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Office C.P. Huntington Mills Building 23 Broad Street
New York, May 8th 1886
S.J. Gage Esq San Francisco, Cal
Yours of 3rd, with newspaper clippings rec'd, for which you have my thanks. I have not read them yet, but I will put them in my hat & read them at home tonight, as I have very little time at my office for reading newspapers.
We are laying out considerable work to be done in California this year & I hope everything that we do will be well done & at the minimum cost. I am going to do considerable work this side of the Mississippi myself. I would very much like to hear from you from time to time as to
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how matters are going on, not only in our own business, but in political matters also. I had a talk with Gov. Stanford a few days since and with Mr Crocker and we were all agreed as to the man who ought to be our next Senator. I presume you know who he is and I would like to hear from you in reference to it. What California wants now is a man who is not only wise in counsel but is able to stand on his feet in the United States Senate and let the wants of our State be known and I every way guard and protect its interest. The election of Gov Stanford of course was not expected when the Governor was here sometime before his election and the thought of his election never came into my mind; but I could say
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nothing against it, because he would naturally have been my first choice as he is not only a clean pure man but able, only his election placed me in a somewhat equivocal position with the other party, which I very much regret. There are several friends of mine in California who would make good Senators & I would like to see them have the place if they desire it; but I know of no one of my friends who care for it & I do feel that the best interests of the State would call for the election of Mr. Sargent and I would like very much personally to see him elected, not only because I like the man, but because he would ably represent the State and I feel that in this way justice will be done
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to him as well as to myself and others who had promised him our support to the best of our ability.
I know, of course, that you want to do all you can for the railroad, but allow me to say here that I don't want this done because it would be for the best interests of the railroads but simply because justice would be done, as I have said, and because the state would be fittingly represented and so that the friends of this country in Germany may see that we are not unmindful of those who, as the representatives of their country on foreign soil dare to stand up for their country's rights
Yours very truly,
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New York Oct 25, 1873
Received at Sacramento, October 26, 1873 9:45PM
To Leland Stanford
I have no gold to pay San Joaquin Coupons. We have bills payable and small notes that must be paid or they will go to protest and it is impossible to borrow a dollar here except with stock or bonds sold at New York Stock Board and you must send twenty-five thousand a day.
C.P. Huntington 51DH