New River Coal Fields Collection
AC 021

 Copybooks of James T. McCreery, 1887-1900, with correspondence of Col. M. Erskine Miller

Summary Information

Repository
McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Title
New River Coal Fields Collection
ID
AC 021
Date [inclusive]
1886-1900
Extent
6.5 Linear feet
Physical Description
The New River Coal Fields Four consists of two distinct groups: 1) The correspondence of land speculator James T. McCreery of Hinton, West Virginia, dated between October, 1887 and June, 1900, to various correspondents, contained in four bound carbon copy-books of approximately 500 pages each, containing a total of 1,270 individual pieces of outgoing correspondence. The copybooks contain thin onionskin pages, and while the overwhelming majority of the pages are legible and readable, a small percentage has faded. The copybooks will be digitized in the Fall of 2012 and will be available online in RU Digital Collections (with a link from this finding aid). 2) The correspondence between McCreery and M. Erskine Miller, a coal operator and merchant from of Staunton, Virginia, dating 1886-1899, totaling 427 pieces. While most of the correspondence is between Miller and McCreery, there are some other correspondents in this collection. This correspondence is in very good condition, and is stored in archival boxes and folders.
Location
Located in locked compact shelving, level 1.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], New River Coal Fields Collection, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Biographical Note

James T. McCreery (1844-1925) was born in Union, county seat of Monroe County, West Virginia. His family resettled near Beckley, in Raleigh County, around 1855. After serving in the Confederate artillery, McCreery returned to Raleigh County, where he began speculating in land and timber. According to his biography in James H. Miller's "History of Summers County" (1907), McCreery and his brother John ". . . began early in the development of the coal regions of the State to acquire large acerage of real estate in the early days, which has appreciated as developments came, and to-day he is one of the wealthiest men of the country. . ." (p.579, see full biographical entry below).

In fact, as the letters in the present archive show, McCreery, aided by a host of outside investors, was able to obtain control of mineral rights and rights-of-way on vast tracts of land throughout southern West Virginia, in what would become known as the New River Coal Fields, primarily in the counties of Mercer, Fayette, Raleigh,and McDowell. Benefitting on the one hand from his ties to the local community, and on the other from his relationships with industrial and financial interests in Virginia, the Northeast and Midwest, McCreery was able to acquire parcels whose true value was unknown to their owners. By around 1900 McCreery had accumulated a significant fortune and, in league with his brother John W. McCreery (lawyer and one-term President of the West Virginia Senate), attained the status of regional power broker. He was elected President of the Bank of Summers County in 1907 (upon its elevation to a National Bank) and completed construction of the Hotel McCreery, a grand Italianate structure in the then-thriving railroad hub of Hinton, in 1908. McCreery was also the founder and president of two railway companies, the Piney River Railway (absorbed by C&O around 1900) and the New River & Southwestern, a proposed line to connect the C&O and the N&W between Hinton and East River (the line was never completed); his efforts to obtain the rights-of-way for these railroad lines, and to secure monopolies on the transportation of coal and timber in the region, are a frequent subject of correspondence collected here. (Biographical sketch by Lorne Bair of Lorne Bair Rare Books.)

Biographical portrait of James T. McCreery, from History of Summers County from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, by James H. Miller, 1908. pp 578-280. (text in the public domain, retrieved from the Internet Archive, http://archive.org/details/historyofsummers00mill):

JAMES T. McCREERY

Mr. McCreery is of Irish descent; and was born in Union,Monroe County, on the 1st of January, 1845. His father was William McCreery, who was a native of Ireland, and who emigrated after the Civil War and located on a large boundary of land three miles north of Beckley, in Raleigh County, where he resided until the date of his death, leaving surviving him Hon. John W. McCreery, one of the prominent citizens of that county,and one of those largely responsible for the development of that now prosperous region.

He is a prominent attorney of that county, and has been a member of the State Senate from his district and president of that body. He has also been elected prosecuting attorney of his county, and has held other positions of honor and trust. He is also president of the Bank of Raleigh, Beckley Electric Light & Water Co., and is the owner of large landed properties in connection with his brother, Jas. T. He is one of the wealthiest men of the State, and highly esteemed at home and abroad; and Jas. T., the subject of this history, with his brother, Senator John W. McCreery, with business foresight, began early in the development of the coal regions of the State to acquire a large acreage of real estate in the early days, which has appreciated as developments came, and to-day he is one of the wealthiest men of the country.

Jas. T. is the president of the New River & Southwestern R. R. Co., a proposed railroad to connect the C. & O. at Hinton.with the N. & W. at the mouth of East River, following the course of New River on a route once only a trail for the Indian, and later the path of the pioneer hunter, discoverer and settler, and still later a country settled and inhabited by intelligent, prosperous and law-abiding citizens. He is president of the Hinton Hotel Co., and one of the principal promoters of that enterprise now being encouraged for the upbuilding and development of the city of Hinton.

Recently he has been selected as the president of the National Bank of Summers, on its reorganization into a National bank, and on the resignation of Mr. Harrison Gwinn, the enterprising and excellent first president, on account of advancing years, and his long distant residence from the location of the bank. Mr. McCreery, is pre-eminently a business man, and has devoted his entire time to business enterprises and occupations, never having engaged in political ventures or taken an interest therein except to vote in the interest of good government, he, as well as his brother. Senator John W. McCreery, being, as their father before them, followers after and believers in the doctrines of Jefferson and Bryan, except he (Jas. T.) was not in sympathy with the free coinage of silver at the ratio of 16 to 1, as proclaimed by the Democratic platform of 1896.

Mr. McCreery spent a large part of his earlier life in the county of Raleigh, having moved to that county with his father in the year 1855, and was engaged for a number of years in the hotel business in Beckley, when he removed to the mouth of Piney, where he constructed a handsome residence at one of the most picturesque locations for a country seat in the State. Here he resided until 1897, when he purchased a handsome brick residence in the city of Hinton, in which he has since resided, and where he expects to reside the remainder of his days. In the meantime he was actively engaged in the land business, having promoted the Piney River Railway, which was afterwards absorbed by the C. & C, and is now built, and is in operation as a branch of that great trunk line.

He with others promoted the turnpike leading from the mouth of Piney to Beckley, building a toll bridge across Piney at its mouth, which is a covered structure, built of wood, and is still well preserved. The station at the mouth of Piney is named for him, and is called "McCreery." He organized the first bridge company to construct a bridge across New River at Hinton, but never completed the arrangements.

He married Miss M. E. Prince, who was for many years an invalid. She was a daughter of the late Edwin Prince, a wealthy capitalist of Beckley. She died at Hinton since the removal of the family here.

Mr. McCreery's family at present consists of three sons and three daughters, Mrs. Josie Sawyers, Mrs. Annie Gray and Mrs. Ben Perkins, of Parkersburg, W. Va.

M.[Michael] Erskine Miller (1843-1897) was born in Huntsville, Alabama, achieved rank of Colonel in the Confederacy, and eventually settled in Staunton, Virginia, where he built a substantial fortune: first as a wholesale grocer, then as a merchandise broker for the C&O railroad, and finally, through his association with James T. McCreery, as a speculator in mineral lands and timber in southern West Virginia. By the time of his death he was the president of no fewer than four major companies in the New River coal fields, owning among others the mines at Fire Creek, Terry, Caperton, and Thurmond. From the correspondence in the present archive we discover that Miller, through his broader connections to industrialists in Chicago, New York and Boston, acted as a conduit for funds from wealthy investors to McCreery, whose job it was to identify promising parcels and to execute contracts with their owners.

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Scope and Contents

Though commercial extraction of coal from the New River fields began as early as 1874 (the date of completion of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad), it was not until the mid-1880's, with the injection of large-scale industrial capital from the commercial centers of the Northeast and Midwest, that the area acquired its current identity as a major coal region. The mechanism through which this transformation took place is by now well known: beginning in the mid 1880s, small landowners, whose families had farmed their parcels for generations, were bought off their land by coal company agents who, equipped with pre-drafted contracts, were often able to acquire mineral- and timber-rich properties for pennies on the dollar. Development of these tracts would generally be delayed until a sufficient number of contiguous properties had been acquired, so as not to alert landowners to agents' intentions.

The New River Coal Fields Collection contains approximately 1700 pieces of confidential business correspondence between one such land agent, James T. McCreery, and his financial backers, primarily M. Erskine Miller. It comprises one of the earliest and most complete records available to illustrate this transformation of southern West Virginia from a primarily agrarian, smallholder economy to a major North American hub of extractive industry. In letters that are frank, candid and at times revelatory, McCreery’s copybooks offer a detailed, day-to-day picture of the life and methods of a coal company land agent in the very earliest years of Appalachia's industrialization.

The letters of M. Erskine Miller contain approximately 400 letters from one of McCreery’s principal financial backers, M. Erskine Miller of Staunton, Virginia. This provides an even fuller picture of the mechanism whereby monies flowed from large investors in New York, Boston, and Chicago, through regional brokers such as Miller, and finally into the hands of agents such as McCreery. Among the many investors mentioned in Miller's correspondence are Henry Clay Frick of Pittsburgh; J.P. Morgan, William Libbey and George Huntington Hull of New York; H.H. Fay of Boston; Jedediah Hotchkiss, John Hooe Russell, and many others. (Scope and contents adapted from text by Lorne Bair).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia
540-831-5692
archives@radford.edu

Restrictions to Access

An appointment for research is required. The collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan. Note: material in the copybooks will be digitized and made available online in late fall 2012.

