Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid]
telling me to forward Dan's answer but the day after John left I was so anxious I could not help writing to Dan & begging him to say something the way or the other tilling him how the land was unsafe. & how we had written to you.he then very [quitely?] answered that money had been scarse all fall, on till more. that he had some notes he was trying to sell but that the prospect was not very good but when he got the money he would send itWalter Brown had in the mean time written for the deeds of the land telling us he had seen the spent & had fixed it up. he did not explain or say anything about money but that he would keep the papers safely in his vault till they were signed & john not being able to turn himself in any 01287 [3?]every sent them. with out asking any questions.John & Fosters have dissolved partnership & I am thankful for that. What John Foster & John Reid put in to their business (Jim never had anything) is all gone. & John Foster has been trying to do business in Wis these years since we left & has greatly run behind there. the yards in Crete & the horses on the ranch in Kansas is all the property belonging to the firm & it is morgaged for more than it is worth at present- Jim has got the yards & John the horses. & for the improvements on the ranch John released them from all endebtedness to Sarah, as they have her money too. John has all the land in Sarahs name & sent them the deed all to her when she had so much trouble last spring. through Jim & signing the name of the firm to notes to accommodate others. & all without [illegible] knowledge (but perhaps I told you about it. Foster does not know thatperfectly well. we are all above in our usual health our family seems small without John & HarryI feel ashamed of the long miserable story I have written you but your kindly interest has encouraged me. I can never express to you how I appreciate your kindness thank you a thousand timesI thank Wanda & you for the beautiful cards. & kind wishes. I now with much love to Louie & yourself & all the rest I am affectionately Maggie01287[in margin: Johns address is Collyer [Ransers?] Trego Co.]
1888 Jan 19
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