J. H. Drake
[letterhead]2a financial success of the undertaking- We were defeated by the [illegible]ness of the material. I fancy that we threw into the waste heap material which represented $25000, of exp[illegible]. This was because of hidden defects. We would undertake to saw a log say three feet in diameter, four or five cuts, and when almost through, the log, after two days labor, and much valuable a[illegible] used, down would go the slabs-. I am curious to know whether the other deposits discovered by you, were as badly broken as that near Adamana. I am [strongly?] of the opinion that the material we worked was sil[illegible]fied while the trees stood. That they submerged originally by Sili[illegible] waters. I have good reasons for this belief which were disclosed to me by six weeks stay in the forest, and the after working of the material. We m[illegible]y f[illegible]d material n[illegible] the tree roots worthy of our consideration. All [illegible] material came from what appeared near the tree tops. I have several beautiful specimens. We have ceased to work the material, and any information you wish to give us will not be for commercial purpose.I wish you might see s[illegible] table tops I have polished as mirrors- Believe me Sincerely yoursJ. H. Drake03778
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