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Beekman Letters

Letters to and from Cornelius C. Beekman, banker of Jacksonville, Oregon. Most are outgoing letters Beekman copied with his letter copying press.
   

The vast majority of the letters Beekman copied are gold or credit transmittal forms which he filled out without comment. These business forms, representing the mining success and financial affairs of hundreds of Southern Oregon residents--American, Chinese and others--are not transcribed here. Digital images of the original pages are available to researchers; write for access.



Jacksonville Ogn.
    Nov. 20th 1860
    This copying press arrived today. Cost of the press in San Francisco $7.50, of the book $2.50.
C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library  Beekman copied this trial note on the last page of the book.



Exps. of this dispatch chd. to H. Cohn on account M&D coll. $10.00
"Important"
Wells Fargo & Company
    San Francisco
        Collection No. 25 from H. Cohn & Company on Maury & Davis
    Has not yet given the security. Has promised to do so from day to day. There is a rumor that he has given a trust deed to someone. It is not yet on record. Reed is Maury's atty. Dowell, a reliable atty., has been out of town several days. Look for him tomorrow.
    No other atty. here to trust with it.
    What shall I do; wait till Dowell comes and force the matter?
    Answer immediately.
Jacksonville
    Nov. 27th 1860
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    Nov. 29th 1860
Blackman Howard & Company
    San Francisco
        Gents:
            Mr. Freaner says the best he will do is to liquidate $2000 of the indebtedness of the concern, then him and Rathbun will give you a mortgage upon the stock and all the fixtures.
    I consider Freaner a very good man, and if I had the machine I would let him have it upon those terms, for the way times are here at present, you will have to advance more money before you get any out of it.
    The Klippel & McLaughlin notes will have to be paid in cash when due. They need the  money, and the way things are going, I fear the boys will not have cash enough to lift them, besides that the rents are getting behind hand. To sum up the matter, I do not like the way things are shaping themselves. Another thing to be taken into consideration is that board bills will get behind. Services of barkeep must be paid. The indebtedness that Freaner will cancel will be the Klippel & McLaughlin's, for which the tables and all the fixtures are now mortgaged to secure. After that there will be no liens upon anything.
    I think you had better send Charley up post haste because I am satisfied that no other opportunity will offer itself to rid yourselves of the concern like the Freaner proposition. Freaner says he will not ask any man to go his security and does not know as he could get it if he should do so.
    Telegraph me if you start Charley or whether if he does not come to accept the proposition. Freaner is waiting to hear from you; says if you do not accept, he goes into another business.
    He will wait till I get a telegraph [sic] from you in regard to it. Give the matter your immediate attention.
    To sum up, I would again say you had better send up Charley.
In haste, yours,
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Don't fail to send me a dispatch as Freaner has something else in view and says if he does not hear from you soon, he gives it up--the idea of buying of you.
    I have said Jas. Hamlin by attachments. Birdseye has bought him out. My impression is that they will clean the old man out. I think I have got you all right. By some hook or crook Hamlin took up the note given Charley due 9th Feby. & gave me one due one day after date. "Understand."
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    Dec. 6th 1860
San Francisco "office"
Coll. No. 468
From F. P. Hayne
    On Judge & Emery
        Messrs. Judge & Emery have tendered me the amount of note, viz $287.00. But positively refuse to pay the interest. Say it was the understanding when they gave the note that it was not to bear interest till after maturity. Say they will stand a suit before they will pay any interest. If Haines brings suit, they will bring in oral evidence to prove that what they say is true. We return the note so as Mr. Haines can look at it. If all right, return it to us again, as we have promised Judge & Emery so to do. We consulted a lawyer in regard to accepting the amt. tendered. They advised us to accept it, which we have done. The money goes forward with this.
C. C. Beekman
My chgs. & lawyer's consultation $5.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    Dec. 8th 1860
San Francisco "Office"
Coll. No. 1882 $238.50
Offset allowed     38.50
Net amt. $200.00
From F. L. Horn & Co.
On A. Bethel
    We have succeeded in collecting (in small sums) one hundred and seventy-five (175) dollars. As we think the collecting of the remainder quite doubtful, we remit you what we have. Bethel has removed from this section, but has left with me an open account to collect, which when collected is to be applied on the collection of F. L. Horne & Co.
Yours resptly.
    C. C. Beekman
My charges and cash paid out on above for horse hire $9.75.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    Decr. 10th 1860
Blackman Howard & Co.
    San Francisco
        Gents
                Enclosed please find check for $85.00, which is endorsed payable to your order.
    I wish same placed to credit of Dugan & Wall. Please acknowledge receipt of same to them & oblige.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. I have not yet closed the trade with W. B. Freaner, but am now negotiating with him. I am going to take one of the Klippel & McLaughlin notes, and then I am to take of Freaner a note on H. Klippel to make the amount up to $2000. Am to give Klippel on this note 90 days. I have no doubt but what we will make the trade. When I do I will notify you.
    When I was in your city I told you if you could safely pack me a small demijohn of brandy to do so, "but if you could not do it so as it would come safely to hand not to do it." You said (if I recollect aright, that if you did not pack it so as it would come safely to hand (no charge would be made).
    By some stupid blunder I am out the brandy. For explanation I forward you Dugan & Wall's letter.
    Please credit my a/c with the amt. chk. viz 5 gals. brandy.
    Dft. dated Portland, Nov. 10th 1860. No. 85# payable to Lewis Reese.
Signed,
    E. W. Tracy
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    Decr. 18th 1860
Blackman Howard & Co.
    San Francisco
        Gents
            I cannot make the trade with Freaner. He does not like my terms, or in other words, I do not like his. I understood him when he made the proposition that he was to pay the Klippel & McLaughlin notes and let you have them as a payment, you to receive them as cash, you to collect the notes when due. Instead of that he buys one of the notes and holds it himself but agrees to give time on the note or not collect his when due, but let what moneys taken in go to you at least for a while.
    He was or is willing to give me a note he has against Klippel for $800 due in 90 days which I agreed to take. To sum it up, the way Freaner finally wanted it arranged, I could not see as he was investing anything, at any rate, only the $800 Klippel note which is due 90 days. Well, for that I consider he could make his money out of the saloon before the note would fall due. I send you with this his letter, also the papers I had recd, drawn up at a cost of $20.00, which he would not sign.
    You can read them and if you conclude to accept his second proposition, you can return them again.
    I offered finally to alter the notes so as they would read 60, 90 & 120 days. I today offered to put them 2, 4, & 6 months.
    Dan tells me the only debts of any a/c he owes up here is to Dugan & Wall. After that is paid he will commence sending you money.
In haste
    Beek
P.S. I hereby guarantee the draft I sent you favor of Jas. C. Tolman and by this promise to indemnify you against all loss from said dft.
    What about the Col. Coffee dft. drawn by Bledsoe? Please give the matter your attention. Bledsoe has drawn out of my office nearly the amount. I am anxious to know if he honors the dfts.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Beekman Express Office
    Jacksonville Oregon
        Decr. 23rd 1860
Messrs. Castle & Freeborn
    San Francisco
        Gents
            Enclosed please find check for $1951.82 (less the express charges viz $20.).  Net amount of check $1931.82 payable to your order at Wells Fargo & Co.'s office in San Francisco.
    The above was brought on by Messrs. Anderson & Glenn, who request us to ship same to you. They left it to our own election how to do it. To ship coin or dust from here to San Francisco costs 2¼%. I draw the check at 1% which makes a saving to you of 1¼%.
    Hoping the business is done satisfactory and check arrive safely.
We remain your
    Obedient servant
        C. C. Beekman
P.S. Please acknowledge recpt.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    Jany. 9th 1861
E. Wadsworth Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        In regard to the Parker affair, everything remains just as it was. J. D. Haines has charge of the matter, is going along and selling all he can without any interruption from anyone. Haines tells me he has taken in about $250.00 since he had charge of it, but thinks the trade will drop off some now viz the holidays are about over.
    The other note I have not sued on. If Mr. Parker says I commenced suit when I could have secured the debt, I beg leave to differ with him on that point most d----bly. I suppose you are aware that H. Parker does not own that stock of goods. At least it is so given to the world at the time the suit was commenced E. Parker was not here and how H. Parker could have assigned those goods is more than I can tell without authority from E. Parker. I have no doubt but what H. Parker is the owner of the goods; if so, however, they stand in the name of E. Parker.
    As the matter stands at present, the matter is in the hands of my lawyers, who will obtain judgment next courts. If the thing is stopped or taken from me, I shall look to Geo. Van Bokkelen, who you say is all right for the lawyers' fees as well as costs that I have given security for.
    To sum up, Mr. Parker's rights are in no way prejudiced. As I can see, everything is quiet and going along in the store as if nothing had happened.
    If Mr. Van Bokkelen wishes the last note sued, he must give positive instructions. I refuse to exercise my judgment any further for him in the matter. What I have done, I supposed was the best for him & if he now sees fit to throw off all the responsibility on me, I assume it and will abide the consequences to clear you, however, in the estimation of Mr. Parker and from finding any further fault with you, I quote a few lines of Van Bokkelen's letter, viz:
    I now leave this matter entirely to you, as my will is never to interfere when I put matters in others' hands. As the matter is in your hands, do as you deem best and whatever you do will meet my approval--is what Van B. writes me Dec. 10/60. The above was written after the suit was commenced, which Van B. knew.
    To close, the court does not sit till February and probably by that time Haines will take in money enough to pay it. In case he does whip, of course the thing will not go to judgment.
In haste, yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. You ask me to advise you how to act in the matter. My advice to you is to have nothing to do with it.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library   Haines operated J. D. Haines & Bro.'s dry good store in Jacksonville; H. Parker ran the Yreka Book Store.



Jacksonville Oregon
    Jany. 11th 1861
E. L. James Esq.
    Cashier
        Dr. Sir
            The reason W/B No. 131# was omitted in my statement for November was, by some stupid blunder or other, it got mislaid.
    The same, however, was included in my statement for December, which went forward from this office Jany. 6th, which no doubt reached you in due time, and which we hope upon examination you will find to be correct.
Respectfully yours,
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Ogn.
    Jany. 14th 1861
E. Wadsworth Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Enclosed please find $60 being rent of the Jesse Rhodes for the month of November.
    The rent for December I have not collected as yet. They promise to pay soon. When they pay, I will remit you.
    I have told the tenant I would reduce the rent from Jany. 1st to $50 per month.
In haste yours
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    Jany. 15th 1861
J. L. Bramley Esq.
    Eugene
        Dr. Sir
            Yours of Jany. 4th came duly to hand. We have paid. Will add Owens the $25 as you requested. He refused to accept any interest. We remit you the balance less our chgs. for collecting, viz 2
½% which we hope is satisfactory.
By cash received $375.00
            Dr.
To paid W. Owens 25.00
To commissioners 2½% 9.25
Remitted by Tracy & Co. this day bal. 340.75 $375.00
    I have delayed sending you the money for a few days in hopes that Pinkham would bring in the order and have it endorsed on the note and then pay the balance, but he has not done so as yet although he has promised to do it.
In haste yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library




Office Beekman's Express
    Jacksonville Ogn.
        Jany. 19th 1861

Thomas Wallace & Co.
    San Francisco
        Gents
            Yours of Jany. 12th containing two notes on Messrs. Maury & Davis came duly to hand. We have presented the notes to Messrs. M. & D. for payment, who say they cannot pay at present, but will do so as soon as they can. They say they are going to make collections at the next term of the district court, which will be held here next month, and what money they collect of their customers shall go towards liquidating their indebtedness to Messrs. Faaffe, McCahill & Co. We will hold the notes subject to your order (or for further instructions).
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    Jany. 25th 1861
Blackman Howard & Co.
    San Francisco
        Gents
            Enclosed please find my check No. 121# payable to your order for one thousand (1000) which place to credit of Messrs. Dugan & Wall, Crescent City. Please acknowledge receipt of same to them at that point.
Respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. If you have collected the dft. on Col. Coffee, please advise as of same and of the cost of collecting the same; by complying with the request you will confer a favor.
P.S. 2 Your Mr. Lord is sweating it out up here. "Wants to go home" to see his wife's baby. He has [second page of letter not copied]
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library


Jacksonville Ogn.
    Feby. 14th 1861
*    *    *
P.S. I shall send you more dust next stage. Have now 75 oz. on hand; do not like to risk it this trip.
B.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library  Beekman copied his many gold transmittal forms into his letter books, but because the preprinted part of the form didn't copy, what did copy is cryptic. This postscript was added to a transmittal for 111 ounces of gold to Yreka.


Jacksonville
    Feby. 15 1861
    27 ounces [gold dust enclosed to Yreka] which I wish you to have assayed in Yreka. Place proceeds to my credit.
    The dust is from newly discovered diggings. There will probably be considerable of it in our market. I want to get its fineness and cannot wait to send it to S.F. You can get Erlenbach to assay it.
In haste
    "Beek"
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library   The diggings are apparently the Oatman diggings, near Phoenix.



Jacksonville Oregon
    Feby. 23rd 1861
L. L. Bradbury Esq.
    San Francisco
        Dr. Sir
            I send you by today's express (W.F.&Co.) 84
½ ounces dust, which I wish you to have assayed and dispose of the bar to best advantage. The proceeds I wish returned to me in coin. I want some $2½ & $3 pieces (for change) but do not send any silver.
    After disposing of the bar, you can ship the proceeds (less your commission) by W.F.&Co., having deference at same time to letter enclosing check for $1,000 that your Mr. Morgan sends you today. (Cumtux?). I would not trouble you with this business but Mr. Morgan assures me that it will be no trouble for you to attend to it for me. You will perceive that I only value the dust at $1,000--I do it to save freight. In returning the coin, you can undervalue at about the same ratio, but do not spread it on so that W.F.&Co. will growl. "Understand."  Be governed by size of the bag &c. We have to figure close up here to make anything buying dust. In directing the coin back, use this mark, viz:
Wade Morgan & Co.
    Yreka
Care of
    C. C. Beekman
In haste yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. If you should be coming up here in [a] day or two after the dust arrives, you can bring up the coin if not too much trouble.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    Feby. 24th 1861
W.W. Fowler Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours by Mr. Taylor came duly to hand. We send you by him $200.00 coin. We have no small coin at present (none in town).
    The dust you left Feby. 21st was duly passed to your credit, viz 22
½ ounces. Upon subjecting it to a heat in fry pan, it fell short in weight by $7--by allowing you 16¾ per ounce, it costs us $17.13 per ounce, which makes it a losing for us. Unless I can buy it at less rate, I am compelled to drop out of the Applegate dust trade. We are only paying here in office for Applegate-mined dust 16½ per ounce. If much quicksilver, we subject it to a heat. Unless we can be allowed to do it, we do not at present (owing to scarcity of coin) wish to touch it, as we now have to ship coin from San Francisco. For choice Applegate River, not quicksilvered, we are paying the old rates, viz 16¾.
In haste yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library


Jacksonville Oregon
    Feby. 25th 1861
C. S. Lord Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of the 16th inst. came duly to hand, found me all OK. I would further say to you that as far as I have gone I am delighted.
    You ask my  opinion of J. D. Haines & Co. In reply I would say that I know nothing about their affairs. I have, however, examined the records and find the following liens on their property (a copy of which I enclose with this). It may be, however, that they have made payments on some of the notes. If so, it does not as yet show it on the records. They are going along as usual; however, Howard sent me an a/c against Williams & Wilkinson. Williams (Charley) claims an offset of about $45--for goods they never received. He says they were sent to some man about or in Sailor Diggins and that you or Dugan & Wall collected the amount there. Further says you know all about it. I will retain the bill till you come up. I will write to Roseburg in regard to note on Jas. Hunt & Wm. Craze. I did not order it to be protested. I suppose, however, that Tracy's agent at Roseburg did not know as you was the owner of the note. I think as I believe I made it to that office as a call of my own.
    I learn today that Jack Hinkle has sold his ranch. I am now inclined to think he is on the swindle. When you come up you had better close up his matter.
    I forward you Mr. Reed's bill which I have paid viz for $90, also my check for 210, total $300.00, which please place to credit of Dugan & Wall. Please acknowledge receipt of same to them, also to me if not too much trouble.
In haste
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    Feby. 26th 1861
E. Wadsworth Esq.
    Yreka
        Please order for me say $5,000 coin. I shall need it by the time it can come up. You can rely on my taking it. I will either pay frt. on it or give you dust as we may agree. At any rate, order the coin, without you have plenty of coin in office.
    I will want coin in [a] few days any balance that may be due me over and above my indebtedness to your office. Please make calculations accordingly. By so doing you will confer favor.
In haste
    Beek
P.S. If you have any surplus coin on hand, please send some by XX what you can spare as well as not.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library   The "XX" must be a code between Beekman and Wadsworth.



Jacksonville Oregon
    Feby. 26th 1861
E. Wadsworth
    Yreka
        I have not yet heard from you in regard to discounting my bars, but I send you 118 oz. dust in expectation that we can mutually agree as to the rates. Please do the best you can. I now have a notion to draw up my San Francisco bank account and do business with your office as of old. In case I do, I shall order my checks and drafts from you. I may keep a small a/c with the S.F. office in order to draw direct for some of Tracy's offices over and above my bank a/c. Why of course I will want coin.
In haste yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Please answer.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library


Jacksonville Oregon
    March 1st 1861
Thos. Wallace & Co.
    San Francisco
        Gents
            Messrs. Maury & Davis have not as yet paid anything on the notes, but say they will as soon as they can, which will be in a few days. I have offered to take payments on the notes. They tell me they are forcing collections to liquidate the demand of T.M. & Co. Whenever they make any payments we will remit you the same.
In haste yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    March 1st 1861
Mr. Zander Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Please send me by return express the following, viz:
One blank check book
Blank check notifications
Blanks to advise shipments of dust
A few commission envelopes (W.F.&Co.)
A few collection envelopes (W.F.&Co.)
Some blank envelopes like sample
    Also, please return my gold dust purses. If they have been sent to other offices send others in place of them.
    By attending to above you will confer a favor.
Yours resptly.
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library   L. T. Zander was a clerk with Wells Fargo.



Jacksonville Oregon
    March 3rd 1861
E. Wadsworth Esq.
    Yreka
        Dr. Sir
            We send you by this day's express 140 ounces, proceeds of which (less discount on bar) place to my credit. Coin $2000 came safely to hand which you forwarded yesterday. I shall order checks & dfts. from your office for [a] few days at any rate. If you can send me coin for the bal. of the dust sent you 14th, 15th, 17th Feby., you will confer a favor. I want it for Glenn. You know I promised to cash part of his bars for to get his freights and hope you will help me out, as your office made by the operation as much as I did. We must help each other in such cases, you know, to retain the business. I shall send you more dust and when you get the returns, you can discount the bars in proportion to coin you furnish. Do the best you can and I am satisfied. To sum up, send me some or what coin you can possibly spare by next stage.
"Beek"
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library


Jacksonville Oregon
    March 8th 1861
E. Wadsworth Esq.
    Yreka
        Dr. Sir
            We have collected for the rents $60.00--which we remit you by my check. The occupant of the house says he will pay the rest as soon as he can collect it of his customers. We have not failed to push him all the while, but money has seemed to be scarce with him at present. I judge from your letter that there is some dissatisfaction manifested in regard to collecting and remitting the rents. I would say that I have always done the best I could in the premises--free of charge--and wish if you or Mrs. Rhodes are not satisfied in regard to it that it will be perfectly agreeable to me to have some other agent appointed as I do not, under the circumstances, like to be found fault with in regard to it.
In haste
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
P.S. As soon as the bal. is paid in I will remit.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    Mch. 8th 1861
Friend Mc
    We send by stage 6 bundles trees and one bundle slips for A. P. Hartstrand & Charles Adriance care of A. P. Hartstrand at Hart's Ranch, Scotts Valley. They were shipped here by Tracy & Co. Express at Eugene City with charges to this place on all $43.--forty-three dollars--which is to be collected for Tracy & Co. Please see that the trees are sent immediately to destination and instruct the driver not to deliver them until the $43 is paid for Tracy & Co.
    You will make price for the freight on them from Jacksonville to Hart's Ranch for the company.
In haste yours
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. I have seen Ish; he says that matter about the hides is all right as you and him talked.
    M. Martin and Jas. King both promised to pay their fares. As soon as they do, we will send it to you. In the meantime, we will keep pushing them.
B.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    March 8th 1861
George Earle Esq.
    Eugene
        Enclosed please find $22, amounts collected for whip lashes of the following, viz:
Mr. Cawley
Mr. Van Blake
Mr. Bell
Mr. Leach
    The amt., $22, is all I believe I have collected for you. If it should be more, send me word and I will send it to you. I have mislaid my memorandum of the lashes you sent, consequently, I have to guess at the amt.
    Please acknowledge receipt.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library   Dan Cawley and James Bell--and presumably the rest--were stage drivers. The 1860 Census finds a stage driver named "George Earl" in Nevada City, California.



Jacksonville Oregon
    [March 13 or 14, 1861]
E. Wadsworth
    Yreka
        Dr. Sir
            On your yesterday W/B you charge me frt. on coin. I do not understand it. I supposed you was to discount my bars, but I suppose it will make no difference and calculate if you charge frts. up to me, you will only charge me frts. down, or in other words will discount the dust sent you Feby. 27th & Mch. 3 at only frts. viz 1
½%. Am I right? The dust I sent today I intended for your office but I sent it direct and will draw you checks. By that means I will make [profit?] as I undervalue my dust. "Understand." 
    As I am only some two or three hundred behind at your office, I enclose you my check for $2500 to be applied on the $10,000 coming up. I have now on hand yet after shipping today 150 oz. which I will send S.F.--and draw again in your favor. Is that OK? You charge me $15 frt. on $3,000. I supposed that was included when you discounted my last bars which left your office behind with me at that time of some 2 to $3,000, but it does not make much difference. Anyhow, we can stand it!!
In haste
    Yours truly
        C. C. B.
When will the $10,000 be up. Send it in lots of only $2,500. If I am behind when it comes, retain part of it and charge your frts. on what you send, but I will take it all. You can rely on that but will not draw so as to make your office behind at S.F. on my a/c.
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Jacksonville Oregon
    March 10th 1861
To
    Agent, Tracy & Co.
        Eugene
            Sir
                On W/B No. 46#, date Mch. 1st from your office you ship 6 bundles trees and one package slips valued at $75. They all came to hand, I suppose, but in very bad condition. The wrappings were nearly all off, and trees loose in the stage. We had to have them all repacked here at a cost of $5 for gunny sacks &c.
    As you must have received them in bad [condition], I suppose your office will have to stand the expense of repacking. Consequently, we send you this letter as advanced chgs. $5.00.
    You W/B the trees for destination viz Hart's Ranch, which was all wrong. You should have recd. them to be shipped to Yreka which was the nearest office to Hart's Ranch. That office could then have notified the consignee of their arrival. As it was, we shipped them to Yreka then had to put them on board stage for Hart's Ranch. Then instruct the drivers to collect the frt. on delivery. You will readily see the impropriety of doing the business that way, as the stage makes but a short stop at Hart's Ranch. Suppose Mr. Hartstrand was not at home. Why, of course the trees would have to be left and call at other times to get the frts.. We have not as yet received the frt. money. If we do it is all right. If not, we charge back the fees--to Tracy & Co. as all W/B recd. at this office with chgs. to collect are charged to us.
    You will hereafter W/B all pkgs. for Williamsburg, Evansville, Ashland & Phoenix to this office. All pkgs. for Scott's Valley W/B to Yreka office. After they reach here and Yreka the consignees will be notified. Do not undertake to deliver pkgs. on this end of the road to way places or off the route. It causes too much trouble and anxiety to keep track of them. In sending pkgs. outside of the exps. box, see that they are well marked. I have not received a pkg. from any of Tracy & Co.'s offices for some time back that came outside box that had any mark on them (wore off I suppose) which makes it almost impossible to keep the run of them.
In haste yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
     1861
L. L. Bradbury Esq.
    San Francisco
        Dr. Sir
            We ship to you this day 150 ounces dust valued at $1800, "freight paid," to following address, viz:
L. L. Bradbury
    Care of and to be left at
        Banks & Davis
            Bankers
                San Francisco
Your Mr. Morgan will write particulars about it, but for fear his letter miscarries, I will repeat it. I want about $1,000 in 2½ & $3 pieces. The balance you will use yourself. Small change is very scarce here is the reason I order small coin. Have the dust assayed not put in the mint, as it takes so long to get returns. If you should ship the coin use same address as before.
Hoping to see you ere long, we remain,
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
     1861
E. Wadsworth, Agt.
    Yreka
        Dr. Sir
            I have collected the rents for January, amt. $50, which I remit you by my check on San Francisco. The occupant promises to pay  more soon. When he does I will remit it to you.
    You can say to Mrs. Rhodes that I will continue to collect the rents for her as fast as possible.
    I return you her note and would say that I am perfectly satisfied with her explanation of the matter.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    April 1st 1861
Blackman Howard & Co.
    San Francisco
        Gents
            Yours of 6th ultimo acknowledging receipt of check $200 for Dugan & Wall and $90 on my account came duly to hand. In reply, we beg leave to say you received no such remittances from me but we did remit you $300 for a/c of Messrs. Dugan & Wall which you will please place to their credit as requested. As such, we notified them. Please correct the error and hereafter when we remit to you please dispose of the proceeds as we request, not as seems best to you, for the reason that we do not, when we remit for D&W, [intend] to have the whole or any part of the sum (especially when you are instructed otherwise) placed to account of self or any other individual.
    Mr. Lord was here some days since. We give him h--l in regard to the matter. He said he would write you and have the affair made right. As we have not heard from you in regard to the matter, we come to the conclusion that you intend to let the credit stand on your books as per your advice to us. Now we positively say we will not have it so, and in order to have our way in regard to the matter we remit you our check for the $90 and interest, say $5, amount of check $95. Now will you please place to credit of D&W $300, also balance my account.
    We should have sent you our indebtedness long since, but we was not aware that we owed you that amount. We drew our conclusion from the following or rather enclosed bill of little items we have trumped up against B.H.&Co. We suppose, however, you are governed by your books entirely. We would say in conclusion that we do not claim it (the bill against B.H.&Co.); we only drew it off to show you from what we have based our grand mistake upon.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    April 4th 1861
Mrs. Eliza Stratton
    Your very kind letter of Feby. 15th came duly to hand, found me enjoying good health and spirits. I told our friend, Aunty, I had heard from you; she was delighted, but she says you neglect her by not writing to her. She sends much love, &c.
    I have no news to write you; everything goes along here as usual. Your unworthy servant was married on the 28th day of January last to Miss Julia and would say by way of prelude that he is perfectly satisfied with the change from single blessedness to married life. You know my failings, if any I have. According to your request I send you the $50 by draft payable to your order in Boston. You seem to worry much about paying me. Now that makes no difference; if you never pay it is all right. All the pay I ask is that when you come to this country is to write me and let me know where you stop so that if I should want to make you a visit I can find you. I am the same old coon you bet I once was. "Understand?"
    I have said nothing to anyone about your coming back. I told Aunty you wanted to. She says it is a good idea. I think so myself. Joe is well; is not doing much, is the same old coon like myself. I have not seen him for a long time. Do not fail to write me upon receipt of this so as I can send you the 2nd draft if the one enclosed does not go straight. When I hear from you again I will send you a long letter; have not time now.
    Hoping this will find you in good health and enjoying all the comforts of life is the prayer of
Your Friend
    B
Excuse bad writing & composition as I am in d----d of a hurry.
    [P.S.] Aunty wanted to put a letter in this, but as she is not ready with it, I concluded not to wait. When she writes I will direct it for her.

C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.  This letter was copied out of order, in the first pages of the volume.

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Jacksonville Ogn.
    April 24th 1861
Messrs. Dugan & Wall
    Crescent City
        Gents
            Enclosed please find my check No. 290# payable to your order for eight hundred (800) dollars, which please place to my credit by the next stage. We will try and collect all we can for you and remit you checks for the same.
    Messrs. J. A. Brunner have paid me $366.75, the amt. due on their accepted draft. They refused to pay any interest. We have also collected of J. Michelbeck $11.83, which charge to my a/c. Are you not coming up before the spring business opens?
    Wilkinson has not paid his a/c. Nor Haines. I will push them up.
In haste yours
"Beek"
P.S. I have concluded to draw you another check which find enclosed for $200, No. 291#, making in all $1,000 with this letter.
B.
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Jacksonville Oregon
    April 26th 1861
Friend Tracy
    Your emphatic note of no date came to hand last evening. I was quite surprised at its tone, but console myself with the reflection that you was out of humor and damn mad at the time it was written, but I must say, like Artemus Ward, I like your "style." But to the point, you say that you do my private business free and mention the Geary coll. [debt collection]. True you did! But had you charged for doing the business, I should have found no fault with you. But let us inquire out that coll. It was on a deal with Pyle that I got it, and to show you that I had your interest in view at the time, I collected for you $38--which a/c you  have no doubt considered worthless for a long time. We would say to you that we do not propose to be outdone by you in courtesy and will now repeat that any private business you may wish me to do for you will be done to the best of my ability "free." The letter of which you complain of chgs. I did not suppose from the address on the envelope appertained to your private business. It came to me from W.F.&Co. with 2.75 charges on it. We advanced it and supposed that when we made an additional charge of $2 (for our part of the slice) that it was legitimate, right & proper to do so. We care nothing about the $2 but as it came over our route and supposing it to be for one of your patrons that it would make no difference with you we done it or else we had to do the business for nothing. Do you see [the] point, since the letter in question was sent you, we have forwarded you one more with the same chgs. added viz 25 cts. You can now charge back to us the $4 as we would not for such an amount have you think we were Small Potatoes. Before we close, we would return thanks for your kindness towards us, and in continuation of the text would say that it seems to us that when you wrote that note that you forgot that we had been acting here as your agent for the last 5 or 6 months free of charge, although from your own proposition we could have charged you 20 percent commission. But as the business was small, we concluded that as yet we would make no charge, although we have sat up nights to receive and forward your express matter. More than all that, we have carried all your express matters to & from Yreka in our express box, as yours has never been forwarded beyond this place. But we will now close this subject on Small Potatoes, as we think we have written all that the subject would warrant.
    One thing more, before we sign our name to this, we wish to say. You say you will have to find some other means of doing your business here. Of course you can use your own pleasure in regard to that, but as we never particularly solicited your agency at this point, we shall not certainly supplicate its continuance.
With distinguished consideration, we remain your obedient servant
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    May 6th 1861
Friend Tracy
    With the returned paid collection, you write on the envelope "Return Free."  Is it your own private matter--if so all OK. You will see that I have had to advance to W.F.&Co. $12.25. If it is for an outsider and I return "free," I get no part of the slice for advancing the chgs., &c. Is that right? Say yourself. It is well enough to understand each other. It is not the amount we [are] after, but we want to understand it so as we can do business upon correct principles.
    W.F.&Co. for all your matter I discover look to me for their advanced chgs. & frts., which I pay. Why don't they waybill to your office direct? I write for information.
    When are you coming up? Would like to have a talk with you upon the crisis the country is now passing through.
In haste
    Beek
I will send you abstract for April in a day or two. Am very busy just at present.
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Jacksonville Oregon
    May 9th 1861
Saml. Knight Esq.
    San Francisco
        Dr. Sir
            Will you please give me a statement of my account at your San Francisco office up to receipt of this. If it is not too much trouble, I would like a statement "monthly" hereafter. If it is too much work, "let it go."
    Do you think bars will advance in your market soon? At the prices we are paying for dust, it leaves but a very small margin for profit. In fact, some lots we lose on.
In haste
    Yours resptly.
        C. C. Beekman
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Office Beekman Express
    Jacksonville Oregon
        May 10th 1861
Geo. A. Van Bokkelen Esq.
    San Francisco
        Dr. Sir
            We have at last brought the Parker business to a close. Enclosed please find my check No. 318# for $489.81, balance due you as per annexed statement which we hope upon examination you will find satisfactory and correct. We have had much trouble and annoyance with this matter. Mr. Parker is a very eccentric person to do business with. The course he has pursued in this matter leads me to the conclusion that the gentleman is a little tricky.
    Please acknowledge receipt of this.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman

Geo. K. Van Bokkelen
In a/c C. C. Beekman                                                        Cr.
Feby. 21 By amt. collected on note H. & E. B. Parker $250.00
Feby. 28 By interest col. on above 17.50
May 9 By amt. col. on judgment on Parkers from
    the hands of sheriff & co. clerk   545.31
$812.81
Dr.
Feby. 21 To my check on W.F.&Co. payable to your order $250.00
May 9 To paid attorneys per vouchers enclosed 40.00
May 9 To 2 protests 8.00
May 9 To my check No. 318# incl. 490.81
My commission 2¼% & exps. exchange ¾     24.00
$812.81
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May 18th 1861
Roseburg Office
In a/c C.C. Beekman
By note & int. collected on Chs. McFenar $74.00
Dr.
To paid Crescent city Express for collecting same $5.50
To Beekman's chgs.     .50
    Due Roseburg office $68.00
    Crescent City expressman says he had to go some miles out of his way and make two or three trips to collect the money which is the reason he chgs. so much commission.
    He for a long time considered it a bad egg.
Yours
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    May 20th 1861
Friend Howard,
    Yours of the 14th inst. enclosing bill of goods you bought for me came duly to hand. In my letter to you on the 27th ult. I intended to put in the check for $90.00 which you returned to me. As you say nothing about it, I conclude that I neglected in my hurry to enclose the check. If so, it has got mislaid or lost. In either case, if you will inform me I will issue you a duplicate.
    In the bill send me you put in only 12 yards of damask & 2 pr. lace curtains. Is that enough for four (4) windows? If not, please get me enough more of the same kind for 2 more windows (4 in all) and send it by express. In the bill you got trimmings enough for the 4 windows, but I judge not enough damask & lace curtains.
    We forward you with this 100 ounces dust which please put in the Mint and when you get the returns pay the bills and yourself for advancing the money for books &c. and also for your trouble for buying & forwarding the goods. The balance please place to credit of Dugan & Wall.
    Please accept thanks for your attention to our business &c.
In haste
    Yours respectfully
        C. C. Beekman
P.S. Please send me the Mint assay.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 5 1860-1862, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.  "Howard" was apparently Charles Webb Howard of Blackman, Howard & Co., liquor importers and wholesalers of San Francisco.



