Title: Letter from B. S. Hile to his wife, 4 December 1861
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Title: Letter from B. S. Hile to his wife, 4 December 1861
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Creator: Hile, B. S.
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Havana Dec 4 1861

Dear Wife

Yours of the 17th by the Columbia came to land I have written you by
every mail you speak of weather how difficult here a fire place
or stove is not known I have on this morning the lightest linen- we
have showers once ot twice a week and not even that sometimes I have
nearly completed a contract to put down all the street pipes in G
for Gas Works- put all the pipes in every house and fixtures put up all
the street lamps and finish all except the houses and Generating
Aparatus If so I shall put on 20 men at once and send out by this
steamer for men and tools but it is now uncertain it will depend on
circumstances I can make more money here than in New York I only want
a trusty man with me as it is impossible to find one here I had
yesterday morning probably 15 men to see me on business I had 100 Bbls
of apples, turnips, and potatoes consigned to me to sell for Mr. Lynch
Erie RER epot Direct your letters to 83 Aquiar St. Mr. wants I
should ship him on the Columbia 20000 oranges I could not get room for
Capt Adams as he has shipped on several hundred bushells himself tell
Done all I could and had engaged the oranges at $5.50 per 1000

Thursday Evening 9
Dec 5, 1861
I have just closed a heavy contract on Gas Works at G some 40
miles from Havana I have to put down about 4 miles of street :iain pipes
put in all the pipes into all the houses supply them with fixtures put
up all lamp posts and everything of this description I have purchased
over $4000 worth of chandeliers and fixtures I shall go there on Saturday
and open a store I shall write for Bro. Fred to come down to
superintend then when I am required here I must have a person that I
can rely on I shall set men to work at once The money all comes into
my hands will finish tomorrow Buenos noches I have only time to
close my letter


B.F. Hile

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