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August 31, 1861: Los Altos

August 31, 2011

Camp 49

[Today] I sold the mules, got as much as I expected—$71 for two mules we gave $130 for—then came on here1, seventeen miles northwest of San Jose. This is on a farm of Mr. Putnam, a brother-in-law of Professor Whitney. He is in business in San Francisco, but has a farm here, where his family spend the summer. He comes down every Saturday night and returns on Monday morning. It is in the foothills, at the base of the high mountains, a lovely, quiet, secluded, beautiful spot.

1Identified as Mountain View by Brewer, but based on his description it appears to be present-day Los Altos (which was part of Mountain View at the time).

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