Jacksonville Oregon
    May 28th 1861
Friend Bradbury
I send you by today's express 137 ounces dust with the following mark, viz
Val 1400
Paid through & Insured

L. L. Bradbury, care of
Banks & Davis
San Francisco
Which I wish  you to put into coin for me to the best advantage either by selling the bar or putting into the Mint. Do as you would do with your own dust. I can get along without the coin for [a] few days and if by putting into Mint you think it will pay good interest, do so. In fact, do as you think best. Please write upon receipt of this how long it will be before I can realize on it. In all probability I will want you to ship me the coin. In case you do, value at about ⅔ of value of the coin shipped. Use same address as before.
Hoping to hear from you, we remain
    Yours truly
        "Beek"
(Confidential)
P.S. There is a rumor around town that your house is going by the board in about 3 months. Now Friend B, if you break, you must do so full handed in a spirit of kindness. I would say you can put all my state papers in your assets although they are rather of old date. They will go to make up you know.
    I would further say you can take my house office, & last but not least of all, my safe. But I will be d----d if you can take my wife, you bet! I learn today by Morgan that Mr. Anderson, clerk of A&Co., is the originator of the roorback. If it was me, I should feel like cleaning the gentleman out.
    I guess on the whole it does not amount to anything and hope that no such rumors will affect you in the least.
B
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Jacksonville Oregon
    June 4th 1861
Thos. Wallace & Co.
    San Francisco
        Gents
            Enclosed please find copy of notice I have this day by advice of atty. Dowell served on Maury & Davis.
    It seems Foster brought suit on the notes and yesterday when called up in court, Mr. Foster had the case dismissed at plaintiff's cost. I learn today that Mr. Foster has collected of M. & Davis $300. There the matter stands.
    Without any suggestions on my part, you will see that the matter ought to be attended to.
    Mr. Maury has told me confidentially that he (Foster) is not going to give up the notes.
    They further say that it matters not who they pay them to. I infer that if they would buy them of Foster or any other person that their liability would cease on the notes.
    I would say that you had better let Mr. Dowell attend to the matter in future instead of myself as I am no lawyer.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
Mr. Dowell says you had better preserve this enclosed copy as it might be wanted for future use. He will write you today or tomorrow.
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Jacksonville Oregon
    June 11th 1861
Friend Bradbury
    Morgan tells me you will leave San Francisco for this place about the 15th inst.. I have taken the liberty of shipping you this day 156 oz. dust, which I wish you to put into coin to best advantage. You can have the bar refined or sell the bar as may seem best to you. Probably the bar will sell pretty well steamer day. Let us know if you can when you will start up. I may want, if it is not too much trouble to you, to send you a check on W.F.&Co. to bring me some more coin. I have there quite a balance due me I suppose. Cannot tell how much as my dust of late goes, I suppose, into Mint or to be refined, which takes some time. If you should wish to use some of this I send, why of course you can do so. I have told Morgan to write you to that effect but he says you will not want any, but if you should it is all right.
In haste
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
Confidential
I think Thos. Wallace & Co. have gone up say for $1,000--or all Foster has collected for them. As, however, I do not wish to interfere with other people's matters, I have made but few suggestions to them. If their order to me had not been [omission] peremptorily Foster never would have got the M&D collections. You bet!! As I have not much confidence in his sobriety, however, we shall see what we shall see. I am, however, doing all I can for them. Have got Dowell after the matter.
Yours
    Beek
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Jacksonville Oregon
    June 12th 1861
E. Wadsworth Esq.
    I have this day collected the rents on Rhodes estate. Enclosed please find my check for $100, payable to your order for the cause. I have made inquiry about what the property here would bring. I think it would bring $1200 without much trouble and that is about all.
    I wish you would ask Mrs. Rhodes up to what time the enclosed check pays rents to!! I have lost the memorandum book that I kept the account on.
In haste yours resptly.
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    July 9th 1861
Agent
    Tracy & Co.
        Salem
            Dr. Sir
                On your W/B No. 317# of date July 26th was one box of cherries shipped by R. C. Geer to C. C. Beekman. When the box arrived here the cherries were all spoiled. The consignee refused to receive the box and pay the freights on account of the cherries being worthless, as they were a total loss. We charge back the freights to your office, viz $10.60.
    Also on your W/B 322# July 29th was one box directed as above. They were in about the same fix. However, we gave them to one of our fruit dealers who sold at retail $5 worth which we have got of him. He charged us no commission for selling. You W/B freight to collect $9.40 we give you credit for the $5 col. and charge back to you $4.60, making in all $15.00. We send you this letter as advanced chgs. for that amount. We have to adopt this course as the Portland office has chgd. us with your W/B. In order for you as agent to lose nothing by this, I suppose you will have to send this to headquarters as advd. chgs. from your office.
In haste
    Yours resptly.
        C. C. Beekman
P.S. The box on W/B 322# for Anderson & Glenn & 2 for Redlick was delivered & frts. collected before they were opened. The box for Glenn & Anderson was worthless; they gave & threw them away but as they have not come on to me for reclamation of frts. as yet, we consider it as frts. collected for Tracy & Co.
    You can say to Mr. Geer that the cherries will prove a total loss, we think, to him, as A&G say they will not pay for them. We have not seen Redlick, consequently we cannot tell how his opened.
B.
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Jacksonville Oregon
    July 12th 1861
Messrs. Lord Peters & Co.
    Oakland
        Gents
            Your 3 pkgs. dust and 3 of coin came duly to hand.
    We put the dust all together, then without any cleaning, it weighed
89 oz. & 5/16 at 16.25 $1451.25
Coin   1260      
    Total $2711.25
For which we have drawn our check as your request favor of Banks & Davis payable as your other check was viz 5 days sight. We have allowed you for the dust 16.25 which we think is all it will bear in order to make freights on it. Should, however, the dust turn out well, we will allow you the additional $1 per oz. I am inclined to think you are somewhat deceived in regard to the quality of the dust. The check goes forward today No. 396#, date July 12th. As you did not say in yours to draw check at sight we have taken the liberty to draw at the 5 days, supposing it will make no difference with you.
In haste yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    Sept. 6th 1861
E. Wadsworth Esq.
    We have collected the rents for May and June, amount $100. We have paid out of it $20.50 for taxes, for which we send you the Sheriff's receipt, leaving a balance due Mrs. Rhodes of $79.50, for which we remit you our check.
    The last remittance we made you was $100 which paid up rents to May 1st. The man who rents the building now owes rent for July & August, which he promises to pay soon. When he pays it we will remit same to you. He is slow in paying up. We keep, however, pushing him all the time.
In haste yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    Oct. 10th 1861
E. W. Tracy & Co.
    Gents
        Enclosed find $5 (in coin), amount due you as per abstracts for month of Sept., which we this day forward you.
In haste
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
P.S. I wrote you some 2 or 3 months since in regard to Pony Express letters, what the charge would be from this office. In that letter I requested you if you did not furnish your offices with the Pony stamps, to notify each office what the charge would be from this office. Of late quite a number of Pony letters have come here to be forwarded. In no case have agts. sent money enough, which makes much trouble for this office as I have to write to agts. sending same and W/B my letters as advd. chgs. and all that sort of thing.
    You will confer favor by giving this matter attention, as we are satisfied this matter can be easily arranged.
    This being your last office on the route you will readily see that we have to keep a sort of parental watch over all your offices who do business this way, and we hope when you come to understand it, you will do all in your power to lighten our duties.
    We are getting along finely in regard to coin letters & letters going without the requisite amount of stamps. I have sent one or two back to the office they started from. It has had a delightful effect. "You bet."
B.
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Jacksonville Oregon
    Jany. 16th 1862
C. W. Watrous Esq.
    U.S. Postal Agent
        San Francisco
            Dr. Sir
                I am one of John W. McCully's official bondsmen as postmaster at this place. What I wish to say is this: on the 13th of Nov. last, McCully left this county or state for the new mines. Some time before he left here, he, McCully, sent on his resignation as postmaster to Washington City, since which nothing has been heard of it. For some time before he left here, he had a deputy in the post office by the name of S. Haines. He, McCully, recommended said S. Haines as his successor. Mr. Haines some time before and ever since McCully's departure has had charge of and performed the duties of the post office. My object in writing this is to request you if you have the power to have Mr. Haines give bonds upon his own account for the faithful performance of the duties of the office as well as to pay over all moneys that may come into his hands by virtue thereof from the time of McCully's resignation, or in other words I do not wish to stand as bondsman for the post office any longer at this place. By answering this letter and giving this matter your immediate attention you will much oblige and at the same time confer a personal favor.
In haste
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
P.S. Am I holden as McCully's bondsman til his successor is appointed and gives bonds? If so, I desire the matter should be attended to without delay.
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Jacksonville Oregon
    Jany. 1st 1862
To
    M. Blair
        Postmaster General
            Washington, D.C.
                Dr. Sir
                    Some time since, J. W. McCully, postmaster at this point, sent to you his resignation as postmaster at this place, since which nothing has been heard from it. On the 13th of last November, J. W. McCully left this county with the intention of not returning. He left in charge of the post office S. Haines, who is now performing its duties. If no new postmaster has been appointed in place of McCully, I as one of his official bondsmen request that one be appointed immediately. I see by reading Section 37 (passed Congress July 2nd 1836) that a surety of a postmaster may be released as such security by making application to the Postmaster General. The object of this is to request that I may be released as security (any longer) for said John W. McCully, said release to date back to the time of his resignation.
Very respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Please reply.
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Jacksonville Oregon
    Feby. 5th 1862
Zander Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        I by this express return you 275 [of] W.F.&Co.'s envelopes which I wish exchanged for the new style. If they cannot be exchanged please return them to me again as I suppose I can use them by putting the new stamps on (viz. 3 cts.). If you exchange them please send me about 200 more (also about 200 of some with Beekman's Express on only) for use of side offices not over W.F.&Co.'s routes.
    If you cannot exchange the ones I return to you, send me say 300 of your new style. Send them as C.O.D.
In haste
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    March 6th 1862
J. D. Boon Esq.
    State Treasurer
        Dr. Sir
            Enclosed please find a draft endorsed payable to your order for one thousand ($1,000) dollars. This I have concluded is the best as well as the cheapest way to send the money as it is almost impossible to come to Salem myself. If you cannot dispose of the draft in Salem, I am informed that you will have no trouble to sell it in Portland to Wells Fargo & Co. If you are to any expense in selling it or have to stand any discount, you will charge same to me or in other words give me credit for the net amount. If you cannot dispose of it for say 1% per cent discount, return the draft again to me. By attending to the above you will oblige as well as confer a personal favor. The above is all the money in the Treasury. As fast as any more is collected I will forward it.
In haste yours truly
    [unsigned]
P.S. Please acknowledge recpt.
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Jacksonville Oregon
     1862
E. Wadsworth Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Enclosed find my check for $150 which I have succeeded in collecting on a/c of rents for Mrs. Rhodes. This is all I can collect as the tenant is about broke. He still occupies the house. There is no use as I can see of putting him out as I cannot at present rent it for any price, and if he goes out it will only lay idle and go to wrack faster than if it is occupied. I have told him that if he would pay up promptly in future he may have it for $30 per month, which he promises to do. There is so many vacant buildings here now to let that it is almost impossible to rent at any price. The property is fast going to pieces.
    Mr. Huber who rents it says he will fix it up some but I must allow him for it, which have promised to do. I will try & collect of him in future if I can but I have concluded that it is best to let him stay in the house as it will only remain idle if he gives it up. Say to Mrs. Rhodes that I will do the best I can with the property.
In haste yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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 1864
J. C. Weston Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        We send you as directed nine hundred dollars per Landis Exps. and also recpt. for the pkg. dust. We have thought it best for your interest to put the dust in the Mint [for the that] reason bars are so very low only selling between steamers at 800 par which will make a difference of about 18 cts. per ounce to you. All my own dust I am putting in [the] Mint.
Hoping it will be satisfactory,
    I remain
        Yours resptly.
            C. C. Beekman
P.S. The chgs. on coin advances will be about 1% percent. Please acknowledge recpt. of coin.
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April 20th 1864
John C. Weston Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of 18 inst. with pkg. dust duly to hand. In reply I would say I will be able to advance you the amount of coin you require in say the [next] 10 or 12 days. 
    Would it not be better to send J. W. Work a check for his $500-- if so I can do it any time--I can enclose it here or send it to you next trip & you can enclose it yourself--
    There will be no charge for the use or prem. on the check. 
Yours resptly.
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Your 2nd assay is due here tomorrow--got assays of dust shipping the day before tonight.
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April 25th 1864
J. C. Weston Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Enclosed find my check No. 319# payable to order of J. W. Work in San Francisco for the sum of five hundred dollars, which we forward you as per yours of 22nd inst.
    You made a mistake in the weight of your last shipment of dust. You write & tagged the bag that it weighed 147 ounces. Upon weighing it I found it to weigh 146 5/16 oz. only.
    By looking over your memorandum of weights you will probably discover where the mistake occurs.
Yours resptly.
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Please acknowledge recpt. of the check.
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May 19th 1864
Jno. C. Weston Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours (by mail) of 16th inst. duly to hand. I did not get it from the post office before Landis left, consequently did not answer it. In reply I would say that I might spare you say $1000--but if you can get it elsewhere I would rather you should; as I have been making heavy advances on dust for assay of late, it makes me quite short of coin at the present time.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Since writing the above have recd. yours of 20th in which you say you will not want the coin. Consequently will make no calculations on supplying you. You say you did not get any coin per Landis. I sent you $500 as per your order on the last lot of 47 oz.--did you get it? You spoke in yours of 16th that you could buy 100 oz. of dust at low figure. If you do not buy or want it can you get it for me, if so at what price & what is the quality; is it as good as yours? If you do not want it I would like to buy it, if agreeable all around.
Please reply by return Express
    & oblige
        B.
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    May 22nd 1864
J. D. Arthur & Son
    Gents
        Yours of April 27th duly to hand, with one of your catalogues enclosed. I send you herewith enclosed check for $225.00 for which I want one of the New York combined reaper & mower. Please send it to the following address, viz:
Wm. Justus
    Jacksonville
        Oregon
Care of Dugan & Wall
    Crescent City
    Be sure and send it by the 1st steamer going to Crescent City, which I think will be about the 1st of June. Please write me upon recpt. of this if you receive the check and when the machine will be shipped as I have to go to Crescent City after it with my own team & will want to know at what time to start for it.
Yours respectfully
    Wm. Justus
        per B.
P.S. Do not fail to ship it by 1st steamer or it will be too late for this season's work & do not neglect to write also.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box J, Letterpress Book Vol. 6 1864-1865, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.  Beekman wrote this letter for Justus.




June 13th 1864
Miss Bridge Murphy
    Madam
        Enclosed find draft payable to your order in United States gold coin and at New York City for the sum of four hundred (400) dollars. The same was purchased of me by your brother John Murphy with a request to forward the same to you.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Your brother says take nothing but gold coin for the draft and that it will be worth to you about eight hundred dollars in L. tender notes or bank bills.
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July 6th 1864
B. Callison Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of 18th ult. duly to hand. It would have been answered sooner, but I have been absent at San Francisco and have just returned. We this day remit you by Wells Fargo & Co. Express the money as you directed.
    I have taken out nothing for my trouble but send you the whole amount, viz $390.00. I leave it entirely to you for my commissions; whatever you think is right you can send back to me by Wells Fargo & Co.
    The freight on the coin from Jacksonville to the Dalles you will settle with W.F.&Co.
    Hoping you will receive it in due time,
I remain
    Yours resptly.
        C. C. Beekman
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July 9th 1864
Messrs. Fader & Allen
    Gents
        Upon receipt of your telegram last evening, I secured for you about 6,000 pounds flour. This morning I went out to buy 10,000 pounds more, but found it had all been bought up by the Yreka speculators. It is held today at 3½ cts., which it can be bought for. If the 6,000 is not enough to pay you for coming after, it will make no difference as I can sell it here and make a small advance on it. I think you will find that flour has gone up in Scott's Valley.
    The sacks that this flour is put up are quite light but I think strong enough to carry it in without trouble.
In haste
    Yours respectfully
        C. C. Beekman
P.S. I told the parties I bought of that if you did not come after the flour I would let them have it back at same rates.
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July 31st 1864
Sewall Truax, Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of 15th inst. just to hand. Enclosed find the note you write for, of which we append a true copy, viz:
Lewiston, Idaho Territory
    May 2nd 1864
    Thirty days from date, for value received, I promise to pay Sewall Truax or order four hundred dollars currency with interest at two percent per month from date until paid.
Signed
    Alleck C. Smith
        Yours respectfully
            U. S. Hayden
                per Beek
P.S. Truax, U. S. Hayden is quite sick. I have looked up the note for him. No news here worth mentioning. Hoping you are enjoying good health & prosperity. I remain
Yours truly
    Beek
    Hayden says write Truax that he's glad to hear that he is coming back to J-Ville! & so am I!
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August 10th 1864
John Munson Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of 4th duly to hand. In reply I would say that there is no funds in my hands paid in on the Gayhart note. There is $28 endorsed on the note & which you drew. I remit you my check for $20 which was sent up by S. W. Sawyer; what it was on I do not know but probably that was what you allude to when you write to remit what is paid on the Gayhart note. There has been none of the notes paid up yet. Times are dull. I think it would pay you to come up & settle them yourself, as you can do much better than 3rd parties. I am going in a day or two to notify each one whose note is due to call & pay. If anything turns up I will notify you.
    Hopkins says he can't pay his note at present. I think he will greenback it.
In haste
    Yours resptly.
        C. C. Beekman
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Sentinel Office
    Jacksonville, Oregon Aug. 15th 1864
Mr. L. P. Fisher, Dr. Sir
    Yours of the 15th inst., containing slips on the "currency question," and circular of sewing machine co., has been received. Circumstances are such that I must decline the publication of the "currency question." I will advertise for one of those Florence Sewing Machines, on my published terms and on the condition named by yourself, to wit: one half to be paid in coin, and one half in advertisement.
Yours resptly.
    J. M. Sutton
        Pub., Oregon Sentinel
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Sept. 17th 1864
Dugan & Wall
    Gents
        Your a/c has credit with the following collections, viz:
Hayden & Cameron 427.50
J. B. White 30.50
Sachs & Bro. 374.00
M. A. Brentano 45.88
A. Fisher & Bro. 15.00
T. Davis & Co. 119.00
Max Muller 241.61
Love & Bilger        55.75
Total   $1300.22
    I would send you a check, but owing to the scarcity of dust cannot do it at present. I shall write over to Yreka & see if I can get one there. If I can you will be out the freight on the coin to Yreka, or if you prefer I can send you coin by Landis' Express, you taking all risks--though if you are in no hurry will remit you my own check in [a] few days.
In haste yours truly
    Beek
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October 2nd [1864]
Dugan & Wall
    Gents
        We return you the following collection envelopes, which have been paid, viz
C. R. Mulford 92.08
M. A. Brentano 12.35
A. Martin 32.24
B. Levy 152.66
B. Levy 8.25
A. Fisher & Bro. 700.07
Wintjen & Helms     63.95
1061.60
    On your last lot of collections of date Sept. 27th, we report as follows, viz:
Bradbury & Wade (per Glenn) has been accepted; Sachs & Bros. have paid. Fisher & Bro. have accepted theirs but claim or rather want a few days time. I will pay close attention to them as possible. Of course you know that they can greenback accepted checks. J. B. White I have not seen. Kubli I will send down by Landis for collection.
Geo. Frank is not at home but he is all right. I have sent to Yreka for a check. I enclose you W.F.&Co.'s [illegible]--but I will tell you what I will do & what you can depend upon. I will draw or send to S.F. on Wednesday next so as it will get to S.F. (Monday eve., the 10th) $2,500.00. The bal. I will fix as soon as possible which I hope will be soon. You must try & get along with the above $2500 at present. If you draw on S.F., draw so as the check will not be presented before the 11th. I will have the above $2500 out of the mail by the time designated above and if the Mint does not stop, will have more soon. You will see by the papers that the Mint employees are on a strike.
    I will write you by next mail.
Yours truly
    Beek
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Oct. 8th 1864
Dugan & Wall
    Gents
        We return you the following bills, paid, viz:
Love & Bilger 51.84
Sachs & Bro. 516.96
Geo. Funk 54.14
Max Muller 502.81
J. F. Zimmerman 39.45
H. Green 13.90
Wm. Hoffman 5.43
A. Martin 41.50
W. H. S. Hyde 191.08
L. S. Thompson       45.36
Total   $1512.47
    Fisher & Bro. have today paid part of theirs, the balance will be all OK.
    Kubli has not yet paid his or any part of it--Mensor I have not seen nor has he called to see me. I sent him the letter from you which notified him that you had drawn on him in my favor. The talk around town is that you will not send his goods, which with Sachs & Bro.'s' complaint makes quite an excitement. Rumor has it here that the steamer took back say 50 tons. The merchants here claim you ought to notify them if it is so as they might send teams & not have any loading for them.
    On Wednesday, the 12th, I will draw so as to place to your credit with W.F.&Co. $2,000--the order will get to S.F. on Saturday eve, the 15th inst., so you can draw against the same accordingly. This you may depend upon. It will cost you ½% percent, same as the $2500 sent last week as advised.
    Will write you again by Wednesday stage, but the remittance above you can rely upon. The $2500--sent for you Oct. 6th is now in S.F. to your credit. W.F.&Co. will notify you in due time.
Yours truly
    Beek
[P.S.] J. B. White has not been in town yet.
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Oct. 21st 1864
H. Webster & Co.
    Gents
        Enclosed find my check payable to your order for $200.00 (less the exchange $2). The same was paid in to me at various times by Madam DeRoboam. I at first refused to receive the same and told her I was not authorized by you to receive any moneys on your a/c, but she insisted and would not take no for an answer, which is the reason of my accepting it. Please send me receipt for the $200.00 so as I can give her the same.
    The Madam says she will pay the balance soon in coin, but says if she pays coin she cannot pay any interest on the a/ct.
    Hoping what I have done in the matter will be satisfactory,
I remain
    Yours respectfully
        C. C. Beekman
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Oct. 31st 1864
Friend Sessions
    Yours of 12th inst. duly to hand with bill of sewing machine. Enclosed find check to the amount of $90.00, one drawn for $50--drawn at Virginia City by W.F.&Co. favor of Susan A. Kerr for $50.00, which I have had endorsed payable to you (No. of check 826# date Oct. 5/64) also my own check payable to you for $40.00 making total of $91.00 amt. of bill.
    I intended to have sent you the amt. long since, but your letter got mislaid, consequently I forgot it till the machine arrived at my office. I hope it has not put you to any trouble. If so, I will make it all right when I see you. The machine opened out all right, but nary bit can we run it, will have to get someone to show us how the thing works. You sent one book of instructions. If there is any more send me one. How are you getting along & what are you doing? Write & post me. Hoping this will find you & your friends in good health. I remain,
Yours truly
    Beek
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    Nov. 17th 1864
A. G. Richardson, Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of 12th inst. duly to hand. In reply, I would say that I have commenced sending forward the soldiers up to this date. 5 have gone. Col. Drew & Lieut. Underwood assure me that it will be all right. McConnell was over here for Jno. Andrews before I sent any of them. I consulted him upon the matter. He said Andrews had had a letter from Prest. Haworth upon the same subject. Mc said from what he knew, he would advise me to send them along. I am to have the vouchers made at S.F. rates for greenbacks instead of at 50 cts.
    Rest assured I shall have an eye open & will try & have the matter adjusted here if possible. As the men go to Portland as their terms of service expire, they will be scattering along for some time. I will try & close the matter up at the end of each month.
    I got of that laundress $50 coin for baggage.
    Col. Drew tells me that the matter will be settled at S.F. & says he has orders from Headquarters to get the transportation for the men.
    If anything happens I will keep you advised.
In haste
    Yours respectfully
        C. C. Beekman
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Feby. 7th 1865
Friend Judge
    Enclosed find my check payable to your order for $199.00. Same is in full of deposit up to date made by Jno. Drum with me.
    I should have sent it sooner, but when Drum paid the sums in I put it up in a paper and it got rolled back in the safe, consequently I overlooked it till today.
    Hoping it will arrive safe and find you enjoying good health.
I remain
    Yours fraternally
        C. C. Beekman
P.S. Please acknowledge recpt. of this & oblige.
B.
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Feby. 14th 1865
W. H. Blood, Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of Jany. 29th duly to hand. Below find statements of the notes left with me for collection, viz:
2 Notes $100.00 Each Total    $200 .00
Int. from Nov. 2nd 1864 to Feby. 14th 1865
    at 1% per month (3½ months)
       7      
$207 .00
Which he paid in Legal Tender notes at 57 cents on the dollar, which amounts to in L.T. notes $363.25 from which we deduct for keeping commission for collecting & forwarding the funds 15.25 in L.T. Notes, bal. $348.00 which amt. we send you in pkg. this day by Wells Fargo & Co. Express.
    Your agent, Mr. Parsons, agreed with Mr. Wilson to take pay on the notes in greenbacks at 7 cts. above San Francisco quotations. Hoping the funds will reach you in due time & that the business has been done correctly & the chgs. satisfactory. I remain
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Please acknowledge recpt. & oblige.
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Feby. 20th 1865
J. T. Raplee Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of Decr. 28th duly to hand. In reply to your inquiry about Mr. E. W. Ross coming to this coast, my advice to Mr. Ross would be, if he has a situation in the Atlantic States, is to stay where he is, for this reason, viz: this country is full of bookkeepers and many are constantly arriving by every steamer, many of whom come well recommended, but all of no use, for where there is one vacancy, there is a score of applicants. The most of them have to turn their attention to other pursuits in order to obtain a livelihood. To give you an instance, one of our old firms retired from business about one year ago. Of course, their bookkeeper was thrown out of employment. He went to San Francisco, the great commercial emporium of this coast, not only well recommended, but personal influence was brought to bear to obtain him a situation in Bank, but he had to take to the mining country. It was but a few days ago that a good bookkeeper (but a stranger) enlisted in the 1st Ogn. Infy. at this place. Of all classes, clerks and bookkeepers stand the poorest show in this country.
    A mechanic or laboring man finds not much difficulty in getting employment. Mechanics get about $4 per day in coin, a laboring man about $2 to $2.50 coin.
    Changing the subject, I am glad to hear from you. How are you getting along? Are you married yet? If so, have you any children? As for myself, I would say that I have been married about 4 years, have one boy about eighteen months old. It is needless for me to say that wife and myself think he is a great institution. I enclose you his dagtype as well as my wife's and my own. Send us yours.
    As for business, I am agent for Wells Fargo & Co. Express at this place, am also agt. for the Cal. Stage Co. which pays me about $2,000 per year in coin. I am besides banking on my own hook, the only banker in this section. I do a business of about $300,000 per year. You perhaps would call the business that of a broker. It consists principally in selling exchange on San Francisco, buying & selling of gold dust & L.T. notes, loaning money, etc.
    We do not do a discount and deposit business, nor issue bills. I keep one clerk who I pay $1,000 per year (coin). We do all kinds of business upon a coin basis. You, I suppose, do it upon a currency basis, as for instance you sell gold for bills. We sell bills for gold. L.T. notes are worth here now 50 cts.--that is to say $1 in gold will buy $2 in L.T. notes. I have lost several thousand dollars by the introduction of L.T. notes on this coast, $2,000 at one turn. It was as follows: I had about $6,000 of our county bonds, for which I paid gold. They were redeemed in L.T. notes, which were worth at that time only 40 cts. on the dollar.
    The legislatures of Oregon & California, though both loyal, have now passed what we call a "specific contract" bill, which is in substance as follows, viz: If a man agrees to pay in gold for a debt, we obtain judgment in our courts for gold. If property is sold on execution, it is sold for gold. Redemptioners of real estate redeem in the same kind of money that the property was sold for. The law has been the means of building up two parties on this coast. One side says it nullifies the acts of Congress & oppose the law. The other side say it does not nullify the acts of Congress, but that it is on the broad ground of states rights that they passed the bill, and further it makes damn rascals do as they agree to.
    The year just passed has been a prosperous one on this coast. I have, notwithstanding my losses, made more money than any year since I have been here. But changing the subject, I wish you to write me and give me your views in regard to the war. What you think of government bonds. Would you advise a man to invest in them or would you advise him to hold on to the gold coin, or would you advise an investment in L.T. notes & then hold for a rise or a resumption of specie payments in the Atlantic States, which of course would double the capital invested.
    You, Jeppy, I believe are an expert in political economy. Therefore I am particularly anxious to get your views and opinions at your earliest convenience. I now think of making a visit to New York in say from one to two years. If I do, I shall probably close out on this coast entirely, that is if you fellows will close out this war by that time. In sum up, write me a long letter giving me your views upon matters generally.
    As I have extended this letter to some length, and fearing it will weary your patience to read it, I will close by asking you to excuse bad composition, spelling & writing.
    Hoping it will reach you and find you in the enjoyment of good health.
I remain & subscribe myself your friend
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Remember me to inquiring friends. J. K. Fowler of Starkey is here going quite well.
    As for Mulph Martin, excuse me for [not] saying more than he is well.
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March 4th 1865
James M. Westcott Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        I desire to become a subscriber to your valuable paper, the "Dundee Record." I enclose you a $5 L.T.N. Please send the paper to the following address, viz:
C. C. Beekman
    Jacksonville P.O.
        Jackson County
            Oregon
    I wish you would be particular about the address. Give name of place, County and state, as above.
    Wishing yourself good health and the Record much success.
I remain yours
    Respectfully
        C. C. Beekman
P.S. "Hurrah for Uncle Abe"
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March 4th 1865
R. S. Belknap Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of 23rd ult. duly to hand. In compliance with your request, I send you the note on John W. Gearhart for 1½ oz. gold dust or its equivalent. You will see by reading of the note that he cannot greenback the note for several reasons, viz. he has promised to pay in gold dust and if suit is brought, all you have to do is to prove what the dust is worth in greenbacks & then let him pay in greenbacks.
2ndly, as I understand the specific contract law of this state, it is retrospective and goes back to old contracts where there was a special contract to pay in gold. I believe decisions have been given to that effect since the new law went into effect.
    What about your own note I have against you & Croxton for collection. That note does not belong to Munson. Please advise me what I shall say to the shipper of the note who sent it to me for collection.
In haste
    Yours truly
        Beekman
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March 3rd 1865
John Bolt Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of 25th ult. duly to hand. In reply, I would say that I do not control the legal tenders you speak of. The facts are as follows, viz:
    J. H. Short, Treas., shipped by Wells Fargo & Co.'s Express a pkg. [of] greenbacks to Salem, for which he paid us for doing. When done, I supposed that ended our contract. Since they have been at Salem, I learn that a number of parties claim & have undertook to control them. First, J. H. Short, Treas., then his father, then Mr. Short's sureties, next the County Commissioners of Josephine Co. and also yourself. Now, for the life of me, I do not know who is entitled to the control of them.
    I see but two ways to get them. The first is by suing Short & his sureties and attaching the L.T. notes; 2nd by the County Commissioners ordering them back in due and legal form, the proceedings of the Commissioners to be certified to by the Co. Clerk "under seal." I had a talk with Mr. Wilson when he was up here in regards to the matter. He will give you my views more fully than I can do by letter. I suggested to him what to do; he said he would talk with you in regard to the matter. Perhaps, however, you may have some better way than I can suggest. To sum up & as for myself, I do not like to assume any responsibility in regard to the matter. In fact, I cannot see how I can legally control them if I were inclined to.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman, Agent
        for W.F.&Co.

