Mark Hopkins

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[preprinted] Office Central Pacific Railroad,

Corner Front and California Streets.

San Francisco, [/preprinted] Feb 5th 1867

Friend Mark

I [had?] a letter this morning from the [Judge?] stating that he and [Montague?] were intending to start [--fro--] for [Benicia?] to determine what surveying is necessary to locate the most direct line to Goat Island. Now my idea is that we should at once extend our line to Goat Island and [announce?] the fact, but it is useless to talk of a rout by the way of [Benicia?], First because the ground is already occupied, 2nd because to cross the Straits [insert] by bridge [/insert] is so costly as to [render?] it substantially impracticable besides if the Straits were not crossed by a bridge a steamboat starting from here would reach [Benicia?] as quick if not quicker that you could go by rail and two ferries. The [Judge?] says [Charly? clearly?] [illegible]

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wait until we reach the summit before we haul Iron over [to the Truckee?]. I thought the matter was settled that the iron was to be hauled from Cisco. [Unless?] Huntington is successful in his negotiations, it is imperative that we must do that which will [illegible] us money.

Yours truly

Leland Stanford

[bottom left margin] [From?] Leland Stanford

Feb. 5. 1867.

[Locate?] [illegible] to Goat Island immediately. Impracticable to go by Benicia. Haul Iron over the summit this winter to lay 30 miles on Truckee by July. [/bottom left margin]

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[preprinted] Office Central Pacific Railroad,

Corner Front and California Streets.

San Francisco, [/preprinted] April 1st 1867

Friend Hopkins

Your letter of 29th [illegible] [covering?] one from Huntington [red?], also [red?] to day from Crocker [a?] letter from the man who [went off?] to attend the drilling machines. He says Strobridge says that the present [mgm?] cannot be stopped to make the necessary connections for [steam?], Mr. [More?] says it will not take over two hours at the most. [Now?] if they get [out?] rock so fast that to pile up [--what--] at the shaft [insert] what [/insert] they would raise in two hours could not be got out of the way, why then it would seem that the drilling machines would be of little benefit, because [--if the rock is--]

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[---got out so fast, [illegible] must be now--] it would seem that already our progress had reached a point at which it was equal [illegible] capacity to raise, but I have bought an engine and will have [insert] sent up [/insert] what is necessary to connect it with present boiler.

Yours truly

Leland Stanford

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bought engine to [drive?] drilling machine [/second hand] [third hand]

Letters from L. Stanford '67 - '68 - 69 '70 [/third hand] [/bottom left margin]

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[notation: 15] [embossed seal] CONGRESS [CAREW. CO.?] [/embossed] [preprinted] Office Central Pacific Railroad, Corner and Front Streets. San Francisco, [/preprinted] April 5th 1867

Friend Hopkins

Have got a bully letter from Latham to Morgan, next wednesday Mr Latham with a party of ladies and gentlemen [insert] (8) eight in all [/insert] will [travel?] here to go [up?] to take a trip over the Road and go to Donner Lake. They will want to go up to the Lake on Thursday and return to Crystal Lake the same night so as to return to San Francisco Friday night. I have told him we would have horses & sleighs [insert] ready [/insert] and notify Hotel [Keepers?] so that they would be well cared for. He fully appreciates the importance to his Bank should the arrangement in London be made by Mr Morgan. You will I am sure see that every thing is all right for the [ride?].

Yours truly Leland Stanford

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