[D8630ZAJ], Letter from Grace & Co (Chile), Willis N Stewart to Samuel Insull, April 28th, 1886


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[D8630ZAJ], Letter from Grace & Co (Chile), Willis N Stewart to Samuel Insull, April 28th, 1886

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My friends Coster and Hastings are at it again, and this time I get a severe letter signed by Crowell (dated Mar 4), accusing me of all sorts of iniquity. Are these cowardly attacks never to cease? I have taken the trouble to send Pres. Crowell a full defense and request for investigation, and accompanied it by original documents. I hope you will take the trouble to read what I send and that my friends may attend the Board meeting which will take action. TAE has, I believe, legal ground of action to recover his losses in Chile; and he has a right to kick very strongly if, as I am convinced, Waters has signed away all the rights in Santiago without compensation. I should like Mr. Tomlinson to see the whole correspondence and I trust that the Board will not allow[?] Maj. Eaton to decide upon these matters, as he was the contracting party in some of the contracts and cannot form an unbiased opinion. ##I have just returned from the mines in the north and sold a lot of machinery. The owner, R. Barazarte[?], is a little king in Chile, and leader of the Liberal party. He enters our Valparaiso Co for 25,000 and helps us with the Gov and Municipality. We have nearly 300,000 subscribed in Valpo and will have a splendid station if the NY people meet us halfway and give us favorable terms. Exchange is so bad now that we have to sell lamps at 2.60 each, but we keep at it. ##Don't forget me in this Waters matter, and don't let the gang put up a job on me, because if I leave Grace & Co will throw[?] up the business and it will be a long day before anyone else would take hold of it.





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