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Letter: Atlanta, Georgia to Colonel Wier Boyd, Dahlonega, [Georgia], 1877 Oct. 30


author: Dexter, Amory, 1829-1887
extent: [1] p.
date: October 30, 1877
summary: Letter from Amory Dexter, civil engineer and one-time agent of the Yahoola River and Cane Creek Hydraulic Hose Mining Company, to Colonel Wier Boyd, dated October 30, 1877. Dexter warns Boyd not to sell the option to mine the "Amory mineral right" to Dr. Vandyke for the low price he has offered. The land was leased to the Yahoola Mining Company prior to the Civil War. He advises that Nathan H. Hand will risk paying to mine before testing. Dexter adds that he is not personally interested in getting a good price for the lease of the land, but is asking as a favor to Mrs. Austin, who is educating her children in a foreign country. He sends regards to Dr. Vandyke and his son and affirms he will relay Boyd's letter to Mr. Wainwright in Boston.
repository: Chestatee Regional Library System, Lumpkin County Branch
collection: Madeleine K. Anthony Collection
box: II-1
folder: 18

subjects:
Boyd, Wier G., 1820-1893
Mining leases--Georgia--Dahlonega
Gold mines and mining--Georgia--Dahlonega
Mineral rights--Georgia--Dahlonega
Yahoola River and Cane Creek Hydraulic Hose Mining Company
Dahlonega (Ga.)
Lumpkin County (Ga.)
Letters (correspondence)





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A. Dexter


[Note: A postmark stamp appears above the address. [unclear text: LINE] R.R. [Railroad], OCT [October] [illegible text]]
Col. [Colonel] Wier Boyd,
Dahlonega,
Geo. [Georgia]





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Atlanta. Ga. [Georgia] Oct. [October] 30. 1877.
Wier Boyd. Esq. [Esquire]
Dahlonega. Dear Sir.

Have your favor 27th inst. [instant] & notice you have conditionaly sold "Amory Mineral right" to Doct [Doctor] Vandyke.

I hardly think you are authorised [authorized] to do this. The Doct. [Doctor] knows as much as the owners do about its value & made the offer at a very low price taking the chances as to mineral, & as to value of Yahoola Co. [Company] lease. It was on such an offer I advised owner to give you Power of Atty.. [Attorney] If he goes on to test & finds it very rich he will only pay $1000 -- If no account he will refuse to buy it. That was not the sense of the trade. No doubt Mr. Hand would now pay $1000. & take chances.

Honestly I dont think you should allow a working test under offer of only $1000.

The Yahoola Co. [Company] have not I think worked it since the war. I forget how much rent they paid to Amory. But there is no doubt they have not paid within 7 years. For I would have heard of it. --

The sale is of no interest to me; but one of the heirs is Char. [Charles?] Amorys sister (Mrs. Austin) & she would feel hurt if I did not look somewhat to her interest, as she is in a foreign Country educating [deleted text: fer] her children.

Give my regards to Doct. [Doctor] & his son. With much to yourself.


Yours truly
[Signed] Amory Dexter.



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[added text: I will send your letter to Mr. Wainwright Boston.]

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