W-MCP4-6.197a TO DR. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his cousin John Fisher
May 23 1836
To: Dr. Calvin McQuesten, Brockport, New York, [U.S.A.]
From: Hamilton, [Ontario]
Mr. Dyke1 has this morning received a letter from his family and will start directly for Brockport--I forgot to mention in the last that it might be well to send our thirty mills all together as they are to be charged to us at one time--we shall then have them on hand when we want them. Harris has returned from Buffalo and has moulded up the sand and is to melt this afternoon one Ton--which I have bought as Old Iron since he left One Ton not more I have bought of Scotch [Kittler?] Broken for $30 I have rec'd a Ton of Coal from Toronto and daily expect 10 from Oswego at $13.50 delivered at our Wharf.
Dutcher had promised me 10 Tons Iron when he received his Spring supply--which he daily expects--I hope to be able to borrow from our Bank next month One Thousand Dollars--but am not certain of it at present there is no money to be had--I have thus far got along as well as I have been able by telling those who want money that they must wait, but I have calculated that no one should call more than the second time. Some few days since James Ferris paid me for Mr. Backus $76.00 which I deposited in the Bank. Mr. Dike will want me to pay on order he has of $29 if I recollect right--which will leave $47.
I hope the promise of some $80.00 go more this week and will send it to gather in a draft. Two of those which are owing, to whom I wrote have called but cannot pay at present one promises the first of June the other in 90 days they have both been here but [?] on with the money but it is now you------. Will you send back word what had best be done in regard to having the shop insured.
[P.S.] We are selling but very little at present have sold about 36 Ploughs. Sales nearly over till fall--I have paid Mr. Dike $28--. Which he thinks will answer his purpose should he need more I have told him to apply to you as I paid him the last Dollar I have. We are well.
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Mr. Janes3 is now in Rochester, he has more notions in his head than I can mention. What he will do, I know not--he is making Fairbanks Patterns I can mention what he will do I know not--he is now making Fairbank Patent Scales has sold a few sets.
1 "Mr. Dyke" and "Mr. Dike" likely refer to the same person. John Fisher uses the spelling "Dike" in his other letters.
2 John Fisher was Dr. Calvin McQuesten's first cousin and business partner in the Hamilton foundry. For more on Fisher, see W-MCP5-6.240.
3 Fisher had difficulty working with Janes and was often concerned about the man's manner of conducting business. In 1838, Janes ran off, leaving behind his wife and thousands of dollars of debt. See W-MCP4-6.237.