R.Cowden letter, 1864 June 8
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Twenty five dollars of it to his mother and keep the balance until he calls for it. I wish you would get mine and collect all that is out and purchase me some 10 - 40 Government Bonds. Invest all the money. If you would get six hundred dollars worth, that will be more than I have got. but we will be paid off before long when I expect to be able to send $175.00 home. If I get a hundred [house?] bounty and you can make up the remaining fifty I will be much obliged. I think the bonds are rather the best investment a fellow can make. But if you want to use the money do so. Be sure to get the coupon Bonds. I think the Youngstown bank is authorized to sell them. Nothing more. Your Son R. J. Cowden
Hand Mr. Smith Hull's power of Attorney