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  2   [First part of page is missing]...him to verify it, and my resolution is that when I asked him if all the things ere there, he replied that he thought they ere pretty much. I doubt if he took the pains to carefully verify it, especially as it was itemized by rooms and no doubt previous tenants had misplaced the the things as he had done to a greater extent.

I intend to go again soon, and try to find all that I can and I mean also to find out, if possible, who was his cook, etc.

As a whole, the furniture that is there is well preserved, and I suppose, that, even allowing for actual losses, the increased rental you obtain from the furniture makes up for damage.

If the house was unfurnished, there would be less probability of getting strangers to take it, but on the other hand, more chance to rent to a person[?] resident tenant, a[t] a decidedly reduced rate. I suppose on the whole, that the better plan is to let it remain as it is, and I will do my best to see that future tenant do make away with the things. Mr. Rankin and some others went with me to the house and we found the screw holes where he had had the [?] [handwritten above ?]  door spring, the causa belli, the eye-opener, screwed on so the door between dining room and butler's pantry.

I found nine thousand eight hundred and seventy three empty beer and wine bottles in the cellar, but I hesitate to charge them all to Boni [?], as some of the other tenants must have left some. I forget how many were there when you left the house.

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  3   E.Q. Botten Esq., Care Cleveland "Leader", Cleveland Ohio

Dear Sir:

I herewith inclose [sic] bill for reporting Pack-Bollins wedding on 16th Inst., which I will thank you to refer to the proper officer.

I have never seen a copy of the paper, but your files will of course show article Ad.

Yours Truly,

W.B. Gwyn
May 30, 1895

"The Leader" in acct. with W.B. Gwyn - 1895, May 16th. To reporting Pack-Rollins wedding, .... Received payment,

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May 30, 1895

A. M. Moore M.D.

The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, Pa.

Dear Sir;

Since writing you a smaller house in my charge has become vacant, and is now for rent.  It is Hartshorne house on Montford Avenue, one block from car line- cars run every fifteen minutes.

It is a delightful house every way, and cannot fail to please.  It is furnished with standing furniture and quite a good deal  of other things, and the rent is only fifty dollars.  It is the best built houses I ever saw, nicely arranged.  One small bed room down stairs and three up stairs.  Bath room, two water closets, range, furnace, etc.-stylish parlor and dining room, and locality unexception [sic] able.  I forget whether or not your attention was called to it when you were here, but you will find it all that I have recommended. Please write me if you received my other letters, and when you now expect to come along.  There is excellent demand for houses now. Both of Mr. Woolsey's houses are rented, but Mr Lee's is still to be had(?).

Yours Truly, WBGwyn

June 1, 1895

A.A.Laney Esq.,

Hazel, N.C.

Dear Sir:

Some one told me you called at my office to see me about the unsettled balance of rent due for last year on the Pack lot No. 2 near Bingham schools.  I hope you will come again soon, as I am generally in my office, and is hardly likely you will miss me again unless you call out of business hours.  I am in the office by 9:30 sure in the morning, leave about 1:45 for dinner and get back about 3, remaining till about 7.

Yours truly


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  5   May 30, 1895
Mr. A. B. Dick, (title unclear?)
151 (?) Lake St., Chicago, Ills (sic)
I wrote to Mr. Edison, referring him to Mr. Geo. W. Pack, (?) prominent capitalist formerly  resident of Cleveland, Ohio, who used to know Mr. Edison in the early days of his career. I am anxious to interest Mr. Edison in a new type-writer I have invented, on new lines, and which I think will prove very salable at first class prices, combining ribbon or pad with visible writing, and avoiding the indirect stroke that both the Yost and Williams have.
Mr. Edison has kindly answered my letter, saying that type-writers were out of his line, and referring me to you.
[to be continued...]


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  7   May 30, 1895

Geo. F. Pack, Esq.


Dear Mr. Pack,

I gave lots No. 9 in block I, numbers 1,2 & 6 in blk II to Coaton [Canton?] for sale until four months, or rather until Oct. 1st., to be exact. I also made him a map on a large scale, showing only the lots placed in his hands.

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  8   Capt. Wm. Miles Hazzard; May 31st, 1895

Annandale, S.C.

I herewith enclose contract with Mr. Phipps for the handling of the Boilston Mining property, which you will kindly forward go to him after reading it. I have not seen Rollins since I got the letter you wished me to hand to him. The letter was signed G.M. Roberts, which fact you seem to have overlooked.

I mailed the letter to him yesterday. I understand from Cal. Jones, who [have] been trying to find him and get back the option to Sowers, that Rollins is in Maddison Co.

I advised Jones to get the paper out of Rollin's hands., as I thought I saw by Robert's letter that they were trying to squeeze a little, though it is fair to Robert to state that he had not, at the time he wrote you, learned that you were in favor of asking fifty instead of thirty thousand dollars for the property. I have not heard a word from Allison, though I wrote him a week ago tomorrow. I expect to hear from or see him tomorrow.

Yours Truly


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  9   J.M Westall,
May 31, 1895

Enclosed please find specifications of repairs proposed to Pack House, (formerly Richard Pearson's residence) West Side French Broad River.

