1875. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Has not had the hoped for success in business and does not expect to have in the future; satisfied with his three years experience in the mining business, his only profit being the knowledge he has gained of that business; wants to go to California and asks whether Mr. Ralston's former offer of employment can be renewed; can give references.
ALS 2pp.
item 7360

Hull, C.B., Office of K.C. Barker and Co., Detroit, Mich[igan], Nov[ember] 17th, 1870. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

The day before Mr. Hull left he called to see Mr. Ralston who was so busy taking part in the distribution of the Mercantile Library prizes that he could not see him to thank him for his kindness to Mr. Hull during his visit in San Francisco; does so with this letter and wishes that some day either his father-in-law (Mr. Barker) or [him]self or booth [sic] "may do something for him in Detroit."
ALS 1p.
item 7365

Hull, W.W., Panoche Valley, [California], Sept[ember] 21, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Wants to explain about school matters about which he thinks Mr. Ralston had been misinformed; Mr. Hull was one of the trustees who raised the school tax for the Belmont School district after which Messes. Phelps, Maces, Robinson, and the Railroad Company agreed to pay $400 ($100 each) into the treasury for the school; agreed that no one who had paid school tax in 1872 should pay any in 1873; had explained this to Mr. [----] Alison whom it was supposed would inform Mr. Ralston.
ALS 2pp.
Answered by Ralston, W[illiam] C., n.p., October 2nd, [1873].
To W[----] W. Hull, Esq. and Amasa Johnson.

See also Mezes, S[----] M., Belmont, [California], October 1, 1873.
item 7370

Hulse, Geo[rge] T., The Mechanic's Bank, St. Louis, [Missouri], [February] 26, 1875. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Contemplates a visit to California and take a rest from close application to business for thirty years or more; length of stay depending upon whether circumstances warrant and whether the climate proves to be invigorating to him as it has to his friends; would like to stay in some pleasant little town with a mild and agreeable climate where the cost of living is less than in the large cities; makes inquiry as to whether he use twenty to twenty-five thousand dollars at a good rate of interest at a secure loan from sixty days to four months; wants to use his means to cover his expenses; should he remain as long as six months he would give up his present position; asks Mr. Ralston to give him any suggestions in regard to his visiting California.
ALS 2pp.
item 7375

Humbert, A[ugustus], Paris, [France], May 30th, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Acknowledges receipt of Mr. Ralston's remittance of £100 and statement of various collections made and credited to Mr. Humbert's account; has noted Mr. Ralston's remarks about the Gas Company and judging from what Mr. Cunningham has told him, he presumes that all their surplus funds have been expended in buying as additional million in the new company which would mean that they would lose a large dividend; thinks last quotation of 75 1/2 for the old stock pretty high and would have been glad to have accepted it; presumes Mr. Ralston thought it better to keep it for a higher price; wants to keep his capital intact and states why; if Mr. Ralston decides to keep the stock, Mr. Humbert would like to know his arguments for doing so.
ALS 3pp.
[note added] Dead
[See Kellogg, J.G., Oswego, [New York], June 9th, [18]73]. To [William C.] Ralston.
item 7380

Humbert, Pierre, New York, 15th March, 1875. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Letter introducing Mr. David J. Magnin who will visit San Francisco for a short time since he leaves for Europe at the end of April; his visit is somewhat connected with his business and will be thankful for any information given him; suggests to Mr. Ralston without any consultation with Mr. Magnin that if it is desired in regards to the ornamentation of the Palace Hotel, "in artistic bronzes, Real and immitation [sic], clocks, candelabra", Mr. Magnin is well qualified to take up the matter with Mr. Ralston; states family background and personal qualifications of Mr. Magnin; has seen Mrs. Ralston; Mr. Frye has left, and Mr. Kellogg has arrived from Oswego.
ALS 2pp.
P.S.
Has decided to send this letter by mail and will give Mr. Magnin a separate letter of introduction.
item 7385

Hume, W[----] G., Bank of Kentucky, Louisville, [Kentucky], 17th April, 1874. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Has received two boxes of California cigars, the kindness of Mr. Ralston; considers himself "an ardent lover of the Indian weed"; so the gift has a value beyond the evidence of Mr. Ralston's kindness; thanks him.
ALS 1p.
item Unnumbered

Huntington, C[ollis] P., New York, Jan[uary] 3rd, 1873. To [Mark] Hopkins.

Additional Note

Surprised at the contents of Mr. Hopkins' letters since [Leland] Stanford had told him that [William C.] Ralston "did not expect any money at present and c. and c"; will endeavor to send some money in a few days but does not consider the $1,173,000 owed to the California Banks a large amount for a corporation like the C[entral] P[acific] and S[----] P[----] R[ail] R[oad] to owe; believes money should be paid as soon as possible for he is of the opinion that it is not safe to do business with Mr. Stanford since the latter had received a dispatch from Mr. Ralston that payment should be made or there would be trouble, since the Bank could not carry the large debt; a message in cypher to L[ees] and Waller was translated and sent to Mr. Stanford that morning but he did not show it to Mr. Huntington until afternoon because he thought it "a disagreeable dispatch"; Mr. Stanford later talked with Lees & Waller and Mr. Huntington informed them that the amount owed the Bank of California was not large for a concern like the C[entral] P[acific] Co[mpany] to owe but that some payment should be made and that Mr. Huntington would likely send the Bank half a million dollars the following week.
ALS 3pp.
Original in Mark Hopkins correspondence, volume 3, Stanford University
 

Huntington, Collis P.

See also Central Pacific Railroad Collection.

 

Huntington, Collis P.

