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Yolo April 16th 1861 John Newton Esqr. My dear friend, I received yours of March 7th in due time but I could not send a letter before now owing to high waters that the mail could not leave your state that you cannot obtain a draft for me, if you have not succeeded on the receipt of this, obtain the specie and send it by express ascertain if possible if there is any connection with any express in Virginia and Wells Fargo & Co Express at New York and if so please have it sent to New York for Wells Fargo & Co Express to be expressed to Cacheville Yolo Co Cal, (the name of the Express office Cachevile not Yolo) take their receipt for the amount and write to me by Government mail, you may pay Peter G. Steele ten dollars for me, tell Peter I just received his letter but will