J[ohn] M. Vanderbilt
00958Sitka Alaska Nov 20/80.Dear Mr. Muir:Your kind letter of the 28th [illegible]. is just received per “California” & I hasten to reply. The steamer is behind her regular time, is in a hurry to leave & consequently shortens our time for writing. I received a letter from your friend Mr. Hanks in reference to that me[illegible] iron, this mail, & answer same to the effect that the specimen is still at Chilcoot & the only value I have any idea they hold it at, is what you said you thought $100.00 it may be that they mentioned the price to Mr. [illegible] when he saw it but I am not certain that they did – we have not mentioned it recently to them for fear that they would be excited in regard to its value – I will enquire thoughthis next time & if I can buy it at a reasonable price will do so, if not will wait to hear from Mr. Hanks before paying $100 for it. Many thanks for your kind attention to the matter. I am sorry that we have been unable to send the yellow cedar logs to Mr. Magee as we fully expected that we could do this fall but our indians have disappointed us & although we offered good pay to both the Indians & miners unemployed here, with promises from them that they would go to work they failed to do so. We will have things arranged differently in the spring & hope to then get the logs. Mr. Spu[illegible] is going to San Francisco next month when he will call on Mr. Magee & explain to that gentleman about the business. We have been having very
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