John McConihe, Correspondence
MS 308
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Dear John

I wrote you a short note yesterday enclosing my note for $1000#. I left the date blank, in order that you might date it the day of discount. Fill it up as dated "Omaha" and all will be right. The note will be met at maturity without fail. It takes considerable money even to load up three wagons and buy the load and outfit and pay expenses on the road from Omaha to Denver & you can here estimate the expenses

Cost of loading consisting of leather, lard and candles, with few minor articles, such as a few kegs molasses, barrels sugar & e—$1400.00
Cost of two mules & harnas (we have on hand 12 head, in all fourteen, making one six mule & two four mule teams) extra, say—2275.00
Cost of provisions, and other things we have not on hand for the road,150.00
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Expenses trip out & back$200.00

In all it takes about $2000 too equip and run the train. There is no risk, ex—cept in selling the goods at Denver in time to meet your note and we have no fears of that as we receive advices weekly by the stage and know what articles we can sell and at what price.

I make the above explanation in order that you may know, what I am doing with so much money. I want to get a little ahead this summer and there is no other opening but this. All I wish is that I had more money to use, as my partner could as well and nearly as cheap run six wagons oas three. My partner is a young man of property and has put in the concern, as much as I have, He has 640 acres of land above Florence, about two miles, and it has about 160 acres timber and a fine stream running through it, and is on the main road. He took the census of a protion of the Territory last summer,

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and the Government owes him about $680 for the same, which he expected to get before this. The Government owes me for services as Private Secretary $640 which I had also hoped to get. That is one reason why the note was not sent you sooner. Thad hoped we might get along without borrowing from you but the hope has failed. When either of us will get out money, is doubtful and the sooner they settle this question of secession the sooner we will get our money. I can assure you though, when—ever be my fortune, you shall not loose[sic] one dollar by me. My property here now, unincumbered, would sell under the hammer for at least $3000.

I am well and shall not come home, until I get my matters in a good and sund condition.

Yours truly

John McConihe