Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid]
has so far proved so much worse than fruitless to you & I do hope & hope & pray that ere very long times may be better for all. & you did right in this last case. John has been sorry many times he got so much land, but he had money in the bank drawing ten perc't interest $2000. & that on the land was only six perct & at that time the stock market took a big tumble & the [RVZ?] had 6000 fat sheep ready to ship & that money & about everything else went. & John thought he would sell the land (& he could have sold for more than double, twice as much anyway as what he payed for it) but monied friends offered to see him through & every one thought it was too good an investment to throw away. W Brown was there about that time when John wanted to
1890 Dec 24
Original letter dimensions: 39 x 13 cm.
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