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Office Cal. Stage Co.
    Jacksonville Mch. 10th 1865
B. G. Whitehouse Esq., Cash. C.S. Co.
    Portland
        Dr. Sir
            You will see that I have passed Quartermaster Underwood "free" from this office to Oakland on this day's waybill. I have done this in consideration of the fact that Quartermaster Underwood has sent 34 passengers on the stage to Portland and accounts to us for full fare from this office to Portland, although 4 of the passengers did not get on the stage till it reached Canyonville, and 2 of them at Roseburg and one at Oakland.
    You may report this to Mr. Richardson, supt., as you may deem it proper, and I trust it [will] be satisfactory.
Yours resptly.
    C. C. Beekman, agt.
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Mch. 13th 1865
W. H. Reed Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of the 6th inst. duly to hand. I am glad to hear that Miss B. & yourself got along so well after you left us.
    In regard to the extra lock in this office, I would say that last evening no box came through, so we had to send one from here on which we used the extra lock that we had here. We have now no extra locks at this office and but 3 boxes, all of which came to this office without locks. We ought to have extra locks somewhere on the road.
    I enclose you $30 in L.T. notes contributed by the citizens of Jacksonville at their municipal election. If you will be so kind as to pay it over to Sanitary Com. & send recpt., you will place us under renewed obligations.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    March 17th 1865
A. G. Richardson Esq.
    Superintendent C.S. Co.
        Dr. Sir
            We have closed the contract to carry soldiers from Jacksonville to Portland. The whole number sent was 35 (but 1 free, the laundress). The amount due for the transportation is $1190--for which the quartermaster has given me vouchers for $2380--to be paid in legal tender notes. So far I think everything is all straight and in due form. The quartermaster says he will draw checks on S.F. for the amt. $2380--as soon as he has funds to his credit there, which is the way they pay all debts at this post. I think he is behind on his payments from last August. It may be 60 days and it may be longer before we get the checks. I have some assurance from Col. Drew & Quartermaster Underwood that it will be paid soon. I can sell the account in this market, in fact have been offered $1060 coin for it. You will see by the statement herewith that all the passengers did not start from Jacksonville, but I get full fare from here, in consideration of which I passed the quartermaster from Jacksonville to Oakland. It will be necessary before I can get the checks when drawn to surrender the vouchers I have & then to make oath that I am duly authorized by the Cal. Stage Co. to receipt against the claim. I will retain the vouchers here till further orders from you. I would have sent them to Mr. Whitehouse, but they would have to be returned here again when we get the checks.
    I have forwarded Mr. Whitehouse this day a duplicate statement of the passenger list so as he can tally it with his books. I flatter myself that it is not a bad contract, that is, if L.T. notes do not go down and we do not have to wait too long for the dfts. As you will see that I have forwarded the soldiers along at times when it did not keep back or interfere with other passengers.
    Hoping the business has been done satisfactory and meets your approbation,
I remain
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
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April 3rd 1865
J. C. Weston Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of 30th ult. duly to hand with bag [of] dust, which you write weighs 78 oz. Upon weighing the pkg. I find the whole weight is but 78 oz., including the purse. The net weight of the dust is 76 & 6/16 oz. In regard to forwarding it I am willing to do so at the old rates, viz. 3% percent, which fully insures it both ways, if advances are made also at the same rates as formerly. While upon the subject of insurance I would say that all the pkgs. shipped by Landis for you to S.F. have been insured, though sometimes in my hurry I forget to put the words in the recpt., but am always willing to correct errors or omissions. I will hold your dust still I hear from you in regard to the weight, as you have evidently made a mistake.
    If you order it forward I will send you a recpt. in due form.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. If you order coin give me one trip notice if possible, as coin is scarce here at present.
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    April 2nd 1865
A. G. Richardson Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of 26th duly to hand. I have tried for two days to sell at the price you name but cannot find a purchaser. Quartermaster's vouchers have been sold here at 20% percent off in L.T. notes. Parties here think they would rather buy that way than pay gold. I am anxious to have this matter turn out satisfactory to you and in order to have it so, I will take them myself (on speculation) at the $1190--gold, as I think L.T. notes will keep up. If upon receipt of this you conclude to let me have them, telegraph me. I expect Andrews will be over in a day or two. I will get him to try and sell; perhaps he can do better with them than I can. To show you that I desire to have this matter turn out for the best to the C.S.Co, I will say that if you sell to me, I will sell them back to you at the same rates at any time within 20 days after you telegraph me that it is a sale--which will give you ample time to dispose of them at better rates if an opportunity offers. Perhaps Whitehouse could sell them in Portland at a better price. You can ascertain easily by telegraph. If you telegraph that I take them, I will pay the amount to Van Dusen or send you check on S.F., either way you desire. Until I hear from you I will keep them for sale to any party wishing to buy.
In haste
    Yours resptly.
        C. C. Beekman
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Friend Sachs
    Please buy of W.F.&Co. drafts as per tags on the enclosed letters, viz:
    One for $150--coin favor of John McLenahan and payable at New York City--$150
    One for $50--coin favor of Mrs. Mary Murphy and payable at Boston--$50
    One for $20--coin favor of Mrs. Margaret Leonard and payable at London (in ₤ Sterling)--$20.
    Total: $220. Premium.
    & one for $285--favor of James A. Hays and payable in New York City in L.T. notes--$285
    (Premium in coin)
    I enclose you a check for $232.50 which will pay for the coin dfts. & the prem. and besides the prem. on the L.T. note draft. If it is not enough, I will pay you the bal. when you come home.
    Your business is going on so far as I can see just as well as if you was here. Your brother Isaac is a trump card.
In haste
    Yours fraternally
        Beek
P.S. You need not say who above dfts. are for--"you sabe"
Jacksonville
    April 6/65
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    April 11th 1865
B. G. Whitehouse Esq.
    Cashier C.S. Co.
        Portland
            Dr. Sir
                Enclosed find R. Van Dusen's recpt. for $1190.00. The same was paid him by order of A. G. Richardson, Supt., who writes me to take his receipt and forward same to you, and with orders to you to charge same to Van Dusen and credit waybill recpts.
    This amount is for sale of vouchers for transporting soldiers of Company "C," 1st Ogn. Cavalry, from here to Portland, the statement of which I sent you [a] few days ago. The whole matter is now closed up.
In haste
    Yours respectfully
        C. C. Beekman
            Agt.

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April 21st 1865
To the agent of the
    Christian Sanitary
        Commission
            Portland
                Dr. Sir
                    I forward you herewith $225.00 (L.T. notes), contributed by the citizens of Jacksonville and vicinity on an occasion of the celebration here of the taking of Richmond & the surrender of Genl. Lee.
    Please send me receipt for the same & oblige.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
        Treas.
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Jacksonville
    May 2nd 1865

A. G. Richardson Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of 15th ult. duly to hand with slip from Sacto. Union. I think it is to the point. I should have written you before but had nothing to write worth mentioning. Our Editor here is absent. As soon as he returns I am going to try & get him to say something in regard to the matter. I think it is of the utmost importance to us Oregonians to have a daily mail & I am satisfied as well as this county's people that the C.S. Co. can perform the service much better than anyone else. I am particularly anxious in regard to the matter & would say that anything I can do will be faithfully done.
    When are you going to make us a visit?
In haste
    Yours truly
        Beek
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Jacksonville May 6th 1865
A. G. Richardson Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Louis Kohn, a passenger from Sacto. City to Portland on Yreka W/B, 30th ulto., arrived at this office with a large and very valuable baggage, weight about 175 pounds. Extra baggage not on W/B. We stopped the baggage here & made him pay extra freight. He, however, only paid on it as far as Roseburg for the extra part of it. This is the 2nd lot of baggage we have stopped at this office of late. The object of this letter is to ask the following question, viz:
    If a passenger arrives here from other offices with extra baggage, which is not on the W/B, are we to stop it till he pays for the same? Of course it makes a muss every time we do it. This Kohn did not like it that we made him pay extra, said you said he could take it along. He further told Hayden that when he saw you he would have us promoted [sic] and all that sort of thing. In asking the foregoing question we would say that we are perfectly familiar with your printed instructions & try to carry them out, but if other offices neglect them are we to rectify their negligence?
    I suppose you will hear a long story in regard to our insolence etc. when you see the man Kohn. Hayden, however, treated him politely & told such was order & he was bound to carry them out regardless of consequences.
In haste yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Travel fair at present.
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May 7th 1865
Dugan & Wall
    Gents
        We return you the following collection envelopes which have been paid, viz:
Muller & Brentano 384.45
J. B. White 99.35
Sachs & Bros. 248.65
Sachs & Bros. 25.85
K. Kubli 106.77
Linn & Hall 20.35
J. F. Zimmerman 11.85
McLaughlin & Steere     46.00
$898.30
    We enclose you our check No. 767# for $1000 (to which add ½% percent premium) making $1005.00. With these collections you will commence a new account & also the check. The old a/c for 1864 you will send a corrected statement. When done I will send you check for the balance due you. Bear in mind to commence a new a/c & do try & keep it correct. If my advices are wrong at any time advise of the mistake promptly. At present I must charge you a premium for checks. I suppose you are aware that I collect of your patrons nothing for collecting & in many instances I have to take dust. I would suggest that you add to the bills enough to keep you even. The ½[%] I charge you on checks is all I get for my trouble. If I was doing the business for outsiders I should charge at least 3%, but on a/c of old acquaintance with you I make no charge.
    I would also say that there is no goods claimed as lost here on a/c of last year that I know of. Try & be particular & your patrons will be satisfied. They are watching you close. The only thing that they growl about now is that the steamer charge over freight. They claim that it is your duty to protect them & to see that the boat does not overcharge feet [sic--freight?]. Quite a good many goods have come here this spring by via Red Bluffs--the com. merchants there weigh & measure everything & if wrong they get deductions, which pleases these fellows here wonderfully. They say to me every time I collect a bill why don't D&W do the same?
In haste
    Beek
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    May 27th 1865
A. G. Richardson Esq.
    Prest. Cal. Stage Co.
        Dr. Sir
            Yours of 21st inst. duly to hand. In reply I would say that we have notified both drivers to leave mails at Croxton's. You are correct about "Grants Pass"--it is a new road that has lately been opened. It avoids the old road via McDonald's--the boys tell me that it avoids the big hill, is about 1 mile shorter and at the least saves ½ hour in time. Besides, it is a very smooth road when compared with the old one.
    No news up here worth mentioning. Everything goes along about as usual.
    Mr. Hayden, who is with me, has gone to San Francisco on business & for his health. I passed him down and used your name on W/B. I think you told me to do so when you was up last year should he (Hayden) desire to take a ride on our coaches. However, if it is not right, will make it so.
    When are you going to make us a visit? The people of this section (over)
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July 9th 1865
Dugan & Wall
    Gents
        Since my last advices I have made the following collections, viz:
Fisher & Bro. 7.47
J. B. White 28.10
J. Walker 24.49
J. T. Glenn 2.75
Geo. Funk 8.25
T. T. Cabaniss 8.25
Sachs & Bros. 29.13
L. J. C. Duncan 10.81
Wm. Hoffman 6.98
Rev. Williams 11.31
A. Martin 87.66
N. Langell 5.12
Peter Schmidtling 5.13
Muller & Brentano 68.59
Hayden & Cameron 3.31
Jas. T. Glenn 19.08
Bradbury & Wade 890.33
Muller & Brentano         9.50
Total   $1226.26
    We return your collection envelope on R. B. Hargadine for $63.95 not paid. Mr. H---- says he has sent you $40 & will send you the balance by teamsters.
    In regard to the Hamlin matter it is not yet paid but Hamlin says he will work out & pay all his debts. It cannot be pushed by law. The only way is to coax it out of him. I will have a talk with him when I have an opportunity.
    I am going to San Francisco in a day or two. I will remit you a check before I leave or else I will deposit to your credit with W.F.&Co. at S.F. I will do it on or before the steamer sails for your port the 20th inst. In case I do either will notify you [sic].
In haste
    Yours truly
        Beek
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August 14th 1865
B. F. Dorris Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of 10th inst. duly to hand. We enclose the note your brother left with us for collection on Mr. Babcock. We have collected no part of it. He, Mr. Babcock, has often promised to pay. He has been teaching school here, and I think has had bad luck in collecting for tuition. Consequently he has failed to come to time.
    He is now I think on a sort of a visit to Marysville.
In haste
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
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Oct. 30th 1865
Dodge & Phillips
    Gents
        Yours of 22nd inst. duly to hand. In reply, I would say that I do not know much about Mr. Davis. All I know is that he does business about 12 miles from here. He has been in business about one year. As far as I can hear, he attends to it closely. In this community, his character stands well. I am under the impression that his capital is small. As to whether his business is paying, I cannot tell. In fact, I know nothing (personally) about his business or how large a stock he keeps, or what his abilities are to pay. Mr. L. Sachs of the firm of Sachs Bros. of this place is now in your city. He can tell you more than I can as he furnished him with goods when he first commenced business where he now is.
    Wishing you much success, I remain
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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Nov. 4th 1865
Friend Maltby
    Yours of 16th August duly to hand, which was the only letter I ever recd. from you. In regard to your brother Theodore, I would say there was a rumor here that he had been murdered, but it proved to be unfounded. I am satisfied he is or rather was living about one year ago.
    He was express agent in the northern mines for the same house I am here, viz Wells Fargo & Co. He was also merchandising at the same time. I have recd. letters from him in regard to our W.F.&Co. business. Your brother has some relatives living say 15 miles from here named Bledsoe, formerly from Texas. When any of them come into town I will see them and make inquiry after him.
    Since I have commenced writing this, I have seen Mr. Bledsoe's son and have got him to write you a line which find enclosed. He tells me confidentially that he thinks Theodore went to Texas and if he succeeded in reaching there he joined the army, as his feelings were strongly with the South in the late struggle or war. They are expecting to hear from him every day. Should they do so, they will give me the news, when I will write you again. In the meantime, you may hear from him direct.
    I am glad to hear that business has been good in your section for the last 3 years, particularly with yourself. As to business with me, it has been tiptop for the last 3 or 4 years. While you are getting sick of Dundee, I am thinking of closing out here and going back there.
    I shall be pleased to hear from you at any time you can find it convenient to write.
    Give me the local news & items of your place & oblige.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    Nov. 21st 1865
Lipman Sachs Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        W. W. Fowler leaves here tomorrow for San Francisco. I send you by him 280 ounces dust. If bars are about 860, have it assayed; if not, put it in the Mint. Of the proceeds, I want you to buy me $2,000.00 in U.S. 7 3/10 bonds and $2000.00 in compound interest notes which makes $4,000.00 in all. Get the compound notes in as large bills as you can. The balance of the funds retain in your hands till you hear from me again. I leave it to your judgment when to buy. Of course, get them as cheap as you can. If you think they will still go down, hold on a little. If you think they are going up, nip them before they rise much. They are now quoted at 68
½; buy at any rate within say 20 days and advise me. Keep them in S.F. till you have a safe chance to send them up. In buying the bonds, get those that are in blank; that is, those that have no name filled in them.
    If you have not invested the $1,268.49 in your hands as per your advice of 10th inst., please use it yourself. Notify Sam to credit me with the same. If you have invested it before this reaches you, let it stand as it is but buy the $4,000.00 now ordered anyhow. I suppose the $4,000.00 will cost about 2800.00 coin, which will be at 70 cts. I hope, however, you can get them as low as 65 but if they begin to go up or get firm in market, nip them anyway at the now going price, which I suppose will be about the 68½. But I will say that anything you do will be satisfactory with me.
    If you do not fully understand this, Fowler will post you as he knows what I am up to, in buying. I would say to you that it is for an investment, however, & which is the reason that I wish you to get as large bonds & bills as you can.
    Your folks up here are getting along as usual. As to myself & family, we are all well & wife wished me to remember her to Mrs. Sachs when I wrote.
    Jno. Love's wife has another baby--"Girl." John says these S.F. trips are not good for women, particularly married ones. But I close,
Yours fraternally
    Beek
P.S. Write me upon Fowler's arrival.
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Nov. 29th 1865
Dear Father & Mother,
     As Mrs. Thompson and J. K. Fowler leave here today for Dundee, I thought I would send you a line by them. This leaves us in usual good health. I have no news worth mentioning to write you. In fact, Mrs. Thompson can give you all the news items in this section much better than I can write. She, Mrs. Thompson, is on a visit home. Ken goes back to try the States once more. Why don't you write us oftener? You know I am anxious to hear from you often. I would write you oftener than I do, but all I can write about is ourselves. The local news here would not interest you in the least, when yours would me.
    I wish you would write me how Abe, John & Dewitt are getting along. As to myself, business with me the last 2 or 3 years has been tiptop. If necessary, I could assist the boys some; that is, if they are trying to help themselves. I think after a year or so I shall close out here and make you a long visit with my family. You know I told you when I left the last time that when I made $25,000.00, I would be satisfied. Well, I have made that & some over. Would close out now and retire from business only that I am well established and hate to throw it up, particularly as long as it pays well, much better perhaps than any business in Dundee.
    I have of late been buying about $20,000 in U.S. 7 3/10 bonds and compound interest legal tender notes ($10,000 of each). What do you think of it & which do you think is the best to hold? The bonds or the legal tender notes? Give me your views in regard to the matter. Of this part of my letter, say nothing about it to outsiders.
    Write me as soon as Ken & Mrs. Thompson get home. Julia sends her love to all.
    Hoping this will find you all well and enjoying yourselves,
I remain
    Your affectionate son,   
        C. C. Beekman
P.S. I enclose $100 in L.T. notes for Mother. She can take a trip to New York with it in the spring. Julia sends a collar and sleeves to Lydia Ann. Give John the pin which is addressed to him. We enclose a few photographs. I also enclose a few small quartz.
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    Decr. 17th 1865
John Andrews Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of yesterday duly to hand. In regard to the matter of pay for the stage agency, I have to say that the sum of $50 per month without board would not be sufficient compensation for us to retain the agency.
    You see that to deduct board of say $25 per month would leave a very meager compensation.
    You are aware what diligence and attention the agency requires here & we flatter ourselves that we do what is required, promptly & in time.
    To accept any sum less than the usual pay $75 which we think is but a reasonable compensation, we would rather relinquish it altogether.
In haste
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    Jany. 4th 1866
A. G. Richardson Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        There will be some soldiers by & by to go from here to Portland. I have told the Quartermaster (which is a new one) that the fare in coin would be $35--and if we take vouchers payable when they have funds in greenbacks $60--which will make the L.T. notes about 60 cts. Please advise me what to do in the matter. I have told the Quartermaster that if upon advising with you, you declined to take vouchers for the fares, I would advance the $35 coin and take the voucher in lieu, that is $60 L.T. notes or vouchers for each fare. Please advise me what to do in the matter by return mail as some of them will want to go soon. If they go by stage, they will be going along till spring. To sum up, I would say that if you will take the contract to send them, I would rather not. If not, as I have made them an offer, I would rather make it good than to back down.
    There will be in all, they say, about 20 fares. By getting their vouchers or greenbacks at 60 cts. there would be some little profit if they hold up or advance.
    Travel very dull here at present.
In haste
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
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Feby. 6th 1866
J. C. Weston Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Yours of 31st ult. duly to hand and answered same evening, but by mistake the letter got in our Portland express box and was sent north. The same was returned yesterday.
    In answer to yours I would say I consider the old arrangement at an end and would for the present rather decline doing the business at the old rates.
    The reason is that there is plenty of dust at this time in our own market, which we can buy and make full freights on.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    March 12th 1866
Jacob Thompson Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Upon your pledge and positive assertion given me last Saturday, I have asserted and made public that Lindsay Applegate Esq. will pledge himself in writing not to support or vote for any man who will support or is favorable to J. W. Nesmith's reelection to the U.S. Senate. I desire you to obtain from him (Lindsay Applegate Esq.) his written pledge to that effect, as you said you could and would do, if any bets or assertions to the contrary are or should be made. Upon your positive representations, I have contradicted the charge that he is a Nesmith man and said that his pledge in writing could & would be obtained to that effect. As you volunteered to get it, I accept your offer and will see you paid for your time & expenses in obtaining it.
Yours truly
    C. C. B.
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Jacksonville, June 30th 1866
Isaac Woollen Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        We have in this office a box addressed to Mrs. Elizabeth Woollen.
    The same was shipped from Cincinnati, Ohio. The express charges on the box from Cincinnati to this office is $8.00 (coin).
    We can send it up to you by the stage driver if you wish us to do so.
Yours respectfully
    Wells Fargo & Co.
        By Beekman, Agt.
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Jacksonville, July 7th 1866
Messrs. Dugan & Wall,
    Since our last advices, we have made the following collections, viz:
Occidental M. Co. 212.62
Sachs & Bros. 156.41
K. Kubli 102.00
McLaughlin & Wall 87.80
J. Row 71.37
R. B. Hargadine 56.99
Love & Bilger 53.62
J. T. Layton 50.35
Wintjen & Helms 80.05
Sachs & Bros. 55.14
Love & Bilger 78.50
J. B. White 56.55
Geo. P. Funk 46.75
P. McManus 20.09
H. Judge 20.65
J. Neuber 21.48
Linn & Hall 26.83
Linn & Hall 26.71
F. Krall 31.50
Fisher & Bros. 19.10
J. T. Glenn 18.70
A. Langell 8.66
Bradbury & Wade 27.75
Bradbury & Wade 8.33
P. Donegan 31.25
Fisher & Bros. 6.31
Savage & Sutton 7..75
G. W. Traveno C.O.D.           1.50
Total     $1,384.76
D.&W.
    Jack Layton says send all his steamer bills to me & he will pay the first time he comes over here from Williamsburg--"he is good."
    I wish you would send one bunch of your large envelopes such as you enclose the collections in. I am entirely out & there is none to be had here large enough to return your envelope in--don't forget it!
    Your last bill on the Occidental M. Company is not paid yet. Mr. Glenn says Mr. Holladay agreed to send the whole thing to Crescent City for $220.00, says Holladay sent a man to look at it & that was the agreement. There is some more of it to come yet. If he pays the last bill you sent up, he says it will make over the $220 steamer freight as per agreement. The reason he says he took it for less was that it was heavy & not bulky freight.
    Says he will write you in regard to it, the above. He says has nothing to do with your commission, etc. There will be a schooner in at your place loaded with goods for this place. Love & Bilger have goods on it, also Sachs & Bros. I suppose the goods are consigned to you. They pay, I believe, $7 per ton [of] goods to be delivered at high water mark, they saving the lighterage.
    Did M. Mensor write you? What was the reason he would not pay that bill? He did not tell me.
In haste
    Yours truly
        Beek
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Messrs. Dugan & Wall,
    Since our last advices we have made the following collections, viz:
By Depo. Mat Ish, July 10th 10.00
By Col. A. Fisher & Bro. 10.21
By Col. B. J. Row 11.75
By Col. B. F. Dowell 13.75
J. T. Glenn 15.22
Bradbury & Wade 360.78
W. A. Owen 37.50
H. A. Bretbeith 12.12
Occidental M. Co. 122.57
R. B. Hargadine 31.25
Savage & Sutton 11.66
Jacob Ish 16.78
Savage & Sutton 10.45
J. Neuber 2.80
P. Donegan 5.73
P. Donegan 8.00
J. B. White 13.15
Love & Bilger 286.88
Love & Bilger 29.33
Sachs & Bros. 39.03
Sachs & Bros. 164.80
Linn & Hall 12.50
Muller & Brentano 43.83
Muller & Brentano 4.01
Muller & Brentano 264.66
Hayden & Cameron 3.07
Hayden & Cameron 63.65
Jno. Neuber 2.38
Bradbury & Wade 1.81
H. A. Bretbeith 3.35
J. T. Glenn           2.31
$1,616.14
D.&W.
    I would send you check today but as it would not get down in time for the steamer which left S.F. 4th inst., I have concluded to wait a day or two & will send it to you say next trip or next Sunday at the latest.
    Mensor has not got home from S.F. yet. You must use your own judgment about his bills. You know he lives out of town & I do not see him every day. I will try & see him first time he comes to town after he gets back.
    Jack Layton has not been over yet, but his bill is all right & will be paid.
    J. B. White has not been up since I got your last bill; he will also pay when he comes up.
    You will see that B. & Wade's bill is returned for $360.78; that includes the deposit he made with me, or rather the whole bill.
In haste
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    August 12th 1866
Dugan & Wall
    Gents
        Since our last advices of 5th inst. we have made [the] following collections, viz:
Muller & Brentano 77.64
Muller & Brentano 48.80
J. B. White 90.10
J. T. Layton 77.42
J. T. Layton 7.73
D. C. Miller        2.31
$304.00
    We enclose you check for $291.00 which closes up the a/c for year 1865 as I have it on my books. It may vary a few cents from your books. I explained to Mr. Wall when here the reason there is a few little items you have not given me credit for. Please examine it & acknowledge recpt. I suppose you have not got it in with this year's a/c.
    I also enclose you check for $1800.00 for which give me credit on this year's a/c with the premium total $1800.00.
    Please also acknowledge recpt. of this check also by return express & oblige.
Yours truly
    Beek
P.S. Mensor has not got home yet, consequently has not paid yet. They look for him tonight's stage.
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    Sept. 2nd 1866
Dugan & Wall
    Gents
        Since our last, we have made the following collections, viz:
By Col. on M. Mensor 417.49
By Col. on M. Mensor 183.96
By Col. on B. Levy 214.55
By Col. on A. Fisher & Bro. 124.69
By Col. on Wm. Bilger 119.28
By Col. on Wm. Bilger 14.45
By Col. on B. F. Dowell 105.83
By Col. on B. F. Dowell 43.11
By Col. on Savage & Sutton 40.40
By Col. on Savage & Sutton 3.07
By Col. on Sachs & Bros. 32.15
By Col. on Wm. Hoffman 15.75
By Col. on L. J. C. Duncan 10.85
By Col. on Jno. Tupper 9.80
By Col. on O. Jacobs 2.55
By Col. on Wintjen & Helms 3.07
By Col. on Jno. Neuber 2.81
By Col. on Rev. M. A. Williams 7.21
Deposited by P. J. Ryan 130.00
By Col. on A. Blaska of
    Cottonwood, Cal.
        43.25
Total     $1,524.27
    I herewith enclose you W.F.&Co. check drawn at Virginia City No. 135# payable to D. N. Crocker or order (the same is endorsed payable to you for $320.00, which place to my credit. I will send you check in time for your steamer of 20th. No use of talking, can't do it any sooner (very well).
    I did not settle with Mensor for the nails lost or the 2 kits of mackerel as I did not know what they cost. His last bill he says he wants a little time on. You had better send him a check on me for the articles lost & then that will end it, or give me the amount & I will hand it to him. Perhaps that will be best.
    I shall poke him up on the last bill at times.
    Hargadine, White & Kubli I have not seen yet, will, though, when they come to town.
    You will see that Ryan has paid in $130.00 also one Blaska of Cottonwood has sent me $43.25, both of which are included on the other leaf.
    To sum up before I close I will say that I will certainly send you check in time for your 20th steamer.
In haste
    Yours truly
        Beek
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    September 16th 1866
Dugan & Wall
    Gents
        Since our last we have made following collections, viz:
K. Kubli 213.38
Sachs Bros. 197.33
R. B. Hargadine 692.91
J. B. White 486.28
Miller & Brentano 123.72
Love & Bilger 31.50
M. Mensor 42.60
Veit Schutz 18.60
J. Row         14.50
$1,820.82
    In your collections recd. last night, you send one on L. Herling. He lives at Logtown. I do not see him only once in awhile.
    I enclose you check for $1500.00,which place to my credit. Please acknowledge recpt. of same & oblige.
    I would send you larger check but I have not the funds to spare in S.F. to draw against.
    J. B. White has not paid yet but says he will in [a] day or two. By the above you will see that I assume it.
In haste
    Yours truly
        Beek
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Jacksonville Sept. 23rd 1866
Dugan & Wall
    Since our last advices we have made the following collections, viz:
By Dep. "Hargadine" for a/c Geo. Deal 70.00
By Col. on K. Kubli 372.00
By Col. on Sachs & Bros. 453.00
By Col. on Savage & Sutton 5.00
By Col. on J. Neuber 2.75
By Col. on Wintjen & Helms 17.50
By Col. on B. Levi 38.75
By Col. on N. Langell 15.50
By Col. on Wm. Bilger 22.50
By Col. on Chs. S. Drew 3.75
By Col. on Love & Bilger 86.50
J. T. Layton         47.75
Total    $1,143.32
    We sent you by last mail check on Bank of California for $1,500.00 Hope they came to hand in time for your steamer of 20th inst.
    There is still a few collections remaining on hand which I will collect in [a] few days. Some of the parties I have not seen yet--you have not sent me the bill on D. Linn for that circular saw (C.O.D.). Please send it along. No news here worth mentioning. Considerable of quartz excitement going on. The Drew quartz mill will commence running this week--we expect big things from it.
In haste
    Yours truly
        Beek
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Grants Pass
    6th Sept. '77
C. C. Beekman,
    Dr. Sir
        I am building a school house & got a district school made up on R. River 5 miles above Galice Creek & teaching school now.
    I want 25 or 50 dollars till I get a 1st payment & will give 1 percent per mo. to you or Andy Davison. Show this to Andy. The money can be sent in registered letter to Grants Pass to me in gold or greenbacks. I want the money to buy some tools & other things & can send up my note when I get the money.
In haste &c.
    James P. Goodall
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Jacksonville Ogn. Dec. 26th 1879
Schweitzer Sachs & Co.
    San Francisco
        Gents
            I have this day drawn my check on you in favor of Harry Wadsworth, Treas. Wells Fargo & Co. for the sum of $3597.65 on a/c of my water dividend to Dec. 16th 1879. I believe I drew from you when last in your city all dividends up to Octo. 10th 1878. From that time to December 10th 1879 would be 14 months at $300 per month, makes $4200.00 on the 15th Sept. 1879. Reames Bros. paid me on your a/c $602.35, of which I advised you leaving a balance due me Dec. 10/79 of $3597.65 (that is if you collected all the dividends to that date), which is the amount of the dft. drawn on you [in] favor of H. Wadsworth. Please honor the check when presented. No news here worth mentioning. Times are quite dull. Everything froze up. Miners not able to work. Snow is about 14 inches deep in our streets. Prospects are that we will have plenty of water for mining by & by.
    You had better send up your Modoc bond coupons as I may be able to collect them about the last of January.
    Wishing you the compliments of the season, I am
Yours truly,
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    March 12th 1880
Messrs. Doyle & Adolphi
    No. 267 Grand Street
        New York City
            Gents
                Enclosed herewith find 50 cents currency for which send me one pair Tampico Dress Forms (Bosom pads). If you have them of different sizes, send me one of Medium size. Send to the following address, viz.:
Mrs. C. C. Beekman
    Jacksonville
        Jackson Co.
            Oregon
Yours Respectfully
    Mrs. C. C. Beekman
P.S. Please send me one of your Fashion Guides.
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    July 26th 1880
The Honorable Board of Commissioners
for the Sale of School and University Lands
    Salem, Oregon
        Gentlemen
            I have the honor to acknowledge notification of my appointment as Agent of the "Board" for Jackson County. With the highest appreciation of the honor conferred I am constrained under existing circumstances to respectfully decline the appointment. I regard the position as one of the very greatest importance, one necessitating watchful care in all its details. Owing to the nature of my own business and contemplated absence from the state, I find myself totally unable to bestow that attention necessary to the guardianship of the funds placed in my hands by your appointment. Without the slightest intention of interfering in a matter controlled by your own judgment, and in the hope that I may not be considered presumptuous, I would suggest the name of Judge Prim as the agent of the Board for this county. His established character and familiarity with the value of securities in this county will make him a safe custodian of the fund, and his appointment would be generally very satisfactory to our people.
    Thanking you again, gentlemen, for your consideration, I am with the highest respect
Yours truly,
    C. C. Beekman
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October 2nd 1880
Mr. John Mallon
    Dear Sir;
        I have received your bill of stained glass & sash, balance due you Seventy-four 25/100 dollars, for which amount I enclose my check on Wells, Fargo & Co., S.F. Please acknowledge the receipt of the same.
Respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
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Sept. 9 2911 Neustadler Bros.   60.--
Sept. 11 2919 Goldsmith & Lowenberg 211.82
The above checks are drawn as duplicates; the original checks were in the mail bags and taken by robbers at the time of the stage robbery on the Siskiyou Mountain Sept. 16th 1880. Should the originals be presented refuse payment and trace the checks; it might lead to the detection of the robbers.
Respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
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October 14th 1880
James Steel, Esq.
    Cashier, First National Bank, Portland
        Yours of Oct. 9th at hand. I enclose herewith duplicate checks in favor of Neustadler Bros. $60.00 #1911 Sept. 9th/80 and Goldsmith & Lowenberg $211.82 #2919 Sept. 11/80, in place of those supposed to have been taken by the robbers of the stage on the Siskiyou Mountain Sept. 16th, 1880.
    Drawing duplicate checks is out of our usual course, as Wells, Fargo & Co. always pay our lost checks on bond.
Respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
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Dec. 11th 1880
Friend Martin
    Enclosed herewith find my check payable to your order for $500. Same was purchased of me by Wm. Bybee with request to forward same to your address. Mr. Bybee has gone to Klamath with a drove of hogs. He said the check was on a/c interest, and you would know all about what it is to be applied on. Please acknowledge receipt to Mr. Bybee. No news here worth mentioning. Everything and everybody jogs along about as usual.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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February 6th 1881
Alexander Martin Esq.
    Oakland Cal.
        Dear Sir
            I send you this day by "W.F.&Co.'s Express" at request of Wm. Bybee 43 10/16 oz. Dust, valued at $750, freight prepaid. You are requested to have the Dust coined at U.S. Mint; out of the proceeds retain $342.75, it being balance due you from Bybee a/c of Interest (so he says). The balance of the coin together with the assay memorandum send to my address by W.F.&Co.
    No news here worth mentioning. Times dull, heavy storms, roads badly cut up and many bridges gone. No mails from north or south for 7 days.
    I might add that the Dust sent you came from Bybee & Newman's claim near Wimer's. Rumor has it that it is going to pay big. Hope so, for Bybee's sake. This sent is only the cleaning of two sluices.
Yours fraternally
    C. C. Beekman
Bybee has been quite unwell, but is now [illegible] in town today.
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March 22nd 1881
Messrs. Kutner & Goldstein
    San Francisco
        Gents
            Please send me by W.F.&Co.'s Express 1000 same kind of cigars you sent me Oct. 27th 1880 called "La Carolina Victoria." Send them in as light a box as possible, same as before. You may put a value for shipping purposes of--say $25--
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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April 14th 1881
Dear Mother
    Yours of 28th March written by Hattie [came] duly to hand. In reply I would say that I expected to make you a visit last fall, and I did not give up the idea of doing so till late in the winter. The fact is since Mr. Haydon (my old clerk) died I have been confined quite close to my office and it seems almost impossible to leave my business but a few days at a time lest no unforeseen obstacle interpose itself; it is my intention to make you a visit the coming [illegible] and I earnestly hope you will be prepared to return with me and share our Oregon home, just so long as it may be convenient for you to do so, and you may rest assured that nothing will be omitted to make your stay pleasant and comfortable. We are building a new church here which will be ready for worship next fall, and as I am
[illegible] engineer I cannot leave until I see it finished.
    As to Father's monument I think it is high time it was erected and it should be without further delay. I am willing to bear my full share of the apparent neglect, and to atone for seeming lack of reverence in making the stone that marks his resting place more magnificent than any that will be near it, its cost should not be less than $2000--and may possibly exceed that sum.
    We all owe a debt to our good father that cold marble, no matter how beautifully fashioned it may be, can repay. Our lives have been shaped and perfected by his wise counsel and tender care; all that we have we owe to him, and it should be not our duty but a pleasure for his children to pay him the only tribute of grateful remembrance that is left, without considering cost.
    There will of course be no division of sentiment on this point, but should any arise I will esteem it a privilege to place over him myself a monument commensurate with his worth rather than see it unworthy or inferior. As to the style the boys are, perhaps, better qualified to judge than I am, and I leave the matter to their judgment, only suggesting that it be typical of his character and life.
    Will you at once see that steps are taken in regard to the matter. Have Abe, John and Dewitt get up a design and plan subject to your wishes and approval and which of course I would like to see before it is finally decided on. I feel sure that the boys will cooperate heartily in erecting a fitting monument to the memory of one who was so dear and kind to us, and will hardly allow the question of cost, within the limits of reason and propriety, to be a consideration.
    This leaves us usually well; Julia and Carrie send much love. Ben is still attending college and getting along finely. Hoping this will find you in the enjoyment of good health, I remain
Your affectionate son
    C. C. Beekman
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August 12th 1881
Messrs. Bush & Johnson
    Redding Cal.
        Gents
            Yours of 21st ultimo enclosing sundry bills for collection, amounting to $108.34 [came] duly to hand. We have collected all the bills except one of $5.42 on Chow Lee & Co., which we return herewith, making the total amount collected $102.92. . . .
    Chow Lee & Co. claim they have paid their bill once. The freight bill they paid. They say they send you by Mr. Beggs, who they say will explain the matter to you. The bill they paid possibly should have been paid by some other China Co. Please acknowledge receipt.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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September 22nd 1881
Messrs. Bush & Johnson
    Redding Cal.
        Gents
            Yours of 2nd inst. enclosing bills amounting to $107.41 duly to hand; have collected them all except bill of $6.32 [on] Wm. Harris of Ashland, which we return for the reason we have not seen him in town since the receipt of bill, and as I have no correspondent in Ashland I would have to collect it by express; hence we return it as the expense of collecting it by express will be about the same from Redding as here. . . .
    We return the bill on Chow Lee of $5.42. We cannot collect it. I cannot make the Chinamen understand it. They claim they have paid it. Mr. Beggs said he understood the matter and would collect it. If he did so he did not pay the money to me before he left for Redding. In regard to the Noland & McDaniel bill I would say they are busted. They claim Mr. Beggs was to pay the bill. The assignee of the firm, Mr. J. Nunan, says he will try and see that the bill is paid. He says however that he has to pay some other bills first. I would suggest you write Mr. Nunan in regard to the matter.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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November 29th 1881
H. Wadsworth, Esq.
    Treasr. W.F.&Co.
        Dear Sir;
            Herewith I enclose chk. drawn by Peter French in favor of John A. Hanley, on Lazard Freres, for one thousand ($1000) dollars, dated Camp Harney Oct 10th 1881, check endorsed by Hanley to me and by me to you. Please place the amount to my credit, if paid; otherwise return check to me without protest.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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December 2nd 1881
H. Wadsworth, Esq.
    Treasr. W.F.&Co.
        Dr. Sir;
            I enclose draft drawn by Peter French in favor of William Hanley on Lazard Freres for twelve hundred dollars, dated Oct. 10, 1881. Dft. endorsed by William Hanley in my favor and by me endorsed to you. Please place amount to my credit, if paid, and if not paid return to me without protest.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Feby. 1st, 1882
Messrs. Scholle Bros.
    San Francisco
        Gents
            Yours of 24th ultimo duly to hand. In reply I would say that the brick store house you write about is now and has been continuously occupied by M. Mensor for several years as a general merchandise store. I have called upon Mr. Mensor in regard to the rents. He says he has paid the rents till within about 2 years, and has Wm. Scholle's receipt for the same, and since that time he has paid the taxes and made improvements on the property and whatever is still due on account of rents he is ready to pay any minute, which is about all the satisfaction he gives me. The store is a fireproof brick in a fair locality for business. Mr. Karewski, the former occupant of the property, says he paid you $25 per month rent and paid all taxes and made extensive improvements on the same at his own expense, which he says made his rental about $50 per month for the time he occupied it. He, Karewski, tells me that part of the back yard has been and is now used by another party, and he says if you wish it he can and will give you a plot of the lot and the particulars as to who is using the back lot & etc. I would suggest you write Mr. Karewski for particulars as to the size of the lot and title, and who is using part of it and what part of it and for what use it is being put to. I can cheerfully recommend Mr. K. as being a straight and reliable person.
    To sum up, Mr. Mensor says he will write you in regard to the matter today.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Ogn.
    February 15th 1882
W. H. Chaney Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Your esteemed favor of January 2nd was received on my arrival home a few days since. I think it best to answer direct so there can be no possible misunderstanding. Regarding my candidacy, I will say briefly that I am not an aspirant for any office and if I were I know but little of the methods by which office is obtained. However, should the choice of the Republican convention again fall upon me, which would not be the result of any efforts on my part, I would hardly feel at liberty to decline it.
    Present my kind remembrances to Mrs. Chaney, who I had entirely lost sight of and with thanks for your interest in my behalf.
I am yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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February 25th 1882
F. A. Huffer
    Dear Sir
        A few days ago, your father showed me a letter from you, in which you wrote him that the want of money would compel you to come home some two months before the present school year expired.
    When we had our talk last fall in regard to your going to school the present year, if I remember right, I urged you to go and stated to you at the time that I would assist you this year in your laudable efforts and ambition to obtain an education. Now, my dear boy, permit me to say that your course and conduct has given me a great deal of pleasure and quiet satisfaction, and believe me when I say I feel a great interest in your welfare and future usefulness, besides I am free to say I think you are a good companion for my son Ben and am pleased to hear that your intercourse and companionship has been for the mutual good of yourself and him.
    I enclose herewith $60 currency which will enable you to stay the school year out. You can send me your note for the same which you can pay at your convenience. No news here worth mentioning. Your folks are usually well.
Your friend and well wisher
    C. C. Beekman
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Feby. 27th 1882
Messrs. Kohler & Chase
    San Francisco
        Gents
            Yours of 24th inst. duly to hand and contents noted. I enclose herewith my check payable to your order for the sum of $206.00 for which you may send me by steamer via Portland, Ogn. the Mason & Hamlin chapel organ No. 431 with the stool and instruction book. Please see that the organ is in good order and have it carefully packed when shipped, as it has to be carried by wagons over rough roads a long distance. If not satisfactory please return the check.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
Mark or address organ thus:
C. C. Beekman
    Jacksonville Ogn.
c/o H. L. Murton
    Roseburg
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March 24th 1882
Dear Brother
    I have been tardy in sending you money ($300) I borrowed of you 5th Jany. last. Negligence is the only excuse I can make or offer. I enclose herewith 7 post office orders payable to your order at Bath post office, 6 orders for $50 each and 1 for $10, making a total of $310. The $10 is for interest, which I have allowed you at Oregon rate, viz. 10% percent per annum. No news here worth mentioning. This leaves us all well. Hoping it will find you the same and enjoying the comforts of life, I remain
Your affectionate brother
    C. C. Beekman
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March 24th 1882
Dear Sister
    In reply to yours of 28th January last I will now say that I can now loan your money here. I can get 8% percent interest per annum and I may get more, but I will stand good myself for at least 8%, so if you wish to send it to me for investment you can buy a draft of the "Dundee National Bank" for $1000--the amount you said you have to loan. Have the draft made payable to my order in New York City and I will get it cashed here.
    In regard to the iron posts in the church, I did not have any agreement with Mr. Titsworth in regard to them, but I had a talk with Mr. Bosworth and Wes Benedict to the effect viz. that some $15 or more due the church from the gentleman who made them was to be deducted or taken out of the cost, and the balance was to be paid by the committee or trustees, and if they refused to stand it I said I would pay it, and now if they will not settle and pay for them I will do so yet. In all our talks in regard to the matter we came to the conclusion that as Mr. Titsworth was not a trustee he had no vote in the matter. Still all desired to please him so far as we could. I enclose a letter to Mrs. Bosworth and Benedict which you can read; after doing so close it and hand it to Mr. Benedict, that is, if the matter is still unsettled.
    I also enclose a note to Mason & Hamlin which you can read and mail to them. It will no doubt bring the music book.
    This leaves us all well at this time. Hope it will find you all the same. Julia will write you in a few days.
Yours affectionately
    C. C. Beekman
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March 24th 1882
Messrs. Bosworth and Benedict
    Kind Friends
        My sister Lydia writes me that Bro. Titsworth had called after I left Dundee and inquired if I left the money to pay for the iron posts that were to be used in the church basement. I did not understand that I was to pay for them. If I recollect right the arrangement was thus, viz. the columns were to cost say $60; the contractor owed the church about $15, which was to be deducted [from] the balance the committee were to pay.
    I then said if the ladies or trustees would not pay it that I would do so. I desire you to investigate the matter and if those who have the business in charge say, think or claim I should pay, I will do so, after they have determined upon the amount due from me. You will please present the enclosed order which will no doubt be honored. Wishing you the compliments of the season, I remain
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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March 29th 1882
Lewis G. Ross
    My Dear Friend
        Yours of 10th inst. enclosing two postal orders for the sum total of $75.00 duly to hand. You have made quite a mistake in my favor. By examining the note herewith returned you will find that [it] is only for $60, leaving a balance due you of $15, which I return herewith enclosed. I suppose you put the $15 in for interest. Well, my dear boy, I am not in the habit of charging for favors; hence I return it with the remark that I am well paid and gratified to learn and know that you have put the right foot forward and bid fair to become a good and useful citizen. I have always said that you come of good stock and blood and that you would come out all right in the end, and as I see my hopes and judgment realized, you must excuse me if I feel a little proud and jubilant, for believe me I feel a great interest in your welfare and prosperity. Wishing you the compliments of the season I remain
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Your folks are usually well. No news here worth writing about. Farewell party by the young folks given by Willy Young, who leaves here tomorrow for New Tacoma, W.T.
    C.C.B.
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Jacksonville Oregon
    April 10th 1882
Simpson Crawford & Simpson
    New York City
        Gents,
            Please send to my address the following articles as illustrated in your fall and winter catalogue, page 8, No. 10 for 1881-1882, viz. one Walking Costume No. 5 of black cashmere and brocaded satin. I send herewith measure for the dress, also with this mail a waist lining with my name written upon it. The waist fits me; if the measure varies from it, be governed by the waist lining, as I know it is right.
    Also 3 yds. Fringe No. 10 (on page 115) 4½ inches wide, all get alternate squares of seed and cut beads, with fine satin polish, catalogue price $1.48 per yd.
    Also 4 yds. Passementerie on page 115 No. 13 two inches wide, elaborately beaded, price as per catalogue 50 cts. per yard.
    I enclose herewith U.S. postal order payable to you for $26.50 to pay for the goods, viz.
1 Dress $18.50
3 yds. Fringe, 1.50 yd. 4.44
4 yds. Passementerie .50 yd.     2.00
$24.94
Postage & Registry
    Please send the goods at once to the following address, viz.
C. C. Beekman
    Jacksonville P.O.
        Jackson County
            Oregon
    Please have the pkgs. registered and oblige.
Yours respectfully
    Mrs. C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Ogn.
    April 15th 1882
[illegible] A. Brooks Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 10th instant duly to hand. In reply I would say that your offer is fair and security ample, but at this time it is impossible for me to spare the money from my business. The fact is I am short, and am losing business every day for the want of ready money. The Gold Dust buying season has commenced and until that is over I cannot make any loans whatever. I have now several loans out past due on persons perfectly responsible which I would gladly discount to get the coin. So you can see at once my situation financially at this time. I regret that I cannot help you out at this time. I have delayed writing you one mail in hopes I could find the money here to loan, but have not been able to do so yet. Had you written me ten days sooner I could have secured the money for you, but the party who had the money to loan placed it last week.
    I will, however, continue looking out and if I can come across anyone who has the money to loan [I] will drop you a line. In haste,
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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May 20th 1882
Friend Ben Sachs
    Yours of 11th instant duly to hand, with the silver-plated tea server, which also arrived all OK. It was just the thing wanted. The wedding was a grand success. You will see a full account of it in the Sentinel [column 5].
    I enclose herewith $15 currency, the amount of the bill, hoping it will reach you in due time, and with many thanks I remain
Your friend
    C. C. Beekman
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May 29th 1882
S. D. Brastow Esq.
    Dear Sir
        When I was in your city you kindly offered to buy me some cigars at any time I waned them. Enclosed herewith find my check payable to your order for $75 for which send me a fair article of cigar and help yourself to a box for your trouble. Send them by express and oblige
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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June 10th 1882
Messrs. Ladd & Tilton
    Gentlemen,
        Yours of 3rd inst. duly recd. In reply I would say: that I know but little about Thatcher & Worden's financial condition, as they reside in Linkville, which is some 75 miles distant from this place. I am informed, however, that they have dissolved copartnership and that Thatcher is considered insolvent. It is generally supposed that Worden will be able to pay the firm's debts; this is about all I know about them. I would refer you for full particulars to Genl. T. G. Reames, merchant of this place, who was one of the parties who purchased the business of Thatcher & Worden at Linkville; he is now in your city, attending the Grand Lodge of A.F.&A. Masons. He could and would give you definite information in regard to the financial condition of Messrs. Thatcher & Worden, as he no doubt knows more about it than any other one in this section.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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June 21st 1882
Messrs. McCall, Atkinson & Co.
    Ashland Ogn.
        Gents
            When I last [saw] you, I told you I was negotiating a business transaction and would probably need the money on your notes, but would be able to give you 60 days notice, which you said would be sufficient. I desire to say the business in hand at the time I spoke to you has terminated so that I will need the money by the first of September next, which will be near 70 days from this writing. Please do not fail me, as it would subject me to great inconvenience if disappointed.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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July 10th 1882
J. D. Fountain Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 8th instant with coin $30 duly to hand, same I have endorsed on your note.
    As to extending a time of payment of the principal, I will say that I can get along till say 15th Sept. next, at that time I will probably need it.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    July 11th 1882
Messrs. Simpson Crawford & Simpson
    New York City
        Gents
            Enclosed herewith find U.S. postal order for $13.00 for which send me the following articles viz:
    1 dress as illustrated in your circular letter which I enclose. Send as nearly like the sample as you can. No other color desired. I send you a waist lining for pattern by this mail. Length of skirt in back 42 inches. Length of skirt in front 40 inches. Price $8.75.
    Also one sacque No. 207 of your spring and summer catalogue of 1882. Bust measure 38 inches. Price $3.25. Send goods by mail registered. Do you keep measures, or the waist linings sent, so as you can fill future orders without measures being sent you with each order? If so you can keep the lining sent you with this order, if not return the lining. Address goods to "Mrs. C. C. Beekman, Jacksonville, Jackson Co., Oregon."
Yours respectfully
    Mrs. C. C. Beekman
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July 15th 1882
S. D. Brastow Esq.
    San Francisco
        Dear Sir
            The cigars you sent me were first rate for the price, and fully as good as I can afford to smoke. I enclose check for $70--for which please send me 1000 same kind. Send all Colorado Maduros except one box which I wish to present to Mr. Hoffman, my father-in-law. Take out box for your trouble and etc.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. When will you be in this section of country?
C.C.B.
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July 31st 1882
Hon. M. P. Deady
    Portland Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            I beg leave to acknowledge receipt of yours of 22nd instant, tendering me the appointment of U.S. Commissioner at Jacksonville, Ogn. With the highest appreciation of the honor conferred, I am constrained under existing circumstances to respectfully decline the appointment. I regard the position as one of importance, one necessitating care in all its details. Owing to the nature of my business, I find myself unable to bestow that attention to the duties of the position that it would occasionally require; in addition I might add that my inexperience in law matters would be a serious objection.
    Thanking you for your consideration, I remain
Very truly yours
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville August 28th 1882
A. P. Ankeny Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 23rd inst. duly to hand and contents noted. As you request I have procured and send you herewith enclosed one "Swamp Land Warrant" No. 1951 drawn for $1000.00 dated May 20th 1872 and protested same day, which draws 10% percent interest from date of presentation.
    From what you write I think there is one important point you lose sight of, which is this, viz: If the courts should decide that the swamp land warrants can be paid in for swamp lands, then they must be received in the order in which they are drawn and protested, which is the general law of the state, see code page 295. You will also see that the State Treas. is the only person who is authorized to pay and cancel warrants no matter of what kind they are, or on what fund they are payable out of, and that he is entitled to his percentage for receiving and disbursing, and that I believe was the intention when the Legislature passed the act in favor of the Dalles and Sandy Road Co.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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August 29th 1882
W. W. Fowler Esq.
    Oakland Cal.
        Dear Sir and Bro.
            Yours of 10th inst. duly to hand and contents noted. I should have answered sooner but it took some little time to look over the records, which is my excuse for the delay.
    We find by the records that you was initiated as an Entered Apprentice October 15th 1855, passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft Dec. 8th 1855 and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason January 15th 1856 (Sunday Morning).
    I am glad to hear that Miss Mary has been cured of her catarrh and hope the cure is permanent. No news here worth mentioning. Everything jogs along as usual. Your many friends here wish to be remembered to you; they would like to see you "muchly." And by the by in less than eighteen months you can ride from San Francisco to Jacksonville on a railroad car.
Yours fraternally
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Jerry is well; he went into the [illegible] February.
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August 29th 1882
Hon. M. P. Deady
    Prest. Board of Regents State University
        Dear Sir
            I have read with pleasure your able report of the condition of the State University to the Governor. The report is not only interesting but instructive, and I congratulate you on the manly, yet gentle, manner in which you properly lay bare to the public eye the evident shortcomings of the faculty. I have watched the institution with deeper interest, perhaps, than those not so immediately interested and I confess that nothing in any reports ever indicated the standing, moral or intellectual, of any individual pupil and that it is only by personal examination and outside information that it can be obtained
    It is gratifying to the patrons of an institution, on which so much of the future intellectual progress and scholarship of the state must depend, to know that it is watched by an officer capable of detecting errors in its conduct and fearless enough to expose them. Hoping that your timely and most appropriate strictures on the inexcusable neglect of the faculty in withholding most essential information from the public will prompt a speedy remedy for the evident carelessness of those in immediate charge of the University.
I am yours
    Very respectfully
        C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    September 2nd 1882
Messrs. Kohler & Chase
    San Francisco
        Gents
            Your postal of 27th ultimo requesting me to remit of $7.90 as a balance due you duly to hand. If  you will refer to my letter to you Feby. 17th you will see in that that I asked you what you would sell me the organ for. You answered $206.40. On the 27th I wrote you to send organ, stool & book and enclosed check with the order for $206.00, noting at the close of the letter if not satisfactory to return the check. I have bought of Mason & Hamlin several organs and also Estey organs; extra charge for stool and book is a new thing to me. If you will examine my order for the organ I think you will balance your book, and write me that you are in error which the most reliable firms are liable to once in awhile.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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October 3rd 1882
Friend [Binger] Hermann
    On the 8th June last, you wrote me that you would take $250 for the 80 acres worth of my land in Sec. 29, but could not make the deed just then on account of getting ready to attend Grand Lodge. On the 15th of June I sent you postal card saying make the deed when convenient and I would send you $250--upon its receipt. Since that time I have not heard from you, but have every reason to believe you are still in the land of the living. Did you get my postal card or have you changed your mind in regard to selling? If not please send the deed and I will send you the money ($250) by return mail. As stated to you when we had the talk about the matter I do not want to buy lands and would not think of buying the 80 acres except it adjoined mine and it might help me sell what I had. Have you done anything with the J. C. Fullerton note yet? Let me hear from you when convenient.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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Octo. 3rd 1882
John Loosely Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 29th ultimo duly to hand.
    In reply I would say there are more checks in this market at present for sale than there is cash to buy them.
    The best I can do at this writing is to discount it at 1% percent, as I would have to send the dft. to San Francisco for collection.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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October 11th 1882
Hon. P. P. Prim
    Dear Sir
        Will you take the trouble before you leave Salem to see the "Secretary of State" and ascertain how the State of Oregon obtains title to her school lands (16th and 36 sections) from the general government, whether they are patented to the state, or whether it is merely listed and set apart and the state authorities notified, or whether the 16th and 36th sections go to the state without any action whatever, but by virtue of the act of an admission of the state into the Union. Also find out if the government has withheld any of the class of lands named in this state on account of their being mineral lands.
    Please send me a copy of the "State Treasurer's Report," if you have one lying around loose.
    No news here worth mentioning. Everything goes along as usual. There is one question I hear asked many times each day, viz: Frank, how is the ballot today?
In haste
    Yours respectfully
        C. C. Beekman
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October 17th 1882
Miss Maggie Linn
    My Dear Niece
        Just before you left here, you promised me to be a good girl. I suppose you thought it strange that I should make such a request, and I will now explain that I done so because I then felt and still feel a deep interest in your present and future welfare and happiness. From the best information I can get I think you have kept your promise, which is very gratifying to me, and I know it must be to your friends and relatives here. When I made the request above stated I made up my mind if you complied that the coming Christmas I would make you a Christmas present. I now anticipate that event and enclose herewith $50 currency, which please accept as a slight testimonial of the high esteem you are held in by
Your Uncle
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Please give this no publicity.
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November 14th 1882
Thompson's Bank Note and Commercial Reporter Co.
    No. 25 Park Place New York City
Gents
    Enclosed herewith find $2 in currency for which send me by U.S. mail "One Infallible Gold and Silver Coin Scale and Counterfeit Coin Detector." Send to the following address, viz
C. C. Beekman
    Jacksonville
        Jackson County
            Oregon
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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November 6th 1882
Hon. Binger Hermann
    Roseburg Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 3rd instant enclosing deed for the 80 acres duly to hand. I enclose herewith the purchase price $250 in currency (as agreed) in payment or the same. Please acknowledge receipt and oblige.
    I gave the Co. Clerk the chattel mortgage to file and paid the fees 50 cents as you directed.
    Have you sold the S.E. ¼ of Section 31 Township 35S R1 East? If not I want to buy it so as I can get to Butte Creek from my lands. Please answer.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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December 9th 1882
Friend Frank
    I promised you last summer that I would assist you in order that you might continue your studies during the present school year. I did not talk with you before you left here as to the amount of money you had on hand and what amount would be necessary for you to have to carry you through.
    Upon receipt of this send me your estimate of the amount of money you will need to pay your expenses to the close of the school year.
    No news here worth mentioning. Your folks are usually well.
Your sincerely
    C. C. Beekman
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December 18th 1882
G. E. Withington, Esq., Asst. Cashr. First Natl. Bk., Portland Ogn.
    Dear Sir;
        I return you herewith enclosed Dft. No. 100053 in favor of R. E. Kimball & Co. At considerable trouble and some expense I have ascertained that John Snipes, Cashr. of said bank, is "Jack Snipes"--a dusky son of the forest--almost without a local habitation and whose name is carried on the rolls of Klamath Agency as the head of a moderately respectable aboriginal family and who is evidently attempting to "snipe" the unsuspecting Chicago firm. The time of the Cashier is divided between the Agency and Wocus Lake, where the "bank" is alleged to be, the latter being his summer resort; the "bank" is a heavy one, on the margin of the lake; its capital is an unestimated number of tons of sand, on which Cashier "Snipes" basks in the sun, while the little snipes disport themselves around the parental dusky form in gleeful innocence. In conclusion--the check is bogus and R. E. Kimball & Co. are victimized by one of the wards of the government, who appears to make splendid strides towards modern civilization but unfortunately seems to have been in collusion with some wicked confidence man of the superior race, who has corrupted his morals by assisting him to put up a job on an investment firm.
Respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Expense fifty cents.
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December 19th 1882
Dear Brother
    I send you by mail today two buckskin undershirts which I told you about when I was last at home. They are not to be worn next the skin but over your ordinary undershirt and under your outside or white shirt. I think you will find them very convenient and comfortable during your cold weather. They will want washing once in a while. When you have them washed use soft or rain water with castile or toilet soap. In drying them they will have to be pulled or stretched (while drying in the hands). After they are dry run a smoothing iron over them, but do not have the iron very hot. By following these directions you will keep them soft and in good order.
    This leaves us in usual good health. Hope it will find you and yours enjoying the same great blessing. How did you come out with your timber speculation?
Yours affectionately
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Cannot you find time to write once in a while?
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December 21st 1882
S. D. Brastow Esq.
    Asst. Supt. W.F.&Co.
        San Francisco
            Dear Sir
                The cigars you sent me last summer were a first-rate article for the price, but they could not last always and have finally gone up in smoke.
    I enclose herewith my check for $80 payable to your order, for which buy me another 1000 select "Colorado Maduros" and please keep out a box or two for your trouble and kindness.
    No news here worth mentioning. Weather quite stormy, which makes the express business quite dull at present. I anticipate however a good run of business the coming year. We have been using candle boxes during the last summer, but discontinued them on the first of last month. Wishing you the compliments of the season, I am
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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December 22nd 1882
Mrs. Mary H. Vining
    Dear Sister
        In answer to yours of 17th inst. I would say that I can let you have the money to pay Grandma.
    I have delayed writing you a day or two, for the reason that when yours came to hand I was short of funds, but since then I have made some collections and can now accommodate you.
    The family are usually well at this writing. Anna Shipley is rapidly convalescing.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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Dec. 29 1882
Mary
    Yours of 27th inst. duly to hand. As you request I enclose a note for you to sign and return. To save you the trouble of coming down, you can draw an order on me for the amount in favor of Papa, Grandma or anyone else you may select and the same will be paid at sight.
    The folks are all well.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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January 8th 1883
Frank Huffer
    Eugene City
        Dear Friend
            Yours of 18th ultimo, stating you would need $205 to carry you to the end of the school year, duly to hand. Enclosed herewith find $210 currency for which you can send me your note.
    I am glad to hear that you and Ben are progressing so well in your studies and that you are enjoying such good health.
    I have no news worth mentioning. Your folks are usually well. Everything jogs along here as usual. We have some few cases of scarlet fever in town but in a mild form.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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Jany. 8th 1883
Friend [D. M.] Gault
    Let me congratulate [you] on your connection with the "News." I like the style so far and enclose $5 cy. [currency] for which please send me the "Daily" until further orders. I am a believer in the American principle of "fair play" and hope to see the new enterprise succeed.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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January 9th 1883
Friend Chadwick
    I have delayed writing you for the reason that when I wrote I wanted to send you the amount of your bill on Davidson, Tice & Co., who have promised to pay it from time to time, but up to this writing have failed to do as they agreed. They have exhausted my patience so today I gave the account to Judge Prim with instructions to collect at once by action at law if necessary. He (Prim) tells me he will go after them in earnest.
    I have no news worth mentioning. We jog along here in about the same old way and all no doubt continues to do so till the railroad reaches us. Every once in a while we have a discussion as to what part of the valley the road will run. Of course we all here want it to go as near Jacksonville as possible. You say in yours of 4th ultimo that the route will be decided on soon and you will learn the fact when the decision is made. Post me if you can; the information will be considered strictly confidential. Hoping this will find you and yours in good health, I will close by wishing you the compliments of the season.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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January 12th 1883
S. D. Brastow Esq.
    Asst. Supt. W.F.&Co.
        San Francisco
            Dear Sir
                The correspondence herewith will explain itself. From the fact that Agent Engle did not conform to the graduated tariff card I took the liberty to call him to an account. I think now from his letter that he understands the use of the card and he will use it in future, which will save us some trouble and vexation in correcting his collect waybills as well as W.F.&Co. from loss. I beg pardon for assuming authority over an agent of W.F.&Co. without direct authority and I send you the correspondence herewith so that you may be fully advised in the premises.
    My cigars came to hand O.K. They are good. I beg leave to tender my thanks for your many kind offices and hope sometime to be able to retaliate.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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January 13th 1883
Mrs. W. S. Stone
    Yreka Cal.
        Dear Madam
            Yours of 12th inst. duly to hand and contents noted. Mr. Dollarhide has not yet paid his note. When he pays shall I insist upon his paying interest up to the time of payment? Or only till January 1st 1883. When he pays I will send all your funds to Yreka as you direct.
    The Jacob Thompson note was paid some days ago. I have forgotten whether I notified at the time or not.
    Wallace Bishop is trying to borrow money to pay his note. I learn he is about to get it of S. Furry. As it is a good loan I would reduce his interest to 10% percent; that is, I did not want to use it or invest it in other quarters. I am glad to hear that the Col. is convalescing and hope he will soon be with us.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jany. 15th 1883
Friend Chadwick
    I wrote you [a] day or two ago that I had given your claim on Davidson & Co. to Judge Prim for collection. The Judge went after them at once and yesterday they paid the bill $30, same goes forward to you by W.F.&Co. express this morning.
    The Judge makes no charge for collecting, you being one of the profession.
    I thanked him in your behalf. You might acknowledge receipt to him direct if you think best.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



