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The Oregon Land Company,
   Salem, Oregon, March 3, 1897.

Louis Janin, Esq.,
    San Francisco, Cal.
Dear Sir:-

    It is with pleasure I take the opportunity of making a statement concerning the character and ability of Herbert C. Hoover.

    I have been acquainted with Mr. Hoover’s people for many years and with him intimately from boyhood up to the time he left Oregon for California to enter Stanford University, and can certify that he is of good Quaker stock.

    He was employed in the office of The Oregon Land Company, of which I am and was at that time manager, for some three years, and proved very efficient in every way, exhibiting tact and judgment in an unusual degree, and left our employ of his own accord and with a good reputation and a clean record.

    His integrity and business ability were beyond question and I feel sure that he will prove worthy of any trust which may be roposed [sic] in him, and equal to any responsibilities which he may see fit to assume.

Yours respectfully,         
B.S. Cook         
Sec. & Mgr., The Oregon Land Co.