Title: Letter from B. S. Hile to his wife, 26 February 1862
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Title: Letter from B. S. Hile to his wife, 26 February 1862
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Havana Feby 26/62

Dear Wife -

I wrote you by the Cubana which left here yesterday we received no
letters by the Columbia yesterday but perhaps they may turn up some
where and may be in a box that is on the Express Co. Manifest and
will be delivered tomorrow We did not get any letters by the previous
steamer either except two letters from Mr. Moses which reached me by
some way or other If I had thought of it sooner I would have taken a
P.O. Box which costs one ounce per anum Last evening I went with Walter
to the circus we had complimentary tickets given us by Mr. Finch the
A gent for the Harilon Brothers who are performing here to crowded
houses one of them is the flying man he called on me at my office and
last evening he was with us in our seat for sometime and gave me an
invitation to go in anytime I chose however they go back to New York
next week unless they accept an engagement at the Lacon Theatre I may
give a letter to you by one of the Harilons or his agent they are all
of them gentlemen I expected to have had some difficulty in regard to
the Pipe we had here a nd to have owed for its value but today it has
assumed a good shape and I expect to receive the amount of its value
some $1600 I wish you all could be with me a little while in Guines
take a peep in to my store full of chandeliers and globes Buckets and a 11
kinds of fixtures Work shop and men all around 250 Meters in the store
some 15 Hogshead and 20 Crates in the yard nearly a load of shtaw and
paper taken out of them am now beginning to sell fixtures as they now
think the gas will be supplied very soon I have put pipes into about
150 houses and there is as many more to do and 145 street lamps to put up
in all nearly 100 of them are done I presume Eddie will think if
he does not come out it certainly would give me great pleasure to
have him or any of you here and Eddie would enjoy it so well that I
almost feel inclined to say at once come I have no doubt but he would
work his was through without any trouble Should it so happen that
Eddie does come without giving me notice he may not find me out in a
boat %f but if he will ask the steward or Purser for Mr. Woodworth who
most always goes on board for a valise having his change of linen
which he gets by every steamer- Capt. Adairs would like just such a chap
as Eddie on board to entertain him he is a very rough man himself and
likes a joke If he comes out and I get hold of him I will take care of
him however if matters go on well as I expect he can have an opportunity
to come out a nd remain all next winter and should like it I have
today nearly concluded an Agreement with the government to put up Gas
Works in Mar one of the prettiest places on the Island and has
water that is brought to this city in casks and sold at a high
price for its medicinal qualities, evening the wind is now blowing
a gale and raining powerfully this is the first of this kind that has
occurred since my arrival here the wind comes in sudden blasts drives
like what I have met and witnesses on the Gulf on the Steamer between
N.O. and Ga Iveston how different from Monday evening We were on the
top of our house up even with the line of the tops of houses looking
either way and all like walls of stone and clay tiles for roofing
opposite of us on the same street and within 20ft is the roof of the
Convent and Nunnery and on the left of us as we look S outh is the Jesuit

College and Convent and the students upon the roof promena ding in
their long black gowns and turned up hat the windows of all the
convents and nunneries hace close shutters with holes not large
enough to put out a hand and about 3 in apart and you never see them
open I should judge that one half of the buildings in Havana
occupied by churches convents nunneries government purposes ba n1s etc -
There is s ome of the most silly manuevers and ceremonies by the
church here or its dupes that a Northern person don't see at home The news
by the Columbia of our victories over the rebels is received here with
enthus iasm by the few loyal Americans that are here As Capt. Adams
rounded the Moro with the Columbia he gave two guns it took everyone by
surprise as s uch a n instance is not known no vessel except government
ha s this privilege but Capt. Adams is too well known here We
were a 11 in our office and hearing the guns Mr. and Wa later went
out on the cortena (like the Battery) and soon the--ld Columbia came
up past my office full in view and you could see hats and handkerchiefs
waving it gave every loyal heart a cheering hope that cesession Rebellion
a nd piracy had received a lesson lasting as the Eternal Hills The
tone of our Cuban Papers has changed amazingly since the of this
news a nd this mornings of Yi%% our government under Lincoln's wise
Administration soon to be restored to its own glorious and free
Institutions and Government The fact is those papers say just what they
are obliged to say and dare not put in any thing else as every article
is read by the ( something a comruittee from Government who
attends to this) I am writing an article or letter to the Tribune and
may send it own.
Yours B.S. Hile

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