W0168 TO DR. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from T. T. Fuller
Oct 6 1855
To: Dr. Calvin McQuesten, [Hamilton, Canada]
From: Fond du Lac
Calvin McQuesten Esq.
My time has been so occupied since we arrived in F. that I have devoted little time to letter writing & that to mere business letters. I have thought so many times of writing you but something has prevented until I have determined to delay no longer. After leaving your place we proceeded safely on our journey & arrived safely in Fond du Lac on Saturday evening about 9'o clock we spent the Sabbath at the Lewis' house. Monday morning we found our house unfinished & very dirty. We went to work & have made quite an improvement in the appearance of things during the season. Our buildings are now comfortable & convenient with an abundance of house room, having in all 12 or 13 rooms.
We concluded to take a few Boarders until I get started in business so as to be able to meet our expenses we have had four about 3 mo.--I concluded not to go in company with Mr. Scribner but let him manage the mill business & I am doing something in the lumber business on a small scale as yet. I have had about 130000 ft. sawed which cost me in the yard about $8 per M. ft. I have sold 3 or $400 worth for about $13 per M green seasoned lumber would bring a higher price as it is very scarce. I bought another raft a few weeks since & was urged to borrow a few hundred dollars out of the bank it becomes due the fourth of Nov.
I shall need I think $600 or more about one year in order to get well started in business. If you can accommodate me with that amount you will oblige me & I will pay you six per cent in advance, or more, if it is worth more to you & if you require it. I will give you a mortgage on real estate to more than double the amount. If you could not spare that amount a less sum would be very acceptable. Please write me that I may know what to depend upon.
Please inform us in regard to your family & also any thing you may know in regard to our friends east. I wrote B.R. soon after I came here but have received no reply. Mrs. T. wrote to sister Currier about the same time but has received no reply from her. If cousin Lizzy C. is with you, please ask her to report herself as we should be happy to hear from her. A letter from sister E. [Elizabeth] would be very acceptable I hope she will write us soon. We are all in comfortable health at present. Mrs. E. joins in love to yourself & family.
Respectfully your Br.
1 Dr. Calvin McQuesten married Elizabeth Fuller, his third wife, in 1853. His second wife, Estimate Ruth Esther Baldwin died April 27, 1851.