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1865 May 25, Letter from J. Edward James, Camp Harker, Nashville, Tennessee, to Lizzie James Lamberson, Galena, Illinois.
Excerpt: "I think the plan as stated by you would work well and I think were I at home I should take the offer. Though as I cannot here judge just what is for the best I can hardly give a decisive answer. You say 'the only question is whether or not I would fancy the business'. This is only a small questions with me - yes I think I should and as it puts a fellow a little on his ingenuity I would like it all the better for that. And with Harvey I think I could soon learn enough to help. If Harvey thinks he would like to take me in with him and has not made any other argument and if he could delay matters until I get home (which I think will not be long) I think I shall be ready to take the offer. I shall have when paid up between five or six hundred dollars and I would prefer letting it or investing with him than any one else I know of. There is one point in your letters that I cannot by the words decide as to what is meant. Am I to understand that I am to rent the Gallery in Galena or am I to be the partner spoken of and go with Harvey while a third person takes the Galena Gallery on shares? Perhaps if Harvey would write me a few lines on the matter I could tell better what to do. At all (?) before any other person is taken in. I would like to understand matters fully that I can come to a conclusion and said before I rather like it and as in taking it up I shall remain more at home (by being with you). I would prefer it rather than going in to anything with strangers."
1865 May 25
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondents
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