Title: Letter from B. S. Hile to his wife, 10 November 1861
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Title: Letter from B. S. Hile to his wife, 10 November 1861
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Creator: Hile, B. S.
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Sunday Nov 10 1861

Dear Wife -

Enclosed I give you a drawing that may give you an idea of how my
store looks Ampudia is the name of the Merchant Tailor who keeps a
store and owns the building the opening is a vestibule our store is
entered within the tailor on the right I have rented it at one ounce
and a half per month ($17 per os) or Doubleoon it is Calle de Aguiar 83
Entre Calle de Ovrilly y Obispo or No. 83 Aguiar St. between Ovrilly and
Obispo St. where you may direct your letters. A young Spaniard by the
name of Lieno Ynfante who speaks English also he interprets and assists
me in doing business and soliciting orders I allow him 1/5 of the
profits of the business here he is highly recommended and well
acquainted here- I took out Domicillo papers yesterday and License to do
business and shall commence under the style of B.S. While and Co. no
one can do business except they take out these papers- I have just come
from the wharf an American Brig came in while I was there from iaine -
tis a pleasure among so much bigotry and flourish of its authoril
to occasionally see the "American flag" she came in with a fresh breeze
and full sail her Capt. on quarterdeck giving orders in good English a nd
sad after sail lowered to their yards and gracefully sounding to drop the
anchor perhaps for the first time since she left Frankfurt Maine -
Another Amc. vessel is now /$ j% abreast of the Moro Castle coming in -
probably there are 20 in the harbour- more than any other nation except
Spanish Today (Sunday) is a Grand Military display to Bless the Fla g
of the Army that has assembled here- the streets are full of them and the
Priests We are expecting every hour to see the "Columbia" she is now
due if she sailed or rather steamed on Tuesday as advertised I have your
letter Ellas and Eddies which I received by the Cosmopolitan and shall
send this by her We have had two deaths from yellow fever this week but
no alarm from it as there are cases all seasons of the year I suffer
much from bites of the bed bugs and misketoes and after trying every thing
to soothe it I hit upon the and it has a good effect I shall
not require any woollen clothes except dress coat I need some thin
pants and a thin coat and a few more shirts It takes so long to get back
washing I have had mine out two weeks and awful when done Nothing but
garters and shoes are worn here and I want a pair of each I had made up
my mind that I should get no letters by the Cosmopolitan but in the evening
Mr. Loomis came in to my boarding house and handed me a package and paper
and I was very glad to get them I shall send home some good orders by
this steamer- I am speaking Spanish and lessons every morning from a
lady boarder not regard for the here

Monday Nov 11 Steamer has
arrived an letters from you and others will answer it at the first
opportunity as I have my letters for the Steamer tomorrow Cosmopolitan
I am glad to hear from you and to know you are well the Postage is
perhaps right they do as they please as to rates I paid '.100 for
Postage this time Tell Mrs. she can get her circulars printed in N.Y.
much cheaper than here I shall send ry cards and circulars to N.Y. to be
printed often in Spanish I will give th n a with and
presume it will 3 dollars I will send you some sugar as soon as I
can find tire Our rains are now over and for a month or two there will
be no rain it came for nearly two weeks after I arrived Every evening

from 8 to 9 there is music on the square in front of the Capita n de
General in which are Palm, Cocoa. Banana, Oranges, etc. in the
center is a marble statue of Queen Isabel I have made some good
acquaintances so far and taken some good orders If it was Ogood times
I would start a machine shop here at once Mr. G has proposed some
changes in our business which I have not time to spea k of now -

B.S. While

will write Eddie

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