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New York, July 8, 1853

My Dear Brother,

Your letter of the 6th is received. The vest arrived safely, I am glad you sent it. I wish you could send me Mess. F.P. & Co.’s note for 125$ which I gave you. In my anxiety to pay you I rather stinted myself expecting to be able to live modestly at home, but circumstances have increased my expense as you know since that time. They have just rendered my account which is over five hundred dollars, and that for the dullest season of the year, so you can see my prospects are good but I dare not claim any money until these notes are all paid, though full amt of my a/c current is passed to my credit, & bal. Due to be claimed after that time. If you will let me have the note I will take the first occaision to pay you. I am not living expensively, and I hope it will not be long before I can pay you back the amt.

I made it payable to your order, so, if you send it, don’t forget to indorse it.

I am getting along first rate, with plenty of work to keep me busy.

Hippodrome no humbug, races there very exciting. Taylor’s new saloon great. Sontag opera with Salvi Seffaroni &c. next week. Crystal Palace in a week. Fourth of July here good for nervous sick people I dare say, cleared myself out of town, went over to Staten Island and saw Vin Smith. Gilliad and wife at Niagra – home next week. I am bringing out a couple of good songs. Love to all

Your affectionate brother

Stephen


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