1898 Letters

October 25, 1898 letter to Nancy Brown from Henry Brown

October 25, 1898

To: Nancy Brown, Kalamazoo, MI

From: Henry Brown, Chicago, IL

Feels he doesn’t know much about B & Loan investments, but suggests she look into it. Claude is thinking of investing. More updates on the photography business.

1898-10-25 Henry Brown to Nancy Brown

Chicago Ill  Oct 25 1898

Dear ones in Kalamazoo

Yours came to hand to day. I dont know much about B & Loan investments and if you want to go into it you will have to look it up and decide outside of me. Claude[1] is talking some of investing. I will have him write you about it. If Lela[2] wants to invest in penny photo business I will go in some way with her. Rene has not decided yet what he wants to do. He is going to write home and see if he can get the money. If you go in do you want to come here and work in the business or do you want to hire it done. I dont know but you could come and run it to a good advantage but it seems to bad for you to give up your business for an uncertainty and any business no matter how simple and seemingly good is liable to go biff any time. Sunday I made 239 sittings, yesterday 69, today 1. It has been a bad day raining when and it has not stoped at all yet and dont look as if it ever would but I expect it will sometime. Mary, Lillie & Bess[3] are going to Hopkins to-night and are coming here to stay to-night. I guess I will go with them to keep them sober if they will allow. I went down and deposited a little money in bank so we have now $525.30 and a little in pocket. Hope to take in enough to pay help Saturday. Next week is rent and that will keep me from putting away any. If I can get enough to pay rent & help & buy chemicals for next 2 weeks will be satisfied and I guess will about make it if the weather is not two bad. I will send a picture of a young lady that I am guessing you cant tell who it is. I have made pictures of her years ago in Galesburg.

Bess & Claude spent last evening with Will Brown.[4] I developed, have only 1 plate to develope now so wont have to work this evening.

Love to all

H A Brown


[1] Their son, Claude Brown

[2] Their daughter, Lela Brown

[3] Their daughter, Bess Brown

[4] His brother, Willis Brown

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