W1728 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from William Dunn
Mar 30 1885
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten, 784 Lexington Avenue, New York City
Other business I anticipate will prevent me meeting you tomorrow at Clinton Street. However I do not consider the matter of importance for certain reasons. The subject I will, if possible, explain in writing tomorrow evening, and post to you.1
1 Apparently William Dunn missed, cancelled or rescheduled several meetings with either Calvin Brooks or his brother Isaac concerning their business about train car couplers. In a postcard dated April 5, 1885 he remarked that the models were in Clinton [likely Clinton, N.Y.] and were unavailable for demonstration (W1730). The following day he sent yet another postcard to inform Dr. McQuesten that "[b]usiness of importance" had prevented him from attending a meeting they had previously scheduled (W1732).
Dr. McQuesten had some further difficulties acquiring the trunk with the models (W1749, W1751) and on April 17, 1885 Mr. Dunn sends yet another postcard after Dr. McQuesten inquired after the trunk, in which he apologizes for the delays and promises to deliver (W1753).
Also see W1530, W1716, W1734, W2639, W2677, W2680, W2681, W2678, W1535.
Dunn was apparently expected to give the models over to the McQuestens as compensation for Isaac's investments in his patents. These investments did not pay off as Dunn was not able to sell his patents for much profit. However, Dunn apparently did not repay Isaac as he had promised and eventually the McQuestens considering suing, see W2609.
For a more comprehensive look at the McQuesten brothers' business relationship with Dunn, see W2554a.