The page for Wednesday, April 24th says:
At office 6 A.M. Bought boy boots. Cost $13 - Whew! All hands go to Quasamambi. Boy takes them up. On his return says Mr. D.C. Stapleton is happy as a boy. Downey and Nugent return with gladsome news of gold they picked up off the bed-rock say $40 or $50. Listen well, and Nugent tries to find from me the figures from the last clean-up. Repeatedly says he likes Quasamambi mine. Good bedrock. D.C. Stapleton has a quick eye, and a thorough miner. Surest footed man he ever saw. No one can steal gold on him. A pleasing day. Still my thoughts wander off to California. Downey says Morrell made a bad break saying Mr. D.C. Stapleton was not a miner. He wish he knew then as much as now, and he would have answered him. Nugent adds - He is miner enough. Gerald remains up with his brother for the night. Canoe man stopped over to carry down in the morning. Mr. D.C. Stapleton. Bats in my room last night. Poor sleep.
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Questions and comments:
- “Morell” is F.V. Morrell, who is in the New York office. He wrote a letter that caused much Nathaniel much angst in when it was received on April 3rd or 4th.