TYPEWRITTEN LETTER, SIGNED (TLs). 1 page, dated 18 October 1899, to Major Ben C. Truman. Typed on Huntington's New York office letterhead. Collis P. Huntington (1821-1900), one of California's "Big Four," was a shrewd, cynical nineteenth-century transportation king who used power ruthlessly to make money for his enterprises. The recipient, Benjamin Cummings Truman (1835-1916) was an early, prolific publicist for Southern California. His most important and influential work was SEMI-TROPICAL CALIFORNIA ... (1874), a book that enticed thousands to experience the special qualities of the counties in the southern part of the state that reached from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, bordering Mexico. A friendly letter in which Huntington remarks that "it is, of course, rather refreshing to me to see every now and then in California papers articles in reference to myself which do not charge me with doing something against the interest of California." A fine letter. (#168613).