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W1535 TO MR JOHN ALANSON from M. Pressey
Mar 11 1885

-- Agency At --
163 Howard St Detroit Michigan March 11, 1885

Dear Mr. Alanson,

I sent off the Models last night, by Grand Trunk Freight to the address given--784 Lexington Ave. New York. Hope they will arrive safely, and, may I add, that you will grow rich out of them.1

I wrote you from Cleveland but received no word. I shall likely return to Ohio in about ten days but any line sent to my address in Detroit will always reach me. I render my bill, and am

Yours very truly,

1 The address to which the models had been sent was that of Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten. He and his brother Isaac had been waiting for the train car coupler models for several weeks and by this time had grown rather impatient. The designer of the couplers, William Dunn, had borrowed money from Isaac to cover the costs of manufacturing models and travelling so that he could sell his patents but never made much of a profit. In December 1883 he had promised to repay Isaac $600 or else hand over his patents and models as compensation and it appears as though he was forced to do the latter. See W2554a for more on Dunn and his business with the McQuestens.

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