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Washington Nov 29 1854

Sir,

I have the honor to submit,
according to your request the
following Statement in regard to the prices
in California, as far as came under
my notice, in discharge of my
duties.

I paid for horse hire from
Mays Rulle to Post 8 bear. Horse &
Buggy $20 dols per day. Meals on same rout
$2 dolls; For single, saddle horse
in San Francisco $10 dols per day.

Barly was scarse when I was in
the country & sold high just at
that time, I think it cost me 18 cts
per lb. Steamboat fare I paid
no attention to as Special Agt of
the P. O. Dept. I travelled free in
Mail Boats. I am aware however
where opposition is offered on the rivers
the price sometimes is reasonable.
This seldom lasts beyond a week
or so. Beeves brought over the Plaims
& pastured there for 2 or 3 months
were worth from "130 to 100" dols per head
in San Francisco. Genl Lane of Oregon
& myself travelled with Mr Eddy who
had followed droving cattle, from Mise
for 10 years & he gave us general
information, from his experience, which I now
quote I thought he told us he had some worth
$100 dols at that time.

Horses sold high

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