Letter from David S. Hollister, 8 January 1844

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was fully determined not to give up the command, she came out on the hurrycane deck where and I were talking and declared that it was Just what She had expected a plan of Joseph to cheat them out of evry cent of their hard earned money. I soon saw that all efforts were futile and the Boat must be sold and all claims against <​her​> would by the Statutes of this <​State​> have the preference to Yours, for two reasons first You are a partner and Secondly no claims of over Sixty days Standing against a Boat can come in for their proratio untill after the new accts are settled besides the amounts of new claims Costs of Suits Lawyrs fees Etc would swallow up the little Boat bones and all the Claims against her as follows—
Mc Callisters Bill. & Cost— about$160.
Foundery Bill in $179. Butchers d[itt]o $70.249
Due to hands on Bord $190 Store Bill here $55245
Due to Hubbard on a foolish charter givn him of 1/3 in 55
Sundry other Bill the exact amt of which I know not supposed40
$7.44
with these debts sadled up on <​her​> her Credit gone entirely and So badly damaged that before she could do business at least four hundred dollars must be expended in repairs— to families and a gang of hands on bord eating her up and but the small sum of Sixty four dollars on ha[n]d. I thought best to call on for the $64 remove the deposits made an arangement for the payment of Mc Callisters Bill for which She was Sued and Commenced a Suit against for a Settlement and attach the Boat the only way the thing can be done according to the Statutes of this State I accordingly Set the Lawyers at work but while I was looking up Surities which was necessary to give Sold one half of the Boat to Capt O F Miller who formerly run the <​S. B.​> [Steamboat] Desmoin [Demoine] now owner of the S. B. Elizabith[Elizabeth] with this new feature I thought best to compromise the matter try to raise means to do one half of the repairs and get her out of debt and delay littigation untill I could hear from you [p. [2]]
was fully determined not to give up the command, she came out on the hurrycane deck where and I were talking and declared that it was Just what She had expected a plan of Joseph to cheat them out of evry cent of their hard earned money. I soon saw that all efforts were futile and the Boat must be sold and all claims against her would by the Statutes of this State have the preference to Yours, for two reasons first You are a partner and Secondly no claims of over Sixty days Standing against a Boat can come in for their proratio untill after the new accts are settled besides the amounts of new claims Costs of Suits Lawyrs fees Etc would swallow up the little Boat bones and all the Claims against her as follows—
Mc Callisters Bill. & Cost— about$160.
Foundery Bill in $179. Butchers ditto $70.249
Due to hands on Bord $190 Store Bill here $55245
Due to Hubbard on a foolish charter givn him of 1/3 in 55
Sundry other Bill the exact amt of which I know not supposed40
$7.44
with these debts sadled up on her her Credit gone entirely and So badly damaged that before she could do business at least four hundred dollars must be expended in repairs— to families and a gang of hands on bord eating her up and but the small sum of Sixty four dollars on hand. I thought best to call on for the $64 remove the deposits made an arangement for the payment of Mc Callisters Bill for which She was Sued and Commenced a Suit against for a Settlement and attach the Boat the only way the thing can be done according to the Statutes of this State I accordingly Set the Lawyers at work but while I was looking up Surities which was necessary to give Sold one half of the Boat to Capt O F Miller who formerly run the S. B. [Steamboat] Desmoin Demoine now owner of the S. B. ElizabithElizabeth with this new feature I thought best to compromise the matter try to raise means to do one half of the repairs and get her out of debt and delay littigation untill I could hear from you [p. [2]]
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