John McConihe, Correspondence
MS 308
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Dear John

I enclose you a note, which I wish to have you discount. I will take $960 for it, and it will be paid at maturity without fail. The maker, Mr. Morton, is the Secretary of our Territory, with a salary of $2000 per annum, payable quarterly, and he does not owe a dollar. He has a well stocked farm, adjoining Nebraska City, of 240 acres, all under fence and well cultiva—ted. He has the control of $20,000 Govern—ment funds, but cannot draw any within the next three months.He is an honest capable, straight forward business man, and I will stake my reputation upon the note being met at maturity. My teams will be in from the mines, and I will be able to meet it myself should there be a possibility

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or any contingency by which he should fail to meet it. But the note is just as good as the gold and if it is not paid you can have all my property. It is perfectly safe, and you may send me by Express Central Bank bills and I will pay them out in small amounts, and give them as good a circulation as possible. The circulation will, in my opinion, be good, certainly as good as the circulation on the other. The notes will not get back, until the note itself is paid. I can pay it all out in small amounts, every dollar in parcels of less than $50, and will do it. It will all be used in pay—ing small bills and go direct into the hands of the people. I speak confident, because I know what I am saying.

Direct the package to me, via St. Joseph Mo

The telegraph poles are planted in our streets and in about ten days the wire will be up and the line in working order, certainly in 15 days. It looks some like civilization to see the telegraph in our midst. Omaha is destined to come out all right. Improvements

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are going on at the Bluffs, many buildings are being put up and a large brick building is in course of construction to be used for an iron foundry. Our crops will be good.

Your last letter I read with much pleasure and I hope to be able to go East in the Winter and then I will smile sweetly on the ladies and hope the smiles we be re—turned. I have the most tender feelings, John, for the female sex.

With regards to all I remain Yours Truly

John McConihe

P.S. Don't fail to discount the note, as it is good and there is no risk. I will do all I say you may depend upon it.