January 20th 1883
Friend Wadsworth
    I see by the papers today that "Spring Valley Water" stock has gone down to par. Now I don't believe you San Francisco fellows can get along without water, and while the supply may be short I think the Co. can furnish you with enough to drink. I have here about $5000--more money than I can use profitably in my business--and I want to invest it in something and can't do it here so as it will pay me more than 8% percent per annum. Hence I have concluded to take chances in Spring Valley stock.
    I want you to buy for me 50 shares (no more nor no less) if you think it will go lower hold off buying for a day or two, but if it begins to go up secure the 50 shares. You may charge the cost to my bank account, and in order to make W.F.&Co. perfectly secure have the stock issued to H. Wadsworth Trustee. Will you give me your opinion as to the cause of the decline of the stock. I see the San Francisco papers say it is on account of the expected short supply the coming season, but the thought suggests itself that there may be some other cause, and you may be in a position that you can obtain an inkling of it. Your opinion will be treated [as] confidential.
    I shall try and make your city a visit the coming summer. How are you getting along? And how is your health. I suppose you are kept closely confined with your many duties. Can't you come up this spring. I should be delighted to see you.
    The railroad from Portland will reach this valley by next July, and times will probably be good here next summer. Let me hear from you.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Feby. 6th 1883
S. D. Brastow Esq.
    Asst. Supt. W.F.&Co.
        San Francisco
            Dear Sir
                Yours of 1st instant in regard to box val. $100 addressed "Gee Toy" Jacksonville, sent from San Francisco Dec. 31st with W/B #365, duly to hand. In reply I would say that the day the box was due here my clerk says himself and the stage agent made a thorough search in the stage for the box but it was not aboard. The stage agt. then said it would probably be over next trip, that it was no doubt kept back on account of bad roads and the large loads of mail. The next day it did not arrive nor the day after; he then concluded that the box had been sent via Portland as we had been receiving express matter that way and waited till he was satisfied it was not forwarded by that route and then sent tracer for it. He claims that he followed section 10 & 12 page 18 as he understood it but instead of sending copy of W/B he sent tracer, taking it for granted that that was sufficient.
    My clerk (Boyer) and the stage agt. here are positive that the box has not passed this office nor has it reached this place. I am of the opinion that if the box was put on board of stage at Yreka, that it was stolen between that place and Cottonwood. I might add that Boyer says the consignee of the box in question was inquiring for the box daily for two or three days before the W/B reached this office and stated that the box contained clothing, hence at the time the box was due here no thought was given to its being stolen but had been miscarried or detained at Yreka. He says had the Chinaman told him the box contained opium he would have come to a different conclusion. To conclude I would say that owing to large mails express freight during the winter has been detained en route a great deal and in some instances matter W/B overland has reached us via Portland. We have been vigilant in looking after it, and successfully, in every instance except this one.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



February 7th 1883
Geo. Engle Esq.
    Agt. W.F.&Co.
        Riddle Ogn.
            Dear Sir
                Yours of 4th instant duly to hand. In reply I would say that the Chinaman "Gee Toy" has received a number of pkgs. at this office; sometimes they are addressed thus viz. "Gee Toy," "Che Toy" and sometimes "Gee Den Toy." He always signs on our delivery book Gee Toy and he goes by that name here. He has resided here a long time. We have known him personally for several years. He is a pretty good man for a Chinaman. On the 16th Dec. last he bought a check of me payable to Poo Lung & Co. for the sum of $300; after about Dec. 25th last he called here daily for 2 or 3 weeks and inquired for a box of opium. During the time he wrote to Poo Lung & Co. and he told me that they had wrote to him that W.F.&Co. said that they had sent his box to Riddle and he wanted me to write you to send his box to Jacksonville. I am satisfied the box you delivered belongs to the Chinaman here. Can you find the Chinaman who got the box from you? If so I would have him arrested at once, that is if he did not pay for it.
    You cannot be too careful in delivering opium to Chinamen. They have tried the dodge on me and came near getting away with it. Hence of late we will not deliver opium till we are perfectly satisfied as to the identity of the consignee.
    You have my sympathy and my best advice is to hunt up your Gee Toy at once, and force him to make restitution. Possibly you can get some leading Chinaman to assist for a suitable reward.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    February 8th 1883
Anna Fearnside
    Cor. Secy. Oregon State Woman Suffrage Association
        Madam
            I hereby acknowledge receipt of a courteous invitation to be present at the annual convention of the Association on 13th, 14th & 15th instant. In reply I have to say that business engagements prevent my attendance and thanking the officers of the Association for the proffered honor, I remain
Very respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Feby. 9th 1883
W. D. Evans Esq.
    Dear Sir
        In answer to your inquiries under date of 29th ult. I enclose a slip from the Oregon Sentinel, published here, and a real estate circular--both very fair statements--unimproved lands can be had at from $4 to $10 per acre. Our schools are excellent. Grape, plum & prune culture will be important industries here. Railroad connection with Portland, the metropolis of Oregon, will be accomplished this year. Timber & water plenty. Climate comparatively mild. Have no data of rainfall at hand, but it is not excessive.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



