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Catalog Number KSc032648
Collection NY Historical Society
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1866/11/23
Scope & Content East Setauket. LI.
Nov, 23rd. 1866
Thos. S. Mount esqr.
My dear Nephew.
A friend of mine will buy the Mount farm at Stony Brook (owners consenting) at the same per eight, as you offered me about two weeks since-$600 for each eight- $4000-800, four thousand and eight hundred dollars. (Although he admitted in his note that it was worth double. considering the number of acres, and locality, that sum he would give; you remain as you are and look about for another place up to the tenth of April 1867. He desires it for a summer residence; and a few congenial friends to visit him; yourself and family included.
He will make some slight repairs and alterations to suit his own convenience. He furthermore, requests me not to mention his name until after the warrantee deed is signed and money paid.
Please answer this note before the first of Dec. 1866. as my friend desires to know if you will agree to the above terms; and an early day fixed for settlement: say, the tenth of Dec, 1866.
I shall send a copy of this note to brother Shepard and thank you to show this letter to Mrs. Henry S. Mount.
I remain your affectionate Uncle.
Wm. S. Mount
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I forgot to mention part of Thomas' talk to me --he said. if you will not sell out, we must have a public sale. or a division: or, if you force me to a sale I shall turn up the carpets and let the buyers see the condition of the house. I was quite surprised at that remark; it shows that he has no friendship where self interest is concerned; and is bound on speculation. My store room in the will dont please him-cant give a clear title, hence as an ofsett; he speaks about turning up the carpet so as to make the place sell cheap. Every one can see that it is an old house without turning up carpets. The purchaser will know what he can do with the place, and it is our duty, if it is brought to the hammer, to ralley our friends and see that it brings a first rate price. Let us keep cool and quiet.
Perhaps, Tom, John and Co. wants to buy us out before the North rail road is finished, to speck on the rise of property.
Mother had the will drawn up so as to make it a home for us all. They have had the working of the farm since Mother's death, about 25 years, and we have paid our portion of the taxes with cheerfulness.
If you expect me to stand by you, you will not forget to stand by me.