State of California, City and County of San Francisco, ss:

Michael White, of the city and county of San Francisco, State of California, being duly sworn, deposes and says: That for years past he has been actively engaged both as managing owner of sealing schooners and also as master thereof; that [Page 205] among the vessels so managed by him were the Lottie Fairfield, the J. Eppinger, the Theresa and the Undaunted; that he is familiar with the cost and expense of outfitting said vessels, and also familiar with the value of vessels engaged in said business; that he knew the schooner James Hamilton Lewis before and at the time of her seizure by the Russian Government, and that in his opinion the said schooner James Hamilton Lewis and her outfit were reasonably worth in the neighborhood of $25,000.

Michael White.

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Notary Public in and for the City and County of San Francisco, State of California.

[russian consul’s certificate.]