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Bertha M. Carter Papers - MS 151: William Connochie Letter
My Dear Cousin
Since I last wrote you we have received a letter from you tho I received an illustrated newspaper [illegible] ago-I have been in the habit of sending a paper now and again when it contains anything of interest and in future I will do so oftener-
You would see in one or two of the papers which I sent, notice of my Father's death on the 17th Sept., which would scarcely take you by surprise as you were aware he had been sinking for a long time previous-
We are all well. Maggie is still attending the Normal Seminary.-Duncans people have failed and consequently he is out of employment.-the prospects of his obtaining another situation [are?] remote as business matters here are [illegible] wretchedly position.-The City of Glasgow Bank and the Western Bank of Scotland [torn piece missing] the stoppage of mercantile [piece missing] seems to [illegible] the general needs. Almost every place in the States trade is either down [illegible]..ttering:--the current rate of Bank discount is 10-12 pcent p. annum.-We used to think of 5% high enough.-The City Bank will probably resume payment, but the chances of the Western's doing so are less & lessevery day-they say its affairs have been badly mismanaged,--Thousands are out of employment.-Almost all the public works still open are on short time, and unless matters speedily improve, these must also close-
This state of matters you may believe is [?]ing upon Uncle Duncan and Aunt who are distressingly ill off-He has not constant employment but when he has he can only make 4/6 a week, so you may judge for yourself how matters stand with them.-He has made some very useful discoverys, and is Sanguine as to its success but is too poor to do much in the way of experiment.-what he has done however has only increased his confidence in its ultimate success. This will be a terrible winter for the poor, and I have no doubt you will do your utmost to remit him as much as you possibly can on receipt of this.- Great care will need to be taken to get the order [piece missing] first class London house such as Peabody [piece missing] a London Bank [line missing] in your state and tho this firm lately had to get assistance from the Bank of England there are few U. States houses I would sooner trust. I earnestly beg you will lose no time in remitting--get the order payable to yourself then on the back endorse the following
Pay to Mr. Willm. Connochie
you know I had some trouble with the last order.
As this is also our Californian mail day, I am pressed for time, and must now conclude, but I send a Newspaper by the present Steamer.-and with kindest regards to Aunt and you all in which the folks at home join.
My Dear cousin
Yours Very affectionately
Mr. Alexr. Pargellis
The newspaper herewith contains the Queens speech delivered yesterday
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