Custodial Note

This collection was obtained from Lorne Bair Rare Books, Spring 2012. For years the McCreery copybooks were stored in the boiler room of the McCreery Hotel in Hinton, West Virginia, until purchased at auction in the 1980s.

Processing Note

Physical processing by Deirdre Hyde, Summer 2012. Finding aid by Deirdre Hyde and Gene Hyde, Summer 2012.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: Correspondence of Erskine Miller: October 11,1886-December 26,1887 

Folder 1: October 11, 1886 Miller to McCreery: Discussion of purchase Miller made on coal lands for $775.00 as well as Miller brings up the purchase of 50 + 10 acres and having to ask Catlett 

Folder 2: November 11, 1886 Miller to McCreery: Miller requests that the survey of land to be completed soon for sale 

Folder 3: November 22, 1886 Miller to McCreery: Miller wanting to know how many acres of McCreery's land is underlaid with coal and discussion on a possible deal on more land for $30,000.00 as well as Miller telling McCreery to offer $2,500.00 cash to Mr. Pack for his land and then present the rest in equal notes. 

Folder 4: November 24, 1886 Miller to McCreery: Miller discussing with McCreery the purchase of Pack lands for $30,000.00 and reiterating the lack of ease in making the deals and terms of negotiations as well as Miller inquiring about McCreery's land on the upper and lower sides of Piney Creek and how they are good for future developments and protection for both of their lands. Miller also brings up in the correspondence Bell and Catlett's interests. 

Folder 5: November 27, 1886 Miller to McCreery: Miller mentions his previous letter sent on November 24,1886 with discussion of deal of Pack lands to purcahse for $30,000.00 with McCreery and that Miller has made sure everything was satisfactory with Bell and Catlett first. Miller also states that if the railroad is to be built, which he has no doubts, than the land would hold great potential and comfort for them for the remainder of both their lives. 

Folder 6: November 30, 1886 Miller to McCreery: Miller again asking McCreery about the land on the lower side of the creek (Piney) and mentions the telegrams sent to McCreery telling him to purchase Pack lands and his misgivings of the Chesapeake and Ohio telegraph being slow and uncertain. 

Folder 7: November 30, 1886 Miller to McCreery: 3 Telegrams sent by Miller to McCreery: 1) Miller tells McCreery to buy Pack lands 2) Miller asks McCreery again under what terms will he give up the land on the lower side of creek (Piney) 3) Miller tells McCreery that he mailed the checks to him 

Folder 8: December 7, 1886 Miller to McCreery: Miller telling McCreery he has returned home to find his letters he had sent and that he would do what was required of him as stated in McCreery's letter. 

Folder 9: December 18, 1886 A. J. Carper to McCreery to Miller: Letter written to McCreery from A.J. Carper addressing issue of his house sitting on land at Mill Creek and how McCreery was mistaken due to A.J. Carper and Joe Carper sold lands to Laing and Howell jointly based on deal they made for payment to be advanced to them since one land payment was behind on the Cowgill deed; Laing and Howell said they would not be able to do it but A.J. and Joe could join together and give a loan on both tracts: A.J. received $2,400.00 and Joe received $ 2,500.00 (McCreery recived letter then sent it on to Miller) 

Folder 10: January 1, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller stating to McCreery that the delay on the titles of the land was on his end and that the money is waiting pending the surveyor. Miller also states that most of the titles are correct except a 20 acre tract to A.J. Carper, but insits that Bell would write him regarding this matter and what he wants completed as far as the Cowgill tract A. J. Carper states is his. 

Folder 11: January 5, 1887 Bell to McCreery to Miller: Richard P. Bell was an attorney and counsellor at law in Staunton, VA. In this typed letter from him he addresses the A. J. Carper land issue as well as overseeing other titles that were made up by McCreery's brother. A. J. Carper's land tract of 209 acres is not the Cowgill tract at all but "the home place" which means that McCreery's brother did not have the title to the 209 acres at all. Bell tells Mccreery to have his brother fill in and fix all parts of the abstract hes noted and for Mr. Miller to send the money to close up the matters. Bell also mentions 3 lands he had not looked at yet due to McCreery and Miller not being sure if they were to purchase: Reddan, Hunt, Bullard 

Folder 12: January 7, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller tells McCreery that he can't advance any money to W.C. Bullard at this time due to other business demands, as well as Hunt lands; Miller states that they can't do much business with either lands at present time, but doesn't think the property will get away from them easily; Miller tells McCreery to "keep quiet and we will get them in time if the money is there." Miller also states that all the tracts and surveys are to be complete and payment is to be made to the surveyor and Mr. Bell for the writing up of the deeds at $2.50 each 

Folder 13: January 7, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Millers statement lists the purchased properties by McCreery near Piney Creek; on the statement Miller lists the sellers names, quantity of land in acres, price paid for land, value of land, amount advanced, and balance due. Sellers names included on statement for mineral rights: McClure & Wife, A.J. Carper & Wife, W.D. Carper & Wife, W.M. Miller & Wife, Saul H. Carper & Wife, Henry A. Smith, Rich Davis & Wife,James. T. McCreery & Wife, David Robinson & Wife, Sam Scott & Wife. 

Folder 14: January 8, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller tells McCreery that he had gathered all the deeds and instructed that the owners of the land and their wives had to sign. Miller also states to have deeds executed and to draw on him for amounts and send checks payable with exact amount due except for the McClure land, an issue had delayed payment. 

Folder 15: February 9, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller questions the surveyors being used to McCreery; he wants to know if they can be trusted, if the work he does in the field is correct and if hes competent. Miller also brings up the property of Hunt lands again asking McCreery how much cash and time the Hunt tract would take understanding that the owner had 100 acres at $10 per acre. 

Folder 16: February 15, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller asks for McCreery to have the title of Hunt lands examined, and if all was correct Miller would purcahse. Miller also sates that he wants this tract of land to be a seperate purcahse on their own account between himself and McCreery. 

Folder 17: February 24, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller asks McCreery questions pertaining to the Pack place land of 25 or 30 acres and what the expense to Miller would be if the land would be laid with grass or if the party would be seeding the ground in any kind of grain, and if so, who exactly would reap the profit. 

Folder 18: February 26, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller asks McCreery questions pertaining to the Hunt lands: does the land go down to the river, how many acres of workable coal, how much timber is on land, how much cleared land, condition of house and fence on property, and how far from Piney and Bullard properties. Miller also states that the survey and deed for the Pack place had been made up. 

Folder 19: February 26, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses the difference in numbers pertaining to the acerage of Scott's and Robertson's deeds. Miller states that Mr. McVey reported Scott lands to be 96 & 1/8 acres, where McCreery had listed it at 100 acres and Mr. McVey reported Robertson lands to be 100 & 100/160 acres, where McCreery listed it at 105 acres. Miller once again questions the surveyor McCreery is using or if he had made a mistake. 

Folder 20: February 28, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller states to McCreery that he had sent the surveyor $36.33 as requested. He also asks McCreery that the surveyor make a map or plan of all the properties embracing the Pack property be made up. 

Folder 21: March 4, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he is awaiting McCreery's reply about Hunt lands, as well as how he plans on sending grass seeds to seed the field at the Pack place. Miller states that he enclosed a check for partial payment of $1,300.00 for 105 acres of David Robertson's land. 

Folder 22: March 11, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses with McCreery Saunder's land and how he is not interested due to being too pricey. Miller also tells McCreery to look at land near Hunt's and would buy if McCreery says it's good. After signing this letter, Miller goes on to say how he has changed his mind on putting down grass seed at the Pack place, stating he did not think he would get his money back. 

Folder 23: March 25, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller brings up an issue with the Scott's land that was purcahsed and a confusion of who the money is supposed to be deposited to due to Miller receiveing a letter from The National Valley Bank stating that there was a Samuel Scott and a Samuel M. Scott, and Miller wished to know if they are one and the same person. 

Folder 24: April 12, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses with McCreery the recent purchase of 284 acres from Harman D. Williams at $4,000.00 ($2,000.00 cash, $1,000.00 paid over next year, and $1,000.00 paid over second year with interest.) Miller sates the issue with title and deed which states only 280 acres and Miller requests McCreery clears this up. Miller also states that he wishes to look at Paint Creek and Piney once he comes out there and tells McCreery to secure good options for good coal land. 

Folder 25: April 23, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller plans on meeting up with McCreery in Staunton, VA at Millers office stating that McCreery better meet up with him first before seeing the other parties involved. 

Folder 26: May 2, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller plans on meeting up with McCreery at the Prince railroad station in Blockston, W.V. Miller states that enclosed is the H.D. William's deed he wanted McCreery to look over. Miller also states that he fears that McCreery has become too excited about the railroad projects and tells him to "take things with a slated philosophy of a Dutchman." 

Folder 27: May 20, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses the return of his trip from New York and his meeting with Mr. Catlett on a deal involving a large amount of money; Miller tells McCreery "It will require a large amount of money to work up the scheme and it will require time to get control of this money. You will have to keep quiet until things can be worked up and organized." 

Folder 28: May 28, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller explains to McCreery why he had not been writing him due to Bell and Catlett being out of town. Miller once again tells McCreery "keep quiet and hold steady, things I hope will come out allright." Miller also asks for Bullards full name and post office. 

