[D8828AAR], Letter from Frank McGowan to Alfred Ord Tate, February 1888


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[D8828AAR], Letter from Frank McGowan to Alfred Ord Tate, February 1888

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"Dear Blondy--I send you my love and have to tell you that I am having uphill work all because my suggestion that we try this side of the continent first and float down the Napo was not followed. Between you and I Tate, Harrington is no good. I mean to have it out with him when I get back. In direct contradiction to Mr. E's orders he planned to go into Peru and make me so vexed that in a short time more I would have attempted his life. He gave it out in N.Y. that he was going to hustle me around in great style. Well he did do it to the extent of my having to take the Napo passage with scarcely enough food to see me through half the trip. I wanted him to provide for this Napo journey in Peru but he wouldn't do it and I had to pay double prices for evertyhing. Fancy buying sardines at 80 cts a box! When will Mr. E get a letter sense in this matter of sending proper men down here? Here I am about to go into the mountains for weeks, to have to sleep in trees safe and no companion with me. But, Blondy, I hope to come out all right as you will see. Whenever you have occasion to send money order to Equador or Columbia do it with American gold. It commands the best premium here, 38% whilst English gold is 31%. Thus for a $20 American gold piece you can get 32 hard dollars here. Ask Stiringor to let you read the letter I have written him and Dyer and keep the matter mum until I get back. ### God bless you Blondy, and make a good man of you. Give my ardent love to Jim uRussell and tell him not to despair yet for his Irish friend. ### Frank ### P.S. I am sending a box with some fibres to your care through [unclear] of steamer so that it won't be opened. Send box addressed to Mr. Johnson [unclear] to him. You had better send your office boy to Pacific Mail Str and ask [unclear] for box."
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