I write a like letter to Messrs, J.A.Tennent and J.A. Wagner.

Yours Truly,


J.A.Tennent Baq.
May 31, 1895

Enclosed please find specifications of repairs proposed to Pack House, (formerly Richard Pearson's residence, west side French Broad River.

I write a like letter to this to Mesaras. J.M. Westall and J.A. Wagner.

Dear Friend;

I received your favor of a few days ago. First, in reference to the Boilston matter; we placed the property in the hands of Henry P. Phippes, who married Mr. Hazzard's daughter, for sale until the 30th day of September next, at fifty thousand dollars cash, we... to pay him 5%...I don't suppose anything will [?]. Regarding the sale of the little lot, I enclose an advertisement which you can send to the "Citizen" here, no later than Monday, so that  they can print it on Wednesday as stated.
It will be necessary for you to be present at the sale, and the matter is worth at least that much to [?] a chance to see you.
You cannot buy the property, but [?] anybody here can bid it off for him. The [?] can be made to him individually, or so to [?] the trustees, and he can afterwards convey it as trustee. Of course I would be very much pleased to see Jules again too.
You must come and stay with me. Perhaps you had better get J. to copy off the notice, and have it all in type-your name should be very plainly written or they might get it [?] instead of [?].


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  11   There is also a large tract, about 425 acres lying partly within corporate limits, with St. railway running through much of it, and graded about two miles further, for sale now at a great bargain, having been just taken in by mortgage. Much of it has been subdivided, and street work was begun there in better times. The return of better times for Asheville seems now at hand, as there is more building going on, and contracted for than I have seen for three years all together. The battery Park hotel is adding about 100 rooms, and a number of new brick stores are going up. I don't know whether you have ever been to Asheville or not, but if you have, you were probably struck with the extent and quality of our brick and stone pavements, which are certainly uncommon for a place of this size, and the effect is now becoming evident in the largely increased patronage of the place.
These public improvements were undertaken and completed in the midst of the hard times and there has not been sufficient ease in the country at large for a large influx of population and visitors such as we hoped for when we undertook the matter, but now, as it is apparent, the town is getting a hump on itself.

If any of these properties interest you sufficiently to make further inquiry, write me and I will give all information in my power.
Yours Truly,
W. B. Gwyn
June 1, 1895

C. H. Hartshorne Esq.,
the heat
New Jersey City
June 1, 1895
J-the heat did it! N.C.

Inclosed [sic] please find my check for thirteen dollars, which I hope you may be lucky enough to get cashed in spite of of the number of dollars called for by it. Today I paid for the repairs, painting and so on, and I herewith send you voucher of Mr. Tennent for the amt.
The thermometer stood at 86 degrees in the shade here yesterday and today (but I hope not "forever"). I  sup-pose that after Spring had at least succeeded in shoving Old Winter out of her lap she took a wild run out into the sun and thus [?] habit of young frogs. No! I don't mean young frogs, I mean young foks, fokes, or folks, in fact, just anything this peculiar type-writer and the wether (there it is again, I mean- weather, of course!) will let me say. It requires only a sharp, short and decisive effort of memory on our part, you know, to recall that tendency of last night- it was born and raised in Buncombe, and hangs on well. Young folks. They had a kind of wine at the press banquet.

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  12   The Smith & Kilby Co. June 4, 1895
Anniston Ala.

Your favor of the 22nd. April 1895 was duly received, offering 1,400 tons of relaying 40 lb Steel rails at $21.75 per ton of 2240 lbs. delivered at Asheville. This is cheap, if the rails are all right, and still for sale at that price. I wish you would

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Mr. Henry P. Phipps June 6, 1895

Orange, N.J.

Dear Sir,

I send by today express about twenty five pounds ore from Boilston mine for examination. Dr. Allison, who once owned a large part of the property and has been setting as caretaker for the company got the ore out, and says he can show just where it came from. Hoping assays will be satisfactory and lend to further examination of the mine, I remain Yours Truly,

W. B. Gwen


My Dear Friend June 6th, 1895

I have just received your favor and you are right, so far as I know, in surmising that there is mullum perioulum in more.
It was my conviction in that theory that led me to defer writing about it. As for the expense, I think it is three dollars for advertisement, and about two dollar’s auctioneer’s fees, which latter you can save by trying this sale yourself. Poor as I am, I engage to pay you two dollars if you will yourself try the sale provided I am, be there to see and hear.
I never knew very long beforehand when I would go to  Hendersonville, and, anyhow, I was on business for an opinionated and exacting alert, and had to deal with shrewd attorneys on the other side, never staid over-night, and had my hands and mind full al day, so that we could not have had much satisfaction with each other.
All the day, I thank you for your indignation, and wish it was so often in this frigid world. It would seem that some people destined to warmer climate in the next world, would make as much as possible out of the low temperature in this, and try to supplement atmospheric conditions with inward blizzards.
Analogies never hold out when pressed to the “Ultima Thule”, so we must assume that the snow that covers the spiritual wastes is anything but white. I have heard of people seeing red snow at night, especially off in the woods where there is no contradicting witness- but I never yet heard of black snow.
 It is well for poor humanity that King David set the example of throwing himself upon the mercy of God rather than upon that of his fellow sinners; else what could be the hope of hot headed end hot hearted creatures that are cast out of places that are gladly recorded to chaste and heartless icebergs:
What fools we all be: a thought, an impulse, forgotten in a day and a comparative stranger a few hours afterwards to the very brain that that bred it, is thus by me consigned to cold type, and sent away off to Mills River to your critical eye. It might do for flippant comparative stranger between us two, but to write it: It is folly. Throw it into the fire, and write soon to Your Friend.

