Letter from C. R. Schaller to George S. Harris, March 1, 1872

In this March 1, 1872 letter from C. R. Schaller to George S. Harris, Schaller writes a letter of introduction for Mr. Louis McCandless of Moville, describing his intentions to start a colony and detailing his excellent work habits.

Office of the
Burlington and Missouri River Rail-Road Company
16 South Castle Street

Geo. S. Harris Esq.
Land Commissioner B & M
Burlington Iowa

Dear Sir,

Mr. Louis McCandless of Moville near Loundonderry our agent at Moville leaves Liverpool on the 12th March for Nebraska he is the boatman in the employ of Messr. Williams and the Anchor Line of steam ships towards every outward and inward foreign ship circulates our guides is respected in the North of Ireland intends to start a colony by dint of hard work has made some money has a mother & family to support is a self made man with my faith and confidence in Nebraska urged him to go out and see you. I have given him a long letter of introduction to you in good faith. I am anxious to secure his cooperation he if pleased will purchase some land for cash & then return to send over his fellow countrymen so that you will at once see he is acting upon faith. I feel certain of the results it is not so much his investment in our lands as the influence he will bring to bear upon our cause upon his return. He was a stranger to me until I appointed him our agent have seen him in his native village & made every inquiry & he is all my letter of introduction states. I enclose his signature at the bottom of this letter as I have told him to take out a Certificate of Deposit.

I write this merely fully to confirm my letter of introduction. He allows people give him a free pass out & the Anchor Line to return.


Yours Truly
Ca. R. Schaller

About this Document

  • Source: Letter from C. R. Schaller to George S. Harris, March 1, 1872
  • Extent: 3 pages
  • Citation: The Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Collection, Box: "George Harris Letters, 73.1"
  • Date: March 1, 1872