J. B. O'MALLEY
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
44 State St.
W1588 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from J.B. O'Malley
Apr 28 1886
To: lumber, logging, business, money [New York City]
C.B. McQuesten Esq.
Your letter of 16th inst received. In reply I would say that Mr. Smith1 was to see me on the 15th and we talked the matter over from garret to cellar he is anxious to get out in some way and don't care much how. He expressed a great anxiety about Frank and says he will make any sacrifice to help the boy. He promised me faithfully that he would go back & straighten the Dr. Brown matter all up. I think he is the proper person & in fact the only person who can do so intelligently & successfully I urged upon him the necessity of doing so at once But he pleads poor health and lack of means to get there his scheme was to give Dr. Brown to understand [sic] that he was coming back & the business was to be run with a big auger & lots of cash & that the Dr. Brown would receive large commission from the vast quantity of timber hereafter to be cut Whether he would go back or not remains to be seen one thing is certain in my mind that he will never go back to stay if he can help it I did not talk very encouraging to him about business prospects for the reason that Mr. MacKerhagen told me Frank wanted to buy his interest in the consern [sic]. he [sic] wants to sell very much. But I did not talk buy [sic] to him or make him any offer of any kind for his interest. In other words I told him in plain English that the enterprise was an entire failure & a dead loss to which he agreed I promised to write to him shortly & devise some means to save some portion of the wreck & help Frank out in some way or another which he seems very anxious to do. Now with reference to your buying his share I most heartily wish you would for Frank's sake & also for you own if you are looking for health, as in my judgment the climate is delightful being neither hot nor cold As a [blank space] you know as much about it as I do I think there is money to be made there is the business is properly conducted. this I will say that so far it has not been a success financially Smith explains this on account of his sickness &c but I do not consider that the cause for I honestly think he is an absolute failure as a business man. He may be good enough to tinker around but when you come down to driving business he is not the man. If you have experience with timber business & can put in capital enough to run it on business principals I think there is something to be made. He wants $400.00 for his interest in the mill without the tools I think that is more than it is worth dont [sic] give him any such price I really wish you would Buy him out if you can do so for a reasonable amount.
Respty [Respectfully] Yours
1 Likely Mr. Smith of "Brodhead and Smith," who manufactured hardwood lumber. See W1567.