W-MCP4-6.190 TO DR. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his cousin John Fisher
May 29 1838
To: Dr. Calvin McQuesten, Brockport, Monroe County, [New York, U.S.A.]
From: Hamilton, [Ontario]
I send you included a draft for $100--Which is all the money I can send today--I think I can send the last of the week $150.00 I do not wish you to obtain money from the Bank with the expectation of my meeting the payment--I will try to send you $200 this week on Saturday or next week Monday--All is unsettled in Canada, and there is no doubt but the Government are expecting another outbreak soon--When I was at Brockport I stated to you that the prospect looked well for business but there now appears to be more discontent and disaffection than at any former time--It is thought by the mass that the thousands who have left the Province may fairly be deducted from those who supported the Government nine months ago--There are as many radicals as ever in the Province.1
Amt. of sales in Jany. $55.81--Feby $156.65--March $759.64--April 1199.31 and to the 29 May $373.00--Total of $2544.41--The last of March and the first April our business was good but we have no orders now or none to speak of--We have finished the addition to our Furnace which makes us more sufficient. The heavy rains trouble us much--We are now in the midst of a very heavy storm--Mr. Dickman has engaged to take a quantity of stoves at cost and pay over to us 1/2 of the advance after deducting pay for this time--We have taken our Rotary Stove No. 2 out of the house and are fitting it up for a set of Patterns--The cap is finished and we have made 2 Castings from it which are complete--no failure--this week we shall probably finish the Patterns--We shall then be able to let you know what success we have in casting.
We have on hand some 50 sets Plough Castings 20 Wooded ready for sale and about 3 Tons of other Castings which will make an assortment more complete that we have had on hand before. You say nothing in relation to Edward--[Winer?] was not pleased with him and there was no other opening.2 While I was on the other side he wore a badge on the left arm for Lount & Mathews which was the only one in town--[?] though a warm Radical was much displeased with it--I let him have $20.45 Cash for which I have his receipt to be accounted for by you--His bill here in all is $27.95 for which you may give me [?]. He stated he would go directly home after a day's stop at your place--He left Thurs. at 11 o'clock [P.M.?] in the stage for Queenston and the next day at evening was on our Wharf and stated to one of our men that he was going to Prescott in the Steam Boat which was about starting for that place--I have been to the Bank and obtained a Draft of Ward & Co. for $100 and an Order on the Bank of [?] for $30 the Order is as good as the Draft--We have to pay 5 percent for Drafts--I hope we can arrange our business without paying for many more as this price. We are well.
1 Fisher is referring to the Rebellion of Upper Canada in 1837 & 1838 led by William Lyon Mackenzie and quelled by Col. Allan MacNab of Hamilton. See also W-MCP4-6.193.
2 This likely refers to Dr. Calvin McQuesten's brother-in-law Edward Lerned.
3 John Knox Fisher was Dr. Calvin McQuesten's first cousin and business partner. He had some difficulty working with another of the foundry's co-founders, Mr. [Joseph] Janes, and was often concerned about the man's methods of conducting business. In 1838, Janes ran off, leaving behind his wife and thousands of dollars of debt. See W-MCP4-6.237. For more on Fisher, see W-MCP5-6.240.