Folder 29: June 3, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller has written up a monthly statement for McCreery; on the statement is: May 11, 1887: To amt bill this date $875.00 & June 3, 1887: My check enclosed $4125.00 =$5,000.00 Also Miller writes on statement "Buy your commission on William's land" 

Folder 30: June 3, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses the monthly statement he wrote up for McCreery on William's land and also states the finding of the seed buck wheat and how he would write to his correspondent in Richmond and have it shipped to McCreery's father. 

Folder 31: June 16,1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller mentions receiving McCreery's letter from June 13, 1887 and how he enclosed in it a map of the surveyed Pack lands as Miller had previously requested. Miller also asks McCreery about buying stock in his Railway charter and to write up a statement of how much stock was issued, how much it would cost him to buy 51% of the stock from McCreery and at how much annually to keep it alive. Miller also mentions to McCreery the fact that he still has not done anything with the Bullard, Shumate, and Reddan tracts but belives they can just make money by holding on to them; Miller tells McCreery to stay calm on the "big deal" and "Hold a stiff upper lip and a firm grip." 

Folder 32: July 2, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes McCreery a receipt for $5.14 per Catlett. 

Folder 33: July 8, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller tells McCreery he cannot buy stock in the Railway charter at the present time due to having too many urgent demands. Miller requests to know more about the timber at the Bullard lands, stating the price is too high at $8.00 per acre. Miller also asks about the timber on the Reddan lands, how much and what exactly is there. Miller informs McCreery that he had been misinformed about the building of the Railroad on the south side of the creek; Miller stating if it is to happen he would know something about it, and gives his opinion that if it is built it will be below Piney. Miller briefly states that he has been working with Catlett and Hotchkiss on the "big land scheme." Finally he concludes his letter asking McCreery if there is any timber of value on the Coit lands adjoining their Piney property. 

Folder 34: July 9, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller requests McCreery to assit him with issue of survey of Pack lands; stating in the surveyors notes that there was a Bartley Pack and a John Pack, and questioning if two seperate deeds will need to be written. 

Folder 35: July 15, 1887 Bullard to McCreery: Bullard writes to McCreery listing a lower price of his land, as Miller had previously stated it was too high at $8.00 per acre, now Bullard lists his price as "low, low, low" $6.50 per acre, and also states he thinks this is a great area for coal. 

Folder 36: July 16, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller enclosed in this letter the deeds for the two seperate Packs', Bartley and John, to execute and o0nce done Miller then asks McCreery to deliver the bonds he encolosed as well. Miller states that the Pack's owe $5.00 for the writing up of the deeds and the survey which are to be paid to Bell. 

Folder 37: July 16, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses with McCreery on getting a satisfactory price for the Piney lands and Miller would be willing to sell. Miler also disucusses the "hear-say" about the building of the bridge over the New River and states "If this is true it will be a long time I fear before we get a road up as high as the mouth of Piney." 

Folder 38: July 16,1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses the disappointment of McCreery in the large land matter blaming it on McCreery for missing appointments after Miller warned him otherwise. Miller reiterates how he told McCreery that "it would require time and considerable effort to bring about a combination of men and money to buy up so large a tract of land as you laid out." Miller goes on to tell him "I have just seen Catlett and he says as I do that we should regret to be the means of being in the way of your successfully turning a sale to your benefit and that so far as we are concerned to go on with your appointments and make it when you can as we have nothing to promise in the purchase of the large tract." 

Folder 39: July 19, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses with McCreery land on Piney he wishes to buy at a good price- no higher than $10.00 per acre or $8,000.00 paid in equal payments. Miller also requests to know how much of the land is underlaid with coal. 

Folder 40: July 19, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses the Bullard lands in response to Bullard's letter that he sent to McCrery stating the promise in his land and the dropped price for purchase at $6.50 per acre, but Miller states that he still thought it was too much, and thinks that in time once the Railroad reaches the property it will be worth more and the long-term interest then would pay off. 

Folder 41: July 21, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller responds to McCreery's letter he sent on July 19, 1887 enclosed with $20.00 which Miller finds to be all satisfactory. 

Folder 42: July 29, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller acknowledges Bullard's letter to McCreery and is happy with his acceptance of purcahse for land. Miller also asks if McCreery has heard from Coit land and states at end of letter that he believes "we are getting things in shape I think for the big deal." 

Folder 43: August 5, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses with McCreery the Coit-Land and Howald lands and instructs McCreery to talk to the owners and if he can come up with a good figure for purchase then he might take it in. Miller also requests to know who owns the land below Piney, but "I fear that their cash payment is rather large- I might think about $8,000.00 to $10,000.00 and the balance in ten annual payments." 

Folder 44: August 10, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller starts the letter by telling McCreery that contacting Mr. Huntington would be disastrous pertaining to the land on the south side of the New River. Miller also discusses the Railroad bridge that is to be built over the New River and how he wishes to be involved. Miller once again brings up the "big land scheme" and how it was in the hands of a strong man who they expected to handle the financial part of the enterprise. Miller discourages McCreery to mortgaging his property to build a Railroad and stating that he will not be able to handle it and to let the others build it, breaking down the history of business in the Railroad to prove his point. 

Folder 45: August 10, 1887 Miler to McCreery: Miller discussing a "slight informality" in the Bullard deed and asked McCreery to have his brother examine. Miller also acknowledges Howald and Lang wanting to sell, but think they will want too much money for their lands. 

Folder 46: August 19, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller explaining that he was to leave for the New River the previous night August 18, 1887, but received a wire message. Miller planned on trying to leave again in a few days to meet up with McCreery either at Fire Creek or Caperton in West Virginia, both areas involved in coal and coke operations. 

Folder 47: August 24, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller telling McCreery that the party was delayed and that he will want horses for Monday and possibly Tuesday- notifying later how many and day required. 

Folder 48: August 25, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller stating their arrival to Fire Creek, W.V. by Tuesday morning; Miller requesting four horses- counting Hotchkiss and a map showing both sides of Piney and country side about, stating Coit had such a map. Also Miller tells McCreery to send his check and bond to Bullard and deed to Beckley. 

Folder 49: August 27, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller finalizing plans with McCreery for him and their party to meet up at Prince statiom, W.V. 5 people including McCreery. Miller once again tells McCreery to keep quiet, and to get through the county with as little excitement as possible and to avoid the sight of people who know him, even supplying McCreery with a lie to use if questioned, stating he was looking for timber land. Miller briefly states at the end that the bridge is a settled fixed thing, and has to be as is. 

Folder 50: September 12, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses the Coit lands and asks for the report of land. Miller tells McCreery that part of the Coit land cannot be accessed but only through his land alone Piney. Miller offers to work out a deal or purchase for McCreeyr's land to have access to Coit land. 

Folder 51: September 17, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discussing his having to go back east and an issue with a deed he needs McCreey's brother to look at. Miller also asks if a certified blank check can be used as payment instead of cash, as the amount can be written in later once "after things come to light." Miller also brings up a case of a man he heard about after selling and then the buyer acquired the previous owners missed taxes and Miller is hesitatnt due to this. 

Folder 52: September 19, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller requests that McCreery's brother deal with the Coit property and then have the deeds properly drawn up and executed. Miller instructs McCreery to hurry things up with the Coit land and that he has not time to lose. Miller also states that has presumed that McCreery will be making the trip to Washington so he is to be present when the matter of the land is all closed so he can look after his own interest in the deal. 

Folder 53: September 19, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller instructs McCreery with purchase of Coit land at $10.00 per acre; in total $50,000.00 to be paid for in installments of $5,000.00 cash on delivering of deeds. The remaining $50,000.00 to be paid in two equal yearly payments with interest from date- the interest to be paid annually. Miller also requests that McCreery require Coit to hand in with the deeds the surveyor notes and maps of Tucker's survey. 

Folder 54: September 20, 1887 Matter of Central Territory to Miller: Second page to letter does not appear to be in collection, and due to page missing does not provide us with information who wrote letter to Miller. At top of letter "Copy of message sent to you by wire." A worker dealing with the Central Territory writes to Miller about how they had yet received any of the coke from Mr. Hull for a furnace test and are therefore obliged to suspend any judgements as to the merits of the Central Territory. As to the quantity of coal in that tract, this anonymous man recommends Mr. Perry is a thorough expert having spent his life at it and states that he reports however, that there is a considerable body of coal and of a very fine quality insofar as one can judge by the eye. (The Central Territory/Belt is discussed more at length in letter dated October 24, 1887.) 

Folder 55: October 4, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes to McCreery an excerpt he received from Gordon (attorney in Washington D.C.) discussing Mr. Coit refusing to enclose a receipt for new bond taken out at $2,225.00 and Gordon sent a second receipt but Coit has ignored to do so. Miller instructs McCreery to do all he can to save his money and tell to tell him to wire you if things are not right, warning him that if he does not fix things he may lose the whole thing. Miller again expresses his anxiety about the money issue with Coit. 

