IN DECEMBER, 1862, Mr. Huntington, Vice-President of the Central Pacific Railroad Company, took up his residence in New York as financial and purchasing agent for the company. He kept in almost daily--sometimes hourly--communication with his associates in reference to the affairs of the company, most of his letters and telegrams being addressed to Mark Hopkins, the Treasurer, and his former partner in the hardware business.
In the fall of 1873, the main offices were moved from Sacramento to San Francisco, and a year later, D. D. Colton was admitted to the company largely for the purpose of relieving Mr. Hopkins of some of his duties and because of his declining health which was giving his associates, particularly Mr. Huntington, grave concern.
From the fall of 1874 to the fall of 1878, most of Mr. Huntington's letters were addressed to Mr. Colton, but he continued writing to Mr. Hopkins every few days. On March 29, 1878, Mr. Hopkins died at Yuma, where he had sought a warmer climate.
E. W. Hopkins succeeded him as Treasurer of the company. Four years later, Timothy Hopkins, Mark Hopkins'