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Letter from John Echols to James D. Johnston.

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Staunton Va July 5 1870. James D Johnston Esq

Dr [Dear] Sir. I have yours of 2nd inst enclosing Cert: Depo. for Fifty Dollars ($50) forwarded on account of my debt viz Jos: A. Peck & Jas: Adair, In regard to my debt against James F. Pendleton & als, you can wait for a short time (certainly not larger than 25th inst) for the payment of the $1500 so often promised, & if it is not paid then, I desire you to adopt the shortest & most effective mode that you know of to collect the whole debt. It will be utterly useless to wait any longer than the time mentioned, and it will be better not to waste any more time. I am very much pressed for money and my creditors will not wait for me. I am very truly Jno: Echols