Thursday, December 23, 2021

1881 Letter from Fox & Kellogg of San Francisco, California, to Freeman Hale Todd in Calais, Maine

1881 letter from the law firm of Fox & Kellogg in San Francisco, California, to merchant and lumberman Freeman Hale Todd in Calais, Maine.


March 18th 1881
F. H. Todd, Esq.
Dear Sir:
Your favor of March 4th did not reach us until the afternoon of the 15th - owing to a delay of overland trains. Mr. Pike having previously written that you expected to be present at the Omaha meeting, we have waited to hear from Mr. Fox, who was then on the way. If you came, Understanding his telegram that you are at Omaha he has probably answered your inquiries fully - as he had the accounts ___ the matters you speak of. By the Feb. account you will notice the need of the balance in January acct referred to in your letter. The account of debts existing prior to January 8th, when F. W. Pike turned over the affairs, has been much greater than supposed from  inquiry and examination at the time.
We are anxious to and shall transmit every dollar as fast as proceeds permit.
Hoping you have learned from Mr. Fox the information desired. 
___ [Yours & ?] Fox & Kellogg

From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

F. H. Todd was presumably Freeman Hale Todd (1809-1885), son of William Todd and Hannah (Worthley) Todd, and husband of Hasadiah U. (Grant) Todd and Adeline (Boardman) Todd.

F. W. Pike - there are many references to a Fred A. Pike but I didn't find a F. W. Pike in Calais, Maine, or St. Stephen, New Brunswick, not that there wasn't one. Perhaps F. W. Pike lived out of the area.

Law firm of Charles Nelson Fox (1829-1904) & Marmaduke Burnell Kellogg (1847-1907) in San Francisco, California.

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