Title: Letter from B. S. Hile to his wife, 25 July 1862
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Title: Letter from B. S. Hile to his wife, 25 July 1862
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Creator: Hile, B. S.
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Habana July 25, 1862

My Dears
Yesterday I sent you a letter by the Columbia and wrote
Mr. after I arrived here from I allow Mr.
Nard until Monday next to arrange for my payments which if
not made to my satisfaction I shall assume the Works. On
arriving in Habana I found in my box a letter from Mr.
Green which had been placed in the box of Will I
send to day by the Mexico a power of attorney to- Green
to assign and sell if necessary in order to protect our
affairs although I don't think it will be necessary as I
more towards securing our claims here than I had any
idea of accomplishing. I am well and have no fears for the
yellow fever although every hospital is over full and among
the shipping it prevails generally, Some ridiculous scenes
occur in the streets occasionally Accompanying a hearse
is generally 4 flunkies or hired Paul bearers or Mourners
dressed in Black every article of clothing with a swallow
tail coat on their return from the cemetery they are
sure to ge- pelted by boys and negroes whoating and hollering
at them and then running like everything to get out of the
way of them and they always carry in their hats a
representation of a snake and looks like one so they pull
these out and shake it at the crowd as much as to say
"Your turn next" From the shipping many of the victims
are thrown over into the harbour although against the law
this with other carcases and dead fish together with the
sewage and drainings of slaughter houses make it very liable
to fever and there is no current in the harbour but it is
a dead stagnant body of Water and it is now green and in the
if disturbed by an oar it shows up and a
liquid fire as it drops from the oar at the rainy
season of the year eat the most delicious fruit is ripe
(Pineapple) it becomes everyone to partake of them very
cautiously and such fruit you have never enjoyed as I
had yesterday and one this morning called the Sugar Loaf Pine
Apple I see it is now 9 I have considerable to do before
the Mail and must take my breakfast ("Connie") and
the travle I shall tell Mr. Green that you shall want
some extra money for vacation. Love to all

Good bye
B. S. Hile

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