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The Bank of California San Francisco, [Jan?] [2nd?] 1869
Hon Leland Stanford [Sacramento?]
We have this day charged to your a/c 10 Notes Selby & others a/c [Mayfield?] [Palo Alto?] 3000 [ea?] $20.000 - left payments there on [10,352.50?] [Baldaco dao?] of principal $9647.50 Interest to date [3560.00?] Sent to your debit. $12,207.50 We hold the notes for your a/c
Yours Truly [?] Brown
The Barton Estate Company Limited Fresno, California
7th May 1889
Hon Leland Stanford My Dear Sir
When in the City recently. Saw Capt. [Youngberg?] - Chief Dep. Iech. Reo. Depart.?] S. Francisco. He stated he had a chat with you and had hopes that something could be arranged by which all growers of wine grapes could carry on their business the coming vintage, and not be at the mercy of any designing Reo. officer who might take it into his head to levy blood money. Hope this may be done - for should the plan of putting a special watch man at Each Distillery, be carried out, it would End in those who Could not See, the watch - not making any search [...] at all, and those who could, risking all there is [?].
at current prices, no one can afford to pay tax on fortified wines and live. Of course you know this. I think any Co. will send out a Receiver, and wind up business - unless we can soon show that we can earn a profit. This you must know would be a terrible blow to this country. But as a fact, they are already concluded that way. And if present high freights and low prices are to continue much longer nothing else can be expected.
Most Respectfully Robert [Barlow?]
U.S. Sanitary Commission, Jacob Stadtfelt New York, Jan. 19, 1865
My dear Governor
Can you aid my young friend, Mr. Johannes Schlarbaum, a practical engineer with your advice and countenance? He goes to your beautiful country to practice his profession in which he is said to be an adept. Please give him such furtherance as you can - without too much inconvenience to your