Title: Letter from B. S. Hile to his wife, 10 December 1861
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Title: Letter from B. S. Hile to his wife, 10 December 1861
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Creator: Hile, B. S.
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Guines Cuba Wednesday
Dec 10 1861 Evening

My Dear Wife -

For the last few days I have barely had time to turn
around except talk about business. In my last I think I
mentioned to you that I intended to take a contract to
light up this place with Gas I have concluded such a
contract a nd am now here I have six miles of Street
Mains to lay down dig the trenches lay the pipe and close
it up I have 350 houses to fit up with pipes all through
the houses and furnish all the chandeliers and fixtures set
all the street lamp posts and lamps Light up all the public
buildings It will necessarily require a large number of
laborers I have rented a large dwelling house on the
main street has 80 feet front 3 parlours and rooms running
back 100 feet Monday I shall open house and shall board
Mr. Woodworth, Mr. Ward, and another gentlema n from N.Y. then
I have my interpreter and fitters Mr. Woodworth will
have five or six men and i- I do not out the digging
I must provide for 30 Negores more I expect to do this
and relive me from the coloured Upopulation" I have engaged
a Chinaman cook ( they are the best here) a nd coloured
wash woman and another We use cots altogether with
tow sheets and a blanket and pillow Muskitl if we can
afford it The front parlours I shall have hung up with
chandeliers probably take a stock that was intended for this
contract that are in Havana just in rear of the parlour
I shall have my work shop the next rooms will be sleeping
rooms and then the cooking department Our gang has named it
"Hotel de Hile" I have written for two or three men to
come out and hope Mr. Green will send them on and Bro. Fred
also I am quite sure of making some money in this contract -
I have another under consideration on the S.W. coast of Cuba
to put up the entire works I am now writing in the best
hotel in the place and what kind of company do you think I
have around me well the first is a lot of pigs that come in
and go out at the door and here comes in ducks a nd a dog
from the yard you can't imagine all this and at the same
time have all these around you when you are at the table and
siting in a parlour a great country this

Havana Thursday Dec 19,1861

I now open this letter to close and send it by the Karnak
(8 evening gun from the fort has just fired) I came from
last night to purchase Forge Anvils Tools and supplies -
have received my letters and papers from Karnak have yours
and Ellens and glad to hear from you I have received Bills

Lading and Invoices of goods from Green and been very busy
all day I need some one to help me very much and hope
Bro. Fred will come out by the Colurbia to remain in Havana
while I am at Guines We have great laws here one is that
no person can raise Wheat because they must pay Spain a
heavy duty for flour from Spain and is all the flour there
is No person can bake a loaf of bread except a baker
licensed to do itj no one can sell meat or fish or any article
except by license Everything is taxed Enclosed I send you
a drawing of my house I have sent Mr. Green one also do you
see we have Cock fighting and some of these cocks are worth
$150 all most everyone has one or two and in the cane you
meet men carrying them in a palm leef basket in their hand
and ready to bet any one nearly all the time in our yard
they are training there fellows to fight -
I would like to give you a description of ox teams here I
wonder what some Con, farmers would say at seeing them and seeing
them plough In a month or so the new crop of sugar will
come in and I intend to send you a box then I will send you a
barrell of oranges by the Columbia next trip and a box of
cigars for Mr. Green in it I am receiving a large a mont of
collections from the S states I have now several thousand
dollars from different persons today I collected $300 all
in Spanish gold 18 ose I have much that would please you
to write about and only time prevents me from doing it perhaps
I may write more before I close this letter if not good bye

Mr. B. S. Hile

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