See also Nordhoff, Charles.

item 7395

Huntington, W[illia]m S., First National Bank of Washington, Washington, [D.C.], Oct[ober] 14th, 1870. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Received Mr. Ralston's letter of September 24th and the enclosed draft for $3,000 with which he credited [----] Stevens' account; Stevens will write Mr. Ralston; thanks him for his hospitality to his friends and hopes to present his acknowledgments in person some day.
LS 2pp.
P.S.
He thinks that Mr. Stevens has been of great service to Mr. Ralston and has earned the draft; [----] Drek, Miss Emnia and Col[onel] Jones are all with Mr. Huntington; the Colonel sends "ever so much love."
item 7395

Huntington, W[illia]m S., Washington, D.C., Dec[ember] 21st, [18]70. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Had promised their good friend Col[onel] [----] Jones that he would send him a picture of himself; Col[onel] Jones made Mr. Hutchinson believe that Mr. Ralston would also like one; is sending two to Mr. Ralston and requested him to give one to Col[onel] Jones; would like to have one of Mr. Ralston in return; Gen[eral] [----] Sherman mentioned to Mr. Huntington that Mr. Ralston had alluded to him in a letter and likewise to the tax on coinage.
ALS 2pp.
item 7395

Huntington, W[illia]m S., First National Bank of Washington, Washington, D.C., Dec[ember] 29th, 1870. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

After a talk with [----] Stevens it is the opinion of Mr. Huntington that Mr. Ralston could have no better or more effective man to look after his interest than Mr. Stevens; he has "the time to devote to the matter and to push whatever it takes"; better than Sherman or himself.
LS 1p.
Added note on next page in Huntington's own handwriting.
Not implying that he is not ready and willing to do anything he can for Mr. Ralston; will be grateful for anything Mr. Ralston can do for his friend Col[onel] Jones.
ALS? 1p.
item 7395

Huntington, W[illia]m S., First National Bank of Washington, Washington, D.C., Jan[uar]y 11th, 1871. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Had received Mr. Ralston's dispatch that morning and telegraphed him that the bill had passed the Senate; had been trying to help Mr. Ralston in this matter; want to see [John] Sherman in the Senate and then to the Capitol to see [----] Kelly, the chairman of the Committee on Coinage [----] and other members and considers the matter in "good shape"; [----] Stevens is working hard and effectively.
LS 2pp.
item 7395

Huntington, W[illia]m S., First National Bank of Washington, Washington D.C., Jan[uar]y 25th, 1871. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Tells Mr. Ralston that he need not apologize for calling upon him whenever he can be of service; encloses a note from [----] Stevens; Mr. Ralston could not have a better man to represent him in Washington than Mr. Stevens; has done all he can for Mr. Ralston's matter; has seen members of Congress whose opposition he believes he has removed because of the strong feeling against it; it is feared that the bill will not pass in its present form, but will have to be a ride on another bill or be introduced in some other way; suggests that he write Mr. Stevens and "get his views and plans."
Ls 3pp.
Note enclosed.
item 7395

Stevens, [----], n.p., Tuesday A.M. To [William S.] Huntington.

Additional Note

Believes that S[enate] Bill No. 859 will not pass; will continue to keep up his attention and interest in the matter; finds it "curious" that he has not heard from [----] Kaslin or [----] Garnett; will follow up the matter and secure it in the way he has indicated.
ALS 1p.
item 7395

Huntington, W[illia]m S., The First National Bank of Washington, [D.C.], Feb[ruar]y 25th, 1871. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

[William D.] Kelly, Chairman of the Committee on [----] is opposed to the bill Mr. Ralston wants passed; [----] Stevens feels certain it can be put as a rider on some other bill and pass it that way; has received Mr. Ralston's letter introducing Mr. Vogel, the Post Master General of New Zealand who is to call again and will show him any attention.
Ls 1p.
item 7395

Huntington, W[illia]m S., The First National Bank of Washington, Ap[ri]l 19th, 1871. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Pleased with Mr. Ralston's invitation to visit California and finds it difficult to resist accepting the invitation; circumstances prevent him from doing so at the time; is recovering well; rheumatism has left him; absence from work for two months has resulted in an accumulation of many matters and things which will take time to straighten out; believes all of the virtues of "San Luis Obispo"; supposes Col[onel] Jones has left for the East; inquires whether Mr. Ralston ever intended to go East; confesses he cannot separate California and Mr. Ralston; hopes he will visit him in Washington.
LS 2pp.
P.S.
"Frank Tuck an old friend has just dropped in and wishes to be kindly remembered to you (Mr. Ralston)."
item 7395

Huntington, W[illia]m S.

Additional Note

Respect to the Memory of the Late W. S. Huntington.
Newspaper clipping, n.p., undated
W.S. Huntington by H.M.G.
Poem.
Newspaper clipping, n.p., undated
item 7397

Hurford, O.P., Omaha, [Nebraska], April 2nd, 1875. To C.W. [William C.] Ralston, Esqr.

Additional Note

Writing in the interest of Mr. E.W. Yates, brother of H.W. Yates, Cashier of the First National Bank of Omaha; has been employed and gives his qualifications; if Mr. Ralston employs Mr. Yates it will be to his advantage or if he lends him his influence he will live up to any recommendation given him.
ALS 1p.
Note added at top of first page. "Shall I reply to this?" In handwriting of Mr. Ralston.
item 7400

Hutchinson, C[hristopher] J., Willard's Hotel, Sykes, Chadwick and Co., Washington, D.C., June 30th, 1868. To [William C.] Ralston. Private.

