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W-MCP5-6.292 TO DR. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from J. Greenleaf
Sep 10 1837
To: Dr. Calvin McQuesten, Brockport, New York, [U.S.A.]
From: New Philadelphia, Ohio, [U.S.A.]

Dr. McQuestion [sic] & Mr. Budlong,

Dear sirs I find it necefsary1 for me to leave this place & seek a more southern climate. My wife during the past winter was seriously afflicted with lung complaints & was given over by key attending Physician as past recovery, but the summer found her comfortable again.--and I am in hopes a more southern climate will be for her benefit. Where I shall permanently locate I cannot at present tell--business this way has been very dull--& I shall not make any great effort to do much--untill the times are settled, &business becomes regular again.

The experiment has cost me a large slice from the little property I possesed [sic]. The two past years I have had for sale in the eastern cities, a large amount of palm leaf hats, which have been selling for about half what they cost--In consequence of my going south I shall not be at Brockport at present. Therefore--I thought it best send a power of attorney--& between you two you can do what you think is right, there is due Mr. Budlong his pay for the time he was with me after the note $18--per month--& whatever you may think just for time & expenses since &c--since that time--do what you think is right. I shall be perfectly satisfied.

What be due me on balance please to purchase a draft on New York & enclose it to Smith, Rudd, Brown--you can send what you now have & if there should be sums got afterward--you can send to them again--please to put my matters for mortality's sake into some kind of shape, & if any of us should be taken away then all be right. My best love to you all & my wife writes with me in her love to you all.

Yours Truly

J. Greenleaf


N.B. I am not send this immediately until I find a place

[POWER OF ATTORNEY]

Know all men by these presents that I, Thos. R. Greenleaf of New Philadelphia, State of Ohio, do hereby constitute & appoint Doctor C. McQuestion [sic], my lawful attorney, for me & in my name & behalf to, settle all claims due me now in the hands of Aaron Budlong & to receive all moneys now due me from said Budlong--after settling with him for his services any necessary expences he may have incurred on my account & the balance to pay over to Smith, Rudd, & Brown, Merchants New York. And for me in my name to do whatever acts or things concerning the same & fully in every respect as I might or could do if I were present--hereby notifying & confirming all & whatever my said attorney shall do in my name, lawfully do or cause to be done in relation to the above business.

In writings whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & seal the tenth day September A1837.

Thos. R. Greenleaf


Signed, sealed & delivered
In presence of
Dick Hawks
John L. Lloyd


1 The writer uses the archaic "fs", which we have transcribed as "ss" for ease of reading.




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