01249[letterhead]Dec 24# 1886John Muir Esq Martinez Cal Dear Brother:Yours of Dec 5 th came safely but during my absence from the City. I will try to state the can[illegible] which I have taken with your $2000.0 and the present condition, After receiving your money I bought for you 3 acres of land at 2000# per acre ($6000) paying 2000.$ each and your notes for 4000.$ later I traded it for the house and lat. 909 Lydia Ave in this city which we called fifteen thousand dollars but which is really worth about 13,000.$ on this there was a mortgage for 5000.$ resuming about four years and our for 2000.$ which fell due Oct 5th this I have been carrying at the Bank since this I have tried to replace by sending notes and mortgage to you to sign (after orginatiting through with a money [illegible]).The 4000.$ which you gave your notes for was assured by Mr. W.S. Brown, with whom I traded So you are not held for these.You now have a house worth 13,000.$ which rents for 75.$ per month and you owe on it 7000.$ You also have a note securred by
Kansas City, Mo
1886 Dec 24
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