Additional Note

Has received Mr. Ralston's letter of June 10th regarding the appointment of C[----] N. Felton, as assistant Treasurer of the United States in San Francisco but does not believe that he has much chance of being nominated; [John] Conness seems to favor [----] Dacoly but has said that he would exert his efforts to secure the confirmation of "any decent man in the place of [Morton?] Chessman"; had seen Senators [James W.] Nye and [William M.] Stewart who are first rate men and Mr. Ralston's friends who present no difficulty in the matter under consideration; will see Senators [John] Conness and [Cornelius] Cole, the latter has little influence; mentions other possible nominations; President [Andrew] Johnson feels confident he will be renominated but Mr. Hutchinson does not believe he will obtain a corporal guard; asks that Mr. Ralston does not mention that which he has said to anyone; Senate Committee on Private Land Claims reported unanimously against the House bill for the relief of [William] Mc Garrahan; hopes Senate action will be taken soon; wants the New Idria mine papers gotten ready for the patent before he leaves, but will not leave until "all is safe."
ALS 4pp.
item 7400

Hutchinson, C[hristopher] J[ohn], United States Senate Chamber, Washington, [D.C.], March 11th, 1869. To [Darius Ogden] Mills.

Additional Note

Rather detailed account of the report of the Senate Committee on Private Land Claims on the Bill for the relief of [William] McGarrahan and that which happened in the case; this "frank, full statement to be considered confidential"; "Mission case - San Buena ventura is secured"; had a rough time in the mountains; came from a foot injury.
ALS 4pp.
item 7400

Hutchinson, C[hristopher] J., Washington, D.C., March 27th, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston. Private.

Additional Note

Wells Fargo & Co. offered Mr. Hutchinson the general local agency of San Francisco and vicinity for the Nat[ional] Life Ins[urance] Co[mpany]; the company has talked with Mr. Ralston who was desirous that Mr. Hutchinson should consider it; has asked the company to show his letter to Mr. Ralston; since he does not know about the company's terms he cannot decide; while the company would suit him the salary would have to be adequate; comments on the situation and asks Mr. Ralston to place it in a position so that he could afford to accept it; discusses briefly the "hard old time" he has had since leaving San Francisco; comments regarding his health.
ALS 4pp.
item 7400

Hutchinson, C[hristopher] J[ohn], Washington, D.C., Ap[ri]l 6th, 1869. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq. Private.

Additional Note

Had meant to say something about the Judgeship under the proposed new law; mentions the names of the men who have been suggested; bill may not pass but seems likely to; appointments will not be made until the following December; requests Mr. Ralston not to commit himself to the appointment of anyone until Mr. Hutchinson could talk with him since there is much difference in the names mentioned; getting along well in changing public opinion; Congress to adjourn soon; then will put forth great effort for the patent [to New Idria mine]; every preparation is being made and hopes for success; as regards the insurance requests that they be told that they must give [Mr. Hutchinson] California; "make them do it."
ALS 4pp.
item 7400

Hutchinson, C[hristopher] J[ohn], Washington, D.C., Ap[ri]l 28th, 1869. To W[illia]m R. [C.] Ralston, Esq. Strictly Confidential.

Additional Note

Feels that he should tell Mr. Ralston that [Frank M. ?] Pixley, who wants to be appointed District Attorney for California, has told Gen[eral] [----] Mc Cook that he was going out to California in that position to send Mr. Ralston and others like him "to San Quentin or some other delightful resort"; ordinarily Mr. Hutchinson would not feel at liberty to repeat this but in this case he thought it right and Proper that he should; asks that his name and that of General Mc Cook not be mentioned in connection with this matter; as a result Mr. Pixley has caused much opposition to his appointment and it does not seem possible that he will be appointed; Mr. Ralston's friends in Washington are doing everything possible in his behalf; Mr. Pixley's proposed action against Mr. Ralston is based on internal resource matters; Mr. [----] Evarts is moving for a patent to the New Idria mine; hopes that all may leave for the west in a few days; complains about the weather; [----] Deady of Oregon almost certain to be appointed judge under new law; believes [----] Hoffman does not have a chance; Coast Delegation nearly a unit on this matter; Pixley fight has been the sharpest since he has been in Washington.
ALS 4pp.
item 7400

Hutchinson, C[hristopher] J., Via Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, Washington, D.C., May 7th, 1869. To William C. Ralston.

Additional Note

"Keep Hale insurance Man satisfied until my return. Strong hopes obtaining patent."
DS 1p.
item 7600

Ito, Juehe Hi[----], Yokohama, Japan, May 25th, 1872. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Informs Mr. Ralston that a refinery has been established in Japan since the contract between the Bank of California, Okubo, and Ito was made; as a result, he does not think that the Finance Department will consider it necessary that the $20,000,000 more or less in Japanese coin mentioned in the contract should be sent out of the country; the Finance Department will inform the Bank of California officially; thinks that the Bank will not lose anything since smaller amount may be sent to San Francisco; because of his business Mr. Ito will not return to the United States by the mail steamer of the current date; will take a later one for Europe; regrets that he will not be able to see Mr. Ralston.
LS 2pp.
 

Ivon [?] Hoffman and Co.

See Garrison & Fretz Collection.

item Unnumbered

Iwakura, Tomomi, Tohei, Japan, Dec[ember] 5th, 1873. To William C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Letter written in third person expressing the gratitude Mr. Iwakura feels for Mr. Ralston's kindness and attention given him during his visit to San Francisco; he has pleasure in remembering Mr. Ralston's generous hospitality and the many interesting things shown him; Mr. Ralston had made a lasting impression upon him.
LS 1p.

See Ralston, W[illiam] C., at Belmont, undated To His Excellency Iwakura.
Original in Bancroft Library.
 

The Japanese and Foreign Agency Company

See Bowles, Charles.

item 7700

Jenifer, W.H., Baltimore, M[arylan]d, Dec[ember] 5th, 1874. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Has learned that Mr. Ralston admires thoroughbred horses and owns many valuable ones, so Mr. Jenifer offers him his Arabian stallion, the "Jenifer Arabian"; "is one of the best and purest family of the desert Arabians"; Mr. Jenifer served as Inspector General of the Egyptian Army and selected this horse from among the many thousands he had inspected as the purest; imported the horse by the permission of the Khedive of Egypt; gives as reference "any old Army Cavalry officer"; if Mr. Ralston wants a description of this horse verified he will give every assistance.
ALS 2pp.
A printed sheet giving the pedigree, description., etc. of the Jenifer Arabian probably enclosed with this letter.
 