Folder 56: October 7, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses a letter from Gordon and Coit he received, and concludes the "old man" will carry out his agreement with McCreery to pay as promised. Miller points out that in Coit's letter he pointed out it was 100 acres too much, which Miller tells McCreery his commission is incorrect then, but Miller promises him he will still come out all right; Miller states that he had sent the deed to Beckley to be recorded. Miller also requests a sketch of the lands be made up of Shumate, Hunt, Scott, and Reddan with total number of acres, price for each, and terms of payment. Miller once again asks McCreery to send him the maps of the Coit land that Hotchkiss had recently sent him as Miller states "you have no use for them and as they will be to me." 

Folder 57: October 24, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses a telegram he received from the gentlemen owning the lands Hunt, Shumate, and Scott lands and how they were going to take him up on his offer of purchase. Miller instructs McCreery to take them up on his terms and conditions as mentioned in his letter and to make the hand payment to each and draw upon me for $30.00 in each case the balance to be paid when survey is made and the deed delivered- Miller states he wants all this done promptly- take the receipts in my name. Miller signs off by saying "I have great hope in making the Chicago parties satisfied and at an early date secure the Central belt." 

Folder 58: October 24, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller complains about how busy he has been and the lack of time spent in his office, but now he was off for a week and was thinking of going to Chicago to deal with the Central land matter. 

folder 59: November 2, 1887 Miller to McCreery: (Miller staying at the Galt House in Lousiville, K.Y. using the hotel note pad to write McCreery the letter) Miller states that he has just returned from Chicago after being engaged in a land scheme. Miller than had planned to leave the same night for the Mines at Fire Creek and Caperton, W.V. and arrive by Thursday and Friday. Miller states he will be leaving to go back home on Saturday but would like to see McCreery Friday if he could come down to the mines. 

Folder 60: November 3, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discussing the Central Land Scheme; Miller writing from Lousiville, K.Y. planning on riding home on the mail train telling McCreery to take the train to Staunton so they can discuss decisions that need to be made. 

Folder 61: November 4, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller wishes to discuss features of the Central Land Scheme and how his parties wish to get 5,000 acres and wish to have the property examined for purcahse of $45,000.00. Miller tells McCreery to put this matter first without future delay. 

Folder 62: November 5, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller lists three properties purcahsed: Hunts- 89 acres, Shumate- 100 acres, Reddan- 150 acres totalling 339 acres. Miller points out the land tract is to be equal to 549 acres though. Miller asks if there is not a tract for Scott to go yet and the possibility of that being an issue, but having to wait till Catlett gets back in town on Monday to revisit the Centrl Land matter. 

Folder 63: November 7, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller lists payment to previous properties bought: B.L. Hunt - $50.00 and W. Shumate - $50.00 and Reddan property with no payment until deed is made. 

Folder 64: November 8, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes that Mr. Pack writes that he is moving out of house on property, and Miller asks McCreery to find someone to look after things until they get another tenant in it. 

Folder 65: November 11, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses Mr. G.H. Caperton and A.N. Gnewr meeting at Fire Creek and Caperton; Miller also says that he will write the Chicago parties as promised if McCreery can give him the names and land estimate for the new properties. 

Folder 66: November 28, 1887 M. A. Gordon to McCreery: Gordon tells McCreery the Coit land matter is finally in process of settlement. With Miller and McCreery being paid for an extra 100 acres they had to give money back wrongfully paid with interest. Gordon finds the total for Mary E. Miller to Mary E. Coit of $4,441.25 which $2,107.31 McCreery has to pay by one year from September 1887. 

Folder 67: November 30, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller has eleven contracts figured by Bell, Hotchkiss, Catlett and himself. Miler instructs McCreery to sign all eleven and then forward to George H. Hull in Loiusville, K.Y. 

Folder 68: December 23, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller states the contracts had been signed by the Chicago parties- Miller aks where the 5,000 acres can be bought for the least amount of money, McCoys or Spanglers. (At the bottom of this letter Miller wrote "Private Book".) 

Folder 69: December 26, 1887 Miller to McCreery: Miller tells McCreery that he wants a conference before any land is bought and only Miller and McCreery will travel, asking McCreery to come as soon as he can, dealing with Chicago parties. 

Box 2: Correspondence of Erskine Miller: January 2, 1888-April 30, 1888 

Folder 1: January 2, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller enclosed in his letter a letter from Mr. Child and a"sketch in regard to plotting the several tracts of land in which we are interested." Miller discusses with McCreery gathering of information and the possibility of sending "him" to the Raleigh Court House to obtain all the information they are seeking. 

Folder 2: January 5, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes he was just in receipt of a letter from Mr. Gray with cash to secure control of properties wanted. Miller states that he will be sending blank contracts that need McCreery's signature by the next day ( Jan 6, 1888), along with the contracts Miller planned on sending money and balances; Miller tells McCreery he has been delaying the buying until the money came in and to "use this money with discreation paying out just as little as possible." Miller states he has told Gray payments of $25.00, $50.00, $100.00 would do so an earnest bargin, not paying more than $100. "We want to buy and make these people feel that we are acting in good faith and wise wisdom and they may be inclined to then invest more." Miller requests that McCreery put the money in $25.00 payments everytime he can and to take receipts and vouchers for everything he buys. 

Folder 3: January 6, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller tells McCreery that he has sent $500.00 directed to Prince Station, W.V., a contract McCreery needed to sign, and "a lot" of blank contracts. Miller also states that if he needs more money he has $500.00 more sent by Gray "thought $1,000.00 might be risky carrying around." He asks that McCreery advise him daily of trade, size of tracts, and price agreed upon. 

Folder 4: January 9, 1888 T. K. Scott to Miller to McCreery: Scott (Sheriff) acknowledges check for $107.42 and mentions whole tax due on Carper lands and that he expects the tract charged in the name of H.O. Carter's heirs, which is Miller's land, bought around sometime of first purchase tax is $16.83. Scott also writes that he found out at the C.H. that Miller did not buy Bullard land till about July "rules here, are the man is possession of the land on the first of April, pays the tax for that year- so Bullard should pay for 87, but hesitatnt he will as there is no law to make him." Scott also discusses a tract in the name of J. H. Carper dropped from books by mistake for 3 years (83, 84, 85) 86 was replaced and 4 years tax charged at once. "Carper said, J. T. McCreery owed him $20.00 on land, correct? I cannot ever find McCreery at his home to discuss matter." Scott states that he enclosed a receipt for $43.54. 

Folder 5: January 10, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states after suggesting McCreery make drafts for him he did not think about the cost and would send more money to McCreery once he needs it. Miller requests that McCreery "try to make your options not shorter than ninety days, if posible." He also states that the Chicago parties are yet to secure a satisfactory expert, but has expressed a desire that the option should be as long as possible bear in mind, make effort for 90 days or 4 months. Miller requests that McCreery send him the notes for the deed for Redden's (Reddan) land, Hunt, and Shoemake (Shunate) lands. 

Folder 6: January 13, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that enclosed in his letter is a letter from Mr. Scott in regard to taxes, stating that Mr. Scott held tax tickets against Miller for $107.42, and Miller states that he has sent him a check to pay, but states he had only sent tax receipts that equal to $43.54 and to look into the matter and to make sure Miller is not paying or called upon to pay back taxes for other people which Miller does not find it fair because he only buys mineral rights. Miller requests to know from McCreery how he is getting on with Chicago land. 

Folder 7: January 14, 1888 H. A. Gray to Miller: (Top of letter is stamped with "Copy of message sent you by wire") Gray asks Miller when he will have lands secured under forfeit and ready for examination, and states he thought that McCreery could get some lands right away and rather expected to hear from Miller or McCreery before now. "Do not understand me as trying to crowd you at all, but I would like to have an idea as to when it will be necessary for Captain Perry to send down his men to commence the necessary examination." Gray states that as it does take a letter 2 days to go from Chicago to Staunton and to not hesitate to use telegraph in all important cases. 

Folder 8: January 18, 1888 Miller to McCreery: (Marked "Personal" at top of letter) Miller writes that enclosed in this letter McCreery will find a letter from Mr. Gray (in previous folder with date : Jan 14, 1888), that Miller had just received sating that from the letter Mr. Gray is impatient and to get to work; Miller states "I hope you will hurry up and get ahold of all the land that you desire, covering 5,000 acres." Miller tells McCreery that he does not like the idea of putting the drills in operation "over there" as it will greatly excite people and make them imagine that there is untold wealth, which he fears will increase the price. 

Folder 9: January 20, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he sent by express prepaid $500.00 which will reach McCreery by the next day, Jan 21, 1888. Miller states this is all the money he has on account of the Chicago people and that he would write tonight for more. Miller asks McCreery "How much do you think it will require to secure the 5,000 acres?" 

Folder 10: January 23, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in reply to the tenants on the Coit property; He states to make arrangements as in McCreery's judgement, taking care not to bind Miller to allow them to stay any longer than he may want them. Miller suggests a man by the name of Duglass, who works at Fire Creek, lives in one of the houses, who is a son-in-law of Mr. Bragg, who owns 100 acres of surface on top of the mountain. Miller states that he told him he could continue in the house without charge until further notice, upon condition that he would see that there was no trespassing upon the property. Miller says the he understands that some thieves have been cutting timber on it, a man by the name of Jim Smith; Miller says if he had evidence he would indict him. Miller tells McCreery to tell people in the house that they are not to cut any timber and to notify him of any trespassing on property by other people. 

