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Catalog Number KSc032573
Collection Unknown
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1861/02/17
Scope & Content Stony Brook
Feb. 17th 1871
My dear Nephew - After a stormy night, made up with wind, lightning & thunder,-the sun shines pleasantly on the roof of the old & highly respectable looking farm house. Tell your mother-the tax payer has been here twice. His name is Carter & stoped at the Hotel-he desired to know your address, I handed him your card. Your mothers tax is $8-83 he charges 4 or 5 cts col-fees-if the tax had been paid to Judge Williamson in Dec-the fees would have been saved-
The taxes was much lower (Democratic rule), in 1855: my tax was 3-57-now on same property (Republican rule) $7.35. cts-I look up-on the TAX $8.83 cts-as so much rent and very reasonable compared to seven hundred dollars rent in the City.
I understand Capt. Blakman is going to run a Steamer to this place and Port Jefferson- early in the season- "On the 22d we are to have a grand milatary display at this place- (Boys-) Extract of a speech by Mr. Lincoln at Columbus, Ohio-'It is a good thing that there in no more than anxiety, for there is nothing going wrong. It is a consoling circumstance that when we look out, there is nothing that really hurts anybody. We entertain different views upon political questions but nobody is suffering anything. Dr, Conkling the Dentist is stopping at the Hotel-we have read Mr. Lincolns speeches delivered on his way to Washington Mr. Conkling says they remind him of the 13th verse of the 10th Chapter of Ecclesiastes- `The begining of the words of his mouth is foolishness-and the end of his talk is mischevous madness.' to think that he is going to stand on the Chicago Platform, without endangering the safety of the Union- "Give my love to all-
Yours very truly-
WM. S. MOUNT