Jenkins, Thomas H.

See Garrison & Fretz Collection.

item 7705

Jewett, M.P., Milwaukee, Wis[consin], Oct[ober] 17th, 1870.

Additional Note

To Hon[orable] W[illia]m C. Ralston.
Having returned home Mr. Jewett acknowledges Mr. Ralston's courtesy in giving him one of the happiest days of his whole trip, the one spent at Mr. Ralston's beautiful country seat; having enjoyed English and European hospitality he had seldom seen evidences of a higher taste, culture and refinement than that of Mr. Ralston's mansion and grounds; "not prepared to find it in a country not a quarter of a century old!"; amazed that an American gentleman involved in extensive financial and commercial interests has time to "dispense such princely hospitality in such surroundings"; as a memento of his visit to San Francisco and because Mr. Ralston's name is associated with the enterprise, Mr. Jewett has purchased a few tickets at the Chicago office for the concert for the Mercantile Library Association.
ALS 3pp.
item 7710

Johnson, Amasa, Belmont, [California], Sept[ember] 27th, 1873. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Mr. Alison has requested Mr. Johnson to inform Mr. Ralston that he paid $355.50 as a special school tax the preceding year; has the books if Mr. Ralston would like to look at them; will give any information wanted.
ALS 1p.
Answered by Ralston, W[illiam] C., n.p., Oct[ober] 2nd, [1873]. To W.W. Hull, Esq. and Amasa Johnson.

See also Mezes, S[----] M., Belmont, [California], October 1st, 1873. To [William C.] Ralston.
item 7715

Johnson, J.A., San Buenaventura, [California], May 16th, 1871. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Shall always praise Mr. Ralston for drawing a check for $500.00 on Mr. Johnson's Santa Barbara Press project; it started influences which will be astonishing in the future; Mr. Ralston's "hearty words were worth more than his gold" to the recipient; sending Mr. Ralston a Ventura Signal to look at the reference to his "little game" in it, which will please him; Mr. Johnson is en route to Los Angeles; has raised over twenty thousand dollars; predicts a "grand success."
ALS 1p.
item 7720

Johnson, T[?] Rogers, I.O.O.F., Office of the Grand Secretary of the R.W. Grand Lodge of the State of California, San Francisco, Cal[ifornia], Aug[ust] 13th, 1869. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Notification of a meeting of the Committee of Arrangements on reception of members of the R.W. Grand Lodge of the United States will be held in Parker Hall, on Friday, August 20th at 7 1/2 o'clock, P.M.; his presence is desired.
DS 1p.
 

Johnson, Thomas G.

See Garrison & Fretz Collection.

 

Johnson, William B.

See Garrison & Fretz Collection.

item 7725

Jones, [John] P., San Francisco, [California], Aug[ust] 18th, 1872. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq. Confidential.

Additional Note

Will give his opinion to the questions Mr. Ralston asked regarding local policy which somewhat affects their mutual interests in Nevada "frankly and unreservedly"; not hostile toward the Virginia and Truckee Rail Road but considers it useful and necessary and that its freight and passenger rates are "fair and reasonable"; and would oppose any method of changing them; would like to see the railroad extended and will give it such aid as he can; the companies with which Mr. Jones is connected are among the road's heavy customers; regards the Sutro Tunnel of great importance to Mr. Ralston and himself and to all others who have an interest in the Comstock but does not "believe it will [illegible] the interests of the mining companies or the people at large"; considers the scheme as oppressive, unfair and unjust and will oppose it in all possible ways; believes that his interests and those of his friends in Nevada are in general the same as those of Mr. Ralston and his friends as well as those of the public at large; thanks Mr. Ralston "for the pleasant and complimentary terms with which you [Mr. Ralston] referred to my [his] [illegible] and the kindly expressed personal feelings."
ALS 4pp.
item 7725

Jones, John P., The Western Union Telegraph Company, Washington, D.C., June 8th, 1874. To W[illiam] C. Ralston. Telegram.

Additional Note

"Have drawn on you for ten thousand dollars will explain and pay when I see you in July."
DS[?] 1p.
item 7805

Kamm, Jacob, June 5th, 1973

Additional Note

Forwarding letters to Gilroy Hot Springs.
Includes typewritten copy.
item 7810

Kelley, Eugene and Co., 21 Nassau St[reet], New York, July 13th, 1870. To Hon[orable] G.G. Cox, M.C. [Member of Congress].

Additional Note

Had received a telegram from Washington stating that "A refining clause has passed the Senate"; considers this "the iniquity which designing parties have for so long a time and in so many different ways been trying to force through Congress for the benefit of a few Monopolists, and against which a large number of Bankers and others strongly protested in a communication addressed to the Committee on Coinage and C., H.R. [House of Representatives] in January, 1869"; sends a copy of that communication and protest for Mr. Cox's attention and hopes that he will use his influence to defeat the selfish scheme.
LS 1p.
item 7815

Kelley, W[illia]m D., Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania], Aug[ust] 10th, 1869. To W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Letter introducing his friend Alex[ander] G. Cattell, United States Senator from New Jersey; has been president of the local Coin Exchange Bank from its beginning and member of Finance Committee of the Senate for some years; as a result his health has been impaired and Mr. Kelley urged him to recuperate on the Pacific Coast; knows Mr. Ralston need not be requested to introduce him to their friends; with restored health Mr. Kelley is enjoying pleasant memories of his California visit in which Mr. Ralston had such a part; kind regards to all of Mr. Ralston's circle.
ALS 2pp.
item 7822