February 14th 1883
A. H. Burrows Esq.
    Agt. Cal.&O.S.Co. [California & Oregon Stage Co.]
        Yreka Cal.
            Dear Sir
                We are still short box addressed to "Gee Toy" Jacksonville, which should have left your place Jany. 2nd 1883. On that day your stage W/B calls for two boxes for W.F.&Co. Jayville. One box arrived OK, the other box short. We are sure the box did not pass here, for we made thorough search in the stage for the box the day it was due here and for several successive days after. We are now informed that Mr. Laird, driver from Yreka on that day (Jany. 2) reports that he was short one box and he sent you word to that effect by Mr. Ficke, driver. He (Laird) says it was his last trip, as the next trip you put on a swing team hence he did not see you in person to explain the matter to you. Are you sure you put two boxes on board stage that that time (Jany. 2)? If not the box may still be south of Yreka. Will you please look into the matter and give me the result of your investigation and oblige.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman, Agt. W.F.&Co.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



February 27th 1883
Lindsay Applegate Esq.
    Ashland Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            I am in receipt of a letter from a party who is desirous of buying land in Jackson County and he has requested me to ascertain for him what certain designated farms are held at and among others he names your farm situated in or near the town of Ashland. Will you please inform me by return mail
    First, Is your farm in or near Ashland for sale?
    Second, If so, how many acres does it contain?
    Third, At what price will you sell it for cash?
    Fourth, How long after sale before possession could be had?
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Feby. 26th 1883
A. P. Ankeny Esq.
    Portland
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 20th inst. duly to hand. In reply I would say that I have made inquiries of several parties who I thought could give me the information desired, but without effect, so today I wrote to the owner direct, stating that I had received a letter from a friend who desired to invest in land in this valley and his farm was one of [the] farms designated and wished him to write me if his place was for sale, if so how many acres it contained and what he would sell for cash down & when possession could be given. As soon as I hear from him I will write you again.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Ogn.
    Feby. 26th 1883
J. Wimer Esq.
    Waldo, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of
20th inst. duly to hand. In reply I would say that I have sold the scrip $300 at 95. If you have or should change your mind in regard to selling it please let me know at once so as I can notify the parties not to depend upon it.
    In regard to the $2000 more you want I would say that the party I expected to get the money of when you were here has since that time placed the same, in fact I did not speak to them about it, for I understood you to say that I need not do so as you could get it in Josephine Co. I cannot tell at present whether I will be able to spare it from my own business or not. Hence I will keep a lookout for it in some other quarter, and in order to do so please write me definitely. First just how much you want, second when will you want it, and for what length of time and upon what security if any. And the rate of interest which I suppose however would be 10% percent per annum. Then as I stated to you, when you were here I could make a definite proposition to anyone I can find who has the money to loan.
    At this writing I think I can probably get it off Cameron, particularly if he has not loaned all he had when he spoke to you about me. Since then I have heard that he has lent part if not all he had. I have in view two other persons who I will speak to when I see them. In haste
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Ogn. Mch. 1st 1883
David Dunlap Esq.
    Dear Sir
        I have seen and talked with Mr. Herschberger in regard to cutting those trees on my land which you wrote me about.
    He says he supposed and was told that they were on public land. He made cedar posts of the timber. He proposes to pay for the trees and I do not know what they are worth nor what to charge him for them.
    Will you please drop me a line and give me your opinion as to their worth and what I ought to charge him. You I suppose know what they are worth. I mean the going rate. He (Herschberger) seems to regret what he done and says he is willing to [do] what we think is right in the premises. I hear that you have been unwell a good deal during the last fall & winter. Hope this will find you all right and enjoying good health. No news here worth mentioning.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



March 3rd 1883
Dear Brother
    Yours of 18th ultimo duly to hand. In reply I would say that "Spring Valley Water" stock has received a terrible black eye within the last 60 days and cannot tell whether it will recover from the blow without the loss of the eye or not. Cause, at the last election in San Francisco the Democrats with the aid of the "Sand Lot or Hoodlum" element carried the city. The Supervisors elected, the "Sand Lotters" besides two prominent papers, the Daily Bulletin and Daily Call, are hostile to the water co. The Supervisors are required each year under the law to fix the rates to be collected of consumers of water. They threaten and are about to reduce the rates 37½% which I am afraid they will do. If they should the water co. will not be able to pay any dividends to the stockholders. Hence the tumble in the stock from $119 per share last August to $78 per share in February (of course you will understand the par value of the shares are $100 per share). The co. are fighting hard to have the old or last year's rate maintained. I send you some San Francisco papers; by reading them carefully you will be enabled to understand the situation fully. I have not sold my stock, nor do I think I shall, still the way matters look at present I do not want to buy any more, nor would I advise you to buy, at least at this writing, as the probabilities are now that there will be no dividends to stockholders for some time to come. The co. discontinued paying dividends Feby. 1st and no one can tell when they will be resumed as the co. owe $4,000,000.00 which will have to be paid or a new loan made by 1890. The co. works are mortgaged to secure it. This leaves us usually well. Ben is still at college, says he will graduate next year. Tell Lizzie that I am much obliged to her; through her efforts I believe I am indebted for the first letter ever received from you. On the 24th March 1882 I sent you $310, which was to pay the amount I borrowed of you when I was last at home. You have not acknowledged the receipt of the same. Did you get it all OK?
    I think within say one year you can ride in a railroad car from Dundee to this valley. If so will you come and see us? We shall be delighted if you will; bring Lizzie along with you. I regret to hear that Dewitt has sold out and think as you do that he has missed it and he will find that it is much easier getting out of business than getting in. I expect however that he had strong competition and was not making much.
    Julia and Carrie join with me in [sending] much love to you all. Don't fail to remember me specially to Mother. Tell her I am so glad to hear that she is enjoying such good health. Excuse mistakes and composition, as I have written this in a great hurry.
Your affectionate brother
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



March 15th 1883
J. Wimer & Sons
    Waldo
        Gents
            In reply to yours of 8th instant I would say that I have sold the scrip at 95, have then drawn in $500 [gold?] pieces and protested by Co. Treas. In regard to the $2000 more I have secured it for you from same parties on your note without any security, note to be drawn "we or either of us" and signed by J. Wimer, G. W. Wimer and W. J. Wimer due 1st August 1883. To avoid any misunderstanding I would add that the note is to be what is known as an ironclad. I told the parties you would just as leave give that kind of a note as any other. The above is to be taken by a syndicate; money is to be ready 2nd April and you are to take it at that time. If you have changed your mind in any way let [closing of letter not copied]
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville March 19--83
Hon. R. Koehler
    Manager O&CRR
        Dear Sir
Your communication addressed to C. C. Beekman and other citizens of Jacksonville, relative to the route of your "extension" through the valley, is respectfully acknowledged. It is a matter of serious regret that your judgment prompts you to adopt the line most remote from Jacksonville and that the superior character of the ground to the westward should be overbalanced by other engineering advantages in your reaching a conclusion we have neither the right nor disposition to question. Touching your proposition to divert the line to the south [sic] side of Hanley's Butte in consideration of a subsidy of $25,000, right of way and depot grounds, we may as well be frank and say at once that it is simply impossible to raise the cash subsidy. There was no surplus raised last season in the county, owing to the uncertainty of a market, and the past winter has been a complete failure among the miners owing to lack of rain--these combined circumstances produce a financial strain on this community that places the raising of a subsidy out of the question. At best we could only promise you a free right of way from your point of divergence to that point where your line was regained and a deed to sufficient depot grounds for the accommodation of Jacksonville where you may select.
    This we are willing to guarantee, and the guarantee would be secured to you by a sufficient bond as evidence of our good faith. We can offer no additional arguments to those contained in the communication to Mr. Villard and only again call your attention to the advantage to you of the minimum of taxation which we assure you the citizens of Jacksonville have the power to and will control in your interest and hope that it may enter as a factor into your calculations before you arrive at a final conclusion. We would not have you understand that in the event our prayer is not granted we would use our influence to oppose the company.
    This communication will be handed to you by General Reames, one of the gentlemen who had the honor of an interview with you on this subject in May 1882, and who is authorized to represent us and make any arrangement his judgment suggests.
    Thanking you for the proffered courtesy of the road we herewith return the "passes" unused as General Reames is already in your city on his way to San Francisco and it was thought unnecessary to send another representative.
We are respectfully
    Your obedient servants
        [unsigned--this is a draft copy]
   
    On the other hand, if our prayer is granted request is favorably considered, we should certainly rest under obligations to forward your interests the interests of your company by your voice and influence in county or state legislature whenever it became necessary.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916, Box 12 Miscellaneous Papers, Oregon Historical Society.  A letter to Koehler on the same topic dated March 20, 1883 is copied on page 194 of Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Box K, but is not legible.



April 1st 1883
Messrs. Kubli & Bolt
    Gents
        Yours of March 31st duly to hand. We send you by stage driver who leaves here in the morning $200 coin as requested.
    You say in your letter that you send 27½ oz. dust. None has come to hand and the stage driver says you did not give him any dust to bring over.
    So we conclude you forgot to give it to him.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



April 2nd 1883
Friend Barnes
    The railroad is pushing its way to this valley, and when it comes, from the best information I can get it will go through your ranch, which in my judgment will not do it any good. Hence I think it would be a good time to sell before the road gets here. I am often asked by strangers and people living here if I know whether you want to sell the ranch or not, and if so what you ask for it. I tell them I think you will sell but I do not know what you now ask for it. Now if I can do anything for you in the way of selling I will do so cheerfully. Now what I want to know is First do you want to sell the ranch? Second, if so what is your cash price? 3rd, shall I sell it for you if I meet with a chance to do so? I think I can effect a sale for you at from $13,500 to $15,000 and if it was mine I would let it go if I could get say $15000. Let me hear from you at once that is if you have concluded that the time has come to sell. Write me anyhow.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



April 8th 1883
J. Wimer & Sons
    Gents
        Yours of 7th instant duly to hand. In reply I would state as before that I had made arrangements to cash $3000 co. scrip and to loan you $2000 additional on your note. The $2000 is here ready for you. I enclose you a blank note; if you cannot get your names on it, please write one. Make it payable to myself or bearer. The scrip I had made arrangement to cash was to the amount of 3000, but if there is less I suppose it will make no difference.
    I might say that the money to buy the scrip belongs to one party and the $2000 loan to another.
In haste yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    April 13th 1883
Abram Tenbrook Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 11th inst. duly to hand. In reply I would say that it is impossible for me to accommodate you at this time for the reason all the funds that I could spare from my business were loaned in Feby. last and the loans will not be paid till next fall. I would suggest that you make application to the state board of school land commissioners who have the loaning of the school, state university and agricultural college funds. If you can get it of the state board you will have to pay but 8% percent and can keep it as long as you wish by paying up the interest. If you do not want to go to Salem to make the application in person you can do so in writing, or perhaps you can do so through the agent of the board for Douglas County. The state board have made several loans here. Hence I think you will have no trouble, that is if the funds are not all loaned out.
In haste your truly
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jacksonville Oregon
    March 24th 1883
Dear Friend
    Your long delayed letter of February 27th has just come to hand. It has evidently been sent to some other Jacksonville. I deeply regret to hear of your father's death, especially as it was so sudden, but it is the debt all must pay and, in good time, we will follow. I have all confidence in your sense of duty and responsibility and feel assured that you will be a stay and comfort to your good mother in her declining years. Express to her my hearty sympathy and condolence and believe me
Your friend
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library  Note that this "March 24" letter was copied with letters written in the middle of April.



Portland, Or., April 1883
Copy.
Hon. Silas J. Day
Jacksonville, Oregon
Dear Sir
    Your letter of the 13th inst. was duly handed to me by Mr. Thompson.
    I have given the most careful consideration to the subject of your communication. I regret to say that I am forced to the conclusion that the company would not be justified in adopting the line nearest to Jacksonville, unless it is relieved from the additional expense involved in its construction. Much as I would like to oblige the people of Jacksonville in this respect, my duty to the stockholders of the O.&C.R.R. Co. will not permit me to arrive at any other decision. As you will know, this railroad enterprise has been an unfortunate one from its inception to the present day. One large sacrifice after another had to be made by its owners in order to keep it alive. They have now assumed an enormous additional burden by consenting to the creation of a large mortgage indebtedness, taking absolute precedence of their rights as stockholders in order to render the completion of the line to the California boundary practicable. Moreover, the cost of the southern extension is proving much larger than was anticipated.
    Under the circumstances it is absolutely impossible for me to put the additional charge upon the owners that the compliance with your suggestions would entail.
Very respectfully yours
    H. Villard
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916, Box 19 Miscellaneous Papers, Oregon Historical Society



April 17th 1883
Dear Brother
    Yours of 16th ultimo and 6th instant duly to hand. In reply I would say that I should be delighted to have yourself and John make us a visit this spring or summer.
    I think the very lowest that you can make the trip will be $500 apiece, and you will have to be economical to get through with that amount. It generally costs me from 1500 to 2500 to make a trip from here to Dundee. As to the route, I would advise you to come via Omaha and Ogden and go back by the Southern Pacific or by the Northern Pacific R.R. I expect to visit San Francisco about the 18th June. If you should come about that time I will meet you there, and should you and John or either of you conclude to come I will do the best I can to make your visit pleasant. I am of the opinion that the trip particularly for John would be greatly beneficial in the way of health. You ask if I can [lend] your money here to good advantage. I would say in answer that money is being loaned here now (and is very plenty) at 9% percent per annum interest; deducting the taxes 2% percent leaves but 7% percent net. A person to loan money here should be on the ground so as he can look after it. It keeps me looking around closely to keep what I have profitably invested.
    I would not advise you to send yours here, but keep it where you are, then you will be ready at any time to take advantage of any profitable investment that presents itself.
    Why S.S.R. should want to know my address is a query to me. I do not owe him anything. His brother J.T.R. has not yet paid me the $500 I lent him several years ago. No more loans in that direction, as I consider I have fully paid all and every claim the family can possibly have on my friendship or generosity.
    I am anxious to get the photograph of Father's monument. You never wrote me what Mr. Titsirg, Huntington, Andrews and others had to say after I left Dundee about our moving Father. Have they built a new fence around the cemetery yet. When they get ready to build one tell them I will give something toward the building of it. This leaves us all well.
Yours affectionately
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



April 17th 1883
Dear Sister
    Enclosed herewith find 2 U.S. postal orders No. 22768 and 22769 for $50 each. Total $100. Both are payable to your order at the Dundee post office. Same is in payment of the interest on the note of $1000 I gave in your favor. The interest will be due May 1st 1883. You will please endorse the amount on the back of the note thus, viz: "Received May 1st 1883 on the within note One Hundred Dollars." You have not yet written me what Mr. Tetsworth, Hunting, Andrews and others had to say after I left Dundee about Father's monument &c. Please write me the Dundee gossip about the matter. Has the Presbyterian Cemetery been fixed up and has Mr. Tetsworth and others built the new fence as yet; if not when they get ready to build one I will give something towards it.
    I have no news to write you. This leaves us usually well. Hoping it will find Mother, yourself and family enjoying the same blessing,
I remain your affectionate brother,
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Please acknowledge receipt of this letter & Julia and Carrie join in much love.
C.C.B.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



April 27th 1883
A. G. Rockfellow
    Ashland
        Dear Sir
            Yours of this day by hand of Doct. Parsons duly to hand. Herewith find Karewski's receipt in full of a/c amount $5.50. I also enclose note in my favor for $25.00. I charge you no interest as I did not consider it a loan, simply an accommodation for which I do not wish pay.
    I return 50 cts. change.
In haste
    Yours respectfully
        C. C.  Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



May 19th 1883
Messrs. Gordon Bros.
    San Francisco
        Gents
            Enclosed herewith find my check payable to your order for $58.00. Pay yourselves out of it $35 for the suit of clothes you sent me 12th inst.
    The bal. $23 pay to John W. Carmany, No. 25 Kearny Street, it being the amount due him for his bill of shirts etc. sent with the clothes. Please acknowledge receipt and oblige.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Masonic Hall Warren Lodge No. 10 A.F.&A.M.
    Jacksonville Oregon May 29, 1883
A. H. Hamlin Esq.
    W. M. North East Lodge No. 266
        Lake City Cal.
Dear Sir & Bro.
    Bro. H. W. Edwards of your lodge is here and [has] been a charge upon our lodge since May 5th 1883 as doubtless you are aware that he has dropsy of the heart and cannot last much longer. We have been rendering him assistance both night and day since May 5th in way of nurses, medicines &c., but have been as economical as we could under the circumstances, and have given him as much attention as we would to one of our own members. As Bro. Edwards is a member of your lodge and in good standing, we shall expect to be reimbursed by your lodge for the amount paid out for care and medical attention &c. Please send an early reply.
Fraternally yours &c.
    Max Müller
        Secy. Warren Lodge No. 10 A.F.&A.M.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



June 4th 1883
Dear Brother
    We have just received notice or rather an invitation to attend the approaching nuptials of our niece, Miss Lydia Beekman of Bath, N.Y. It will be impossible for us to be present in person, hence we will be there only in spirit. I suppose I ought to, and it will be expected, that I make a wedding present, hence I enclose herewith $50 currency which I desire you to invest in something appropriate for the occasion and see that it is on hand at the proper time, with my regards. Please consult Lizzie as to what would be most desirable and appropriate.
    This leaves us usually well and [we] hope it will find you the same. When are you going to start for Oregon? We are anxiously waiting your presence, and shall be delighted to see you. Sis wrote me [a] few days ago that Mother was quite poorly. I hope she will be well again ere this reaches you. Give her my love, and remember me to Lizzie and other relations.
Your affectionate brother
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



OREGON & CALIFORNIA RAILROAD COMPANY.
MANAGER'S OFFICE.
Portland, Or., July 5th, 1883
Messrs. C. C. Beekman, Wm. Turner and Genl. Reames
Jacksonville, Oregon
Gentlemen:
    At the time I had the pleasure of a call at my office of the delegation of your town I stated, in discussing the subject of location of our line in the vicinity of Jacksonville, that we could not accept the modified terms proposed in lieu of our original proposition. The subject requiring then no immediate decision it was agreed that Genl. Reames, who was then on his way to San Francisco, should call again at my office on his return from said city. Owing however to his returning overland, I understand he could not keep this appointment.
    Subsequently I received a letter from Mr. Wm. Turner which stated that the people of Jacksonville contemplated making another offer by which they were merely to secure the right of way upon that portion of the route deflecting from the straight course, and I was asked to send a map showing the deflecting line.
    In my reply to this letter I pointed out that such a proposition was not acceptable, and as I then had no map accurate enough for the purpose intended, I stated that I should like to defer sending one until a later period. No further communication having been received by me, I was forced to the conclusion that the project [sic--prospect?] of a subsidy had been entirely abandoned.
    At the time of Mr. Villard's presence in Oregon a letter was received by him written by Hon. Silas J. Day, to which Mr. Villard replied. As this reply may not have been communicated to you I beg leave to enclose herewith a copy [above] of the same.
    Under the circumstances, as above stated my duty compelled me to definitely locate the line running in a straight course from Fort Lane to a point near Phoenix and to begin the acquisition of right of way and to make all preparation for its early construction, of which action I beg to inform you.
I remain, gentlemen,
    Very respectfully yours,
        R. Koehler
            Manager
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916, Box 19 Miscellaneous Papers, Oregon Historical Society



July 20th 1883
Mr. James Barnes
    Dear Sir;
        I duly received your letter in relation to the right of way for the railroad, dated the 12th instant. In reply to the same, I would say that the railroad company offer you $400 for the right of way through your ranch. The company have left with me a deed to be forwarded to you; if you conclude to accept their offer of $400 you will execute and acknowledge the deed and return it to me. I also send with the deed a plat left by the company's agent, to be forwarded to you, showing how the railroad will pass through your land. The deed, if you accept the offer of the company, would only be delivered on payment of the $400.
    As regards the price offered for the right of way, some persons tell me it is not enough--others say it is about right; Jerry Martin advises me to take it, but I do not wish to do so without your consent; the agent of the company says that the sum offered is in proportion to the offers made to other parties in the vicinity. As to the damage you will sustain by the railroad running through your farm, in the manner shown in the plat, you of course can judge as well if not better than I can. My advice is for you to come in yourself at once and fix up the matter. I am still of the opinion that if you wish to sell your ranch, now is the time to do so; the fences are going to decay and ruin--and it will not be long before you will have to be at considerable expense to renew them. I can get $16,000 cash for your ranch, and I am satisfied that with that amount of money on interest for say ten years, you could at that time buy the place back, with any improvements that might be put on it, and if I owned the place I would sell it for $16,000, but of course you know your own business best.
    In closing this letter, I again say you had better come in, as you might possibly get more than the railroad company offer for the right of way. I may add that in my judgment, the railroad running through your ranch will not increase it in value, but on the contrary will depreciate it in policy that is my honest opinion of the matter.
Yours respectfully
    C. C.  Beekman
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July 21st 1883
Friend Bolt,
    Yours by hand of Mr. Howard duly to hand. I paid him $1300 coin as you directed and have his receipt for same. You write the dust weighed 129 oz. & $14.215. You made a slight error or else lost some in putting dust in the sack. It weighs with my scales 129 oz.  & $12.75 with no cleaning or blowings out. I place the dust to your credit $1642.00 and charge your a/c with coin $1300. I have been absent for the last month, just returned.
    I hope you are well and if you are good I know you are " 'appy."
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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July 27th 1883
Oliver McGee Esq.
    Willow Creek
        Dear Sir
            In answer to yours of 16th instant, I would state that Capt. Barnes' asking price for his ranch in this valley is $20.000--one-half cash down, balance to be secured by mortgage on the land. The ranch contains 640 acres.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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July 29th 1883
W. V. Spencer, Cashier
    Portland Savings Bank
        Portland
            Dear Sir
                Genl. T. G. Reames informs me that your bank or Pres. D. P. Thompson desires to use some coin here. If so I would say I can now accommodate you with from 5 to $10,000 and will be glad to do so if you will give me your check on San Francisco at par, that is to say, check at par. No premium on coin. I might add if the arrangement is made I will pay the coin here to Mr. Thompson in person, or you can draw on me at sight.
    Please notify me as soon as convenient if your bank or Mr. Thompson wish to make such an arrangement.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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August 2nd 1883
Mr. Peixotte
    Dear Sir
        When in your city [a] short time ago, you told me you had a dress maker and at any time I wanted anything of the kind you would have it done for me. I want two dresses made and send you a waist lining together with the measure this day by "W.F.&Co.'s Express." If the dress maker does not understand the measure say to her that the waist lining has been fitted and is correct and to be governed by it.
    One black cashmere dress with infant waist, shirred yoke, skirt with drapery and narrow trimming on the bottom, and
    One traveling dress of very dark navy blue ladies' cloth to be made with full round skirt, no trimmings, short basque (both dresses are for same person).
    You will please furnish the material to be of good quality. When they are done send them by W.F.&Co. Express. Return the measure & the waist sent you with the dresses. Have them made as soon as possible; want them here by 20th inst. at the latest. Send bill for the materials, cost of making & etc. and I will remit the amount at once.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Aug. 14, 1883
Mr. Peixotte,
    Dear Sir:
        The two dresses ordered from you by me have been received, but no bill. Some mistake has been made, either in the measure sent you or by the dressmaker who made the dresses. As you did not return the measure, as requested in the order, I do not know who is the cause of the mistake. The length of the skirts should have been 41 inches, whereas they are but 36 in. With this exception the dresses fit nicely.
    I return the dresses by today's express, charges prepaid, for alteration. The navy blue can be made longer by piecing the skirt underneath the basque. The black, by removing the trimming on the bottom and piecing down the required length, 40 or 41 inches. It may be necessary to put on wider trimming in order to cover the seam. The dresses or rather skirts should be 41 in., but 40 will answer. Please alter and return at once together with original bill and bill for alteration.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
        per B.
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August 22nd 1883
First National Bank of Portland
    Gentlemen,
        I enclose herewith check drawn by David Loring on Geo. M. Anderson, Treas. Ogn.&C.R.R. Co., for three thousand dollars and dated Aug. 20 (inst.) payable to my order and endorsed by myself payable to you. Please collect and place the amount to my credit. If not paid (no protest), advise me and return.
Respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
        per H. [William Hoffman]
P.S. What are your charges for exchange on San Francisco, in case I should want it?
C.C.B.
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Aug. 29th 1883
Messrs. Peixotte & Silverman
    Gentlemen,
        The goods sent as per your bill of 25th inst. came to hand and are all right and satisfactory. I enclose check in your favor for forty-six dollars, the amount of your bill. Please acknowledge receipt of remittance.
With thanks,
    Yours respectfully
        C. C. Beekman
            per H.
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August 31st 1883
Messrs. Ladd & Tilton
    Gentlemen,
        I enclose check drawn by David Loring on your bank for five thousand six hundred and twenty-five ($5625) dollars, which please place to my credit. Please acknowledge receipt of check.
Respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
        per H. [William Hoffman]
P.S. During Mr. Beekman's absence, I may have occasion to draw on you, and append signature.
Wm. Hoffman
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Octo. 14th 1883
G. D. Morse Esq.
    San Francisco
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 3rd instant enclosing bill for picture group & etc. duly to hand. Enclosed herewith find my check #4522 payable to your order for $44 amount of the bill.
    Please acknowledge receipt and acknowledge.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. The picture arrived in good shape.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



October 18th 1883
Mutual Glass Co.
    Pittsburgh Pa.
        Gentlemen,
            Yours of Sept. 20th, with collection on N. Delamater, Kerbyville, Ogn., duly at hand and paid today. Having no correspondent in your city, I enclose P.O. order in your favor No. 24729 for $49, which with $1 com. & fee of order makes the amt. of collection.
    In your letter of July 16th in relation to former collections made for you, you ask, "Ain't your charges a little steep?" In reply, I state that two of those collections were at a distance from this place and necessarily involve additional expense.
    Delamater lives over 50 miles from here; this will account for the amount charged and hope will be satisfactory.
Respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
        per H.
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November 22nd 1883
My Dear Governor
    You will find my name among those of many worthy men on a request for the appointment of Mr. Webster to fill the place vacated by Judge Hanna. I now desire that my signature shall have full force by adding my personal assurance that the applicant is well worthy and, I believe, will be an honor to the bench, and whose appointment will be very satisfactory to the people of this judicial district.
Very truly yours
    C. C. Beekman
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December 1st 1883
Friend Wadsworth
    Yours of 25th ult. duly to hand. In reply I would say that I cannot use the money to any advantage at present. I have at this time about $20,000 coin in safe and there being no dust in market, it keeps me rustling to get checks & etc. to meet my dfts., which I am obliged to draw for customers, or give up the business to the post office. At the present time on account of railroad building, Jackson County is full of money, and it is almost impossible to make an A1 loan anymore.
    Should anything turn up so that a person could use money here to advantage I will communicate with you.
    Have you been over to Mills Seminary yet? Carrie writes us that she is enjoying good health and is getting along nicely and that she has been invited and expected to spend Thanksgiving Day with J. B. White's folks, who are old acquaintances of ours.
    No news here worth mentioning. Hoping this will find yourself and family in good health, I remain
Yours truly
    "Beek"
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December 18th 1883
Messrs. Schweitzer Sachs & Co.
    San Francisco
        Gents
            We return you your bill sent me for collection 9th ultimo on Kaspar Kubli for $42.70 (it is no go). Mr. Kubli refuses to pay the bill and says he has overpaid the original bill and that he will not pay any interest. Hence we return the statement herewith enclosed. No use of holding it any longer.
    The first time I spoke to Mr. Kubli about the matter he got in quite a passion. I let him cool off, and in a few days I tried him again, and in the language of the Scriptures I would say his last condition "was worse than the first."
    Wishing you the compliments of the season, I remain
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



December 25th 1883
Samuel Phillips
    San Francisco
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 20th instant duly to hand and contents noted. I send you this day by Wells Fargo & Co.'s Express as you request $250 coin, it being the balance in my hands belonging to you.
    Your family are usually well. The season so far has been very dry, not enough rain for farmers to put in crops; only about ½ is in the ground as yet, but at this writing it is raining quite hard so we are in hopes that the miners will soon be able to get to mining.
    Wishing you a merry Christmas and hoping that your eyesight will soon be restored, I remain
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Give my regards to Messrs. Powers & Wilder.
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January 7th 1884
Samuel Moore & Co.
    San Francisco Cal.
        Gents
            Yours of 26th ultimo enclosing your dft. for $396.26 on Chung Lee & Co. duly to hand. We presented same to Chung Lee today for payment. He says he cannot pay at present and will not be able to pay till water comes and the Chinese miners get to work, says he will pay in about 3 months.
    I might add there has been no mining here this winter as yet, owing to scarcity of water, but at this writing it is raining finely, so there is a fair prospect that miners will be able to get at work shortly.
    I return the collection herewith enclosed, no use holding.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Ogn. Jany. 14th 1884
[addressee illegible]
    Yours of 30th ultimo just at hand; it was the first mail received here for eight days. Our mails have been detained on account [of] bad roads and high water. You say I was written to Nov. 22nd; if so I did not get the letter. I was absent from here the latter part of Nov. and first part of December, which no doubt accounts for it. In regard to your request I would say that I am hard run at this time myself for money on account of losses the last two years; it is all I can do to keep my boat afloat. I however enclose herewith $80 cy. which is all I can possibly spare, and if you can return it in six months instead of 8 please do so.
    Hoping it will come to hand safely and find you and yours in good health and prospering, I remain
Yours respectfully
    C. C. B.
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Jany. 15 / 84
    If you wish to pay the $2000 out before the other arrives I wish it paid pro rata to the creditors and when the other $2500 arrives I would like to have this whole amount cover my entire indebtedness, and as I have sent all that I have saved including the $500 insurance on building I think creditors should have generosity enough to settle that way in consideration of my heavy losses and my anxiety to resume business again. If unwilling to do that all I can do is to request to pay all pro rata and pay the balance when I can. The amount of my indebtedness to merchants is $5089.
    Please acknowledge receipt and
Oblige yours respectfully
    James S. Howard
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 1 1882-1884, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.  Howard's Jacksonville store burned on January 1.



