Letter from C. E. Compton to Samuel B. Reed, January 17, 1860

In this letter from January 17, 1860, C.E. Compton writes to Samuel Reed from Washington, Iowa regarding the disposal of some of Reed's land near the railroad track there. He states that others recently received $200.00 for their lots, but notes that they were much more accessible by the railroad than the lots Reed possesses. Compton nonetheless promises to do his best to dispose of Reed's lots for the best possible price.

Saml.B. Reed Esq
Dear Sir

Your favor of the 14th inst., is at hand. I will use my best endeavors to dispose of the lots for you referred to in your letter though with what prospect of success, I am of course unable to state. Green & Stone ask or did ask, some time since, $200 for their lots, situated entirely upon the Rail Road [sic] tract, and as they are immediately accessible to the "track"; are more eligible for warehouse purposes than those referred to which are without said tracks. I will do "my best" for you however.

Right gladly will I accept your kind invitation to come and see you, sometime this year if opportunity offers, I will come in the season when I can enjoy your fields and flowers.

I do not think I shall quite [desire] a "returning competency" from my years speculations.

Your friends of W. are all enjoying good health. Any favors that I can do for you here, you have but to command and I will with pleasure respond. Regards to Mrs. Reed.

Wishing you a happy and prosperous "New Year" I remain Very Respectfully
C.E. Compton

About this Document

  • Source: Letter from C. E. Compton to Samuel B. Reed
  • Extent: 1 page
  • Citation: Yale University Library, Manuscripts and Archives, Samuel Reed Family Papers, Box 2, Folder 25
  • Date: January 17, 1860