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Kyoto [[/letterhead]] Nov 10th [[preprinted]] 190[[/preprinted]]9

Dear Colonel Hecker,

Your good letter of Oct. 15th is received and read with much interest. It is good to know of the activity in business at home and I am especially glad, for many reasons, that Great Lakes affairs are looking so well - The Ashtabula yard should, I think, prove eventually better than the one at Detroit. 

Thank you for answering both Richmond of New York and Obach of London exactly as you did - I have during past years had several opportunities to buy both pictures - The "Irving" could have been had for £400, but Whistler objected to my buying

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