Kellogg, J.G., Hotel de la Mediterraine, Nice, [France], M[ar]ch 14th, 1868. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Mr. and Mrs. Kellogg saw Mrs. Ralston and Mrs. Ogden frequently while in Paris; mentions places the Kelloggs had traveled to in Europe and mutual friends they had met there; Mr. Kellogg had heard that [----] Hewston had some hard feeling toward him because of the Alameda Railroad matters; Mr. Kellogg's inquiry regarding whether or not Mr. John Hewston had endorsed the bank stock he had given him as collateral for a loan caused the latter to feel that his good intentions were being questioned; Mr. Kellogg had been informed that unless the endorsement and transfer had been made the bank stock could be seized for Mr. Hewston's debts; he is of the opinion that Mr. Kellogg is in some way connected with the debts of the San Francisco and Alameda Railroad; Mr. Kellogg had left a note bearing Mr. Hewston's name at the bank which was overdue and no interest had been paid on the most of it and no satisfying reason given; had telegraphed Mr. [----] Mastick to collect or sue; [Alfred A.] Cohen and [Faxon D.] Atherton, the makers of a $30,000 note not yet paid, want Mr. Kellogg to take payment in Railroad bonds and the latter asks Mr. Ralston's opinion in regard to such a transaction; Pacific Insurance Company had loaned $20,000 on them at 70 cents; too large amount of money to be left as is; asks Mr. Ralston many questions about business concerns and many friends and acquaintances.
ALS 7pp.
item 7822

Kellogg, J.G., Oswego, [New York], May 1st, 1869. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

[----] Mastick had written Mr. Kellogg that the note of [Faxon D.] Atherton and others had been collected and that Mr. [----] Minturn had paid it to Mr. Ralston, so asks whether it is so; called to Washington as Mr. [William M.] Stewart thought Mr. Kellogg might get the bill "for exch[an]g[ing] refined for unrefined bullion" through Congress; gives an account of that which he had done, discusses the situation in regard to the bill, the attitude of members of Congress and the impossibility of the bill being passed during that session; thinks "something may be done next session with from $3 to $5,000"; hopes [----] Knox may be retained in his place but not [----] Chessman in the Treasury since the papers state that Mr. Ralston and all the best business men do not like him; about three years since we [Kellogg and Mr. Ralston] made an agreement and Mr. Kellogg would like to know how things stand; asks whether the stock for the 75 shares premium on the old stock been issued and his put in his box in the bank vault; wants to know "condition and prospects of the bank and Refinery"; asks whether Mr. Ralston wants his refinery stock, how the Gutzkow process of refining without copper works and whether Mr. Ralston is in the Montgomery Street Extension and how it is doing; may try the new railroad and visit California this summer; will see Mrs. Ralston if he knows where she will be in New York.
ALS 4pp.
item 7822

Kellogg, J.G., Oswego, [New York], Oct[ober] 17th, [18]71. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

The agent of the Pacific [Insurance Company] in New York had written Mr. Kellogg of the leaving of 75% on the stock of the company to pay for the losses caused by the Chicago and other fires and to make good the capital of the company; relieved to know that it had not been worse but the newspapers that morning reported the loss of the Pacific Insurance Company as $2,000,000 instead of one and its stockholders are refusing to pay the 75%, even questioning its illegality and want of a binding force "in the personal liability clause"; has been trying to find out his loss ever since the Chicago fire and wants to pay his share and believes most of the men in the company will do the same - a chance to practice "the golden rule"; asks whether Mr. Ralston had been able to do anything about the S[an] F[rancisco] and Alameda Rail Road Bonds [being paid] since he will want all the money he can get; does not want to sell his securities at a loss as they have shrunk in value; asks whether the matter could be closed up somehow; [Alfred A.] Cohen ought to do as much as [----] Minturn; [----] Farwell, [----] Hewston he considers hopeless; latter owes $1,500 on the note and said he would pay when he gets money on the Stanford and Co. note; inquires about the selling price of Bank stock and whether affected by the Chicago fire; [Darius O.] Mills and James Lees were anxious to have definite information about the Chicago fire; thanks Mr. Ralston for his sympathy expressed in the loss of his wife; must carry on cheerfully for the sake of his boys.
ALS 4pp.
item 7822

Kellogg, J.G., Office of the Lake Ontario Shore Rail Road Co., Oswego, N.Y., Dec[ember] 28th, 1871. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Regrets that the Pacific Insurance [Company] had to liquidate at a time that was never better for making business profits; other companies are recovering their losses; as regards the San Francisco and Alameda Rail Road Bends, Mr. Kellogg is of the opinion that [Faxon D.] Atherton gave "a very lame" excuse but really has not intended to pay anything; [Alfred A.] Cohen's statement that he "will pay when Atherton does" is rather surprising because he has stated in several letters that he would pay his share and once offered to pay one thousand dollars but Kellogg thought it should be $15 or $1600 and left it for Mr. Ralston to settle; comments upon the liberality being taken advantage of and of attempts to get out of paying which has resulted in a dead loss of $18,000 plus the interest; has an idea Mr. Cohen will pay; will help all he can in Washington (probably regarding bill for exchanging refined for unrefined bullion); thanks Mr. Ralston for saving $1,600 "from the wreck"; trying to recover from the shock of the loss of his wife; willing to be of service.
ALS 2pp.
item 7821

Kellogg, J.G., Oswego, [New York], M[ar]ch 17th, [18]72. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Mailing a copy of the New York Tribune containing a speech by [----] Shaw on the [William] Mc Garrahan claim which describes Mr. Ralston and the Bank [of California] "as being very naughty"; supposes nothing more has been done about the Alameda R[ail] R[oad] Bends; feels that [Alfred A] Cohen ought to pay the part he owes as he had repeatedly offered to do in his letters to Mr. Kellogg; [Faxon D.] Atherton will do nothing unless forced to do so; asks Mr. Ralston's pardon for troubling him with this disagreeable business but he has lost so much money that he feels he must try to get something out of it;. had received a letter from [Andrew] Jackson [Ralston], signed the deed enclosed and sent it to Mr. [----] Underhill who in turn had sent it to [Andrew] [Jackson] Ralston.
ALS 4pp.
item 7821

