Title: Letter from B. S. Hile to his wife, 19 March 1861 or 1862
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Title: Letter from B. S. Hile to his wife, 19 March 1861 or 1862
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Creator: Hile, B. S.
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Havana March 19th 186?

IM Dear Wife-

I have your letters of the 2nd and 9th of March in which I hear that
Eddie has gone to Salem I see you have had much snow and skating this
winter We have now very fine Pineapple and much larger than any that
you see in New York there are several kinds but the best is the "sugar
loaf" I presume I have received all your letters I wrote you by
last steamer in reference to the Mortgage I think it will be some time
before Real Est. in N.Y. will come up I would not like to loose the
"1500 invested in the house but it is to be so let it go any contract
that we enter into ourselves and carry it out ourselves we can do without
much difficulty but this operation we were compelled to go into in order
to get out of Woodworth what is due us from him 18 mo ago. Ve find that
there is no dependence on him or in any thin he represents We can not
collect one dollar in Guines until we light up and that depends upon )k4
Woodworth getting ready the and holder and the purifiers,
condensers, etc. but to raise money he has of th-ese articles as such
as are essential to make connections such as crosses elbows ana
for the street mains (Pipe) he has no money to pay his workmen and tried
it twice himself XgO to carry it through alone and failed consequently the
citizens have lost all confidence in any arrangements and will not pay a
dollar until the city is lighted up I relied upon his statement that
"a portion of it could be collected soon as the i##5S' pipes were put in
"a nd fixtures located but not a dollar can I raise until we light up and it
is very tight to meet all my bills for labor and
other expenses at the same time Mr. Green has made calculations upon
receiving money from me which he would, had there been any truth in what
Woodworth represented or even been ready to put forward his work as he
ought to have done Mr. Green is very much in want of funds to sa ve us
from Protest and writes very discouragedly and depressed still I am not
able to send him any money neither can I tell when it can be done I
go to Guines this P.M. and return in time to write more before the
steamer leaves which is on Saturday Walter is well and will go home
probably in a packet via Boston I am in good health and was never
in his life in enjoyment of better health I agree with him Exactly -
Thursday 5 P.M. I have
just come in from Guines and the prospects are that we can light up by
the 1st of A pril then I can raise 2 or 3 thousand dollars in a short
time for Green In my desk at home you will find a Bill from the arrears
of Taxes that is due on our house which will amount now probably to 500 -
This evening I will write a letter to Eddie as perhaps he has not left
for home -
P,S. I don't see that I can get
time to write Eddie but maybe he will not go home yet for a while. I am
well and so is Walter
Love to the children
The stamp not used B.S. HIle

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