Kansas City, Mo.,
Dec. 16th, 1885.
My dear Brother Muir:
Yours came to me yesterday on my return from western Kansas. I am sorry for so much delay in this answer.
If you wish me to invest the $2000 for you I will do my best and feel sure that I can do you good with it. You can send the money (Dft. on N.Y.) and I will hold it in your name until I find the best possible place for it. This way it will be ready and at this season of the year it is sometimes quite an advantage. The land I will buy in your name.
Now would you prefer to have me pay all cash or buy $6000 or $8000 worth of land with payments, one, two and three years equal payments. In this way you can make much more, and I think it safe, and if you will have a little money coming in each year to make the payments it will be entirely safe. Of course I make this provision to guard against a slack time or our not selling so that it became necessary to carry the property for a time. Now I do not think any slack time will come, for the outlook is better now than ever before.
Please write fully your full thoughts in this matter. I have just got an eighth interest in 17 acres on Prospect Ave., a share in a 3000 acre townsite in Kansas and a tract of 30,000 acres of cheap wild land. I have been away for two weeks, so cannot mention any good small tract of city property for you, but will look sharp from now on for you. I am glad to hear that Annie is improving so nicely, and that you are all well. I was mean enough to want your reports for Mr. A. L. Williams of Topeka for the purpose of getting his influence in Ry. matters. He is very anxious to get them.
Daughter has a bad cold, but all else are well.
Truly your brother,
Kansas City, Mo.
1885 Dec 16
Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 21 cm.
Brown, Walter, "Letter from Walter Brown to John Muir, 1885 Dec 16." (1885). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1653.
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