Folder 11: January 23, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes acknowledging matter to Mess, Bell, and Catlett, and Miller states that they all have concluded that is is better not to to take these acknowledgements. "Not withstanding, we might be embarassed without them, but in view of all the facts, and the importance that would be attached to taking a notary around with you, thought the better plan would be to take the chances that any trouble might occur." Miller asks McCreery to send him a list of what he has bought up to the present time, in addition to those already sent, and about how much more money McCreery thinks it will take to cover 5,000 acres in question. 

Folder 12: January 23, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he does not care to buy Marrion Miller's surface, stating he has no use for his house or his improvements. The property of Mr. Edward Prince, Miller will consider and if he is no hurry, Miller would like to ride over the property, and questions if he had any timber to cut, and what kind there was on the property; he belives that $10.00 per acre is a good price for the land. 

Folder 13: January 23, 1888 T. K. Scott to Miller: Scott writes Miller stating he received a card from Wm. S. Bullard in response that he woud pay the tax for $87.00 on the tract Miller bought. Scott says he heard from McCreery that Miller would pay the tax on H. D. Williams tract whih is $25.77, leaving Scott with $21.28, which he promises to send Miller check for and says that he will retain the Bullard property till he plans to pay in spring. 

Folder 14: January 26, 1888 T. K. Scott to Miller: Scott states that in a letter from McCreery he heard Miller was unsatisfied by the taxes settled, as to Miller not knowing exactly what lands he was paying for and Scott says he and McCreery had decided to meet up one day to fix the matter- January 31, 1888. Scott states that if Miller has paid any tax that he shouldn't of, to return recepit and he would refund. Scott states he still has land he has not yet paid due to deeds for land in the state and still were not filled out. Scott says he can get Bullard to agree to pay tax for 1887, or the house would be sold. Scott asks Miller to write him with details on what he isnt happy about the settlement. 

Folder 15: January 26, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in receipt of H. A. Gray's letter in regard to land buisness. Gray asks to receive a land sketch showing location of land already purchased, their relative location to Piney river, note tracts that have been purcahsed, and any vacant tracts that may be lying in intermediate boundary. Miller states that Gray objects to mineral rights, preferring the fee simple. Miller tells McCreery to let him know when he has close to 4,000 acres secured so Miller can then let Mr. Gray know so he can send his experts down to examine the properties. 

Folder 16: January 28, 1888 Miller to T. K. Scott: Miller states to T. K. Scott that he had purcahsed lands in the vicinity of Piney some in fee simple and some mineral rights. Miller states his opinion on taxes: he expects to pay taxes on land he purcahsed, but he asked McCreery to ascertain if taxes agaisnt mineral rights, which he purchased, were agaisnt him and not taxes assessed against the surface owners. The party owning the surface should clearly pay the taxes, as Miller would have no right to occupy the surface, and it is the only visible part of the property to levy such a tax; Miller therefore thinks the taxes on the mineral titles would hardly be chargeable to him, but to the party owning the surface. 

Folder 17: January 28, 1888: Miller to McCreery: Enclosed in Miller's letter was two tax receipts paid to T. K. Scott/N. A. Carter heir: $16.83 & H. D. Williams: $25.77. Miller discusses with McCreery an issue over adjoined property- $100 worth of acres- and tax supposedly due per Miller. Miller requests McCreery for proof to be shown of this matter and if needed he would write a check, but feels as though there is a mistake. 

Folder 18: January 28, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller enclosed in letter a copy of a letter written to T. K. Scott, deputy Sheriff, and also enclosed tax tickets that Scott had sent Miller, which Miller had paid via check. Miller requests that McCreery see Scott and to arrange this matter. 

Folder 19: January 31, 1888 Miller to McCreery: (Marked "personal" at top of letter) Miller states that he received McCreey's letter which he enclosed a sketch of the lands; Miller states he will send McCreery $900.00 the next day to make payments upon the coal properties. Miller goes on to discuss sale of Shunate (shoemate), Hunt, and Redden (Reddan) lands mentioned in a letter McCreey had sent him advising him on the sale of the lands: Shunate at $12.50 per acre- half cash and half in 12 months; Redden at $8.00 per acre- half in cash and half in 12 months. Miller states that Hunt lands was sold for $1,000.00 for 89 acres half cash and half in 12 months but the survey noted only 74 acres, and Miller requests to know what happened on the property quantity that fell off. 

Folder 20: February 1-6, 1888 Charles Allen to Miller to McCreery: Charles Allen had been living/renting at one of Millers' properties that had a house, a field of 8 acres and fruit since July of last year, 1887, and wanted to know if he could rent for another year; according to Allen he had asked McCreery and he told Allen that he could have the small lot around the house free of rent, if he was to fix up the 8 acre field, that Allen then could have a part of the fruit, Allen states "I would like to have the whole place, even if I have to pay rent." (Miller discusses with McCreery the sending of this letter to him enclosed on February 8, 1888 and relying and turning the matter over to him.) 

Folder 21: February 8, 1888 Miller to McCreery: ("Personal" marked at top of letter) Miller states that enclosed in his letter to McCreery he would find a letter from Mr. Allen and Miller's letter relying to him and now turned the matter over to McCreery. Miller goes on discussing the land needed to be acquired for the land deal with the Chicago parties, and asks about the tracts of land on the head waters on Piney, and tells McCreery to keep quiet about it til first deal is done with Mr. Gray and Chicago parites, then to discuss that. Miller statses to McCreery to obtain the land belonging to Davis, and how it is essential for the operation of properties for the Chicago parties. 

Folder 22: February 11, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses about head water on Piney where McCreery stated that there was about 8,000 acres and Miller asks whats the lowest amount of money that would buy the property and whether it is all underlaid with the New River coking coal seam, and of what thickness, and how McCreery thinks payment could be divided up. Miller states that Gray is in no condition to consider a land matter but to keep it as a back up, and execute if the first big land scheme is to fall apart; Miller states though that it could be a good thing for the both of them. 

Folder 23: February 11, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller encloses in his letter two letters received from Gray reporting that Captain Perry and his men would be leaving Pittsburgh Sunday or Monday to arrive mid-week. Miller also states how the party is anxious for definite information as to the number of acres of land, the price for each tract per acre, and the date at which the future payment will be due; Miller requests for this information as soon as possible. Miller also discusses the matter of widow Davis' land's; Miller instructs McCreery to purchase the entire front of property for a reasonable price "If not, perhaps get an option from Davis without paying anything at all." 

Folder 24: February 11, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he has sent off the deeds for Mr. Burnham's inspection of the lands: Hunt, Redden (Reddan), and Shunate (Shumate), and directed him to send Miller the money for each cash payment, with his bonds so that when the deeds are executed, the money bonds can be delivered and then close the transaction. Miller states that McCreery had failed to ever send Miller any contract for these people, but the receipts to Shunate's and Hunt's; those receipts showed: Hunt's land at $1,000.00 half cash and half in 12 months & Shunate's land at $12.50 per acre, half in cash and half in 12 months. 

Folder 25: February 14, 1888 W. H. Zimmerman to H. W. Perry: Perry of Captain Perry and men to go examine Mr. Gray's property with McCreery (discussed in Miller's letter Feb 11, 1888) and Zimmerman, secretary and treasure of Brazil Block Co. out of Indiana, but had an office in Chicago, wrote to Perry about how he had paid the express charges on the drilling tools form Brazil to destination, and enclosed the receipt. 

Folder 26: February 14, 1888 Perry to McCreery: Express receipt discussed in previous letter from Zimmerman on Feb 14, 1888 for drilling equipment sent express, reads as followed: Received by: H. W. Perry, 3 boxes, 9 Bells, Iron Rods 2000#, 3Bds Wood, Rocks, 4 pcs Gas pipe. Company charges: 32.5 $75.00 Marked: J. T. McCreery, Prince Station, W. Va. 

Folder 27: February 16, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses with McCreery correspondence with Gray about securing the Davis lands; Miller reiterates how he wished McCreery would send him a list of tracts of land purchased, giving the name of owner, the number of acres, and price per acre, stating that Gray has written him several times in this matter. Miller requests to know of any lands they have already acquired with good timber, and if so, of what kind. Miller goes on discussing the Davis property and if it would be a good location for coke ovens, entry for a mine, and room for a railroad track, or if there are any good flats between the tops of the cliffs and Piney that would make for a good place for 1,000 or 1,500 coke ovens. 

Folder 28: February 16, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that McCreery need not get his borther to look up the titles at Hunts, Redden's, and Shunate's properties, as R. P. Bell had already gone to Raleigh for the purpose of investigating the titles at the solicitation of Mr. Burnham's attorney. 

Folder 29: February 20, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he received and forwarded onto Mr. Gray the list of lands, amount purchased, and owners, but points out that McCreery's brother, J. W. McCreery, and him wanting $20.00 per acre and how the Chicago parties will think "you are getting wild." Miller also states two tracts: Wm. Prince-100 acres & J. H. Carpe-130 acres, but McCreery does not state anything about the terms of purchase of the tracts. 

Folder 30: February 21, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses a pending deal that him and McCreery had discussed involving 8,000 acres; Miller asks if the land lies along Piney,how far from the mouth would the nearest point lie, the fartheest, how much timber, coal, coke, and terms of payment. Miller states that "Mr. Hull is in New York trying to secure parties to buy all the lands left and side the Chicaggo deal and have to wait for development there but in the mean time get the information and we will keep an eye on it and try and work it if we fail in the big project." 

