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James M. Hunter to Thomas Nesbit Stinson

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Westport MO. Decr. 5-1854
Mr. T. N. Stinson Dear Sir
I have at last gotten the Tecumseh Stock fixed up, tho somewhat different from our plans. I went to see Comingo & others, Monday. I found them extremely anxious to have the aditional partners come in but thought they ought to pay $250. each and divide the $750. with all the ten stock holders.- Elmore & others proposed to come as original stock holders, and pay their proportionate part of the $1500. to you, which two propositions would be precisely the same in the end. Just when we were about closing the matter Genrl Whitfield, desired to propose to Elmore & others that Secretary Woodson should come in with them- the four taking the shares, which was agreed to, and so it stands. You are to have the $1500. and ferry privelige from the entire Company. Also the lots you had given away are to be deeded accordingly, and the Company are to secure by preemption and purchase 640 acres of land adjoining including the Town tract for the benefit of the company. We have increased the No of shares, for the convenience the parties to two hundred, giving each full stock holder twenty shares, Elmore & others fifteen shares- & Comingo & Co. six & 2/3 shares each. All parties seem well

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pleased and I think the Govr. and his party are preparing to locate at Tecumseh. he proposes that we build a splendid hotel as soon as possible and has called on the Government for 25-thousand Dollars more to pay for public buildings, which I hope will be expended in Tecumseh. Elmore & Isacks will leave in a day or two, to return as soon as the boats run in the opening spring. I have bought for you one hundred bushels of corn have engaged Danl Boone & Whitset to hall three loads to start Friday. I will send you the three loads which will be over 100.bus also Dryd aplees & Peaches, batting & meal. I will endevour to collect the ballance of your fifteen hundred Dollars in a few days, remembering that your part of the cash received for lots, is not to be counted in the $1500. payment. I will see that it fixed wright, and will send you the money, or bring it up soon. Several of us expect to be at your house some time next week, to make some locations and to purchase some timber claims. I wish I could have half an hours talk with you tonight about these matters, but keep all this to yourself. Dont let it be known that the Govrs party is in with us, or we will have trouble to get lands we want. Should you need anything from here let us hear from you and we will attend to procuring & sending it up, while the

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Roads are good. If you will need more corn you had better have it bought at once and halled while roads are good, also flour it will probably rise higher. I think the best article can be had now at $4 30/100 for 100lbs. We are to pay 75 cents for 100lbs for halling we will settle for it here as the men owe us. I hope that Duke & John Scruggs have got them good claims, also that Duke has secured for James his claim, we must have the land out to the top of the Ridge. James has not got home yet. I hope he will back by Saturday, next. Tecumseh is creating quite a sensation at Independence, and here. Many are anxious to get interests if its only to buy a few lots. I had a number of applications for lots and several for shares. I invited them up to the sail next spring when I hope to see a big crowd and fine sales of Lots. I have writen now more than you will hold out read. at once I will desist. The fellow that Killed Davis was tried to day before Judge Elmore and sent to gail for further trial not admited to bail. Give my respects your family
I Remain your Friend James M. Hunter

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