John McConihe, Correspondence
MS 308
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Yours of the 29th ult. is at hand and contents noted. I will say nothing more about a division of our matter, until I see you per—sonally. I hope to be able to leave here, and drop in upon you some of these days, either in the fall or during the winter.

As to balance due me in your hands that is all right. Please retain same until further advised and all is well.

Can you not get your father to reduce that interest to 10 per cent per annum? I will pay it promptly, and trust he will be willing to do it, as the same will pay him a remuner alive interest. Monies due me here bring but about ten %, altho I can make more in speculations. If he does not feel per—fectly satisfied to do it, let it remain as it is, until I feel willing to pay back the principle.

I agree with Thad, that the pros—
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pects of the Missouri slope, are much improved by the recent discoveries of Gold at "Pikes Peak", or rather in the Rocky Mountains, both in Kansas and Nebraksa. The lowest possible calculation of the poulation in the Gold fields at the present time is 30,000, and it is estimated that there are 60,000 at least by the great majority of people here. All these people are to be fed by us, are to receive all their goods from the Missouri, and pay us fo r hauling the same. The hauling alone will furnish employment to all the cattle and horses we can raise for years to come. Our merchants will do an immense business, and I belive the effect ultimately cannot be anything but advantageous. Up to this sorting we have been loosing[sic] our population, and of course, it has in some degree worked disadvantageously to us. There again it has been a God send, inasmuch as it has drawn off our idlers and most of the scamps. The effect upon us will be impercep—tible for a while, as we were so nearly crushed out of existence, that it will take some years to resusticate[sic] and be ourselves again.

Well, John, I wish I could see you and my many friends in Troy. I begin

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to imagine that I am an "Omaha." Not exactly an Omaha Indian, but a Citizen of Ne—braska. I am very well satisfied with my progress since the panic, although that was a very bad set back.

I have insured the office for $1000 @ 3% for one year. Better to be on the safe side, than to loose all.

The back room is rented for $5.00 per month. The roof leakes badly, & I may be compelled to tin it. It would have been the cheapest to have done so in the start as these pitch roofs are worthless.

Yours truly

John McConihe