Kellogg, J.G., Office of the Lake Ontario Shore Rail Road Co., Oswego, N.Y., May 28th, 1872. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Has just received an explanation of the overdrawing of his bank account because Mr. Ralston drew a check against it for $3,225 to pay an assessment on 153 shares of Pacific Ins[urance] stock which Mr. Kellogg owned; Mr. Kellogg would like an explanation as he had not heard about this before; presumes there was a good reason for doing so but would like to know about at the time the same as Mr. Ralston would.
LS 1p.
[Note added at top of letter, probably in Mr. Ralston's handwriting]
"J.H. Sterns - Reference."
item 7821

Kellogg, J.G., Office of the Lake Ontario Shore Rail Road Co., Oswego, N[ew] Y[ork], June 18, 1872. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had written Mr. Ralston after receiving a letter from [----] Mastick stating that Mr. Ralston had drawn a check against his account as an assessment on Pacific Insurance Company stock; since then a Bank statement shows that Mr. Ralston had drawn several checks against his account; wants an explanation of all these actions; also wants to know about the present condition of the Pacific Insurance Company, possibility of future assessments, and how the Refinery is doing, the prospects for dividends and the value of its stock; should Mr. Kellogg suffer any more financial losses he would have to ask for employment; occupied with a railroad enterprise; saw [Alfred A.] Cohen in New York but when the Alameda R[ail] R[oad] Bonds were brought up Mr. Cohen "excused himself as having business to attend to"; Mr. Kellogg realizes he had trusted too many times to good promises; not finding fault with Mr. Ralston as he is not responsible for that which other people do; remembrances to Mrs. Ralston, and regards to Mr. [Stephen H.] Franklin and all friends.
LS 2pp.
item 7821

Kellogg, J.G., Oswego, [New York], May 30, 1873. To My dear friend W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Mr. Kellogg wants to know the condition of the Pacific Insurance Company's business, whether there is still unsettled claims from the Chicago fire and others upon which action may be taken against the individual stockholders; asks further questions as to the condition of his account at the bank in this connection, and what arrangement was made with [Louis] Mc Lane and Co. who paid its share after the fire; hopes Mr. Ralston will find time to answer these questions which "may be of a great deal of importance" to Mr. Kellogg; also wants to know how the Bank is doing, the success of the Refinery and the prospects for selling his stock in the latter; would like to visit California that spring but is tied down with a railroad project.
ALS 2pp.
[Note added]
Mr. [Henry D.] Bacon will please answer ab[ou]t Pacific Ins[urance] matters and I will enclose it. R.
item 7820

Kellogg, J.G., Oswego, [New York], June 9, [18]73. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Thanks Mr. Ralston for sending him a telegram announcing the death of Augustus Humbert; with the passing of this "honest man" Mr. Kellogg as well as Mr. Ralston have lost another true friend; praises him highly; will probably hear the particular of his sudden death from his brother.
LS 2pp.
item 7820

Kellogg, J.G., Oswego, [New York], June 27th, 1873. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Has received Mr. Ralston's letter "covering certified copy of [Augustus] Humbert's will"; his brother Pierre is leaving Paris with his remains and Mr. Kellogg will do nothing until after his arrival; thanks Mr. Ralston for his offer to be of service and may find it necessary to accept; may visit Pacific Coast; regarding [Pacific] Insurance Company Mr. Kellogg has written Mr. [Henry D.] Bacon that he will do that which he is asked in transferring his stock to him; hopes Refinery stock will turn out as Mr. Ralston expected; "Col[onel] [----] Brackett has returned a confirmed Californian and a strong Ralston man." He "had a good time."; notes that the papers report that [Darius O.] Mills, [Alfred A.] Cohen and c. have bought an interest in the Pacific R[ail] R[oad] which Mr. Kellogg thinks is a "good thing"; asks how [Faxon D.] Atherton is and who will succeed Mr. [Darius O.] Mills in the bank.
LS 3pp.
item 7820

Kellogg, J.G., Oswego, [New York], July 20th, [18]73. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Met Pierre Humbert at the wharf with his brother's remains which were taken directly to Trinity Cemetery and placed in the receiving vault since there had been services in Paris; Pierre is the last of the family and feel his brother's death keenly; Pierre will write Mr. Ralston about his brother's property in California; the brother left a will in New York where it has been filed and the Surrogate [Court] has issued letters testamentary to Pierre Humbert who is sole executor ... [and] sole heir; Mr. Humbert will send the certificates needed to the companies in which his brother had stocks so that they can be transferred; asks Mr. Ralston whether he could not have the transfers made without any court action on the will in San Francisco; "no debts, claims or demands ... against the estate"; Mr. Humbert will give a bond if necessary; if the companies can make the transfers without court action it will not make it necessary for him or Mr. Kellogg to go to San Francisco much as the latter would like to but is very busy with the Rail Road; Mr. Humbert is anxious to return to his family in Berlin; congratulates Mr. Ralston on becoming President of the Bank.
LS 3pp.
[Note added]
July 29th/73
"My dear [Samuel M.] Wilson
How about this - tell me what to write Kellogg he has Gas - Water and Rail Rd stocks. Yours Ralston"
For answer to Mr. Ralston's note to S[amuel] M. Wilson see:
Wilson, S[amuel] M., Law Office of Samuel M. Wilson, 420 California Street, San Francisco, Aug[ust] 4th, 1873.
item 7820

