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Apr 13 1885
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten, [New York City]
From: New York

Dear Sir,

Have just been told that you called at Clinton Shop today. To adjust the small couplers after been [sic] received from Buffalo, I took off one of the Rod Boxes which has been mislaid. I ordered another at the Foundry, and will fix it up tomorrow. To be certain of no disappointment I wish you defer calling for the Models until say, between, 9 & 11. A.M. Wednesday, when they will be ready.

Yours &c. Wm. Dunn1

1 Calvin Brooks and his brother Isaac had been trying to collect the models from Dunn for some time. For several years, Isaac had financially supported Dunn while he worked at patenting, manufacturing and selling train car couplers, among other things. However he was never very successful and eventually agreed to repay Isaac $600 or turn over to him ownership of patents and related materials. The McQuestens considered suing Dunn, but it is not clear whether or not they did so (W2609, W2625, W2628, W2648, W2643, W1726, W2683, W1734, W1745).

Dunn developed a rather irritating habit of cancelling, missing or rescheduling meetings with the brothers and the trunks with the models promised to them did not arrive in time, see W1728, W1751.

For a more comprehensive look at the McQuestens' business with Dunn, see W2554a.

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