Folder 31: February 25, 1888 McCreery to Captin H. W. Perry: ("Copy" of original at top of letter) McCreery writes to Perry about how he and Mr. Mershon were down on Piney and White Stick last Wednesday and how they found 5 veins of coal below the lower vein of Alex W. Warden's. Vein 1: At elevation 2,465 feet, coal showing 8in with parting of slate, then about 18in of coal. Vein 2: At elevation 2,380 feet, about 2 feet of coal, and 5 feet below is another 8in showing. Vein 3: At elevation 2,330 feet, about 2 feet 8in/3 feet of coal. Vein 4: At elevation 2,185 feet, about 2 feet of coal. Vein 5: At elevation 2,180 feet, about 6in coal. McCreery states elevation at White Stick at 2,145 feet,veins exposed. Mr. Mershon reached a depth of about 80 feet at shaft no.1, and will pass through ALW. Warden vein at 100 feet. Shaft no.2 has reached a depth of about 35 feet at gray sandstone rock, which is very hard to cut, but think he will reach slate about 10 feet more. McCreery planned to write once coal struck and states at end of letter that if not interested in McCoy 300 acres would want other parties to take hold with him. 

Folder 32: February 27, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes that he received McCreey's letter from the 23 of Feb, 1888 with receipts mentioned. Miller notes his reports about the exploration along Piney in front of the Chicago lands, and Miller hopes soon to have the report of some good veins being developed. 

Folder 33: February 27, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in disucssion of land on the head waters at Piney stating to McCreery to get all of the information he can in regard to that territory, but to keep quiet. In regard to the bottom lands of Piney which McCreery suggested for the Chicago parties, Miller tells McCreery "it is best not to say anything of this matter until they have made up their minds. At all events it will be much better to leave things alone, and let them come up in their natural way, and let them seek us in the matter, instead of being sought." Miller states he thinks they have made up their minds to take the property "but nothing is certain until it is done." 

Folder 34: February 27, 1888 Miller to McCreery: ("personal" at top of letter) Miller encloses a letter from H. A. Gray, and Miller states that he is surprised at the information contained in it, as to parties buying lands that he saw, whilst he was on his tour last summer. Miller asks MCCreery to write him fully informing him of what he means by this, and Miller states that he has not heard of any purchases being made in this section of the country, outside of those that McCreery had been making. 

Folder 35: March 1, 1888 Miller to MCCreery: Miller requests that McCreery let him know how many acres of land are in the tract that Robert Scott wants to sell the mineral rights to, and what terms of purchase can they be bought. Miller thinks that $10.00 per acre is a big price for the piece of property, "As I understand it lies in behind our land, and could not be very well reached, except through the property that we now control." Miller states how he has been waiting to hear from Mr. Burnham about other lands, which the deeds had been sent to him along time ago, but once returned to Miller he would send everything out to McCreery and get matter closed up. 

Folder 36: March 5, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller encloses the copies of letters received from Mr. Gray on the 3rd of March, 1888. Miller states McCreery made a fool of himself by the communication he had sent to Mr. Perry, the letter Miller enclosed too; Miller advises McCreery to not have any further contact or communication with these people; if he needs to say something, it has to go to Miller first. "As matters of this kind are liable to be misunderstood, and cause mischief when two or three men get to writing on the same subject." Miller writes that if Gray received the communication in regard to discussions at Piney, as set forth in the letter to Mr. Perry and Miller, than Gray would conclude that there was a poor chance for coal, and at once imagine that the whole things was a fraud. Miller also states that when Perry came down he said to McCreery that he could place land with other people not currently sent there to represent, and Catlett was a witness he was told. 

Folder 37: March 8, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that the deeds for Hunt, Redden, and Shunate properties will be sent out tonight by R. P. Bell to McCreery to then be executed by the parties and then returend to Bell to be delivered to Mr. Burnham. Miller states that Mr. Burnham deposited with him the cash payments, Bell his bonds, and once the deeds are returned everything would be sent to MCCreery. Miller inquiries about front of Shunate land thats at the mouth of Piney and instructs to purcahse if a good deal. Miller also asks if Robert Scott land could be bought in fee, and not in the mineral rights, $8.00 or $10.00 for the fee, and $5.00 for mineral. Miller asks about the land down by Dushane which lies in bewteen Glade Creek and Shunate, Hunt, and Scott asking how many acres, and what can Miller buy it at. 

Folder 38: March 9 or 10, 1888 H. A. Gray to Miller to McCreery: H. A. Gray writes about the land expert and how he had yet returned to Chicago so he still had no formal report from him, but he did however have two letters from him from time to time, from which Gray gathered "the openings for coal are like angels' visits, few and far between." Gray states that they seem to be at great altitude, but defer forming an opinion until he had an interview with the expert and seen his formal report and analyzed his samples. At the end of the letter Gray writes that the expert had wired him that he would be returning today or tomorrow and how he had sent a large box of samples for analysis. 

Folder 39: March 15, 1888 Miller to McCreery: ("Personal" marked at top of letter) Miller states that in regard for money for Hunt, Redden, and Shunate properties, Mr. Burnham arranged with R. P. Bell as attorney; Bell sent McCreery the deeds, after sent back in proper form, they money would be paid or sent to McCreery. Bell has Burnham's bonds and Miller holds money to be paid on the deeds. 

Folder 40: March 15, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes he received McCreery's letter enclosed with a letter to Mr. Gray that Miller sent off on the train "there is nothing in it of course, that will complicate matters." Miller states that McCreery must feel very sanguine about their closing the land matter up, but Miller states he doesn't feel quite so sure as to the letters he has been receving from Mr. Gray make him think they are in a very doubtful frame of mind. Miller asks what developments had their drills made, after Gray reported and he spoke of our little 30in vein, compared to McCreerys observation of 4 feet 9in thick vein. 

Folder 41: March 16, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller encloses in his letter checks: Check no.8322 To: Mathias Redden for $1,048.00, Check no.8323 To: Bey Lewis Hunt for $450.00, and Check no.8324 To: W. J. Shunate for $668.50 totaling $2,166.50 plus $100 divided up as so: Bay Lewis Hunt-$50.00 & W. J. Shunate-$50.00 totaling $2,266.50. Three tracts of land bought by Mr. Burnham, Miller writes as Burnham employed Bell as attorney a bit delay, but Miller states he has sent McCreery a check by express as suggested as more convenient. Miller writes he is off to New River tonight for a few days. 

Folder 42: March 20, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in response to his letter he received from McCreery at Fire Creek, also letters received from Mr. gray and Chicago party inquiring about the Pocahontas locality, and unless they can show them satisfactory coal at Piney, Miller fears that he will forefit their privileges and not take the lands. Miller states how Gray has McCreery get some miners and make an opening; Miller tells McCreery to maybe have a day and night shift to get work cranking out, mainly due to contratcs about to expire with owners on land; Miller tells McCreery if the Chicago parties don't decide soon, then to approach owners and ask if their contracts can be extended by using gimmicks and knowledge to McCreerys benefit as Miller tells him to do. 

Folder 43: March 23, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes back to McCreery, surprised to hear of his lack of ability to find a 5 or 6 foot vein of coal on the front of Piney as McCreery had always told Miller it was there in that thickness. Miller again discusses the options of an extension on the properties, and telling McCreery to tell land owners how if the Chicago land party does not buy then it would dramatically decrease the price materially. Miller asks the difficulty in obtaining the Beckley and Spangler properties, saying what Mr. Gray wants an area suitable and cheap for ovens. Miller discusses the flat top region by Spangler and running a road on the face of Piney making a good location for overs, houses, etc. Miller states he thinks Mr. Gray's criticisims in regard to location come from them being acquainted in flat top regions where they find easily 9 to 10 feet think veins, and it is difficult in selling him the promise of a 3 to 5 or 6 foot veins. Miller says that Role's property is fine for them to go into, as far as Miller is concerned they can go anywhere they want to go. Miller writes to McCreery that he wrote Mr. Gray that he would go out and meet with Perry to help with their doubts and fears. Miller says he remebers going to Spangler bank and seeing 6 foot veins and him not understanding why not a few more feet down on the property of White Stick and Staniford. Miller goes on advising McCreery on his shceme for profit on building a town at the mouth of Piney which may push Chicago parties to settle down there too, which would generate larger parties in the end, then McCreery's scheme for a railroad and a town. 

Folder 44: March 23, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes a receipt for $25.00 to McCreery for rent on John Pack Place account. 

Folder 45: March 25, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller asks how many acres are on the Dushane tract, are there any imporvments on it, has any timber ever been taken from it, any white pine, how much, how much of the land is on the upperside of Glade, thickness of coal on land, how many veins, how far from the mouth of Glade before you reach the property? Miller asks how much McCreery thinks that they could get it if they were to sell the Pack farm and requests that McCreery make a sketch of the Dushane land and all tracts surrounding it. 

Folder 46: March 26, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses McCreery's letter he received stating the starting up of Howald, Lang & Co. opening coal upon the Coit and Carper property; Miller states to not know anything about it, "but discredits any such propositions as you say is reported to their credit." As Miller states it takes a great deal of money to open a mine, etc, and does not believe Mr. Howald would undertake such a thing; Miller doesn't doubt that they have had surveyors out to determine what they have, and probable cost to develop. 