Kellogg, J.G., Lake Ontario Shore Rail Road Co., Secretary's Office, Oswego, N[ew] Y[ork], July 30, 1873. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Congratulates Mr. Ralston upon becoming President of the Bank; their good friend [James] Lees has passed away, a great loss; wishes Mr. Ralston could be there for a short time; will call upon Mrs. Lees; glad that Mr. Ralston has closed the P[acific] I[nsurance] Co.; Mr. Ralston wrote encouragingly about the Refinery and the Bank; has little hope of getting any money from [Faxon D.] Atherton despite the fact that he made a good profit on his S[an] F[rancisco] and A[lameda] R[ail] R[oad] bonds all because Mr. Kellogg was liberal and held off his claim because the company was in need and as a result may lose everything; [Alfred A.] Cohen should pay the $1,000 he promised; glad there is to be a fair wheat crop; "Crown Point and Belcher have done well"; asks Mr. Ralston whether [Alvinza] Hayward held his stock and about his health; [----] Stearns arrived and is on Staten Island; had written about arrival of P[ierre] Humbert with remains of his brother; having a fine summer but dreads the winter and will try to spend it on the Pacific Coast, his home.
LS 2pp.
item 7820

Kellogg, J.G., Oswego, [New York], Dec[ember] 1st, 1873. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had not received his October "Divy" from the Bank and asks that a duplicate be sent; glad to hear that Mr. Ralston's health has improved and hopes it will continue; advises him to "take a run over onto this side. Your friends will receive you with open arms, houses and hearts"; saw [Henry B.] Laidlow in New York who seemed to be doing well, [James] Lees having educated him well in the banking business; congratulates Mr. Ralston for having adhered to a [illegible] basis in California; it has saved the bank before and will again in the current financial "Cyclone" in the east; had greenbacks been adopted the California banks would have been overwhelmed as were the eastern ones; his boys are well and growing; supposes the Refinery is doing well and would like to get some income from his investment in it; if Merchants Exch[an]g[e] stock is offered Mr. Ralston, Mr. Kellogg would like to Know about it; had intending spending the winter in Cal[ifornia] but the panic and other affairs had kept him at home.
ALS 3pp.
P.S.
"Pierre Humbert left N.Y. for Berlin Oct 18th - K"
item 7820

Kellogg, J.G., Oswego, [New York], Jan[uary] 14th, 1874. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had just received Mr. Ralston's letter informing him that $31,250 had been deposited to his credit in the Bank of California, the amount he had paid for 250 shares of Bank stock on June 28th, 1866; feels as if a bond had been broken and makes him feel sad; assures Mr. Ralston that it is all right for him to put his business in good order; hopes he is preparing to take a little respite from his arduous work; asks how the money should be reinvested; has many needs; probably leave money in bank until good investment found on the Pacific side.
LS 2pp.
[Note added at top of first page]
"Read and Return for an answer - Wm"
item 7820

Kellogg, J.G., Ogden, [Utah], Dec[ember] 11th, [18]74. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Arrived in Ogden on time; had just seen Mr. [H.R.] Linderman and Yoshida; Mrs. Ralston has invited the former to have breakfast with them, while she is going to send coffee, etc. to Yoshida and his wife; fine weather but cold; found that everything had been fixed about sending their car over the U[nion] P[acific] R[ail] R[oad]; will leave in an hour; everyone enjoying the comforts of the [private] car; comments on members of the party.
ALS 3pp.
item Unnumbered

Kelly, Mrs. Ellen, 82 N. Street, bet[ween] 3rd and 4th St[reets], Sacramento, Cal[ifornia], Dec[ember] 16th, [1871]. To William Sharmon [sic], Esq.

Additional Note

Wrote to Mr. Sharon regarding the death of Joseph F. Griffith, a conductor on the Virginia and Truckee Rail Road on December 13th at his wife's grave; was on leave because of illness; had said he had several shares in the Yellow Jacket [Mine] and ready money in Carson [City] or Virginia [City]; since Mr. Sharon was with the Bank connected with the Rail Road she inquired about Mr. Griffith's affairs, i.e. money and possessions; Mrs. Kelly is his mother-in-law and is responsible for his funeral expenses, but is a widow dependent upon her minor sons for support; has his little eight year old daughter; gives Sacramento references.
ALS 3pp.

See W[illia]m Sahron, The Bank of California, San Francisco, Dec[ember] 20, 1871. To H[enry] M. Yarrington [sic], Superintendent.
Mr. Sharon requested Mr. Yerington to answer.
Original in Huntington Library.
item 7830

Kelly, Jno. [John], London, 24th July, [18]74. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Has given a "letter of introduction to Mr. Harry H. Cochran who belongs to swell people here"; advises Mr. Ralston not to put himself out of the way other than "showing him ordinary civility"; hopes to visit San Francisco again if only to see the Palace Hotel, and to see old friends; will give him pleasure to be of service to Mr. Ralston or his friends in London.
ALS 3pp.
item 7835

Kinder, Tho[ma]s W., Director's Office, The Mint, Osaka, [Japan], 26th Sept[ember], 1874. To My dear Sir [William C. Ralston, Esq.]

Additional Note

A year ago Mr. Kinder was on his way to San Francisco and was so greatly benefitted by his visit he would have liked to have spent this year's vacation there but time does not permit it; will not forget Mr. Ralston's attention and kindness; preparations are being made in Japan for a war with China which will set Japan back a half century; has asked Mr. [John] Robertson to arrange with Mr. Ralston to send the enclosed to Messrs. Houseworth and Co. and to pay their demand on my [his] ok; hopes Mr. Ralston will not think he has trespassed on his good nature.
ALS 2pp.
P.S.
"Kind regards to Mr. [Stephen H.] Franklin."
item 7835

Kinder, Tho[ma]s W., Director's Office, The Mint, Osaka, [Japan], 13th January, 1875. To My dear Sir [William C. Ralston, Esq.]

