Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid]
sell the land for six dollars an acre & he said "no I can sell it for 7 dol. but dont you do it John, it is worth more", Then the President of the Crete Bank wanted to buy out Sarahs share for $6000, which would just have doubled all the money she had. We wrote to Brother David & Sarah about but David did not think he knew enough about it to take the responsibility of advising Sarah & John though she might get more by waiting & so these good chances went by. & as I said J lost about everything by those sheep well next year they made some money on sheep but after that by Fosters mistakes & rashness mostly, came loss upon loss. then a big loss when they dissolved partnership. (which I always wished from the first had never been formed) from which John has had no chance whatever to recover
1890 Dec 24
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