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Letter to George Foster and Sons from Franklin Smoke
Description
Creators
Smoke, Franklin, Author
George Foster and Sons
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Documents
Description
This item is a typed letter sent from Franklin Smoke, a Paris lawyer, to George Foster and Sons dated January 23, 1903. Mr. Smoke writes about the recent financial difficulties being had by Mr. J.H. Adams in Paris, who owes some money to George Foster. After explaining some of Mr. Adam's troubles, becoming ill with pneumonia for months and resulting losses to his very young business, and debts to his creditors of between $400 and $500, he explains that a compromise needs to be reached on payments to George Foster. This compromise will ensure that Mr. Adams can both pay off his 20 creditors while also paying off the balance owed to them at $20 per month. In addition to a 50 cent charge owed by Mr. Adams, Mr. Smoke hopes that a proper arrangement can be made on his behalf as soon as possible.
Notes
George Foster and Sons was a Wholesale Grocer located at 143 Colborne Street on the historic South Side of Brantford.
Date of Original
23 January, 1903
Subject(s)
Personal Name(s)
Smoke, Franklin ; Adams, J.H.
Corporate Name(s)
George Foster and Sons
Local identifier
985.86.113.005.001
Collection
Brant Museum and Archives Collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.1330398411734 Longitude: -80.2759944947815
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.194243483586 Longitude: -80.3844457989502
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Recommended Citation
Letter to George Foster and Sons from Franklin Smoke, January 23, 1903. Brant Museum and Archives Collection. Item No. 985.86.113.005.001.
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Full Text

Franklin Smoke

Barrister Station,

Notary

Paris Ont. Jan'y 23 1903

Dear Sir :-

Mr. J.H. Adams of this town, against whom you have a small a/c,

is in financial difficulties. His trouble came originally from the fact

that he started business two years ago with practically no capital. Then

last winter he was laid up for several months with pneumonia, which meant

of course a severe loss to the business, although Mr. Adams looked after

things remarkably well and worked hard. Just now Mr. Adams is again con-

-fined to his bed with lung trouble but hopes to be out again in a few days.

A couple of his creditors have sued and got judgment and executions are

now in the bailiff's hands. His total liabilities are between $400 and

$500. If matters are pressed there will be nothing left for the creditors

Mr. Adams is loath to ask for a compromise, but I am satisfied it is the

best thing for him to do for all parties concerned. If this can be arrang-

-ed, I think Mr. Adams can arrange with a personal friend to relieve him in

connection with the judgments which are already against him, and thus en-

-able him to devote all his energies to carrying out the terms of the com-

-promise - provided of course a satisfactory compromise can be effected.

None of two creditors' claims are large, the $400 or $500 of liabilities

being divided among probably 20 creditors. I wont suggest 50c on the dol-

-lar as a basis. I really think this is the best he can do. He says he

thinks he could pay about $20 a month, and, if the creditors will agree,

how would it do for him to pay this amount into my hands or into the hands

of say the Clerk of the Division Court or some other representative person

for distribution ratably among his creditors from time to time until the

50c is paid? The claims being small the loss to each creditor will not be

great, and I hope you will see your way to approve of a compromise on this

basis.

Hoping to hear from you by return mail,

I remain,

Yours truly,

Franklin Smoke

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Letter to George Foster and Sons from Franklin Smoke


This item is a typed letter sent from Franklin Smoke, a Paris lawyer, to George Foster and Sons dated January 23, 1903. Mr. Smoke writes about the recent financial difficulties being had by Mr. J.H. Adams in Paris, who owes some money to George Foster. After explaining some of Mr. Adam's troubles, becoming ill with pneumonia for months and resulting losses to his very young business, and debts to his creditors of between $400 and $500, he explains that a compromise needs to be reached on payments to George Foster. This compromise will ensure that Mr. Adams can both pay off his 20 creditors while also paying off the balance owed to them at $20 per month. In addition to a 50 cent charge owed by Mr. Adams, Mr. Smoke hopes that a proper arrangement can be made on his behalf as soon as possible.