Joyner Digital Library Exhibits Home > Steamers > Construction

E. H. Frazier & Co., To E. S. Askew & Bro., 2 May 1871

This letter was E. H. Frazier & Co.'s response to a letter from the Askews asking for items not included in the machinery contract. Frazier & Co. planned to supply a smokestack for the boiler, but refused to supply a steam whistle or any other item not detailed in the contract.

Text and Image(s) from Autographed Letter Signed
Transcription for the image below:

Image of
Higher resolution image

Transcription for the image above:

Baltimore May 2, 1871

Messrs. E.S. Askew & Bro.


We received your letter & found enclosed an agreement which we neglected altogether as it didn't suit our Idies [Ideas] at the time and was put off writing from time to time but as far as that is concerned it dont [doesn't] amount to anything as we assure you we shall furnish all that we agreed upon in the first place. Your writing Calls for a steam whistle and to have every thing, all fixtures necessary to Put your Boat in running order which you know imbraces [embraces] a good many different things. to which we objected You mentioned that we had left out smoke stack which of course was a mistake on our part as we intend to furnish that. And as it has run so long & the work very nigh Completed we thought it would not be necessary to write out a contract as we shall certainly do all that we agreed upon & hope to give you entire satisfaction the Engine and Boiler with Stack will all be ready for shipment by the 17th of May and if you intend to Come on we would be pleased to see you here at that time as we intend to try both Engine & Boiler before they leave our Shop hoping that this letter will prove satisfactory & that we may hear from you soon.

We remain

Yours Most Respectfully

E.H. Frazier & Co

P.S. The Boiler has been done for a week it is the Engine that has cost us so much work as we want to make a first class Job.

Previous Item Next Item

Citation: E. H. Frazier & Co. to E. S. Askew & Bro., May 2, 1871, Baltimore, MD, Askew Family Papers.
Location: East Carolina Manuscript Collection, Manuscripts and Rare Books, Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 USA
Call Number:Askew Family Papers, #298.1.b   Display Collection Guide

Center for Digital Projects | University Archives | Manuscripts and Rare Books | North Carolina Collection

Page Updated 02 September 2004
2003-2004, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University