Royal Fisk Gold Rush Letters

[Letter, J.A. McCrea to Royal Fisk, May 3 1862] McCrea, J.A. May 3, 1862

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 For steamer “Seira [sic] Nevada” <br>
Victoria V.I. 23. 1862<br>
Royal Fisk Esq<br>
Dear Sir <br>
Your favors of the 13 & 17 duly received<br>
Enclosed please find  WF & Co <br>
& Co [sic] check for the sum of five hundred Dollars No 799 <br>
which please place to my credit. I do not know of <br>
anything I want unless it is butter which you <br>
can purchase and ship as opportunity offers <br>
I have done better on butter than on any thing else <br>
and shall try and keep in it. Our trade has been <br>
very lively on the Staples flour. 12 to 14 Rice 6½ to 8<sup>c </sup><br>
Beans 9 to 10. Oregon bacon 20<sup>c </sup>____  10 to 14<sup>c </sup><br>
Other goods have not been very lively but they will <br>
Start up Soon. I have just had a conversation <br>
with Mr Knight of Wells Fargo & Co and think I can <br>
make an increase to my commission business with <br>
your assistance. I propose to insert in your news <br>
papers an advertisement that I will (through you) <br>
make cash advances on merchandise shipped to me <br>
on commission. On an application you will <br>
Examine the goods very carefully and decide <br>
on the amount that would be Safe to make and <br>
when the goods are shipped and insured transfer the B/L &c [Bill of Lading etc]<br>
to Wells Fargo & Co and draw a draft <br>
on me payable on the arrival of the vessel<br>
<br> You can advance on all kinds of goods except <br>
liquors which I would not advise any one <br>
to ship to this market as we are abundantly <br>
supplied from England. But on any other <br>
goods that you with your knowledge <br>
think will sell here make the advances <br>
W F & Co will charge 2½ per cent commission <br>
which will cover int & all to the date of the <br>
arrival of the Vessel. I will then charge 2½ <br>
per cent a month untill [sic] reembursed [sic] from <br>
Sales. Or if it was only a few days would <br>
not charge anything. You will have to have <br>
all these matters understood. You will also <br>
see as to the amount of trouble & time and <br>
see what you will have to charge me. <br>
In regard to my commissions I get here from <br>
5 to 10 per cent & other charges such as advertising [etc] <br>
added on any straight lot of staple goods <br>
I could not charge over five per cent but on <br>
any lots that have to be peddled but I <br>
should have to charge more. You will <br>
please call and see Mr Knight as soon as <br>
he arrives & have a conversation with <br>
him that you may fully understand each other <br>
I enclose you an advertisement which you can <br>
alter if it does not suit you. Yours [etc] James McCrea<br>
PS Send me 50 ps [pieces] China Matting if you can get it in bond. assd [sic] sizes check. <br> J A McCrea<br>
May 23 1862<br>


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