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Collinsville Ct August 27th 1857 Mr Brown
Dr Sir
Yours of the 14th inst came to hand last Saturday.
In regard to those articles I have to say that I commenced the whole number, have all the handles now well seasoned the ferrules and guards screws, etc and have some over 500 of them ground. But not hearing anything further from you, I have let them rest until such times as you can make your arrangement.
I thought I would not make any further outlay upon them at least until I heard from you I did not know but things would take such a turn in Kansas, that they would not be needed – Of this you can judge better than I can.
I did not feel able to bear the loss of having them left on my hands after I have finished them up as you are aware that we did not expect much profit on the manufacture

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of the article. But I am not disposed to cart the least blame upon you –I very well know that when a Man is depending upon the public for money he is very liable to be disappointed –
And I judge from the tenor of your letter that you will not blame me for stoping them, as I had used up the funds –
I therefore wait your further order, whether to finish them up or to let them rest – where they are.
Don’t give yourself any uneasiness about the affair, for if I go no further with them, I shall loose nothing, or but little. And I have no doubt you and I can make the matter satisfactory in some way – Your Son is in the village but is not now at work for me
My work in the shop was too hard for him in the hot weather, and he has been out at haying I think he may get some job in the shop soon – Let me hear from you when convenient – Very Respectfully,
Yours Chas Blair

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