REAL ESTATE AND COLLECTIONS OFFICE.
Samuel Burns & Co.,
Keokuk, Iowa January 3d A. D. 1865 (means 1866)
Please excuse us in this instance for addressing you without a personal acquaintance.
We are informed that you will soon publish a history of the recent War and we now write in time to secure the exclusive right to make sale of the work in the States of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri by means of our traveling Agents. We will give bond and security under an agreement to do so in as complete and brief time as sales could possibly be made in a Section where there are so few public conveyances. In case your business arrangements, in the premises, prevent your complying with our request, please inform us at your earliest convenience, the number of volumes, when the work (the first volume.) will be ready for Sale and the price of same retail and wholesale.) So that in the event of you not being able to Contract with us for the exclusive right to make a sale of the work in the States named that our agents, who are now traveling in said States to solicit applications from Soldiers and their heirs against Government may at once commence soliciting subscriptions for the history written by you to be delivered by a certain time at certain price to such as subscribed, and thus canvas and obtain in advance of others the sale of your work in said States. Our Neighbour, Mr. Hempstead now residing in here lately a Capt. in the Stonewall Brigade under Gen Jackson of the Confederate Army, and Son of Stephen Hempstead, Ex Governor of Iowa recently wrote you on our behalf, but thinking that the last idea here presented might not be have been suggested in his letter to you.
General, as references, will be pleased to name Honl James M. Love, Judge of the United States Court for Iowa, W. W. Burns, United States Army now stationed in Commissary Department at Charleston S. C. Recently Brig. And Maj. Gen in the Army of the Potomac, Thomas Love of Fair Fax Court House, Va, Bro of Judge Love of Iowa, Hon George W. Jones of this city for 16 years, U. S. Senator from Iowa who had two tours in the Confederate Service, Charles T. George 1st Major 2nd Capt. We will give you any reference you may require as to our facilities to dispose of the work as rapidly and thoroughly as could be expected in the given regions of the Country. Very Respectfully,
Your Obt. Servt,
Sam Burns & Co P. J. Burns Clerk U. S. Court Iowa
Notation on front page in General Lee=s handwriting:
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Saml Burns & Co
offers to sell history
of War etc
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