Aug. 11. 1856
My Dear Sir
As you are probably aware the Sheriffs posse at the sacking of Lawrence broke open my trunk and stole the contents. The clothing is probably by this time worn out and the other property beyond all recovery. I shall not trouble myself about it There were however some private papers of no use to any one but myself. Messrs. Howard and Sherman say that gentleman who appeared to have control of the papers stated to them that my private papers could be had at any time on application. I cannot tell who has them but I think P. T. Abel can tell. I wish to engage your services first to get my papers and afterwards to do some business for me There was a package containing certificates of Stock in Leavenworth in Tecumseh Lecompton Lawrence Easton Pawnee etc. Some obligations for money, leases contracts Receipts etc. There was also a package of papers relating to the contracts for the Kaw lands, copies from Records at Washington original letters relating to the same subject. Indeed I cannot now recollect all the papers. There were also a few private letters besides upon other subjects a letter from Thos. Sherwood – one fr. Amos Lawrence etc There was also a brief of cases and extracts from
debates etc. It was fastened by tape at the top and covered some six or eight
sheets. I had prepared it in reference to the contest for my seat and although
that is now over I would still like to have it very much. Will you undertake
to get for me all of my papers you can and advise me of what you have. When
you have a private opportunity to send them on to me do so. They can be left
by the bearer at any Express office in Phila or N. York or Boston to be forwarded
to me here.
I also wish to employ you as my agent to attend to my Leavenworth lots. Having lost my papers I have no list of the lots and they can only be had from the Books. Please get a list of them if you do not get my papers or if you do not find one among them. I have one lot under lease to Slocum at $50 a year on which I think there is now $62 due I have three other house under lease to Hook at $15 - $15 & $20 a month I think and the Rent paid to 1 Oct 1855 – also a contract with Hook to build a fourth house for $400 to be paid from the Rents of the four. So that I shall owe him $400 and he will owe me $50 a month fr. 1 Oct and what rent he has recd on the 4th house since it is finished about the 1. May. I am not certain whether I paid him anything in cash
on the last house or not. If I did he will tell you and my papers will contain
a Recpt. He also commenced a stone house on another lot of mine without any
contract or permission at the risk that I would be reasonable. Of course I have
not the least disposition to take any advantage of him, but would like to know
the cost of the house and the rent before you agree on anything with him as
to that house. Please see Hook at once get what money you can and settle with
him in full as soon as you can do so saving all [xxx] as I am not sure that
my recollection of the leases contract etc is right. They will speak for themselves.
The contract for the 4th house was a verbal one. Please collect from Slocum
as early as possible. I am sure he owes $62 – viz $12 of last year and
$50 for this. He has a Recpt for $50 but the first 5 months was $62.
There is a share in the name of C. A. Williams which I also wish you to attend to. It belongs really to I. C. Bullit Phila who is I think a fellow Kentuckian of yours. There is a man on one of the lots a Guman Saddler I think it is, Lot 21 Block 21 but I am not sure this man got on the lot by mistake. I saw Bullit lately and he says he must pay rent. The Rent should be $50 but I leave the amount to your discretion. He wished to buy but Mr. Bullit is unwilling to sell
If my certificates cannot be had I suppose the association would issue new
ones. The numbers are unknown to me
I spoke to Dr Rodrigue about the note we hold against him and said to him that I had an interest in the note and wished my assessment on Lecompton paid out of it He said he was unable now to pay it. I wish you would collect from him if you have not already done so and pay my assessment on Lecompton. Please take care that I am not injured by delay in the payment One of my Lecompton Shares I sold to Dr Wood who sold it to________ In the mean time all the Shares were rearranged and there are now ten Shares on the Books of which one belongs to ______ Dr Wood’s xxx and by reason of the change of numbers it is quite impossible to tell which one of the ten Shares he is to have. I would be willing that the ten numbers be put in a box and that he draw one. This must be in my presence or in your presence as my agent. Indeed I wish you would do this, and then settle my assessment, take up the new certificate and get a list of my lots
Please write me on recpt of this and as soon as you have anything to communicate Direct always to Easton Pa. and if you think letters to me unsafe you may enclose under cover to B. G. Clarke. Merchants Hotel N. York
Very Truly Your friend
A H Reeder.