March 1, 1890
To: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI
From: Stanley Rule & Level Co., New York, NY
Can furnish him with with a 24¼ boxwood shrink Rule for $100.
New York, Mch 1, 1890
Mr. E. B. Keith
In reply to your inquiry of the 24th inst., We can furnish you with a 24 — boxwood schrink Rule for $100 and will forward it to you postage paid on receipt of above amount.
Stanley Rule Level Co.
 Instant – meaning “of the current month”