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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.
|3||E.Q. Botten Esq., Care Cleveland "Leader", Cleveland Ohio
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.
"The Leader" in acct. with W.B. Gwyn - 1895, May 16th. To reporting Pack-Rollins wedding, .... Received payment,
A. M. Moore M.D.
The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, Pa.
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
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.
|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 be continued...]
|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.
|8||Capt. Wm. Miles Hazzard; May 31st, 1895
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.
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.
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.
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
|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.
C. H. Hartshorne Esq.,
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.
|12||The Smith & Kilby Co. June 4, 1895
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
Mr. Henry P. Phipps June 6, 1895
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.
-W. B. Gwyn
J. G. Gaden Enq.
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.
J.M. Westall Esq.
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.
|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.
|16||Mr. George W. Pack in a/c with W.B. Gwyn. 1895 9April, May, June)|
Mr. J.D. Grady
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
|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.