Folder 47: March 29, 1888 Miller to McCreery: ("Personal" at top of letter) Miller states he has received McCreery's letters, but Miller is away from home on important business. He is expected back in a few days when your letters shall have attention. 

Folder 48: March 29, 1888 Miller to McCreery: (Miller writes out of town on the First National Bank Building note pad from Chicago- where H. A. Gray is secretary and treasurer.) Miller states he spent the day going through points with Gray and have arranged for the two of them plus the expert to go to the New River by Wednesday and will arrive at Prince Station and plan on staying with McCreery. They will inspect land, so Miller tells McCreery to get the right vein exposed, so to show them the coal; Miller states he thinks Hotchkiss, Hull, Mr. Gray, a friend, and himself will be in the party. Miller reiterates McCreery's hopes in operating with a day and night shift to make this deal happen, stating "If we fail to impress these gentlemen this time the scheme is done." Miller states that he is going from Chicago to New York, staying at the Hotel Brunswick, then from New York to New River by Wednesday. 

Folder 49: March 31, 1888 Miller to McCreery: (Miller writes on the New York Hotel Brunswick note pad) Miller writes about how he had told him about his previous idea about showing Mr. Gray a 6 foot coal vein in the New River and how he is confident that they will then take it. Miller tells McCreery to do what he must to make the 6 foot vein visible, even if it means more cost; Miller thinks that the Chicago parties may be looking elsewhere in case they can't supply them. 

Folder 50: April 7, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he is waiting for Mr. Gray to wire him in response to what to do with the Davis land, Miller tells MCCreery to get it as cheap as possible; Miller says Mr. Gray is very anxious about the Davis land. At end of letter Miller asks for all mail to be returend to him and "I think I left my comb and brush at your home. Also look to see if I dropped my eye glasses in the room." 

Folder 51: April 9, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller acknowledges McCreery's dispatch from today; Miller states that he has sent McCreery by express to Prince Station prepaid, $5,000.00 to cover options which expire tomorrow. 

Folder 52: April 9, 1888 Miller to McCreery & Gray to McCreery: McCreery received two telegrams as followed: 1: Miller sends telegram to McCreery "Money by express this evening." 2: Gray sends telegram to McCreery "Money to cover second payment to Williams today." 

Folder 53: April 9, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he thinks it would be wise to make a swap with the Shunate for the Pack Place, as soon as possible. Miller tells McCreery to see Shunate regarding this matter, but not to be too anxious or show haste. "If out deal with Mr. Gray is successful, it will put a good deal of activity in the minds of the people in regard to the values of property in the vicinity, and might be difficult to deal with Shunate here after." 

Folder 54: April 11, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes from Kanawha Falls, he states that he is to go directly to Ohio on buisness and hopes to get back to Fire Creek tomorrow and hopes to hear from McCreery the closing up of evetyhing. Miller plans on checking on the Davis land situation once arriving back in Staunton Friday mornig. 

Folder 55: April 12, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he received McCreery's telegram, but told him if needed to discuss any matters than to meet him on train. Miller is guessing it is about the Shunate tract on Davis land and apologizes for not stopping in as he had to get back home. 

Folder 56: April 13, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he is very anxious to know what the important matter was yesterday, and apologizes again for not being able to stop and see McCreery, saying he tried to get McCreery last night by wire but McCreery had left. 

Folder 57: April 14, 1888 Miller to McCreery: ("Personal" at top of letter) Miller states that McCreery has made no reference to Davis land in his letters, and Miller judges this by that Young Davis has not been to Raleigh. Miller states the Davis land should be secured without delay, saying if they refuse to sell, it would put the Chicago transaction in a hole, and entirely at their mercy. Miller tells McCreery to make no mention of Chicago parties, and this it is best if they think McCreery is solely dealing with Miller. 

Folder 58: April 14, 1888 Miller to McCreery: ("Personal" at top of letter) Miller discusses trade with Shunate, and telling McCreery to write in contract dollar amount in hand paid and that Shunate agrees to exchange his property in fee simple for the surface embraced in the Pack farm, but does not include Jno. Pack Place. In writing the agreement make mention of the timber privileges, and make sure there is a witness to the contracts betwen the two of you. 

Folder 59: April 14, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes to McCreery about a letter from Mr. Gray he recieved stating that Mr. Stirling was anxious to hear from Mr. Maltby before authroizing the purchase of the Davis lands. Gray states he has authorized McCreery to talk to Mrs. Davis and give her a quote for land, not to exceed $10.00 per acre. Miller tells McCreery he will wire him a blunt message of "Go ahead as directed" and from this McCreery understands to go forward with the purchase. Miller states he would write back to Gray tonight saying he better not put too small of a limt upon the property. 

Folder 60: April 16, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he is currently in correspondence with a gentlemen in buying Dushane's land. Miller asks McCreery to gather more information on Glade, wishing to take a ride up there, but to be cautious and not to make too many inquiries that would excite people as to what we want. 

Folder 61: April 16, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that Maj. H. M. Bell will be leaving Staunton tomorrow night for Raleigh for the purpose of examining the titles to the properties for the Chicago people. Bell wrote to Wm. Prince to meet him with a horse and to go over to Raleigh together, if Prince fails to do so, Bell wants McCreery to ride with him. Miller asks McCreery to furnish Bell with a list of names of the parties, titles, and properties involved in the Chicago deal and to look through once more. 

Folder 62: April 16, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses payment for miners used to open up vein on April 10, 1888 as instructed, and Miller tells McCreery to use remainder of extra money he previously sent, and asks McCreery to send all bills and receipts to Miller first so he can have it properly accounted for before giving to Mr. Gray. 

Folder 63: April 16, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states what to do regarding Davis lands, as previously discussed in a letter from April 14, 1888; stating to Gray he had better not limit the price for acreage, and Miller states he re-wrote him again today reiterating that. 

Folder 64: April 17, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he just received a telegram from Mr. Gray telling him to buy the Davis land at not over $10.00 per acre. Miller states he wired McCreery to instruct him to do so and to get cash and go to the Davis property as soon as possible and if he needs more moeny to wire Miller and he will send it express. 

Folder 65: April 17, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Telegram Miller sent McCreery: "Proceed with the work not to exceed ten dollars. Letter by mail duplicate letter to Raleigh Court House." 

Folder 66: April 17, 1888 Scott to McCreery to Miller: Scott writes to McCreery saying he received from his Mom minerals at the Redden land for $10.00 per acre, and agrees to sell this month, but this month only. McCreery writes at bottom of letter to have it sent to Miller. 

Folder 67: April 18, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Enclosed Miller sent a copy of telegram sent to McCreery at Quinnimont, and telegrams Miller received from Mr. Gray and Mr. Hull, stating that a party of 6 or 8 gentlemen will be on the New River Saturday and they want to ride over to Raleigh to see the coal of the Chicago people. Miller is not keen on this idea, as if the Davis' see the Chicago party may mess the deal up and may effect the value of land. Miller tells McCreery to see the Davis' about land and to keep quiet. 

Folder 68: April 19, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses McCreery's telegram he received and how Miller had telegraphed Mr. Gray letting him know to these options expiring tomorrow and the 30th. Miller states he is leaving tomorrow night to meet with them at Kanawha Falls and they will expect to reach Blockston by Saturday p.m. 

Folder 69: April 19, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he has still not heard from Gray regarding Davis property but decline to pay more than $10.00 per acre, but Miller instructs McCreery to do so anyway and to take extra cash left over from other deals and if he still needs more to wire him and Miller will send it express. Miller states that the Chicago parties have changed their minds about riding over to Raliegh at Millers advice it would be best to wait till the Davis deal was more secure first. 

Folder 70: April 20, 1888 Miller to McCreery: ("Personal" at top of letter) Miller states that Maj. Bell called this morning and informed him of McCreery's visit to the Davis'. Miller tells McCreery to call on him for whatever money is needed and would be placed through the Louisburg Bank. Miller sent off $950.00 last night and is now at Prince. 

Folder 71: April 20, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller received a telegram from Mr. Hull from Pittsburgh stating he has "desireable parties to examine field with view of buying and developing- arrange with McCreery to meet their expert at Falls to show him territory." Miller states to McCreery that he wrote to Hull "not to arrange with this party, until I communicated with him and that he could come, as we do not want Stirling and party in the field with others who are examining the territory." 

Folder 72: April 20, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he is just in receipt of a telegram from Mr. W. R. Stirling, one of our Chicago parties, requestiing to meet him at Kanawha Falls on Tuesday morning, and be at your house Tuesday afternoon. 

Folder 73: April 21, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that since Maj. Bell's return he reports some trouble about the title of the property purchased from Martha A. Quesenberry & Jas. A. Quensenberry; Martha only has life interest in property and at her death it goes to her children; Miller asks McCreery to contact his brother, as Bell already did, to correct this matter, and Miller wishes to deal with this without informing Chicago parties, since it looks bad. 

Folder 74: April 23, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller reiterates in a hand written letter final plans for metting Mr. Stirling and Maltby at the Kanawha Falls tomorrow and take them to New River Tuesday, and Wednesday spend time at Caperton and Fire Creek and arriving in Blockston Wedsneday eveing; Miller instructs McCreery to get the Davis deal done by Wednesday then. Miller also asks McCreery to write him at Fire Creek about what became of the Shunate tract. 