-W. B. Gwyn

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J. G. Gaden Enq.
June 7th, 1895
Vein Mountain, N.C.

Dear Sir,

            Your favor is just to hand, and in reply to your suggestion that the mine ought now to be in operation and making money, I must say that it is impossible to run anything without money or credit. It has been a very difficult matter even to raise money to pay taxes, and the property was in imminent danger of being sacrificed a few weeks ago. The county of Henderson had bought it at tax sale a year before, and the deed would have been made to the Co. or, more probably to a party who was watching his chance to get it, when a number of us chipped in and saved the property. I was, as usual the heaviest advancer, and the Co. now owes me something over ten dollars. We assessed ourselves at the rate of 2 and ˝ cents per share- that is, a number paid that, as that assessment on all the shares was necessary to raise the amount of money required for the purpose would be 2 and ˝ cts per share on 98 shares, say $1.45- Later, a number of us put in 50 ct each for the purpose of sending ore to Mr. Phipps- A like contribution from you would be right. I hope I may soon receive a P.O. money order from you for these amounts.
Yours Truly,
W.B. Gwyn

J.M. Westall Esq.
June 7th, 1895

Dear Sir;

We waited for you some time yesterday but you did not appear. Mr. Tennent was a few dollars below Mr. Wagner, and I suppose the contract will be awarded to him.
I have notified Messrs. Tennent and Wagner verbally, and take this manner of notifying you, that the bids for remodeling and repairing the Davidson-Pack house on College Street will be opened at my office tomorrow at 12’o’clock, all of you being present.
Yours Truly,

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  15   June 7th, 1895

My Dear Mr. Pack:

I herewith inclose [sic] statement of account for May. If you have a copy of the tax lst [sic]  made out last year, kindly send it for guidance in making out list for this year.

I think I gave you a copy, or kept one myself -- if the latter it has been mislaid in moving.

Yours truly,

W.B. Gwyn

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Mr. J.D. Grady
June 10, 1895
Dear Sir;

I inclose this to your father-in-law, Mr. G.G. Hill, as I do not know your present address. I want to know at once the lowest price for sale or rent of the house, that I must ask I have some customers both for rent and for sale. I must try to place them somewhere, or some one else will do it. One party wants to know as soon as possible the lowest price and the best terms, for the purchase of the house. He is going to see the house tomorrow. If you want to sell don’t put your price too high, as it is very hard to sell property in Asheville these days, as you know.


June 10th, 1895
G.G. Hill Esq.
 Rutherford College, N.C.

Dear Sir;
            I have two or three customers for small houses, and like to know at once what is the least money I must take for the Grady house. I must have a communication direct from Grady himself, which you will please get him tow write me at once.
Also I would prefer when he writes, for him to set the lowest price for rental in case I fail to sell this property to any of the parties referred to. I want to strike while the iron is hot. It is harder to sell after the house is rented, as sometimes tenants hinder the sale of property by running it down to people who look at it, because they want to remain in the house themselves.
The friend Grady left in the house at ten dollars a month, did him harm, as the prices got out, and people are now saying that ten or 8 dollars a month is too high for a house that was formerly rented furnished at ten dollars. Let me hear from you at once and from Grady as soon as possible.

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  23   June 15, 1895

Dear Mr. Pack;

You asked me yesterday what I thought about the probable rental that might reasonably be expected from the Davidson house improved as proposed. I have been thinking about it considerably and comparing it with other houses -- the rental they have produced, etc..

The Edwards house, corner Chestnut and Charlotte, rented for several years furnished at $1500.00 a year, and when Edwards sold to graham, they divided the rent on a basis of $1200.00 for the house. Mr. Graham tells me that he is offered now $1200.00 a year for his house unfurnished, for boarding purposes. That house has only 12 bedrooms, including some small ones Mr. Edwards had made for servants, which I rather think are in the attic.

The Van Gilder house, having perhaps a few more rooms than y0ou would have, and some of them quite large, rented for several years to Mrs. Platt, furnished, (to what extent I know not), at $225.00 per mo..

I think the Maitland house, lately supplied with steam heating rents I think for $1200.00.

I think the Davidson house improved as proposed should bring considering the number of rooms, the situation and accessibility of the lot, the large dining room and other appointments fitting it for table boarders in dull times, $1500.00 a year unfurnished, or eighteen hundred ($1800.00) with say thousand dollars invested in hard furniture. And your petitioner will ever pray.

Yours truly,

W.B. Gwynn