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Office of H. L. HART's
Orange Grove and Ocklawaha River Steamers,
Palatka, Fla., Decr. 20th [?] /85
Capt J.H. [?] Smith
Sanford-- My Dr Sir--Yrs 19th at hand & Note Contents-- Think if you can sell for the 20,000$-- better do it-- fear you can't get 15,000 after the R-R- gets to running-- still think-- a Boat will pay then in winter-- there will be a big travel then this winter I think-- particularly if Ler [?] gets his Hotel to running right soon-- I have many en- -quiries-- about it-- & have agts- working for it &c-- I have a party feeling of me hear-- or wanting price - on 3 or 4 Boats for Ockla- -ha route-- that I think if they buy will pay cash-- (talking about 3/4 Int. [?] -I haven't given them price yet-- perhaps had better put in up-north too)- -Who Have you for engineer--chief for Astatula-- Will want Hunter [?] here about 1st Jany-- want to start str Okee-