Copy of a Letter to Hiram Barney Esqr 52 John St—
Hancock Co— Ill
Mch 3rd. 1842
Hiram Barney Esqr
of the 24th.
of January in relation
to Mr Fishers Land in this is received, and I feel to reciprocate the
friendly sentiments therein contained and hope I may again have the
pleasure of your society, & also of Messrs Silliman & Mitchell, when
it shall suit your convenience to grant it
The Land you refer to is so situated that it is not likely to be a source of great profit to any one at present, there are several difficulties in the way of rendering it as valuable as are some other Lots in the vicinity, which I have not time to enumerate at present; but if we can come to any conclusions for an exchange, which might <prove> to our mutual advantage in the end I will be glad so to do.
Our city Lots are one acre each, and while good lands and near by, can be had for $3. and $5. pr acre, the citizens will not consent to be circumscribed to 1/12 of an acre; unless it be in some peculiar instances which have no prospect of any bearing upon the land in question for a long period, if ever— [p. 227]