January 29th 1884
Hon. E. B. Watson
    Salem Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 24th instant duly to hand. In reply I would say that the bonds you write about are hypothecated in San Francisco, but I can get them here in say 10 days and will do so for 92½ cents on the dollar (on principal and interest) cash upon delivery, and that there may be no misunderstanding in regard to the offer, suppose a bond is drawn for $500, with interest on same for say 10 years at 10% percent per annum would be $500. Total of bond including interest would be $1000, which at 92½ would be $925 which would be what the bond is worth.
    If the party want them at that figure it is a go, providing this proposition is accepted in say 10 days.
    No news here worth mentioning. Everything jogs along in the same old way. Mr. Kubli's folks are usually well.
Yours truly
    "Beek"
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Feby. 4th 1884
W. H. Atkinson Esq.
    Dear Sir & Bro.
        In reply to yours of Jany. 9th and 1st instant, I would say that I have made some inquiries here in regard to your proposed loan, and I do not believe I can place it here. On account of other investments I cannot handle it myself at this time. I would suggest that you write Portland or Salem. In case you do so it would be well to add that the building will be pledged as well as the faith of the □ [a Masonic symbol] to the redemption of the bonds and in addition (as in our case) keep the building insured to the full amount of the indebtedness for benefit of bond holders in case of loss by fire. With above facts stated I believe you will have no trouble to place the bonds at 7% (possibly you may have to pay 8%) particularly if it be known that there is no other claims against the □ building.
    I expect to make your town a visit one of those days, when I will see you and will give my ideas about the matter more fully.
Yours fraternally
    C. C. Beekman
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February 12th 1884
Mr. Robert Geddes
    Dear Sir:
        Yours of 14th ult. came duly to hand and in reply [I] have to state that Mr. Geddes has been charged with larceny and bound over for the action of the grand jury. Our circuit court is now in session and the grand jury has found a bill against him for grand larceny. I called to see Mr. Geddes in jail this morning; he says he had no intention of committing a crime; had hired or borrowed a horse, and had pawned him to be redeemed in ten days. I will secure competent counsel to defend him; his trial will come off perhaps tomorrow, and [I] will let you know the result immediately. His wife I have not seen, but she is represented as a respectable lady--has three small children--and is in destitute circumstances, and her immediate and pressing wants have been supplied by her neighbors in this place. Your wishes as regards her and her helpless children shall be promptly attended to.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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February 13th 1884
W. H. Atkinson Esq.
    Ashland Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 11th instant duly to hand and contents noted. In reply I would say that I cannot see why the projected bank at your place should not prove lucrative to the stockholders, as well as a convenience to the people, but on account of other investments (made recently) I am not able to take any stock at this time.
    Thanking you for the opportunity of taking stock and wishing you success in the new enterprise I remain
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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February 13th 1884
P. Schulze Esq.
    Portland
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 1st instant duly to hand and contents noted. In reply would say that I am told that Messrs. Phipps and Broback are selling town lots in Medford for most anything they can get. I have sold or rather bargained for one lot and told the party that I would sell the lot on as favorable terms as Broback or Phipps would. After he selected a lot, I told him the schedule price agreed upon was $300. He said he could get as good an one of Broback for $100. As I promised I suppose I will have to let him have it at or about that rate. The above is the only lot I have bargained for. I had a talk with Mr Loring before he left here for Portland in regard to town site matters, and requested him to inform Mr. Koehler fully as to the situation at Medford, which he said he would do. To sum up I am satisfied that part of the town proprietors of Medford are selling town lots under the agreed schedule prices. Being advised of the fact, you perhaps know better than I what is best to do in the premises. For my part I am willing to do most anything.
Yours respectfully
    [C. C. Beekman]
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Copy.
    Just prior to the purchase of the Donegan ranch, which was about Sept. 9th 1880, from Donegan and wife, we had a conversation with Mr. Reed concerning the road running from the county road to the Donegan ranch.
    In the conversation he stated that he had agreed to deed said land to Donegan & wife when he got his patent from the government but could not go into any writing for the same, either to us or to Donegan & wife, for fear that it would interfere with his getting his patent, but his word was as good as a deed, and the understanding was that he was to deed said land to Donegan & wife and they could deed the land 30 [feet] wide for a road to us. Upon such understanding and promise we bought the Donegan ranch, and it was understood and agreed between Donegan & wife that as soon as they received a deed from Reed they would make us a deed to a road 30 feet wide from the county road on said tract of land to the south line of about 150 acres tract of land lying north of said 40 acres, for which we paid Donegan & wife for the said tract of land of about 150 acres and the right of way $1000 in gold coin. Feby. 28 / 84
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March 8th 1884
Theo. O. Porter Esq.
    Portland Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 4th inst. duly to hand and contents noted. In reply I am sorry to say that I can give no encouragement to come into this county to obtain a business situation. Everything in the business line has been overdone during the last year, and business is quite dull at this time, on account of the stopping of railroad building. I am speaking particularly of Jacksonville. There is one other town in this county (Ashland) which is as large if not larger than this place, and I am told that there is quite a boom there on account of the near completion of the r. road to that point and expectation of it being the terminus of the road for some time to come. I am not able however to name any position there that you could obtain. It might be a good idea to visit our county, then you could post yourself more fully as to the situation of matters here. I regret that I cannot write you more encouragingly in regard to the object desired.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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March 10th 1884
Friend Hermann
    Yours of 5th inst. duly to hand and contents noted. In reply I would say that there is very little said here about politics, particularly so from the fact that this county is generally an unimportant factor in Republican state conventions. As for this county I can't see why you should not be acceptable to our people. You have many warm personal friends in and about Jacksonville. I might add that it is understood here that Mr. Caples of Portland will be a candidate before the convention, but you coming from the southern portion of the state would have a decided advantage over him in this county. To sum up, I would say that I know of no candidate for the position in this county, and I believe that Jackson Co. will act with Douglas in the state convention, and if you can secure the honor of being our standard bearer I will shout "Hurrah" and will do all in my power towards bringing about a signal victory. With wishes for your success, I remain
Your friend
    And well wisher
        C. C. Beekman
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March 11th 1884
(Dictated)
    Robert Geddes, Esq.
        Dear Sir;
            Herewith I forward to you the statement of H. K. Hanna, Esq., atty. employed by me to defend your brother, indicted for the larceny of a horse--also the receipt of Mrs. Geddes, wife of the accused, for twenty dollars I advanced to her at your request--also a receipt for fifty dollars I advanced to Mr. Hanna to defend your brother.
    Fifty dollars I advanced to Mr. Hanna to defend your brother.
    It is probable that the bail may be reduced by the judge of the court to four hundred dollars, and if you feel disposed to advance that amount, by a draft on New York, I can by depositing that amount in court secure his release from confinement and thus enable him to procure testimony in his behalf; this deposit, as you are aware, would be to secure his attendance at the June term of the court for his trial and when tried the deposit would be refunded. You will please send me a draft on New York or post office money order for seventy dollars, the amount I have advanced.
C. C. Beekman
    Yours respectfully
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March 18th 1884
Dudley Evans, Esq.
    Supt. W.F.&Co.
        Portland Ogn.
            Dear Sir
                In answer to yours of 14th instant, I would say that I am in doubt what rate to name, in order to turn money and gold dust shipments from here to San Francisco via Portland.
    The present rates from here overland specially insured is $10 per M [thousand]. My special rate is $9.50 M. To give an offhand opinion I would name ½ the above rates. Of course I have no data to go from. I might add that all shippers from here insist on treasure being specially insured and so put on their receipts, and I suppose same would be insisted upon via Portland, which would include marine risks. I wrote you yesterday that we were to have opposition from here. If so I suppose it would or will have something to do with your making a tariff.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    March 17th 1884
Saml. J. Sims, Serial Dept.
    A. L. Bancroft & Co.
        San Francisco Cal.
            Dear Sir
                Yours of 28th ult. duly to hand and contents noted. You say you will be compelled to draw on me for $7 unless I remit that amount to you at once. In reply I would say that I was not aware that I owed you anything. Will you please inform me what the $7 is for; if for goods, when were they ordered, who by, and how sent me.
    I might add that in January last I got an Encyclopedia No. 1 by mail with your business card on the wrapper, but received no advice or bill of same, and I am quite sure I did not order the book. If that is what the $7 is for I would state that the book is here subject to your order, as it does not belong to the set or series you have been supplying me with.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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March 8th 1884
Mrs. B. Biber
    313 Sutter Street
        San Francisco
            Madam
                Herewith enclosed find my check No. 4704 for the sum of $43.00 payable to your order at Wells Fargo & Co.'s bank. Same is in payment of bill on my daughter Carrie, sent me Feby. 28th. I enclose the bill which please receipt and return and oblige
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Should my daughter need anything in your line, please supply here and send me the bill and I will remit the amount of the bill at once.
C.C.B.
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 1884
My Dear Son
    Yours of 17th instant duly to hand and contents noted. In reply I would say that I very much regret that you have got into the difficulty with the Eugene boys. While I do not blame you for standing up for your rights, but the old adage or maxim is true, that "discretion sometimes is the better part of valor." The parties you have had trouble with would no doubt do anything in order to have you expelled from the university, which to them would be all the victory they would desire, and to you a lasting disgrace. Hence my counsel would be to let them severely alone. If they have the Mercury with them, which no doubt they have, they will without doubt publish anything to gain their ends, no matter whether it be true or not, and once in the paper, no matter how disreputable the sheet, many will believe what they read unless it is explained away, and of course you cannot get the ear of everyone to do that. Hence I would make it a point to give the crowd a wide berth. As to bringing a suit against the Mercury or its correspondent, nothing can be done in that direction. Many of the best men in Portland and other towns in this state have tried it and without any exception all have failed, for the reason there is no responsible head to the concern. They came near getting my name into it when I ran for governor, and would have done it but for the interference of personal friends who I supposed used money. They did, however, get it in several times, but not in connection with any scandalous matters; [they] only attacked me from a political standpoint.
    To sum up my advice would be if indignities are offered to bear with them, and if they become unendurable, to report them to prest. Johnson, and if he advises resentment you will be all right and he becomes your defender. As to Willm. you know what my ideas are of his morals and discretion, hence I hope you will not be governed in your conduct and deportment by him. On the contrary you should control or govern him instead of him you; in my judgment the best way is not to be influenced by his conduct or counsel. If you do he will get you into more or less trouble. This leaves us usually well. Your mother received a letter from Carrie a day or two ago. She was well, and writes that she is anxious to get home.
From your affectionate father
    C. C. Beekman
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Mch. 29th 1884
S. D. Brastow Esq.
    Dear Sir
        In answer to yours of 24th inst. I would say that the time from San /Francisco via Redding to Jacksonville is about the same via Portland. If matter is held one day for steamer, it would reach here one day behind the Redding route, which on exps. freight (exclusive of small pkgs. and pcls.) I think would make no difference with consignee.
    Hence I would suggest that all exps. freight for this place unless shippers object be held at least one day (possibly two) and sent via Portland excepting pcls. & small pkgs.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman, Agt.
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Jacksonville Ogn. April 2nd 1884
Dudley Evans, Esq.
    Supt. W.F.&Co.
        Dear Sir
            The tariff you gave me Mch. 3rd from Jacksonville to Portland is $4 per 100 lbs. Some of our patrons complain and say they have received freight by W.F.&Co. Exps. from Portland to Medford at $2 per 100 lbs. and from there here at 75 cts. per 100 lbs., making only 2.75 per 100 lbs. (a saving to them of 1.25). Cannot the rates be made so as to make it cost no more to ship direct to J'ville from Portland than it will to ship to Medford and then ship from there here? I am told that N.P. Exps. will open an office here as soon as they can get office supplies, and their appointed agent is saying they will lay freight here from Portland for less than $4. Hence this letter calling your attention to the matter. I would suggest that if we have to come down in rates it be done in time so as they cannot claim that they forced W.F.&Co. to do so, which would give them something to blow and brag about.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    April 2nd 1884
A. L. Bancroft & Co.
    San Francisco
        Gents
            Yours of 24th ult. duly to hand. We send you this day by mail, as you direct, the "Encyclopedia Americana" which you sent me Dec. 19th/83 without bill or advice. I return herewith 17 stamps left of those you sent to pay postage.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. The last Encyclopedia Britannica you sent me July 2/83 by W.F.&Co. Exps. C.O.D. $7. My clerk paid the C.O.D. $7 July 17/83 to W.F.&Co., which no doubt you received. Not knowing that my clerk had paid it to the Exp. Co. I afterwards sent you $7 cy. by letter. Please return me the $7 after you refer to your books to satisfy yourselves as to the correctness of my statement.
C.C.B.
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April 4th 1884
Wm. Ruble, Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Your favor of 31st ultimo is at hand and contents noted. I have to say that you have certainly been misinformed regarding my position in the Kelly-Ruble litigation. I have always made it a rule to mind my own business and especially in matters in which I have no possible interest, directly or indirectly.
    Litigation between citizens is presumed to be a matter of investigation and thought for courts only, and as the trouble about the Coyote mines has been of no personal interest to me, it has given me but little concern.
    With respect to your proposition to purchase the "Coyote mining property," I have to say that I have no desire to invest in mining property and have of late years refrained from engaging in mining as too uncertain in its results.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville April 7th 1884
Dudley Evans Esq.
    Dear Sir
        In answer to yours of 4th inst. I would say I believe $3 per 100 lbs. will do. Should the N.P. Exps. go below that rate I will notify you.
    In regard to treasure to San Francisco via Portland I am of the opinion that $6 per $1000 would do including marine insurance, but I am told that the N.P. Exps. will carry over same route at $3.25 per M. I cannot learn whether that includes marine insurance or not. As stated to you in my letter on the subject, our customers insist on treas. being fully insured to San Francisco, hence in making a rate I would suggest the fact be kept in view. As soon as I can learn positively what the N.P. Ex. rates are I will notify you.
    I am told today by Reames Bros., merchants here (to whom Mr. Brastow gave a special rate of 5½ from S.F. via Portland), that the agent of the N.P. Exps. called upon them and had shown them a letter which he had received from their San Francisco manager which read "Reames Bros. are shipping by W.F.&Co. via Portland, to call on them and give them a special rate so as to secure their business." The firm are old patrons of ours, and we will hold them by giving as favorable rates as the opposition.
    I mention this so as you may be advised of the desperate efforts they are making to get our customers away from us.
In haste yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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April 8th 1884
R. H. Brown Esq.
    Eagle Point, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            In answer to yours of today, I would say the mail carrier did not leave any money last Thursday the 3rd inst. on your account for A. P. Hotaling & Co. He came into the office towards evening and said he had one hundred dollars for me from you. He took a pkg. of money from his pocket rolled up in paper and when he opened it it was some $7 short. He said your boy gave it to him and he did not count it at the time, and he then said he would take it back and have the mistake rectified.
    I asked him if you sent a letter with the money, and he said the boy who gave him the money did not give him any letter to go with the money. I then told him to ask you for the letter that was to go with the money and he said he would do so. He was so frank about the matter that we thought it was all right and did not think it worthwhile to write you, as we had no idea that he had been, or was to be, discharged, but made up our mind to write you if we heard nothing further from you by today's mail and had nearly finished writing when your mail came in. Upon going to the post office I got your letter of today, and from your inquiry I fear the fellow is not all right.
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Since writing the above I have learned that the boy was here Monday morning and it was supposed that he had gone back to Eagle Point.
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April 4th 1884
Hon. M. C. George
    Washington D.C.
        Dear Sir
            Pardon me for not answering your inquiry regarding applicants for P.O. at Gold Hill. The letter was mislaid and if not too late I can only say that Fitzgerald is a solid Republican, and as to Pogue's political affiliations I really cannot answer. Pogue's partner in business I am told is Nickell of the Democratic Times, so perhaps like "Old Dog Tray" he is in bad company. My name was on Pogue's petition, being importuned to sign, but please ignore it and take your choice.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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April 12th 1884
My Dear Governor
    Your note came to hand yesterday but it was utterly impossible to meet you, as I was detained in the case of State [of] Oregon vs. Keeton for stage robbery. If you would advise me when you will be at Medford on your return I will be glad to meet you, but would prefer to have you run down here and accept my plain hospitality during the time you have to spare.
Sincerely yours
    C. C. Beekman
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April 14th 1884
My Dear Governor
    Your note from Ashland came duly to hand and after learning that Mrs. Moody was with you and your inability to drop in on us is the cause of a double disappointment. Mrs. Beekman is particularly disappointed, as she was very anxious to meet Mrs. M. after learning she was so near. I regret much to hear of your illness and trust that it may be nothing serious. When you do conclude to visit Jacksonville it is understood that you will be accompanied by your better half and I assure you that you will find the latch string of our home out for you both.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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April 18th 1884
Dudley Evans Esq.
    Supt. W.F.&Co.
        Dear Sir
            The N.P. Ex. Co. are carrying treasure from Medford to San Francisco for $3.25 per 1000. McMahon, mail contractor from here to Crescent City, [who] also runs an exps. from here to Kerbyville and carries our box from here to Medford, gives me the information and says he has brought dust etc. from Kerbyville to Medford (for parties who have formerly done their business at this office) to be forwarded from there by N.P. Ex.
    I notified our patrons in Josephine Co. (by letters) some days ago that our rates to S.F. via Portland were $6 per 1000 fully insured. McMahon tells me there are parties on his route who are holding dust till the N.P. Ex. opens here, which is expected will be done soon. As the appointed agt. has given out that he will be ready for business as soon as his supplies which are en route reach here, I suppose W.F.&Co. will have to reduce rates or lose the carrying of treasure from here to S.F.
Hastily yours etc.
    C. C. Beekman Agt.
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April 23rd 1884
Dudley Evans Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 19th instant duly to hand. As you ordered I have been compelled to give out that W.F.&Co. would carry treas. to S.F. via Portland [at] $3.25 per $1000, fully insured. I today send bag dust for coinage (Com. No. 69) for a/c [of] N. Delamater. You will see by the shipping letter which I enclose that it was to be sent by N.P. Ex. but by competing we got it, but would not have done so had the N.P. Ex. been open. Their agt. tells me that his supplies are at the depot. The mail carrier who brought the dust here told me the shipper told him to hold it for N.P. Ex. in case they were not open, that is, unless we came down to their rates.
    Please look at Com. #69 hence with this exps. and let me know if it meets your approbation.
Yours hastily
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. The contractor who carries our box reports that A. L. Johnson, Agt., tells him he has or would resign and would not handle our express anymore at Medford.
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April 24th 1884
J. M. Shelley Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Your favor of 21st instant enclosing a letter from my son is at hand. In answer, I can only say you have my cheerful endorsement for the position you desire. I do not expect to be at the state convention and can only reach part of our delegation as three of them reside at a distance and will not pass through here. Those whom I can reach I will present your case to as you request. I am of the opinion that none of our delegates are pledged and think they have no particular choice. Hence I would suggest that you talk with some of them as soon as you can after they arrive in Portland. N. Langell thinks of attending the convention. If he does you can safely confer with him or with Max Muller if there.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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May 1st 1884
Dear Sister
    Enclosed herewith find Dft. No. 3605 dated  1884 drawn by Havens, Geddes & Co. payable to order of Robt. Geddes and by him endorsed [to?] pay to me and by myself to you. The same is in payment of the yearly interest on the note you hold against me which I think falls due May 1st of each year. Please endorse the amount on note thus, viz:
    "Received on the within note one hundred dollars May 1st 1884." You can get the dft. cashed at the bank in Dundee. This leaves us usually well, that is, Julia and myself. I go to San Francisco in a few days after Carrie, as her school year closes on the 15th May. We will return by steamer via Portland and stop at Eugene so as to be present at the graduating exercises (which commences June 15th), at which time Ben graduates.
    Give our love to Mother and other relatives and accept a due share for yourself. Will write again soon.
From your affectionate brother
    C. C. Beekman
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May 7th 1884
Dudley Evans Esq.
    Dear Sir
        The N.P. Ex. are now doing business here, and their agent has personally importuned all our merchants to ship by them from San Francisco and Portland. Their rates from San Francisco to J'ville are $5 per 100 lbs. I have told our merchant patrons that would be our rates and am offering w/bills from San Francisco via Portland accordingly. Is that right? The N.P. Ex. traveling agent while here called in the office and told me their rates from Portland to this place would be $3 per 100 lbs. I told him ours would be the same, but since he left here I am told the agent tells customers that their regular rates are $3 but they will give special rates of $2.50 per 100 lbs., same as theirs. If it meets your views I would suggest that you make tariff accordingly from S.F. to here, and from Portland to this place. I do not know what they charge on treasure from here to S.F., but it is not as low as $3.25 per $1000 insured, hence I have raised our rates to $4 per $1000 insured. When I can learn their positive rate [I] will notify you. To sum up the N.P. Ex. are making desperate efforts to get business here, but we will worry them by putting our rates as low as theirs, which from my correspondence with you I understand I am authorized to do. Am I correct?
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman, Agt.
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Jacksonville Ogn. May 7th 1884
J. M. Shelley Esq.
    Eugene Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Your favor came duly to hand and I take pleasure in congratulating you on your success in procuring the endorsement of so large a number of representative Republicans. You can hardly fail in your object with such strong backing, and I earnestly trust your hope will not end in disappointment. I hope you will excuse me, without misconstruction of my motives and position, for not writing to Senator Dolph. Not enjoying intimate relations with the Senator my personal appeal would, I fear, be unavailing and it would be extremely indelicate on my part to ask for a favor that I have not the slightest right to command. Trusting this explanation will be perfectly satisfactory, I am
Sincerely yours
    C. C. Beekman
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May 8th 1884
Chs. Webb Howard, Esq.
    Prest. Spring Valley Water Co.
        San Francisco Cal.
            Dear Sir
                I learn from the papers that the Spring Valley Water Co. have issued $2,000,000 additional stock and the stockholders have the privilege of taking one share to each four owned. I desire to have a stockholder's privilege. Will you please inform me what time application must be made in order to obtain the stock.
    You told me the last time I talked with you in regard to Spring Valley Water Co. affairs that you was in doubt whether to sell bonds or issue new stock, but when the matter was determined that I should have notice, not hearing from you I have concluded that the matter had slipped your memory. Will you please drop me a line and let me know price, time and terms that stockholders can obtain stock. I expect to visit your city first of next month and hope to have the pleasure of meeting you.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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May 11th 1884
N. Delamater, Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 9th inst. duly to hand and contents noted. In reply I would say that I cannot understand it. The loss in melting of your mint assays average about alike and I am of your opinion that the mistake if any has been made by the Mint in the fineness, as the difference between 851 fine and 899 would be about 99 cents per oz. (according to mint tables) but how to remedy the mistake is the question. One thing I know, that the Mint is not infallible, for the reason [that] several years ago they called on me through W.F.&Co. for some $135 which they claimed was a mistake in a bag of dust coined for me, and after refunding what they claimed was a mistake I lost on the lot to the best of my recollection some $50. The Mint officers claimed that the assay they gave of my dust belonged to another party. I am going to S. Francisco in about two weeks and I will take the mint receipts with me and will lay the matter before W.F.&Co. and see what they think about the matter and will report to you as soon as I return. I cannot suggest any better plan at this writing. Hoping your mines will pay you well this season I remain
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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May 12th 1884
Dudley Evans Esq.
    Supt. W.F.&Co.
        Portland Ogn.
            Dear Sir
                In answer to yours of 9th inst. I would say that Sheriff Jacobs has gone to Redding Cal. after Howard. As soon as he returns I will tell him what you request. I will add that Jarrett has been held by the authorities and is now in jail, in default of $1,000 bail, which he could not give.
    He was not arrested at the instance of Mr. Thacker but by other parties, the sheriff and magistrate I am told. You will see by the slips enclosed that Keeton has confessed. Briscoe is in jail; his bail was put at $1500.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. The justice of the peace tells me since writing above that Mr. Thacker did not tell him or the prosecuting atty. that he had promised leniency to Jarrett. Had he done so, he says he would not have issued a warrant for him.
C.C.B.
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May 16th 1884
Henry
    Yours of 12th inst. to hand this morning. In reply I would say all right, put the stock in my name if you wish; if you do I would rather you would use my name as trustee (that is if you can do so).
    No need of sending the stock here for endorsement, for the reason I leave here for your city via Yreka about next Wednesday the 21st inst. and will be there not later than the 25th (Sunday). I have to go after Carrie, as her school closes the 28th inst. I shall return via Portland.
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman
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(Dictated)
May 20th 1884
Robert Geddes, Esq.
    Dear Sir;
        Yours of 16th ult. with check for $300 came duly to hand. On receipt of check and telegram I executed my bond (with another party I secured, as the court required two sureties) for the release of your brother, and he is now at liberty and is trying to secure testimony for his defense. I may add that he seems to conduct himself properly. The check for $25 and the additional $5 I have handed to Mrs. Geddes. The party for whom the $5 was intended preferred that Mrs. G. should have it. As regards Mr. Hanna, I will say he was absent attending court in an adjoining county and is now absent; our judicial district embraces several counties, some of them a great distance from this place. I have no doubt Mr. Hanna will do all in his power in behalf of your brother. I enclose herewith Mrs. Geddes' receipts dated March 29th and April 30th, each for $30. She and her children are well, and I am sure she is deeply grateful to you for your timely aid.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
        per H.
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June 24th 1884
N. Delamater Esq.
    Kerbyville, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Herewith find letters from U.S. Mint in regard to your dust. They tell me W.F.&Co. that the difference in your assays is on account of base metals which often occur in amalgam gold. You will see that the clipping from your dust (which is always kept by the Mint) was reassayed and it gave the same result as the assay receipt. The assayer at the Mint told W.F.&Co. that that particular lot probably contained more iron than the other lot, which sometimes gets into amalgam in the shape of tack heads and pieces of pick & etc., and it must have been the case with the assay lot #6778. The Mint people had all your assay receipts and you will see they have put the amount of base metal that each lot contained on each assay. I was in hopes that a reassay would turn out more favorable for you than the assay receipt. The only way that I can possibly account for the difference now is that the Mint folks might possibly have got your clipping changed for some other lot, and if so I know of no remedy. Hoping your assays will do better in the future, I remain
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman                                                                 
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(Dictated)
July 1st 1884
Robert Geddes, Esq.
    Dear Sir;
        On my return home after a month's absence, I read yours of the 19th May. Our circuit court was in session during my absence and when your brother's case was called, he failed to appear and his bail was forfeited, so I had to pay the bail bond for four hundred dollars, for which I endorse the receipt of the clerk of the circuit court. You will please send me a draft for the additional one hundred dollars due.
    I am clearly of the opinion that your brother is innocent of the charge alleged against him, but failing to secure the evidence he expected to secure in his behalf, rather than suffer a conviction and imprisonment, he suffered his bail to forfeit. His family are still here and are doubtless in indigent circumstances, which is to be deplored, as they are the sufferers caused by the unfortunate habit of intemperance on the part of the husband and father. I have been told that, when sober, your brother was industrious and kind to his family. I sincerely hope that his late trouble will be a warning to him in future and prove a lasting benefit.
Respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
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July 5th 1884
Miss Alice Dorrie
    Madam
        Yours of 1st instant duly to hand. As you request I have placed your application for a position in our school with the chairman of the board of directors.
    He informs me that there will be a meeting of the board to select teachers on or about the 15th inst., when the applications (of which there are quite a number) will be acted upon by ballot. I might add the principal of the school has been selected. He is a graduate of some normal school in the eastern states; I do not recollect what one. His salary I believe is $1200 per school year.
    There will be three teachers besides him employed in the school. The directors of the school are Genl. T. G. Reames, Hon. J. R. Neil and Geo. Brown. I will see that your recommendation is returned to you after the meeting of the board as requested.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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July 7th 1884
Dudley Evans Esq.
    Portland Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            I return herewith the J. D. Jarrett order on county clerk for his witness fees in the case of State of Oregon vs. C. W. Keeton. The county court has just adjourned and I presented the order to the clerk and he says there are no fees due J. D. Jarrett; in fact he says his name is not on any of the court papers as a witness. Is J. D. Jarrett the old man Jarrett?
    I collected a few days ago for a/c of Mr. Thacker the witness fees due Miss Marion Jarrett and F. D. Jarrett (her brother) the fees due them from the county on the preliminary examination of C. W. Keeton, which took place while Mr. Thacker was here (about Apl. 12th last).
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville July 14th 1884
Dudley Evans Esq.
    Dear Sir
        The brother's name is F. D. Jarrett. You will see that the order herewith returned is signed by J. D. Jarrett. The scrip due F. D. Jarrett has been drawn $9.40 of it on his order given Chs. Nickell. The bal. due F. D. Jarrett has been drawn on joint order given Apl. 13th by F. D. and Miss Marion Jarrett for a/c Mr. Thacker as before stated.
    The amount of scrip drawn on the joint order given for account of Mr. Thacker was $114.20 sold at 95 cents on the dollar amounting to $111.91 and the proceeds placed to his credit. I might add that there is a balance due Mr. Thacker on my books of $11.91.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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July 18th 1884
Hon. Z. F. Moody
    Salem Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            I take pleasure in endorsing the application of Hon. Silas J. Day for notary public. I cheerfully recommend him as being trustworthy and reliable. Mr. Day has filled a number of responsible positions in this county and, for the last eight years, that of County Judge, which office he has filled with credit to himself and to the county. Mr. Day could procure a host of endorsers from both political parties, but it was not thought necessary to go to the trouble owing to his prominence as a public man.
    He has but one fault. He is a Democrat, but I am in hopes of yet making him come over on the right side, and if he does not it will be no fault of mine.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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July 24th 1884
Messrs. J. Wimer & Sons
    Waldo Ogn.
        Gentlemen
            Yours of 22nd inst. duly to hand. In reply I would say that at this writing all my surplus funds are loaned out, hence I cannot make the loan at this time.
    Our rates on treasure from here to San Francisco via Portland are ½% or $5 per thousand, same from S.F. to J'ville, which excludes marine insurance. Without marine insurance it would be less, but I take it for granted that you would not ship unless fully insured (including marine).
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Feb. 25th [1884]
Mr. Wm. Erdman
    Jacksonville, Ore.
        Dear Sir:--We can furnish you a 42" upper runner French buhrs, [illegible] quality, sharp, medium close, even texture, faced and
[illegible], machine finished, with improved balance boxes, double self-adjusting driving irons, self-oiling and adjustable bush, adjustable [illegible], long wrought spindle, polished lighter lever rod and hand [illegible], walnut finished curb, silent feed rig, with brass hopper and leveling screws. Total price $925. Weight 2600 lbs.
    A pair of
40" buhrs with the same number of fixtures, [illegible] weight 3400 lbs. and will cost you $365. Discount [illegible] percent. Rate of freight to Portland and neighboring stations, $2.00 per.
Yours truly
    Nordyce & Marmon Co.
        per E.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 2 1884-1885, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.  This typewritten February letter was copied amongst the July 1884 letters.



