The page for Monday, August 12th says:
"I have been thinking this A.M. Mr. McHorney. How would you like to go to New York." At 12 oclock Noon this was said - I left Playa Rica at 3:15 p.m. Give to him Phonograph & books say $100 gold value. "You have the experience and will get paid" Never mind about the expenses on this end - Gave me order for $20 on Campo. Bank Check $200 Sent me off to go via Tumaco. Tells me to share expenses with Downey who also, has an order for $40 - on Campo. Wants Ward to come down. Thinks more often of Coats than himself. Offered to have masses said for him. No Beans nor rice on hand - 5 bbls pork, tinned goods - and my brother and I can live on what we have on hand. I asked Downey (last night) to change his discharge to a resignation - Refused Turn back to page 222
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Questions and comments:
- Campo is (I believe) a person/bank in downstream, rather than the suburb of San Diego.
- It is not clear to me how much of this entry is quoting D.C. Stapleton (“My brother and I”, for example), and how much is Nathaniel (“Sent me off via Tumaco”)
- “Turn back to page 222” is a reference to the letter written on page #222 of the diary
- Coats is almost certainly S.A. Coates.
- The word after phonograph could be “boots” – but I am not sure.