The story of Nathaniel McHorney's 1901 trip to Ecuador.

The pages for August 10th and 11th have the dates scribbled out and contain:

Letter 144
Playa Rica, Ecuador
Aug 12, 1901
F.V Morrell, Esq.
President, Playa de Oro M Co.
New York

Dear Sir,
At the last moment today it is thought to let Mr. McHorney
return to New York. There is no personal feeling, no rupture nor trouble -
only mutually agreed that this is the best thing to do all around. Neither
Mr. McHorney, nor any other New York city man is adapted for the requirements
here nor in the very nature of things can they adapt themselves to this many
sided situation. Mr. McHorney's going will save us $75 per month and I must
figure on saving expenses. His Balance with is to-day is $528.21. His son
has been attending our store for the past month. I have not rated his services.
I will advise you of the cancellation of Mr. Downey's contract by next mail.

Your's truly,
(signed) D. C. Stapleton

I have not given Mr. McHorney draft for his balance
as I do not think it is necessary. D.C.S.

(as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)

Questions and comments:

  • This is apparently a copy of a letter written to the New York office.
  • The last bit (about a draft) has been written vertically on the left side of the page.
  • I wonder what happened in the last 3 months – it appeared that things were coming to a head in mid-May, but now it is August, and apparently things are settled.

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