July 28th 1884
Dudley Evans Esq.
    Portland Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            The N.P. Express rates from here to Portland and from Portland here are 2.50 per 100 pounds. They give that rate publicly. Hence we are offering w/bills to conform to their rates. Will a/c for the rates from Portland so we will not have to off [sic] our w/bills.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
        Agt.
P.S. We are of the opinion that in several instances the N.P.Ex. have cut on the above rates.
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Jacksonville August 7th 1884
Dudley Evans Esq.
    Supt. W.F.&Co.
        Portland
            Dear Sir
                My letter to you of April 23, 1884 will explain. At that time we had and were offering to ship for customers at $3.25 per M. The shipment on w/bill herewith being my own, I put the rate at $4.
    We are now and have been for some time charging $5 per M insured, and hope we can hold the bulk of the business at that rate. If I see that the N.P.Ex. are getting away our customers by keeping up that rate viz. to $5 per M insured will advise you.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
        Agt.
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August 30th 1884
Robert Geddes, Esq.
    Terre Haute, Ind.
        Dear Sir
            Your postal card of 21st inst. came duly to hand. In reply to your inquiry I would say that your letter of July 24th containing draft for $120.00 reached me in due time. I did not suppose it required acknowledging, but will do so now. Of the $120 you sent me I retained $100--the deficiency on the $400 I paid on your brother's bail bond. Of the balance $20 I paid $10 to atty. Hanna, it being the amount he advanced to Mr. Geddes during my absence from home. The remainder ($10) I gave to Mrs. Geddes. The receipts of Mr. Hanna & Mrs. Geddes I enclose herewith. Mrs. Geddes still remains here; herself and children are well. Mr. Geddes I hear is sending her money as fast as he earns it. She is quite anxious to go to him.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Sept. 4th 1884
R. G. Dunn & Co.
    Portland Ogn.
        Gentlemen
            In answer to yours of 2nd instant I would say first, that F. M. Plymale of the firm of Angle & Plymale is a brother of W. J. Plymale; second, he is not nor has he been a resident of Jacksonville. He has been a farmer for the last 20 years, owns a farm near Central Point some 3 or 4 miles from Medford. The farm I think contains about 160 acres and is quite well improved. I am told he was out of debt when he went into merchandising. He has always been considered here a good, substantial citizen, a man of good character and industrious habits, with good credit here at any of our stores. His farm is probably worth from $8000 to $10,000.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Sept. 7 1884
Friend Bolt
    Yours of 6th inst. at hand. No greenbacks arrived for you up to this writing. When they come will send to you first chance.
    The dust is at hand, 7 oz. 50 cts., same placed to your credit. I send you by Ed $120 coin.
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman
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Sept. 8th 1884
J. D. Fountain Esq.
    Ashland, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            I have been making some investments during the summer that has used up all my surplus means and am now compelled to call in some of my loans. Hence, I would like to have you pay your note, which is long past due. I will need the money on the 17th instant at the latest.
    Please do not disappoint me. If you should want the money again I think I can accommodate you after a month or two.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Sept. 10th 1884
Samuel Hogue Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 9th inst. duly to hand. In reply I would say that Mr. Sawyer on the 14th ulto. sent me the note he holds against you and requested me to receive and endorse on the note any money you wished to pay on the same. He also wrote that he had notified you by letter, that you could send the money to me to be forwarded to him at Oakland, Cal.
The note is dated Dec. 14th 1878 and is drawn for $455.21
Interest from Dec. 14th 1878 to say Sept. 14th 1884--5 years and 9 months 261.73
$716.94
Off--Paid Sept. 9th 1882 100.00
Bal. due to say Sept. 14th 1884 $616.94
    As you say it is pretty hard for a man to pay interest when he has the money deposited, but I have no interest in the note directly or indirectly, only to receive at the request of Mr. Sawyer any money you wished to pay and forward same to him at Oakland, Cal.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Sept. 17th 1884
N. Delamater, Esq.
    Kerbyville, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 15th instant duly to hand. In reply I would say on the 12th ultimo I received from S. W. Sawyer note on you in his favor with instructions to receive and endorse on the note such sum as you desired to pay, and he wrote me that he had notified you by letter of the fact. I have no authority to cancel the mortgage that would have to be done by Mr. Sawyer himself. I suppose if the note was taken up he would be anxious to cancel the mortgage in order to save taxes on the same.
    The note is dated June 6th 1876 drawn for $2000.00 with interest at 10%.
    Endorsements on the note are as follows:
Dec. 3rd 1878 Paid $  144.49 July 6th 1881 Paid $151.25
July 11th 1881 Paid $  140.00 July 15th 1881 Paid $247.00
Augt. 1st 1881 Paid $1000.61 Octo. 12th 1883 Paid $600.00
    If I have made no mistake in casting the interest there will be due on the note Sept. 22/84 $1142.54.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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September 24th 1884
S. D. Brastow Esq.
    San Francisco
        Dear Sir
            By order of Dudley Evans, Dir. Supt., our rates to and from San Francisco via Portland are same as competing rates, viz.:
    On freight $5 per 100 lbs.
    Treasure $5 per $1000--insured (including marine risks)
    The Northern Pacific Exps. give out here that the above are their rates, and in some instances they have offered to cut on the above to our customers.
    We have given notice to our patrons that our rates would be as above stated (same as the N.P.Ex.) and we cannot get any more and hold the business.
    San Francisco office bills to us at $5.50 per 100 lbs. which compels us to off all S.F. w/bills. Will you please have rates made same to us as ours are to you?
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. The N.P.Ex. seem to be doing very little business here.
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Octo. 2nd 1884
N. Delamater Esq.
    Dear Sir
        In answer to yours of 29th ulto., I would say that the release of the mortgage from Mr. Sawyer came to hand this morning, and he also sends with it his figures and calculations of the interest on the note, and he claims there will be due Octo. 1st 1884 $1265.00. Of course he has made a mistake. He figures interest up to the time of the first payment, adds the interest to the principal and then deducts the payment, and so on, which is not right as the payments do not equal the interest till Augt. 1/81. Besides in his first letter (as I wrote you) he did not write me to send the note to Kerby but to receive the money here at Jacksonville and as I understand him to get the money here was to be no excuse to him, so I write him today for further instructions and will await his reply as he seems to claim interest till the note is paid. I will add that I also return the release for correction, as he has not described the mortgage definite as such in my judgment. I desire again to state that I have no interest in the matter, only doing the business at request of Mr. Sawyer and of course have to be governed by his instructions and directions.
    As soon as I hear from him I will drop you a line.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Octo. 19th 1884
Messrs. Beach & Platter
    Althouse Ogn.
        Gentlemen
            Yours of 15th instant, with 15 ounces dust duly to hand. I send you by mail carrier (who leaves here in the morning) $200 currency in payment of same, as requested in your letter.
    Your dust being registered, the postmaster did not give it to me till the morning after its arrival, which was Friday morning, too late to send the return money by the return trip of mail carrier. Hence it goes this trip. Trusting the matter is satisfactory, I remain
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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October 24th 1884
Prof. J. W. Johnson
    Eugene City
        Dear Sir
            When I sent you the small box [of] grapes some days ago, I wrote you that I would send you some of another variety when they were ripe. They are now ripe, and I send you a box today by W.F.&Co. Express and hope they will arrive in good condition. By removing them from the box and placing them in a cool, dry place, with plenty of air, they will keep some days.
    I am very glad to hear that "Ben" comes up to your expectations as a teacher and hope you will have no occasion to regret your recommending him for the position. I will be glad to reciprocate for your kind interest in my son should occasion ever offer. Wishing you and yours continued health and prosperity I remain
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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October 24th 1884
Dear Judge
    When you were here, I told you I would send you a box of grapes when they got ripe. They are now ripe, and I send you a box today by W.F.&Co. Exps. and hope they will arrive in good condition. By removing them from the box and putting them in a cool, dry place with plenty of air they will keep some days.
    Wishing you and yours continued health and prosperity I remain
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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October 24th 1884
Mr. and Mrs. Prof. Bailey
    Eugene City
        Kind friends
            I send you this day by W.F.&Co. Exps. one box Rogue River Valley grapes and hope they will arrive in good condition.
    Please accept them as a slight testimonial of regard from your friend and well-wisher.
C. C. Beekman
P.S. By removing them from the box and laying them in a cool, dry place, with plenty of air, they will keep a week or so.
C.C.B.
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November 17th 1884
Messrs. Wangenheim Sternheim & Co.
    San Francisco Cal.
        Gentlemen
            I return to you by mail this day the screws you ordered for the lamp I bought of you for Jackson County. They are too large and we cannot use them. They are larger than the sample I sent you by mail and the sample I sent you by Doct. Aiken in person.
    If you have any of the lamps on hand you can try them and you will see how much too large they are. The screws were for the two arm or bracket lamps and go on the rims or frames that hold the shades, which were short when the lamps were unpacked, so the county janitor says. It is possible they came out of the rims while in transit, however.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Nov. 22nd 1884
Friend Burrows
    I send you by express this day $15.00, same I collected for rent of the stage co.'s barn for the months of August, September and October 1884.
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    November 26th 1884
C. P. Dam
    Dear Sir and Bro.
        In reply to yours of 19th inst. in reference to the Masonic standing of Thos. Snee, I can only state that he has not been a member of our lodge since 1860, and I have doubts if he ever was a member in good standing. But our present secretary tells me he was a member and admitted in 1860. Mr. Snee has resided here for a number of years and during the time was not recognized as a Mason and never attempted to visit our lodge. I have been Master of our lodge for the last 8 years and was well acquainted with Mr. Snee and during all that time he never intimated to me that he was a Mason, nor had I any idea that he was a Mason, or claimed he was, and your letter to me is the first intimation I ever had of his being one.
Yours fraternally
    C. C. Beekman, W.M., Warren Lodge No. 10, A.F.&A.M.
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December 1st 1884
W. H. Atkinson, Esq.
    Ashland, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 26th inst. duly to hand, and should have been answered sooner, but for the fact that the unterrified have had the town for the last ten days. They painted it red last Friday night, and we Republicans have managed to live till this time. In answer to your inquiry I would say that the note favor of Bellinger on W.A.&Co. was merely left with me for payment as a convenience to Mr. Bellinger. I have no interest in the note whatever. The note is for $500 with interest paid to June 8th 1883. There is still due the $500 and interest from June 8th 1883. If it will be any accommodation to you I will cash the check on Portland to the amount of the note & int.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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December 10th 1884
My Dear Son
    Yours of 9th inst. duly to hand. In answer I could state that I am at a loss what to say. If you lend the young man enough to pay his expenses for a school year, you will have but little of your salary left. Perhaps he might think or say that you could call on me. If so, you might in truth say that my expenses have been quite large in keeping you and Carrie at school; besides I am considerable out on Frank [Huffer], which altogether has been quite a drain on my income and resources; besides if I help anyone outside I feel like assisting Frank to finish his education. To sum up, I would say that you are now of age, and the ordinary cares and concerns of life should be decided by yourself, keeping in view your own interests and welfare. Still I do not say no, nor yes, but after considering the matter carefully, decide according to your own judgment and interest, and I will be satisfied. Perhaps you might answer Mr. McGhee that you could assist him some, but not to the extent he desires, that is if he wants you to advance his entire expenses, but you would be willing to assist him so far as you feel able.
    This leaves us usually well. I have about decided to go with your mother to San Francisco. If I go we will probably leave here Saturday afternoon and take the stage at Ashland Sunday morning.
    I have given your mother the $20 as you request for account of your Christmas present for Carrie and enclose herewith $50 for yourself as a Christmas present from
Your affectionate father
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Should you desire to write us before we leave, write so as your letter will reach here by Saturday morning.
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Dec. 12th 1884
Geo. Cunningham Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 10th inst. duly to hand and contents noted. In reply I would say that I sincerely sympathize with you in your trouble and rest assured that I will do all I can for you in the premises. I leave here for San Francisco tomorrow to be gone some two or three weeks. I will have a talk with Judge Hanna before I leave; in the meantime I would suggest that you be governed by his advice in the matter.
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman
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January 21st 1885
Friend Tod [Theodric Cameron]
    Yours of 20th instant duly to hand. I am glad to hear that you are getting along so well. I will drop Mr. D---- a line as you suggest. I hope you will be able to defeat the proposition to divide this county, for I am satisfied if those townships are taken from Jackson County that it will change the important political and financial centers of our county, which if done will injure Jacksonville and the western portions of our county very materially. Hence I hope our representatives will see that no townships are taken from us. The people hereabouts are considerably excited about the matter, but they all hope and say that our representatives will see that the division question is defeated. Please send me the Governor's Message, also Secretary and State Treasurer's report as soon as they are printed. I will close by saying there is no news here worth mentioning, and if you are good you will be "'appy."
Hastily yours etc.
    "Beek"
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Jacksonville Jany. 24th 1885
S. D. Brastow Esq.
    Dr. Sir
        Will you please hand the above statement of account with the $11.90 currency herewith to J. W. Thacker when he arrives in the city. Mr. Thacker will understand the matter, viz., the amount of count orders issued in favor of the Jarretts on account of witness fees in the stage robbery case was $114.20, which sold at 98 cents on the dollar (or 2% percent discount) amounting to $111.90, leaving a balance due Mr. Thacker of $11.91, which I enclose herewith.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Feby. 4th 1885
Wm. Ruble Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 2nd instant duly to hand. In reply I will say that I will give you $16.85 per ounce (here) for your dust, if it is clean and free from rock and quicksilver.
    In case you conclude to send dust at any time, please advise the weight by letter or on the pkg.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Oregon
    February 10th 1885
Hon. E. S. Kearney
    My Dear Sir
        Your favor of 4th inst. only received yesterday. Your kind wishes and hopes for my promotion flatter me more I am sure than I deserve, as I can honestly assure you that I have never presumed to have any senatorial aspirations while there are so many able and deserving men in our party yet unrewarded and in a more geographical position to win. Were I ever so anxious to be elected I am satisfied that my presence at the capital might be misconstrued into an unseemly desire for an honor that should only come to a citizen without his seeking and those who might be inclined to be friendly regard me as only a scheming wireworker and unfit for the trust. I concur with you in your views regarding the necessity of a representative entirely independent of all corporate influence and hope the senatorship may fall on some man who will be honest and fearless enough to represent the whole state and strong enough to resist corporate temptations.
    I must express my sense of obligation for your kindly encouragement and assurance of confidence, but I feel that this matter rests with our representatives, and if they elect any honorable Republican we should all acquiesce heartily.
With renewed thanks
    I am yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
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Feby. 12th 1885
Friend Bolt
    Yours of 10th inst. duly to hand. I enclose herewith as requested the two Closner notes paid by me Jany. 31st 1885. I also enclose my check in your favor for $400 payable in Portland, same charged to your a/c. I have overdrawn my account at San Francisco and cannot draw on that city for a few days yet.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Feby. 22nd 1885
Friend Bolt
    Yours of 19th inst. enclosing order from J. T. Layton for $200 duly to hand and same placed to your credit.
    We send you by Ed Kenney who leaves here in the morning $100 [in] small coin as requested. It is done up in a paper pkg. and valued at $10.
    I send no silver; have not got $5 in my office, and it is very scarce in town.
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman
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February 21st 1885
Mrs. Mary Vining
    My Dear Madam
        Yours of 19th instant duly to hand. In reply I would state that your note calls for $450.00 and is dated Ashland December 30th 1882. If it is your wish and you are ready to pay same, please send the money by Wells Fargo & Co.'s Express, which will be much cheaper than buying a draft or postal orders.
    We are all glad to hear that the children are better and hope they have ere this fully recovered from their long illness. The relatives here are usually well. Grandpa and Grandma are much better than they were during early winter. They were both out to church last evening.
Very respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
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February 25th 1885
Mrs. Mary H. Vining
    Dear Friend
        Yours of 24th instant with $527.40 coin and currency duly to hand. Evidently you did not give my letter to you of 21st inst. the meaning I intended to convey. If I recollect aright I wrote you that the note called for $450 and was dated December 30th 1882 (without referring to interest). Although the note calls for 8% percent per annum interest, I never intended to charge you interest. Since I loaned you the money I feel and know that you have had much sickness in your family and have worked hard, and shown a great deal of energy and pluck in surmounting the ups and downs of life. Hence, excuse my blank way of speaking when I say I positively decline and won't receive any interest on account of the loan. I return to you by express this day $77.40 which please receive, not as a gift, but that which is your own. So please take back the money without feeling under any obligations whatever. Wishing you and yours continued health and prosperity I remain your friend and well-wisher
C. C. Beekman
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February 28th 1885
Friend Bolt,
    Yours of 26th inst. with $1010.40 county scrip duly to hand. I paid Silbenstein $600 as you directed. You write to give you credit for the scrip, but put no price on it. How much do you want for the lot? Please put a price on it and I will let you know by return mail whether I can dispose of it or not. Scrip has fell in this market 5 cents on the dollar within the last month. I have not offered yours for sale yet, because I did not know what price to ask for it. Owing to the scarcity of funds I have not purchased any for myself for 3 months.
    Please advise me by return mail & oblige
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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March 4th 1885
Messrs. Beach & Platter
    Althouse Ogn.
        Gentlemen
            Yours of 2nd instant with dust 12 ounces duly to hand. The dust was very dirty; I cleaned out $2.75 (iron and sand), leaving the net weight of the dust 11 oz. $13.25 at $16.75 per oz. $198.13.
Dr.
To dft. favor Hecht Bros., Portland $192.03
Exchange prem. on dft. .75
Coin & currency herewith       5.35
$198.13
    I enclose what was cleaned out of the dust so as you can see what it contained and trust you will be satisfied. I also enclose receipt for the letter package addressed to Levi Strauss, San Francisco.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    March 9th 1885
To whom it may concern
    Know ye that I have been personally acquainted with Hon. Thomas F. Beall of Jackson County, Oregon for the last twenty-five years. And it affords me great pleasure to be able to say that during all that time that he has been a man of strict integrity, that he has filled many positions in both public and private life with credit to himself and honor to his constituents, and that he is a man of good morals and excellent business habits. And I cheerfully recommend him for any position he may aspire to.
C. C. Beekman
    Banker, Jacksonville, Ogn.
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Apl. 29 / 85
W. H. McCormick
    San Francisco Cal
        Dr. Sir
            Yours of 24th instant enclosing marble tombstone contract of Mrs. Pauline Johnson for $200 duly to hand. Mrs. Johnson claims an offset of $20.60 cash paid out she says for freight and setting of the tombstone per your order to her. Shall we allow the $20.60 from the $200 and accept the bal. $179.40 and surrender the contract?
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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May 1st 1885
Samuel Phillips
    San Francisco
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 28th ultimo (written by our mutual friend Doct. Powers) duly to hand. Love & Hanley have paid their note due May 1st. I enclose herewith my check No. 5082 payable to your order at Wells Fargo & Co. Bank for the sum of $200. As you are not acquainted at the bank on which the check is drawn, you can probably get Doct. Powers to collect it for you, which he can do through his bankers.
    I am sorry to hear that Doct. Wilder has had such poor health of late and hope he has fully recovered ere this. I expect to visit San Francisco about the last of the present month, when I will no doubt see you. No news here worth mentioning. Crops are suffering for want of rain.
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman
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May 2nd 1885
Chas. Hughes Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 1st inst. at hand. In reply I would say that if it will be any accommodation I will cash the check for $1520 on Portland for $2.00 discount on the whole amount of check, which will make the check net $1517.00. Under ordinary circumstances I would cash it at par, but coin is very scarce here at present and I have been compelled to ship coin for office use. I have some scrip issued by Josephine Co. which I am told the Co. Treas. is ready to pay. I have not seen his advertisement. The scrip is No. 77 protested nov. 25/82 and No. 92 and No. 93 protested Dec. 1/82. If they can be used in part payment of the check it will save cost and risk in getting coin from here to Kerby. If the sheriff should conclude to sell me the check he can send it by return mail, and I will send the scrip immediately and the balance due on the check in coin. If check is sent see that it is properly endorsed. I regret to hear that you have been on the sick list of late and hope that you have fully recovered ere this.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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May 7th 1885
L. C. Coleman, Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 4th inst. duly to hand and contents noted. In reply I would say that your offer is fair and security ample. In fact, I would consider your note for $6000 perfectly good without any security whatever, but the fact is my funds are all now, and have been, placed for some time except what I require in my daily business, and I could not advance the amount without calling in other loans which are paying me as much as you offer. Besides my loans are with a class of persons that I would not push, many of them being personal friends and at the same time perfectly good. I might add that money is much scarcer here now than when you were here; in fact I have had for the last 90 days applicants daily who have applied for money and many of them would be desirable persons to loan money to, but I have turned them off, not having the money to lend. I do not believe there is $6000 in ready coin in Jacksonville at the present time. I regret that I cannot write you more encouragingly.
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman
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May 14th 1885
Dear Sister
    On the first day of the present month there was due you $100 interest on the note you hold against me. The matter had slipped my memory till today. In payment of the same I enclose herewith U.S. postal order No. 30179 for the sum of $100. The postal is payable to your order at the Dundee post office. Please endorse on the note as follows, viz.: "Received on the within note One Hundred Dollars interest to May 1st 1885 Dated Dundee May 1st 1885."
    This leaves us usually well. Ben has been home during the vacation of the state university. The school year closes June 20th. I suppose you are aware that he is one of the corps of teachers in the institution. The position was tendered to him by the faculty and regents of the university after he graduated, quite a compliment. I am told he has filled the position with honor to himself and credit to the institution, which is very gratifying to us. He says he can hold the position as long as he desires, but he thinks he will resign at the close of the present school year and turn his attention to something else. Although the salary is good ($100 per month) he says the confinement is too much for his health and we are disposed to let him follow his own inclinations in the matter. Carrie is still at school and getting along in her studies, we are told, finely; her school closes the last of this month. I shall go to San Francisco after her when the term closes. Excuse the subject matter of this letter, as I have nothing else to write that I can think of that would interest you in the least. I suppose you get the Jacksonville papers which keep you advised of the doings & etc. of this country. Say to Mother that I will write her upon my return from San Francisco, although I will have nothing particular to write about. Give our love to Mother and all our relatives and accept a due share for yourself. Hoping this will find you all in the enjoyment of good health I remain
Your affectionate brother
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    May 16th 1885
M. S. Dean, Esq.
    Wilderville, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            On the 30th Dec. 1879 after much solicitation on your part, and at the time some inconvenience to me, I loaned you $100.00. If I recollect aright you promised faithfully at the time to pay the same in one year at the farthest. The note is long past due, and in fact is about outlawed, and I have never even asked you for the money. I now need the money badly in my business. You of course are aware of the circumstances that induced me to assist and accommodate you at the time. If you cannot pay the whole amount at present, please pay what you can and come over and renew the note. Hoping you will give this matter prompt attention, I remain
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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June 6th 1885
S. G. Murphy, Esq.
    Cashier
        Dr. Sr:
            We are unable to find the coll. ["collection"] on J. R. Little & Co. in our office. Mr. Beekman is now in San Francisco and is expected to return home in ten days, when the matter will receive further attention and information given you.
Respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
        per Wm. Hoffman
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June 28th 1885
Dudley Evans, Esq.
    Supt. W.F.&Co.
        Portland
            Dear Sir
                In answer to yours of 18th instant I would state that the distance from
Jacksonville to Applegate is 13 miles
Applegate to Laytons is 3 miles
Laytons to Murphy is 7 miles
Murphy to Wilderville is 10 miles
Wilderville to Kerbyville is 20 miles
Kerbyville to Waldo is 12 miles
                                    Total 65
Laytons to Williamsburg is 7 miles
Kerbyville to Althouse is 10 miles
Waldo to Crescent City is 55 miles
Population of Towns:
Waldo 100, some say 80
Althouse 100, some say 75
Kerbyville 150, some say 110
Slate Creek 40, some say 30
For the population of the county (Josephine)
[remainder of letter not copied]
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Jacksonville Oregon
    July 3rd 1885
Robert Wilkinson, Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 10th ultimo was duly received here during my absence in San Francisco, which will account for delay in answering. I am really glad that you have concluded to cease sowing "wild oats," as you are now old enough to think of acquiring steady habits, building up a manly character and looking to the future as a time to be provided for. Regarding your request for assistance, I much regret that I am quite unable to comply and would be glad to accommodate you if it were possible. Of late I have been making investments that have taken more than my available capital, and times are so exceedingly hard here that I could not call in loans without distressing others; as it is, I am compelled to strain every reserve at command to keep my business in shape. The proposition you make is very fair and the security you offer is ample as a business proposition, and I would accept it cheerfully if in my power. It has always been a pleasure to me to help those who are willing to help themselves and even now [I] am carrying several such burdens. In your case I assure you that I do not decline assistance at this present time from lack of confidence in your integrity, for I have always thought kindly and favorably of you, but from sheer inability. I would have been glad to have helped you, both on your own and your father's account, whom I remember as a friend and gentleman, were it not for the foregoing reasons. Hoping this explanation will be satisfactory and not misconstrued as being from niggardly motives and that you will fully understand the situation,
I am yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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July 10th 1885
Hon. Edward Hersch
    State Treasurer
        Salem, Ogn.
            Dear Sir
                Will you please inform me to what date you have paid (or advertised for redemption) state warrants drawn on the 5% tide, swamp and overflowed land fund. Also if there are any funds in the Treasury to redeem any of the above-described warrants; if so, what numbers can be paid. By giving me the desired information you will confer a favor.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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July 13th 1885
Mrs. C. T. Mills
    Mills Seminary
        My Dear Madam
            Yours of the 18th ult. duly to hand. As requested I had the advertisement put in the Democratic Times, a paper of large circulation here. I send you a copy which contains the advertisement, together with a "local" [news item] I had inserted. Enclosed you will find receipted bill for the same, which you will please accept as part payment for the many courtesies we have received at your hands.
    As to Carrie's attending school the coming winter I would say that we have concluded to give her a vacation. Reason: before we left San Francisco I consulted with the oculist who performed the operation on her eyes as to her attempting to take a regular course of study, and after a personal examination of her eyes he said he would not advise study more than four hours per day, and if she went beyond six hours she would be doing so at great risk; hence we have concluded that while it would be desirable for her to continue her studies it would be doing so at too great a risk of injuring her eyes.
    I desire to say in this connection that we are perfectly satisfied with her progress while with you and sincerely hope that Mills Seminary will continue to prosper from day to day. Please accept our kind wishes for your personal health and prosperity, and at any time I can be of any service to you, do not fail to command me.
Very respectfully yours
    C. C. Beekman
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July 15th 1885
A. F. Wheeler, Esq.
    Salem, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 13th inst. duly to hand. In reply I would say there are a lot of swamp land warrants here (held by joint ownership). I am one of the parties interested in them. I have consulted with the others as to selling, but they are not willing to take for them what Messrs. L. & B. offer.
    Please accept thanks for your kindness in giving the information contained in your letter. I will be glad to reciprocate your many favors whenever opportunity offers.
Very truly yours
    C. C. Beekman
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July 15th 1885
Hon. Edward Hirsch
    State Treasurer
        Salem, Ogn.
            Dear Sir
                Yours of 11th instant in answer to my inquiry of 10th duly to hand.
    I confess that I am at a loss to thoroughly understand the situation. Reason: I am the individual owner of warrant #1122 drawn on the 5% tide, swamp and overflow land fund. Some time in 1882 you paid me warrant #1121 drawn on same funds, and which at that time was the oldest warrant out. At the time you paid me #1121 you told me that my #1122 was entitled to and would be paid out of the first moneys paid into the Treasury on a/c of the several funds. You write you paid out $5208.97 Feby. 20 / 85 in redeeming warrants. Have you not paid the wrong numbers, or am I mistaken in claiming that my #1122 is the oldest protested warrant out, and is entitled to be first paid out of any moneys that were paid in after the redemption of the #1121 in 1882. Please advise me if I am in error.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Ogn.   July 11th 1885
J. J. Valentine Esq.
    General Manager
        San Francisco Cal.
            Dear Sir
                Enclosed herewith find your circular letter of 1st inst. filled up as requested. I have tried to get the amount of post office business done here but failed in doing so. The postmaster here tells me, however, that the business of his office has fallen off largely, and his fees since the railroad reached here amount to but little. As to the effect upon our business here, should the system be adopted, in my opinion we would lose in gross amount of shipments. Reason: since the railroad reached here and our tariff chgs. reduced, there seems to be but little complaint about our rates, and I do not think we are losing but little, if any, business on account of our chgs., particularly on our shipments of $25 or under between offices, which is only 25 cts. and is only 10 cts. more than post office money order rates.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman, Agt.
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Jacksonville Oregon
    July 20th 1885
A. Langell, Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Mr. Kahler has shown me your letter of 2nd inst., addressed to him. In that you write that I agreed to pay one half the cost of the fence that Nat and you built. You are certainly mistaken about any such contract or agreement being made between us. When your brother Nat first spoke to me about building the fence, I told him I had no objection to his building a fence, but as I had no stock on the lands I did not want to go to the expense of building one. Then he said he would build it and the distinct and positive agreement was if he done so the fence was to be his and he was to have the privilege of removing it when it suited him to do so, and which he would do at any time I was dissatisfied to his using my interest without charge. As to the truth of the above, if you will ask your brother Nat, he will say it is so. As to the price of the swamp land, if sold you say my price is $7.50 per acre. That is a mistake. In talking with Nat I told him I thought it ought to bring $7.50, but we concluded that $6 per acre would be our asking price.
    As to dividing the land I would have no objections to doing so, and your proposition through Mr. Kahler seems fair so far as the land is concerned that we have a title to. But I suppose you are aware that we have paid the 20 cents and expect to get a title to about 2000 acres more, and if we get it it will change the geography and shape of the tract very much from what it is at present, and when we do get it I am satisfied you would and will want a change of the lines from the present proposed division. Hence, I think it would be better to wait till we perfect our title to the balance we claim before we divide it. When that is done and there is more land with a good title it will bring a better price. I have had several inquiries of men who wanted to buy the whole tract, but when I told them the number of acres to which we could give a good title, they invariably say the tract is too small. I am as anxious to sell as you, and I think we can get a better price for the property by selling together. You never indicated to me that you were anxious to sell, nor given me the price you asked. In case I can find a buyer what will you take per acre for your part of the swamp land? And what will you take for your land outside of the swamp land? And how many acres have you outside of the swamp land? Or in other words, what will you take for your interests in Langell Valley lands, and how many acres do you own outside of the swamps? If you will give me your figures perhaps I might find a purchaser, which no doubt would be as desirable to you as myself.
    Trusting we can pull together in our swamp land interests, I remain
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Ogn.   July 21st 1885
E. M. Cooper
    Genl. Supt., W.F.&Co.
        San Francisco
            Dear Sir
                In answer to your circular letter of 8th instant herewith enclosed, I would state that there have been no newspapers coming to this office since 9th inst. (except exchanges for newspaper publishers).
    The party who has heretofore been getting his papers by express says that about the 1st instant he ordered his papers sent by mail and is now receiving them that way. He says for reason: the publishers pay the postage, and it costs him nothing.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman, Agt.
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August 3rd 1885
Hon. Edward Hirsch
    State Treasurer
        Salem, Ogn.
            Dear Sir
                Yours of 21st ultimo duly to hand. Absence from home will account for the delay in not forwarding my warrant for redemption as you suggest.
    I enclose herewith the warrant No. 1122 drawn for for $1000.00 and protested June 30th 1873. Please forward the amount in coin by Wells Fargo & Co. Express (less charges for your trouble & etc.), and oblige
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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August 4th 1885
Dr. Geo. Kahler
    Phoenix, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
There is still a balance due me on the joint note I hold against Adam Klippel and yourself. The amount is long past due. Will you please give the matter your attention and oblige
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Augt. 6th 1885
Hon. Edward Hirsch
    Salem, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
I beg leave to acknowledge the receipt of yours of 4th instant with coin $2205.85 in payment of my warrant #1122, for which please accept thanks.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Warrant #1123 was in this county about 18 months ago. It will probably turn up when advertised for redemption.
C.C.B.
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Augt. 27th 1885
H. Wadsworth Esq.
    Treas. W.F.&Co.
        San Francisco Cal.
            Dear Sir
The bearer of this, B. B. Beekman (my son), will remain in your city for the next few months. Should he need any expense money during his stay, please let him have it and charge same to my bank account and oblige.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Sept. 16th 1885
Miss Anna Benner
    Eugene, Ogn.
        Madam
            Yours of 14th instant with 7 ounces and 6/16 ounces gold dust duly to hand. After pounding out the rock and quartz which was in the large lumps it weighed only 7 ounces and 37½ cents I allow you $16.37½ per oz., which is 12½ cts. per oz. more than I paid your father.
7 oz. and 37½ cts. at $16.37½ per oz. $115.00
    I send you the coin $115.00 by W.F.& Co. Exps. to your address at Eugene City, Ogn. as directed. Trusting you will be satisfied with the price allowed I remain
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Octo. 2nd 1885
A. F. Snelling, Esq.
    Lakeview, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 26th ultimo enclosing judgment transcript and two dfts. for $500.00 each, with request to pay J. H. Hoffman $982.49 upon his receipting the judgment transcript, came to hand this day. We return herewith enclosed the two dfts., also the judgment transcription. Reason: J. H. Hoffman does not reside here; he has been absent from here several months, and I have no knowledge when he will be in Jacksonville. His post office address is Linkville, Klamath Co., and I am under the impression he is there now, as I am told he was there last week. Hence we conclude, as we have no idea when he will be in here, to return you the dfts. and transcript so as you can communicate with him direct.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    October 5th 1885
Friend Hoffman
    Yours of 1st instant came to hand by this morning's mail. In reply I would say there is some mistake in the premises. Mr. Snelling has not mailed any letters to my care for you. Had he done so I should have forwarded them to you immediately. But Mr. Snelling did send me a letter containing two dfts. for $500.00 each; out of the proceeds he ordered me to pay you $982.49 upon your receipting a "judgment transcript," which he sent with the dfts. Supposing there was some mistake in his sending [them] to me, I immediately returned the dfts. and "judgment transcript" to him, and at the same time wrote him that you were not here but was in Klamath County. That you may more fully understand the matter I enclose herewith the letter I received from Mr. Snelling, which please read and return. Had you wrote me anything about the matter, or that you expected to be in here, I would have known all about it and would not have returned the dfts. and transcript to Mr. Snelling, but I concluded he had made a mistake in supposing that you were in Jacksonville. Hence, I returned the dfts. and transcript and wrote him your address (Linkville) so that he might communicate with you. I regret very much that my returning the dfts & etc. has or will cause you any inconvenience. Had I received your letters in time I would have known your wishes. Grandpa & Grandma are both very well for them. Kate as usual, and all your friends here flourishing.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    Octo. 8th 1885
Friend Sergent
    I have carefully examined the matter you have seen fit to entrust to my decision. I can only give you my best judgment as to what is just and right in the premises. Your strict legal rights I do not attempt to settle. You both thought when you had finished your settlement that Mr. Towne was to go out and have nothing to say or do with the property is my conclusion. As the matter of the tax for 1885 did not probably occur to either of you at the time, but as the tax was on the property only, the new firm or rather the property under the circumstances should pay it.
    Of course this conclusion is arrived at from the fact that it was understood by you both that the final settlement was made about the first of June, and the property should pay the tax and probably you would have made some such arrangement had the matter been thought of at the time, the same as you would had you in taking the invoice overlooked an account or box of sugar. If not fixed at the time of sale Mr. Towne would have lost his interest in the articles he failed to have inventoried.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Octo. 19th 1885
Mrs. N. Fitch
    My Dear Madam
        Yours [of] 14th inst. duly to hand. In reply I would say your request for a loan comes in a bad time for me. I would be glad to accommodate you, but I have lately been making some investments that has taken more than my available capital, and times are so exceedingly dull here at present that I could not call in loans that I have out without distressing others; as it is I am compelled to strain every reserve at command to keep my business in shape. Your offer is fair, even as a business proposition, and I would gladly accept if I could do so without great inconvenience, for I assure you that I do not decline the loan from any lack of confidence in your ability to repay, but from sheer inability at the present time. Hoping this explanation will be satisfactory and not misconstrued as being from niggardly motives, and that you will fully understand the situation,
I am yours, respectfully,
    C. C. Beekman
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Octo. 31st 1885
Prof. J. W. Johnson
    Eugene City
        Dear Sir
I send you this day by W.F.&Co.'s Express one box grapes, which I hope will reach you in good condition. Please accept same with kind remembrances.
Yours sincerely
    C. C. Beekman
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Nov. 10th 1885
Home Mutual Ins. Co..
    San Francisco Cal.
        Gentlemen
Enclosed herewith find my check payable to your order for the sum of $30.00. Same was purchased of me by Wm. Hoffman with request to forward same to your address.
    Mr. Hoffman is now confined to his bed by serious illness, and he requests us to state to you that sickness has prevented him from forwarding to you his Octo. statement, but he will do so as soon as he is able to give the matter attention.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Nov. 20th 1885
Home Mutual Insurance Co.
    San Francisco, Cal.
        Gentlemen
            The sad duty devolves on me to inform you of the death of Wm. Hoffman, Esq., your agent at this place. He departed this life on the 14th instant. I wrote you on the 10th inst. and enclosed you my check for $30 at his request. If you will send me statement of his account for Octo. and Nov. I will look after the same.
    What will you charge to continue the risk (on brick building) policy #160463 for another year? Also policy #15733 on Presbyterian Church for 3 years. I believe the both expire next month. We wish to keep the property insured and will do so with you or place it in some other co.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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December 3rd 1885
R. H. Magill, Genl. Agt.
    Home Mutual Insurance Co.
        San Francisco Cal.
            Dear Sir
                Yours of 25th ultimo duly to hand. In reply I would say you may continue the insurance on policy #160463 (brick building) for coming year. Write policy same as the last, viz., C. C. Beekman, Worshipful Master of Warren Lodge No. 10 F.&A.M. or his successor in office.
    Also policy #157334 on Presbyterian Church for 3 years; write policy in my favor "C. C. Beekman, Trustee," not to the Trustees, as was the one just expired. Send the policies to me and I will remit to you for the same (less com.). Send bill.
    In regard to taking your agency here I must decline for the reason I have not the time to give it such attention as it should receive; hence my accepting it would not be doing you or myself justice, besides I expect to be absent from home a good deal of the time next year. I have a gentleman in view, however, whom I can fully recommend to you. His name is John A. Boyer. He is now and has been in my office for the last ten years. I have no hesitancy in saying you will find him reliable and honest. He says he will take the agency if you see proper to give it to him. He is not representing any insurance co. here. I believe, however, he has been tendered the agency of the "Cal. Fire Ins. Co." of your city. Should you see proper to appoint Mr. Boyer I have no doubt but what your relations with him will be pleasant, and he will look faithfully after your interests here.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. I enclose herewith my #5255 check payable to your order for $9.55 which is in payment of your statement rendered 25th ulto. on Wm. Hoffman Agt. (now deceased), a/c J. T. Rolison, policy #161808.
C.C.B.
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Dec. 4th 1885
First National Bank
    Portland, Ogn.
        Gentlemen
Enclosed herewith find Draft No. 290114 dated Quincy, Ills., Nov. 24th 1885 drawn by J. G. Rowland, Acting Cashier, First National Bank of Quincy, Ills. on National Park Bank of New York City in favor of J. H. Stewart for $2000.00. Same is endorsed by J. H. Stewart pay me and by myself pay you. Please place the amount of $2000 to my credit.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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December 7th 1885
My Dear Son
    Yours of 1st instant came to hand this morning and contents noted. In reply I would say that I thought your estimates would fall short; in fact, your expenses have been no more than I thought they would be. You no doubt recollect that I told you that I would pay the expenses of the trip--which I still propose to do, and will feel well repaid for the expenditure if you have made the advancement that I hope you have in the way of a business education. I want you to stay in San Francisco till you have thoroughly mastered the course at Healds Business College. I would also like (if your throat and health permit) [to] have you take lessons in elocution of Prof. Eastman or some other good elocutionist, as it will probably be the only, or at least the best, opportunity you will ever have to do so. I would very much like to have you deliver the annual address for the Jackson Co. Pioneers next September, as I expect to take an active interest in the society meeting next fall, after which I will probably retire from active participation in its affairs. In regard to a present for Carrie, I desire to make her a present next Christmas day and will follow your suggestion in the matter, so get a nice set of "Dickens' Works" or of some other author as you deem best, have them packed securely and shipped by W.F.&Co.'s Exps. via Portland. And we must not forget Mama. Would it not be well to get her a nice book or two of a religious character. You can get something of the kind and send it as coming from yourself, from me or from both of us, just as you wish. When I bought books of Bancroft & Co. they packed and prepaid the express or mail chgs. As you have a carte blanche letter of credit on H. Wadsworth, draw what money you need for your purposes, including theaters, sundries & etc., for if I were in San Francisco I should no doubt take everything of the kind in. Did you see the Shakespeare's plays? I would like to have seen them myself and would have done so, had I been in San Francisco while they were being played. In getting the books if the parties you buy of will not prepay the exps. chgs., send them to collect the freight here. The parties you buy of will pack and ship them anyhow so you will not have to carry them to the express office. Finally to sum up this letter I would say stay in San Francisco till you get through including elocution, but I would advise that you be careful of health, for in my judgment an education obtained at the loss of it will amount to but little, at best, in after life. This leaves us and the relations usually well. Your mother is anxiously awaiting your return home, and I might add that we all share her anxiety.
From your affectionate father
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. I think the "Listerine" and salt that Dr. Powers gave me for catarrh is doing me good. I use it once a day. I wish you would ask them if the continued use of it is in any way injurious. Try & find out also what Listerine is composed of. I would like to know what the medical properties are of the ingredients of which it is made. You might ask them if it should be used oftener. When Dr. Powers gave me the recipe he told me to use it morning and evening, but I have only used it mornings.
C.C.B.
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December 8th 1885
Friend Wadsworth
    Yours of 30th ulto. and also 2nd instant on account of bad roads did not come to hand till yesterday. In reply to the letter of 30th ulto. I would say that the land you entered in Jackson County, Oregon is still here. Although I have never seen it, yet I am told such is the fact. In regard to its being sold for taxes, rest easy on that score, for there has never been anybody's land sold as yet in Jackson County. Somehow or other the Assessor has overlooked your land, and I have never told him to assess it. Should he however "tumble to it" I will attend to the matter and see that the taxes are paid, so rest easy, it will not be forfeited while I am around.
    In regard to Spring Valley water stock, I will leave the matter entirely to you and will go in with you on the shares I am entitled to purchase by virtue of being a stockholder. If you conclude to buy, pay for my part of the purchase price and charge same to my bank account. I now own 500 shares which are now in your safe. I do not care to put any more money in water stock as a permanent investment. Still, the 500 shares I now own I will keep. You know it will not do to put too many eggs in one basket, besides you know you have a great many "Kearnyites" in your city and they may some fine day take a notion to confiscate the property. Hence, the 500 shares is all I want to hold as a permanent investment. I hereby authorize you to sign my name to the order for the new stock to be issued. If the order enclosed will not answer, by the by, I have a large balance to my credit with the Portland banks. Can you tell a fellow where he can invest say from $10,000 to $30,000--so as it will pay say 8% percent interest per annum. If you can I would like to know where the place is. I am glad to hear that Ben (my son) is enjoying good health in your city. Mrs. B. and myself go a good deal on him, so honor his checks on me for his expenses.
    Trusting this will find you and yours enjoying good health, I remain
Your friend and well wisher
    C. C. Beekman
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December 22nd 1885
A. G. Rockfellow, Esq.
    Ashland, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 21st inst. duly to hand and contents noted. In reply I would say that I would be glad to accommodate you, but during the last fall I made investments that has required more than my available capital, and money is so exceedingly scarce at present that I cannot call in loans I have out without distressing others; as it is I am compelled to strain every reserve at command to keep my business in shape. Your offer is perfectly fair as a business proposition, and I would gladly accept it if I could do so without inconvenience. Hoping this explanation will be satisfactory and that you will fully understand the situation at this time, I am
Yours very truly
    C. C. Beekman
P.S.  I have general loans out due March next. If paid, as I expect they will, I could accommodate you at that time.
C.C.B.
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December 22nd 1885
F. A. Huffer, Esq.
    Eugene City, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Since you went to Eugene, Mr. Fullerton has remitted to me as follows, viz.:
October 30th / 85 Coin $180.00
November 21st / 85 Coin 180.00
December 1 / 85 Coin 180.00
which amounts please credit him with on your books. I redeemed Dec. 11 / 85 the piece you sold Chs. Hughes. I paid him $190. He could not use it, hence I redeemed it. Please make the proper entry on your books. I enclose the scrip herewith for you to send to J. C. Fullerton with such advice and instructions as you deem proper. Send direct from Eugene.
    How are you getting along? And how is Frank Neil. I am quite anxious to know how Neil is doing this year. His father tells me he is doing much better than last year. I am glad to hear it. I shall be pleased to hear from you at any time.
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman
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Dec. 29th 1885
A. C. Woodstock, Esq.
    Eugene City, Ogn.
        Dear Sir:
I beg leave to tender my thanks for the very acceptable and pleasant surprise you had in store for me on Christmas morning. Be assured that, although the gift will slowly but inevitably vanish in vapor, the remembrance of the giver will not be as evanescent nor fade away when the fragrant essence of the "weed" is no more.
    Wishing you a very pleasant and happy new year, I remain
Yours sincerely
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville Feby. 4th 1886
Dudley, Evans, Esq.
    Supt. W.F.&Co.
        Portland, Ogn.
            Dear Sir
                Mrs. W. L. Record, the buyer of money order herewith enclosed, No. 78113, wants the $5 returned to her.
    The facts of the case are, viz., Mrs. W. L. Record bought the order in person at this office and had it made payable to her mother, Mrs. Anna Morgan at Salt Lake City. Before the order reached there her mother died, and the order was returned to her. She says she has lost her (remitter's) receipt. She is poor and cannot give a bond of indemnity. We know of our own knowledge that she is the identical person who bought the order. Shall we cash the order; if so, please write the form of the receipt on the order that she must sign.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman, Agt.
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February 18th 1886
Friend Huffer
    Yours of 14th inst. duly to hand. In reply I would say that I am glad to hear that you have enlisted in your behalf a majority of the professors, but there is yet one thing which I think you lose sight of, that is, to get the preference and good will of the local or home regents. If I were you I would seek and cultivate the good will particularly of Mr. Hendricks. If you can get him enlisted I think the matter is almost assured. Hence I would advise you to talk with him and tell him just how you are fixed and what you want, then refer him to the faculty as to your qualifications, and if he so desires, to your friends here as to your character for integrity and good habits. One thing you must learn or rather bear in mind, that is, you must not be too modest about asking for what you want. In this crowding world merit does not always get away with assurance and perseverance. Mankind are not apt to force honors and emoluments on those who are too modest to ask for them. Doct. Hamilton of Roseburg is a particular friend of Genl. T. G. Reames, and I think a word from him would go a long way with [putting] the Doctor in your favor. Hence I would suggest that you see Reames as he passes through Eugene. If you can't meet him you had better drop him a line when he returns home. He is now in the northern part of the state and will not be back for 8 or 10 days. However, you have plenty of time, as we do not want to be in too big a hurry, particularly with the work to be done with the regents.
    I enclose my check for $100. You can get Mr. Hendricks to cash it; he may charge you a small sum for doing so, and if the opportunity is favorable at the time you might speak to him as a regent, sabe? You may send me your note for the check and when you need more, I will send you.
    I do not remember whether I have notified you of all of Mr. Fullerton's remittances and will now give you the 3 last, viz., Dec. 1 / 85 $180--Dec. 31 / 85 $180--and Jany. 19th 1886 $143. Please make the entries in your books if you have not already done so. Your folks are usually well.
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    February 19th 1886
Chas. A. Malarkey, Esq.
    Portland, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 9th instant with 98 lbs. "sturgeon" (by express) duly to hand. As we could not sell the fish in bulk, we gave them to our butcher to sell. Some of it spoiled on his hands. He realized from what he sold in coin $4.75.
Sale of fish 4.75
Off paid express chgs. (first) 2.45
Prem. on money order herewith   .05   2.50
Net $2.25
This is the best we could do in the matter. Do not send any more, as there is no demand here for that kind of fish.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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February 21st 1886
J. Wimer & Sons
    Gentlemen
        Yours of 20th instant with coin $60 & cy. $180 (Total $240.00) and your check for $209.00 duly to hand. We return the check herewith enclosed; reason: the collection came here by and through Wells Fargo & Co.'s Express and we have to return ready money for all transactions by express. If the collection had come to me personally the case would be different, but as it is there is no discretion allowed me in the matter. Hence the return of the check. I will hold the collection till we hear from you. I might add that in all collections by express we are not allowed to receive part payments, except by order of the shipper of the collection, and then the order must come through the office starting the collection. You might order the coln. returned, then you can remit to H.H.&Co. in such funds as are most convenient to you. I would cash the check myself and put coin in its place and close up the collection, but I am short of coin and am shipping coin from San Francisco by express for my office use, as dust is coming in so freely it keeps me short of coin to buy all that is offered.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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February 24th 1886
Messrs. Beach & Platter
    Althouse, Ogn.
        Gentlemen
            Yours of 22nd instant with 6 ounces dust duly to hand. The dust cleaned out $1.12½ sand and lead, which I return herewith enclosed. I send herewith $99.00 currency in payment of the dust.
    If you would clean your dust more carefully it would then hold out in weight and perhaps be more satisfactory to you. Trusting you will be satisfied I remain
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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February 25th 1886
Hon. D. P. Thompson
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 23rd ultimo duly to hand. In that you say the trip will cost about $10,000. Do you mean that it will cost $10,000 each, or $10,000 for Bessie and Miss Sabin, or $10,000 for three. I suppose if we should conclude to let Carrie go, it would be expected that I should pay one half of Miss Sabin's expenses. Please give me a detailed estimate of the expenses as near as you can. Of course if the trip should cost too much, I do not feel able to stand it. With you of course it would be quite different. Unless you made the entry you would not miss that amount, but with me, a poor "country Jake," it would be quite the reverse. It would probably make me quite sick and would end in my going to bed. Of course Carrie is quite anxious to go, and I am inclined to gratify her wishes if it can be done without costing more than I feel able to spare from my business. Please let me hear from you at your convenience. My family go in with me in regards to your family and to yourself.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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March 4th 1886
Hon. M. P. Deady
    Dear Sir
        I have been solicited by Mr. Frank Huffer, a former classmate of my son, now pursuing his studies at the University, to speak a kind word to you in his behalf.
    Mr. Huffer expects to graduate in June, will be candidate for a tutorship and, if not interfering with any other arrangements, is very desirous of your influence. It is with pleasure that I present his name to you, he being a young gentleman of the highest moral character and, I learn, standing high in his studies.
    He is poor, but very ambitious, hoping to attain distinction as an educator and fully determined on teaching (he tells me) as his life work. You will, of course, require full assurance of any candidate's worth and qualification from the faculty, who are the best authority and, in all confidence, I refer you to them as judges of Mr. Huffer's fitness. Now, my dear Judge, I feel that I am trespassing too much perhaps on your good nature, and after so many previous drafts on it, always so kindly honored, I may be overdrawing. Pardon me if I am; overlook the act while considering the motive and if I seem to be importunate, which I do not intend to be, set it down to zeal in a good cause. I write you at Eugene so that you may weigh and measure Mr. Huffer in time and hoping that he may win your sympathy and good offices, I remain
Sincerely your friend
    C. C. Beekman
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March 6th 1886
Hon. James K. Kelly
    Portland, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 3rd inst. enclosing transfer for F. Ennis to be delivered upon his paying $1100.00 coin duly to hand.
    Mr. Ennis was over from Sterling this evening, and I delivered him the document and he paid me the $1100 for the same. You did not state in your letter whether to send you a check for the amount, so I send you the coin $1100 by Wells Fargo & Co.'s Express.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. I sold my order to Mr. Ennis at a large discount and am largely [the] loser on the investment. Mr. Ennis tells me that he has sold the mines to Mr. Cameron of this county. I do not know what he got, but from the best information I can get he got about what you and him talked.
C.C.B.
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Jacksonville, Oregon
     1886
Arthur Langell, Esq.
    Dear Sir
        I wrote not long since to the Clerk of the Board of Land Commissioners at Salem, asking him if the Land Office at Washington had ever issued a patent to the State of Oregon for the lands in your valley for which the State of Oregon had given me a patent. He replied that the lands had not been patented to the state; had only been listed to the state. I am now told that the Commissioners of the General Land Office at Washington has decided that where swamp lands have only been listed to the state (but not patented) the swampy character of the lands may be inquired into, hence the title to our lands are faulty and imperfect. I always supposed that the lands deeded by the state to me were patented to the state by the U.S. government. Your brother Nat was of the same opinion. Mr. Klippel tells me that the Land Office at Washington has only issued 5 swamp land patents to the state; all the other swamp lands have only been listed or withdrawn. Mr. Klippel also tells me that his Chewaucan lands are embraced in one of the 5 patents. I enclose a copy of F. W. Davenport's report which will be presented to the next legislature. What I wish to know is whether you think it best to make an effort to get a patent issued to the state so as to make our title good and perfect; if so, will you stand one half the expense in trying to get the patent, or shall we let the matter go by default, that is, to let matters remain as they are now; if so, all right, and I will give the subject matter no further attention. An early reply will oblige.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. I might add that Messrs. Shackleford and Abernethy who are agts. of the government and State of Oregon are now in your county examining the swampy character of the lands claimed by the state as swamp. I suppose they will visit your valley. They said here that they only examined lands by lists, which was sent them from Washington, and reported only on lands they were directed to examine.
C.C.B.
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Jacksonville, Oregon
    March 24th 1886
D. Lothrop & Co.
    Boston, Mass.
        Gentlemen
Enclosed herewith find $1 cy. Same is in payment of one copy "Wonderful Christmases" sent me Nov. 3rd 1885 as per bill on the postal card, herewith returned. Please receipt the bill and oblige.
Yours respectfully
    Wm. Hoffman
        per B.
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April 3rd 1886
Chs. S. Moore, Esq.
    Linkville, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 29th instant stating that you had collected my note on Baldwin & Forbes duly to hand, for which please accept thanks. Genl. Reames tells me that his brother Evan will come in here in a day or two. If he comes in, please send the money on by him. I wrote your firm [a] few days ago to pay my taxes in your county. Keep out money enough to pay you. If you have not paid the taxes as yet, please do so upon receipt of this.
    I shall be glad to reciprocate for your kind offices whenever opportunity offers.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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Gift $1200
April 10th 1886
Rev. W. H. Tracy
    My Dear Sir
        Your esteemed favor of 30th ult. has been received by me with mingled feelings of sadness and surprise. One cannot help regret at seeing the old landmark fading away, and if a new edifice for your congregation is only demanded because the church is drawing nearer the world and further from the pure simplicity of worship intended by the Savior it is a sad and discouraging reflection. On the other hand, if larger and better accommodations are necessities consequent upon an increasing congregation and revived interest, then the fact is a matter of sincere congratulation. You must pardon me if I express surprise at your difficulty in raising the required means. Here, in a mere hamlet compared with Dundee, we have built a handsome Presbyterian church at a cost of nearly $5500 for a congregation now numbering but twenty-one members, four of whom are males and whose aggregate wealth will not exceed $10,000. When I consider this fact it seems astonishing that a congregation a half century old and with four times the membership of our little handful here should experience any difficulty in raising a sum so little greater than that raised in this little western village, the comparison is painfully suggestive of abating interest in the church of the former place and the worship of Mammon instead of the love and spiritual. However, my dear sir, your appeal has not fallen on listless ears and only anticipates my original intention, to be carried out when the proper time arrived. For the cherished memory of a dear parent to whom that church was a home and a refuge and to whom I owe my manhood and the principles that have enabled me to attain success, I feel a deep interest in a work with which his whole life was identified and I am thankful that I am able to bear a share of the burden. Although not a professing Christian, my earliest and most lasting impressions of religion were secured in the old "little red church" and for its honor also and the honor of the town that I left thirty-five years ago, a poor boy with no capital but my own will and the fervent prayers of devout and loving parents, I feel pleasure in contributing to anything that will build up and extend the kingdom of God in your midst. Therefore find herewith enclosed draft on New York for $1200 endorsed pay to the order of the trustees, to be used for the benefit of the building fund. The many and incessant appeals for aid here at home prevent me from sending you a larger sum as I find home charity to be a serious drain and under these circumstances I hope my contribution will be satisfactory. In conclusion allow me to express the earnest hope that your efforts and those of the Ladies' Aid Society may be early crowned with complete success and that your congregation may steadily grow in number and in those virtues that make true religion beautiful. Although I cannot be with you in the flesh, be assured that I am in the spirit; though unable to join in your devotions I cherish very kind feelings for the associations and friends of my boyhood, and I trust your congregation will likewise remember one who is divided, yet not divided, from them by the span of a continent.
Truly & sincerely yours
    C. C. Beekman
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April 15th 1886
H. B. Miller Esq.
    Grants Pass, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            I have called at the sheriff's office to pay your taxes and the sheriff tells me that he has your taxes marked "paid" on one of his books, and he is in doubt about the matter. Says his deputy is now in Ashland with the Ashland list and he cannot tell positively about the matter till he comes back, which will be the first part of next week, when he will investigate the matter fully. Hence I will hold your co. scrip till the deputy sheriff returns and if the taxes are not paid I will pay what scrip I can on them and sell the balance at 94 and send you [a] statement. If the taxes have been paid I will sell all the scrip sent me as directed. I write this that you may [excuse] the delay in not closing up the matter any sooner.
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman
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April 17th 1886
B. F. Dowell, Esq.
    Dear Sir
        Yours of 7th inst. duly to hand. In reply I would say that here in Jacksonville very little is being said or done on our side about candidates or politics in general. The Democrats are up and doing a good deal of pulling for the various positions to be filled at the next election. The fact is, as Elisha Applegate would say, "the offices are not adequate to the wants of the Democracy." As to our candidate for Supreme Judge, I have not heard anybody's name but Judge Waldo mentioned. I have been told that Capt. Kelly is a decided anti-Waldo man. He was elected today delegate to the state convention. The delegates were instructed to support Hon. B. Hermann for Congress and Hon. D. P. Thompson for Governor (no other instructions). To sum up I would say that I have no particular choice as to who shall be candidate for Judge; Waldo would suit me as well as any other person. Hence, anything I can do to forward your desire and wishes in the matter I will cheerfully do. Hoping yourself and family are enjoying good health I remain
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
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April 28th 1886
Dear sister
    Your letter of 15th instant duly to hand and contents noted. In reply I would say that you may say to John that his signing $500 a/c of the estate for the erection of a new church in Dundee meets with my approval and had he made the sum $1000.00 no fault would have been found by me, for I feel that were Father alive today that he would donate at least $1000 or as much as Mr. Titsworth would. Say to Mother that if she desires to raise her individual subscription to double or three times what it is now to do so and I will make her a present of the money to pay same, or in case Mother does not wish to raise her subscription if you wish to sign or subscribe say $100 in your own name I will do the same with you. I confess that I feel quite an interest in seeing a new church built in Dundee and sincerely hope you will succeed in having one erected. I received a letter from your pastor a short time ago and answered it a short time since and enclosed in that letter my individual subscription towards the desired object. Probably you have heard of it, or will in due time.
    I enclose herewith two Wells Fargo & Co. money orders, viz. #184527 for $50.00 and No. 184528 for $50.00, total $100. Same is in payment of the annual interest on the $1000 note you hold against me. I have made the orders payable in New York City. You can no doubt get one of the Dundee banks to cash them. If not, you can get them cashed by U.S. Express Co. at the face value at Bath or Penn Yan. Please make the usual endorsement on the note.
    In regard to your sending me more money, I will say don't put all your eggs in one basket. Still, if you cannot invest the money in Dundee I will take it and do the best with it I can, but I think it would be best for you to keep it under your immediate supervision. I would be very glad to have John come and make us a visit, but I shall expect nothing of the kind till I see him. Ben and Carrie may probably make you a visit during the summer. As for Julia and myself I hardly know what to say. We would like nothing better than to make you a visit in the near future, but the fact is I am very closely confined to my office and since Father Hoffman died I have had no one to depend upon when I am away from home. However, rest assured that the first chance I have I will make a short trip home.
    Do you suppose that Mother would come out here and see this country if I would go after her? I would be doubly glad to have her come and stay with us awhile. I think the trip would do her good. The railroad runs within three miles of my door, so there would be no staging. Since I commenced writing this I have received a very pleasant call from Mr. Sworts and Mr. Miller of Dundee. The boys are enjoying excellent health and are in the best of spirits and are quite sanguine that they are going to make their fortunes in this country. I hope they will not be disappointed. They were en route to Linkville, some 75 miles southeast of this place. They talked of going into the business of raising cattle. This leaves us all well and I hope it will find you all enjoying the same blessing. With much love to Mother and a due share to yourself, I remain
Your affectionate brother,
    C. C. Beekman
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May 11th 1886
Friend Frank
    Yours of 7th inst. duly to hand and contents noted. I am glad to hear that you are and have been getting along so well in your studies and that your prospects are so flattering for the tutorship. I shall suggest to Genl. Reames to write to Dr. Hamilton in a day or two which he has promised to do at such time as we thought best.
    I enclose a check for $100. You can get it cashed at one of the banks. Your folks are usually well. Excuse shortness of this letter, as I am very busy indeed today.
Hastily yours
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. You may send note for the check.
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Condolence to H. Wadsworth
May 22nd 1886
My Dear Henry
    Your note announcing the sad news of the Doctor's death has just reached me, and I assure you that I join sincerely with you in this hour of morning. I feel his loss as that of a brother and although of late years we were little together, I have often looked back to the early times when he was more to me than a friend; when his wise counsel and steadfast allegiance were invaluable to me in the first struggles with fortune and have always remembered a friendship and confidence not to be won by everyone, or won easily, with feelings of profound gratitude, and the partial transfer of intimate business relations from him to yourself never impaired my affection for him. It is quite natural that we would mourn for him, but from an intimate knowledge of his pure heart and well-settled religious convictions I feel satisfied that all is well with him and that the darkness of death was only the veil that hid from him the bright light of immortality. Accept, my dear friend, my heartfelt condolence, and let us hope that the parting from one so near to us both may not be forever and that we may both live nearer to his worthy example till we, too, tread with him the shore of the better world.
    Please express my deepest sympathy to Mrs. Wadsworth with the earnest hope that this heavy blow may be lightened by the assurance that a loved husband is only waiting for the hours when she will rejoin him where there will be no parting.
Believe me
    Your sincere friend
        C. C. Beekman
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May 22nd 1886
Rev. R. W. Hill
    My Dear Sir
        Your note requesting me to act as a member of the "Volunteer Association of Charities" is at hand. While I appreciate the honor tendered and heartily endorse the object I am so overwhelmed by my own business cares and so much absent from home that I must positively decline. I will suggest, however, the name of Hon. N. Langell, a gentleman well qualified, who I think will cheerfully accept. With the best wishes for the success of your scheme I am
Sincerely yours
    C. C. Beekman
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May 22nd 1886
Hon. J. N. Dolph
    U.S. Senator
        Washington D.C.
            Dear Sir
                In compliance with your request I enclose names and addresses of our nominees in this county. We are making a hard fight here and hope to reduce the usual large Democratic majority. I will now discharge a little duty, long neglected, that of thanking you for many public documents & etc. received during the session, all of which were both interesting and valuable for reference. With best regards,
I remain
    Yours truly
        C. C. Beekman
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June 4th 1886
R. F. Scott Esq.
    Kerbyville, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 15th ultimo duly to hand. In answer to your inquiry I would say that the face of the note on you, in favor of the estate of Wm. Hoffman, decd., is $79.50. Note is dated February 3rd 1883 with interest from date at 8% percent per annum. The note has the following endorsements, viz.:
May 13th 1884 Paid $10.00
May 25th 1885 Paid $10.00
    We are anxious to settle the estate as soon as possible, but do not wish or desire you to make too great a sacrifice to raise the money at once, but would be very glad to have it settled as soon as you can do so, say in two months. Will that time suit you?
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
        Executor
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June 21st 1886
H. Wadsworth Esq.
    Treas. W.F.&Co.
        San Francisco
            Dear Sir
I send you this day by Wells Fargo & Co. Express via Portland 352 ounces gold dust. Please deposit with "Selby Refinery" for coinage. Proceeds place to my credit. Freight and marine insurance prepaid at this office.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. Please return my gold dust purses. I am entirely out.
C.C.B.
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June 27th 1886
George Engle Esq.
    Ashland Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 26th instant duly to hand. In reply I would say that my surplus funds are all placed at this time, but to accommodate I will spare the amount ($250) you want. As requested I enclose a note due 60 days from date for you to sign. There is no need of taking the time to send the note to Billy for him to sign it; your name is sufficient. Sign the note and I will send you the money.
    If you can use my check on Portland or San Francisco (no premium for the check), I would much prefer it as I am quite short of coin at the present writing. I presume he can use check on S. Francisco at Lakeview as well as coin, which will spare him any expense in getting the money there.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



