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Jan 18th 1883
Jas. R Osgood & Co
Dear Sirs Yours of Jan 4th came to hand in due [?]. I have recd a letter from Gov. Stanford in reference to the matter in dispute between us in which he expresses a decided indisposition to be troubled with it, but he does not indicate what he would have me do, and I am not disposed to assume any responsibility that is not necessary. I shall write to him again to day I do not believe that I have authority to pay for that paper and as further evidence it is only necessary to refer to the date of the announcement of the book on the 12th of Sept 1881 where the number of plates the book was expected to contain is stated and then refer to the date of the order given by Mr Edwards on [?] Kendall & Co.
I am reluctant to be called [east?] again as it would be attended with great damage to my own business interests, and I want to settle the dispute with out it if I can. If the Governor gives me authority to do it so that it shall be final as between you and me and between the Governor & me, time will be [?] by information from you as to the allowance that will be made for the paper and it be taken in stock by the Heliotype Company?
As to the disposition of the unsold copies of
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