Additional Note

Letter and photographs have arrived and thanks Mr. Ralston for his trouble; the cost has been charged to his account with the O[riental] B[ank] C[orporation]; the Japanese Government has taken over the operation of the Mint so Mr. Kinder is about to leave Japan and had expected to pass through San Francisco on his way home but there have been so many sea disasters that he does not want to go on one of those "touch-wood ships" so will take a French mail steamer instead; the United States Trade dollar is in the field and doubtless will increase in favor; Japan is about to issue one of the same weight and fineness in opposition but thinks "their chance is over"; thinks he sees a way for the introduction of large amounts of silver from Nevada into Japan soon and will let Mr. Ralston know if his plans work out; events move slowly in that part of the world; regards to [Stephen H.] Franklin and [Louis A.] Garnett.
ALS 2pp.
item 7840

King, Edward, New York, Sept[ember] 24th, 1868. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Had shipped merchandise to Mannheim Schoenwasser and Co., San Francisco by Ocean Queen; have heard they [steamship company] were in difficulty but resident partners unable to say why; since immediate action was necessary, Mr. King telegraphed Mr. Ralston to take whatever proceedings were necessary to stop the goods - (2 cases and 2 bales) - in transit; Bills of Lading were sent overland; exchange of telegrams; Power of Attorney and other papers sent overland and hopes Mr. Ralston will be able to get possession of the goods and put the case into proper hands with instructions to let consignees have the goods by paying for them or reship them back or let anyone else who might wish to take them at 5% to 10% of invoice value; leaves everything to Mr. Ralston; lists papers enclosed which his lawyers say are all that are required.
ALS 4pp.
Papers lacking.
item 7840

King, Edward, New York, Oct[ober] 20th, [18]68. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Has received Mr. Ralston's telegram stating that Mr. King's letters and documents have all been received and all is in process but thinks things will come out all right; grateful for Mr. Ralston's help but regrets the trouble it is causing him; mentions family affairs; reports their friend John E. Vose is making a fortune in real estate in Orange, [New Jersey], is building a fine home for himself but overtaxes himself with this and his legal business and fears for his health.
ALS 4pp.
P.S.
"Em would send love if she knew I was writing."
item 7840

King, Edward, The Western Union Telegraph Company, Pacific Division, New York, Oct[ober] 24th, 1868. To W[illiam] C. Ralston.

Additional Note

"Do whatever you think best."
D 1p.
item 7840

King, Edward, New York, Oct[ober] 29th, 1868. To [William C.] Ralston.

Additional Note

Has received Mr. Ralston's telegram stating that he has possession of the goods but cannot sell at private sale at limit and suggests at auction; asks what he should do; Mr. King wired, "Do whatever you think best."; will consider anything done as satisfactory but would like the loss to be as small as possible; "thankful and lucky to get the goods at all"; indebted to Mr. Ralston for that which he has done in their behalf; states how his firm usually does business; realizes that merchandise in the shape this is in can only be sold at a loss and expects that; leaves everything up to Mr. Ralston and will be satisfied with the outcome; letters from Mr. and Mrs. Thorn still in Paris but anxious to return home and they think Mrs. Ralston will not return with them as they had expected; all well.
ALS 3pp.
item 7845

Kinney, G.O., New York, June 18th, [18]75. To W[illia]m C. Ralston.

Additional Note

Wants to sell 250 shares of Panoche Grande (Mr. Garrahan) Quicksilver Company at $10 per share; [illegible] value $100.00; awaits an early reply.
ALS 1p.
[Note added]
"Mr. Bell will please answer or dictate what I should say. W.C.R."
[Note added on another page]
"The stock buy in my Estimation entirely valueless. I would not give 10 cents for the whole of it." [unsigned]
item 7850

Knowlton, Cha[rle]s, Paso de Robles Hot Springs, San Luis Obispo County, Cal[ifornia], Oct[ober] 5th, 1870. To W[illiam] C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Wants some enterprising person to buy the place; if advanced, positive information can be obtained that the Southern Pacific Railroad will go through that county before the public knows about it and if Mr. Ralston invested in the place it would be very profitable investment; thinks the whole could be bought for $40,000; railroad would increase its value to $100,000; could be "made the leading place in Cal[ifornia] for pleasure seekers and invalids"; describing its location in regards to routes of access possible future ones; place contains one league of land and can accommodate 100 guests and has enough springs to always supply increased business; has a lease but would buy the place if he could borrow $35,000 or will do so in partnership with a person who can furnish half the purchase money; asks Mr. Ralston to get a purchaser.
ALS 4pp.
P.S.
Place has a house worth $6,000 in addition to the hotel.
item 7855

Knox, John Jay, Treasury Department, Office of Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, [D.C.], Nov[ember] 16th, 1869. To My dear Sir, W[illia]m C. Ralston, Esq.

Additional Note

Thanked Mr. [Louis A.] Garnett in a letter for his pamphlet and a ch[illegible] that since Mr. Knox has read it he has been "retailing his thunder as opportunity offered"; considers his chapter on the relative cost of converting gold bullion into coin in England and France admirable"; at Mr. Knox's suggestion, the Comptroller "will recommend the establishment of National Banks upon a specie basis"; Congress will probably pass a bill authorizing [them] to issue currency at 10% less than the gold value of bonds and not more than say 80% upon depositing the bonds with the Treasury"; gives further explanation of the law and sends Mr. Ralston a copy; Mr. Ralston had expressed his "intention to be first in the issue of paper currency when the right time came" to Mr. Knox three years previously; makes suggestion as to that which may be done in case the bank does not wish to give up its charter and the bill passes; by being first Mr. Ralston "can not only increase ... [his] reputation as an able financier but also put money in [his] purse"; would like to have Mr. Ralston's views and his suggestions on the proposed act; if he