June 30th 1886
Messrs. Duffield & Lance
    Foots Creek
        Gentlemen
The gold dust crop is short this season, hence I would like as usual to buy your dust this year. If you will come and see me when you clean up, I know I can and will do as well or better with you than you can do elsewhere.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



July 9th 1886
T. P. Judson, Esq.
    Grants Pass, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 8th instant enclosing 2 pieces Josephine [County] scrip amounting to $144.00 duly to hand. $144.00 at 95 cts.[=]$136.80. I enclose herewith my #977 check as requested on First National Bank of Portland payable to your order for 136.80 in payment of same.
    In regard to the loan you write about I would say that my funds (except what I am using in my daily business) are all placed at this writing. Owing to the scarcity of money with me now I am not buying any scrip on my own account just at present. What I buy is for account of other parties. I have several loans out that are past due. If I should succeed in collecting I might be able to accommodate you after a short time. If I can I will gladly accommodate you.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



July 14th 1886
F. H. Lamb Esq.
    Portland, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 12th instant at hand and contents noted. In reply I would say that I believe the bond would be considered good here. Mr. Hanley is the sole owner of the distillery here, which I am told contains at this time some 20,000 gallons of whiskey, besides he owns the land in this valley and has quite a band of cattle, the number I do not know. Mr. Turner is not so well off, but he stands well in this community as a gentleman of integrity, sobriety and prompt in his business engagements. He has a village property and some outside lands. I have never heard his wealth estimated.
    To sum up if the transaction were with myself I would consider the bond perfectly good.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



July 22nd 1886
Dear Mother and Sister
    In looking over my unanswered correspondence this morning I find that your letter of 10th ultimo has not been acknowledged, so I have determined to lay all work aside and give it my first attention; so to begin, first, I am glad to hear that you are all enjoying good health. Second, I am glad to know that the Dundee people are satisfied with my donation to the new church and that the desired object is, or soon will be, accomplished. Third, in regard to Mother giving another $100, that is all right, and as I wrote you in my last letter I would pay the amount she wished to subscribe, so I enclose herewith 2 express money orders, No. 279747 and No. 279748, for $50 each, total $100, to pay same. You can suit yourselves as to the name of the donor, so you can subscribe the amount as coming from Mother or yourself. In regard to a memorial window for Father, if Abe, John and Dewitt desire to put one in I will pay my share (¼ of it). In fact I would be glad if they would conclude to do so. John has not yet made his appearance in Jacksonville, and as I wrote you before I shall not look for him till I see him. I will add however that we would be very glad to have him make us a visit this summer.
    Julia and Carrie are talking of making you a visit this summer. Remember, it is only talk and may end in talk. Ben is now in the mountains rusticating, will remain there two or three weeks yet.
    This leaves us usually well, and I hope it will find you all enjoying the same blessing.
Yours affectionately
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



July 22nd 1886
My Dear Niece
    Your letter of 3rd instant at hand and contents noted. You did not state in your letter what amount you would require to enable you to go to New York City, and of course I have no means of knowing what the cost would be. However I enclose herewith two express money orders No. 29749 and No. 279750 for $50 each (total $100). If that is not enough, you may drop me a line and I will send you enough to enable you to take lessons for the two months, as you desire to do, in New York City.
Hastily and affectionately
    Your uncle
        C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



July 31st 1886
A. L. Bancroft & Co.
    San Francisco, Cal.
        Gentlemen:
We return herewith your check #6403 for $35.75 on M. A. McGinnis, Medford, Ogn., sent me for collection 27th instant, also the corrected checks on same party for $33.75 sent me same date. Reason: We are informed that the party has closed out or failed and left the country. His successor in the publication of the Medford Monitor of Medford, which Mr. McGinnis established, is A. L. Johnson. You might get some information in regard to his whereabouts by writing him.
Yours respectfully
    [C. C. Beekman]
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library


July 31st 1886
W. F. Kraemer, Esq.
    Grants Pass, Ogn.
        Dear Sir
            Yours of 29th instant enclosing money order in my favor for $25.25 to be applied on the note favor of J. W. Tufts, Boston duly to hand.
    We return the money order herewith enclosed for the reason: after we received your letter claiming the note was not due according to your contract with Tufts we returned the note together with your letter to him, which was about the 19th inst. You can get the order cashed at Grants Pass where it was purchased. In regard to the loan of $900, I would say that my own surplus funds are all placed at this writing, and I do not know of anyone at this time who has that amount to loan. Money is very scarce here now, and very few loans are being made.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



August 5th 1886
G. Landon, Jr.
    San Francisco
        Dear Sir
            We return herewith enclosed note on J. C. Whipp for $150.00 you sent us for collection 27th ulto. Reason: Mr. Whipp has made an assignment, as you state, and I would suggest that you place the note in the hands of some atty. at law who can and will know how to legally present the claim in due form and look after it. I would name P. P. Prim as a reliable atty. at law (he resides here). I have called upon Whipp, and he says he notified you that he was compelled to make an assignment. He says he thinks his debts will all be paid in full, but of course your claim must be presented in due form, and within the time required by our statutes.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Sept. 11th 1886
Pacific Bridge Co.
    Portland, Ogn.
        Gentlemen
            Yours of 6th instant duly to hand and contents noted. This morning I received from the County Clerk of Josephine County $2620.00 county orders. The County Clerk of Josephine sent up the scrip without having it protested, so I return it for protest. When it comes back Mr. Nickell will receive it and pay coin for same and I will send you my check on First National Bank of Portland for the proceeds as requested. The scrip will be back Tuesday 14th inst. as soon as received I will deliver it to Mr. Nickell and close up the matter.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Sept. 12th 1886
J. W. Howard Esq.
    Grants Pass, Ogn.
        Dear Sir;
            Yours of 13th inst. duly to hand. In reply I would say that I will take Mr. Bryan's scrip (protested) at 95 cts. payable here in coin, or I will give him a check on Portland or San Francisco at par. Either way will suit me.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
P.S. A question has been raised here as to your method of protesting scrip. Some of our lawyers claim you should sign your name ink, instead of using a stamp. I venture no opinion.
C.C.B.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Sept. 15th 1886
Prof. J. W. Johnson
    State University, Eugene City
My Dear Sir;
    In reply to yours of 13th inst. I will say that I had already been notified by His Excellency Gov. Moody of my appointment and received my commission and have this day expressed to him my acceptance of the trust. While I am somewhat chary of accepting so great a responsibility, my deep interest in the university will not permit me to decline the burden and I feel assured by your kind expressions of confidence of your hearty cooperation and counsel when necessary. With thanks and kindest regards to yourself and family, believe me
Yours sincerely
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Sept. 15th 1886
Hon. Z. F. Moody
    Salem, Ogn.
        My Dear Sir
            Your Excellency's kind note of 10th inst. notifying me that you have commissioned me to fill the vacancy on the "Board of Regents" of the State University, occasioned by the death of Dr. Geary, was duly received. In reply I will say that, while fearing the responsibility the position will impose on me, I do not feel at liberty to decline the distinguished honor a second time and, therefore, thanking you for your kind mark of confidence, beg leave to express my acceptance of the trust.
Truly & sincerely yours
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Sept. 18th 1886
Dudley Evans, Esq.
    Supt. W.F.&Co.
        Portland, Ogn.
            Dear Sir
                Under date of April 29th 1886 you wrote me that you wished to defer giving me a special rate on my own shipments of treasure to San Francisco till you got a new tariff, which you thought would be out in a few days. Can you now give me a special rate via Portland and overland to San Francisco, also from Jacksonville to Portland.
Yours respectfully
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Sept. 21st 1886
Prof. B. J. Hawthorne
    Eugene City
My Dear Sir
    Accept my thanks for your kind congratulatory letter. It is very gratifying indeed to learn of the increasing prosperity of the University, and be assured that it will always find in me a zealous and ardent friend.
Sincerely yours
    C. C. Beekman
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Dec. 29th 1886
Jas. Allen Esq.
    Langell Valley
        Dear Sir
            Yours at hand. In reply would say that Mr. Beekman has gone east, to be absent 4 or 6 weeks. When he returns he will attend to the matter referred to.
Yours truly
    Jno. A. Boyer
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



Jany. 7th 1887
John W. Carmany Esq.
    25 Kearny St.
        San Francisco
            Dear Sir
                Enclosed please find Wells Fargo & Co.'s money order for $10.00 which amount is in full for bill of shirts Dec. 30th 1886.
Yours truly
    C. C. Beekman
        Per B.
C. C. Beekman Papers Mss 916 Box K, Letterpress Book Vol. 3 1885-1887, Oregon Historical Society Research Library



WATSON & BEEKMAN
ATTORNEYS AT LAW

Rooms 307, 308, 309 Commercial Bldg.
Portland, Oregon
Tuesday, Sept. 28/15
Mr. Henry G. Dox
    Jacksonville, Oregon
My Dear Mr. Dox:
    Had planned to leave here Thursday night, arriving at Jacksonville Friday noon. Mother has been indisposed since Sunday and will not be able to leave before Saturday. As neither she nor Carrie wish to arrive or start on Sunday it is likely we will not get away before next Monday night, however. Mother is having a recurrence of the Vancouver, B.C. trouble and is unable to walk or be up on account of the ensuing pain in the left leg. It seems to be a combined nerve and vein trouble brought on by overexertion. The treatment calls for a few days' rest and quiet at Vancouver. She was laid up about five days. Wish you would notify Louise. Will let you know exact date of departure. Would like to have you arrange with Ray Ulrich to meet us at Medford station the morning we arrive. Will take 8:15 p.m. train, which reaches Medford between 10 and 11.
Yours sincerely,
    B. B. Beekman
Henry Dox Papers, Southern Oregon Historical Society Research Library M88C Box 2




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