Folder 75: April 23, 1888 Miller to McCreery: ("Personal" at top of letter) Miller states he has received McCreery's two letters and wire message regarding the Davis land and money due for payments on the 24th of April, 1888. Miller states that McCreery is to meet with Davis to hopefully settle the negotiation on Wednesday on his land. Miller states that he is to leave Staunton tonight for Kanawha Falls to join Mr. Stirling the next morning and plan them to go from there to Blockston Tuesday evening "but I will suggest that we spend Tuesday and Wednesday on New River and then go to Blockston, and thus avoid a meeting of Davis and Stirling. However, it is possible that it may be as well to have Davis and Stirling meet, and get this matter settled." Miller states that the Chicago party will make no further payments until they determined matters; Miller will wire McCreery at Quinnimont what to do, and to expect their arrival at Prince Station Tuesday evening. 

Folder 76: April 23, 1888 Bell to McCreery: Bell of "Bell & Catlett" in Staunton, V.A discussing the issue with Mrs. Martha A. Quesenberry land and how she only had the life interest in property and at death the property was to go to her children; Bell tells McCreery to contact heirs and ask for negotiation of deal, and if not "you had better see these parties before they spend they money." (Folder from April 21,1888 Miller to McCreery discussing this matter in more detail.) 

Folder 77: April 23, 1888 Miller to McCreery: ("Day Message" at top of letter) Miller writes: "Money sent, want 3 horses tomorrow or Wednesday- only pay Bailey tomrrow, will wire about McCoy after see Stirling." 

Folder 78: April 26, 1888 Gray to McCreery: Telegram Gray sent to McCreery at Quinnimont: "I congratulate you and Shadly. I presummed the diamond drill could find the six foot vein one or town hundred feet lower. -Gray" 

Folder 79: April 29, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he was waiting at the train station ready to go, but the operator at Sewell "forgot" to give the order to stop the train and pick him up- so he lost a day. Miller says going over Alfred Warden tract noticed issue of no hand payment for fee, but one full payment of $800.00 and on the mineral he had did hand payment of $50.00/$300.00 asking McCreery why this was so and to fix matter. Miller also states he has written Gray in response to "let the options due from the 3rd to the 10th may be closed upon the 3rd and get rid of them." Miller tells McCreery to let him know about what take splace with Davis land and how he was regretful he could not meet with Mr. Ingalls to discuss the building of a road prospect on Piney but Miller fears McKell surveyors are looking elsewhere. He also discusses talking with Laing last night to ask about the strip of land from McCreery's to the ferry, but Laing would rather swap lands, saying he had 700 acres of coal, but said if negotiation in New York failed he would consider selling the entire tract. Miller requests McCreery get the loaned map from Coit showing the river front from Glade to Piney, telling McCreery to tell no one about what Laing has, but said if Laing was selling, would sell for $25.00 per acre, Miller said he laughed at him. Miller requests McCreery to finalize trade with Shunate and to acknowledge contract as McCreery is notary, then to have McCreery survey Bartly Pack. 

Folder 80: April 30, 1888 Miller to McCreery: (at top of letter Miller wrote "Clifton Forge, VA") Miller requests that "when you write me tell me who the party is that Stirling brought back with him on Sunday morning." 

Box 3: Correspondence of Erskine Miller: May 1, 1888-December 31, 1888 

Folder 1: May 1, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he sent by express $3,300.00 to be used closing up the options due the 3rd to 10th inclusive, telling McCreery to meet parties, pay them off, attend to Davis matter, and to make Mr. Stirling aware that Miller had sent McCreery the money. Miller also states that he wishes to know what happened after he left as to Mr. Stirling taking an engineer up to Piney to determine if reasonable grades could be obatined up Piney. 

Folder 2: May 7, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller is sorry that McCreery's note is so unsatisfactory, and hopes to hear he has settled matters with Davis and to write him more fully about what the situation is and result of McCreery's trip up Piney with Mr. Stirling. Miller also states to McCreery to plan on making a trip up Piney with a new party who wish to buy up all land, and to stop fooling around with Davis. Miller requests to know if McCreery made the payments on land from the 3rd to 10th, stating he wrote Gray for the money but since he declined, Miller fronted the money himself and goes on to say "I am heartily disgusted with these fellows, and if I had the same work to do over again, I would leave them in Chicago. I think they are the most unappreciative set of men, I ever saw in my life." 

Folder 3: May 8, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states issue at Bank while wiring McCreery the $2,000.00 he requested; after the wire went through Catlett came in with McCreery's message stating that he wanted money to pay for Davis land, and Miller states that he "hopes to hear you bought all of their land." He also states he wired Gray about how McCreery had bought some of Davis land but did not know how much, but Miller was rightly glad because "I had begun to feel very uncomfortable about the situation." 

Folder 4: May 8, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes "Let me know what Maltby does until he goes awat and when he goes- send any and all mail back to Staunton" -Miller (Maltby is discussed again in folder 8 with correspondence between W. R. Stirling and McCreery.) 

Folder 5: May 9, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller acknowledges receiving McCreery's telegram this morning announcing his trade with Davis, informing Miller of his return home, and Miller suggests that now that the Davis matter is settled, McCreery was free to take any other parties up Piney to examine the property, and to notify him once he is available so Miller can arrange. 

Folder 6: May 9, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states how McCreery has lacked to state whether he had bought all of Davis land, and states he is anxious to know if he got all of it, the front, and tract and let to let Miller know how much McCreery paid and when payments are to be made, so Miller can notify Gray so he can then send Miller the money. Miller also states there has been people looking up at Loup, W.V. and doubts that due to their recent trip to New York and not being inclined to take a jaunt up Loup. Miller asks McCreery what St. Clair has to do with the Mckell lands. 

Folder 7: May 10, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that enclosed is a letter from Mrs. Rachel Davis for the purchase of 800 acres of her land, more or less, at $7.00 per acre, regretting to McCreery that he did not buy all of it, and also stating the piece of property of hers between Miller's and the Chicago property and Davis and Miller's property is so small and useless, endless worked into Miller's property. Miller requests that when McCreery has the land surveyed to have him run a line from the mouth of Staniford to Miller's line, to see how much front there is on Piney, since property left is on a sloap of hill, person digging coal would have to haul up grade, and pump water and if the owners of the land understood this extra cost they will understand that Miller is the best customer for the property since no one else would be able to afford it. 

Folder 8: May 11,1888 W. R. Stirling to McCreery: Stirling of Joliet Steel Co. based in Chicago, wrote McCreery about Mr. Maltby's return but stating his regret that he had not obtained from McCreery any information about where the pieces of land lie. He states that he understands from Mr. Miller that the Hollandsworth piece not lying well into others tracts we had bought and it was not to be bought, and Stirling is unable to find out where the Amos Williams piece is. Stirling requests that McCreery inform him promptly on what has been done about it and where it lies. 

Folder 9: May 11, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller sends McCreery a list of all the receipts he has received and money paid to: Amos Williams-$300.00, Samuel H. Kent-$200.00, Wm. Prince-$25.00 & $900.00, McNamee-$7,000.00, McDowell Warden-$135.00, White & Ross-$900.00, Alfred Warden-$800.00. 

Folder 10: May 11, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he received McCreery's letter with Jno. McVeys bills for surveying and stating that the land between the mouth of Staniford and lower line of Davis adjoining Miller's property is all steep cliff land, leaving it hard and expensive to deal with, and ideal for Miller then. 

Folder 11: May 12, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he is awaiting everyday to hear from Mr. Frick signifying his readiness to go to Blockston, and Miller states he will go with him and then plan to stay with McCreery some days and hopes Mr. Frick wont bring anybody with him. 

Folder 12: May 12, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states upon checking his receipts he is missing two for second payments for: Alfred Maxwell-$900.00 & J. H. Carper-$500.00, which Miller states that if McCreery has sent them he had then misplaced them. 

Folder 13: May 16, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states a letter he received from Mr. Gray asking of the following and Miller then requesting McCreery to do as Gray has asked; Gray wishes to receive a statement in detail of the payments made on each tract, showing dates and amounts still due. Miller also requests McCreery to make a statement of his cash receipts and how he paid the money, showing the balance in hand. 

Folder 14: May 16, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses Mr. Chas. Brock and not knowing him or his intentions but OK's him to come down and examine land, as he does no harm to them. Miller regrets hearing about Shunate still not agreeing on trade, and tells McCreery to back off and let him sweat. Miller also states that he is leaving tonight with Mr. Ramsey from Pittsburgh and they are to arrive tomorrow at Fire Creek. 

Folder 15: May 24, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he is in receipt of a letter from Mr. Ingalls stating he knows there is opposition to putting the Railroad up Piney and he desires Miller to ascertain what this opposition is, and how to get it removed. Miller states he wired him not knowing of any opposition, other than McCreery, since he had owned a charter; Miller asks McCreery to write him on this matter, whether he proposed to object to the Railroad going in or if he proposed to sell his charter. Miller feels like if McCreery is to object, it would pose harm on the idea of any roads ever going up Piney then and plans to meet back with Mr. Ingalls in a few days, so to give Miller an answer promptly, but to keep quiet on the matter and "to throw cold water on the idea of any roads going up the creek, until we had accomplished our scheme successfully obtaining the lands." 

Folder 16: May 26, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he is writing to know what price will be put upon the lands recently bought by McCreery's brother, John and others, stating that McCreery said they could be bought, and that they had already represented the lands to be secured at a low price. Miller fears that McCreery's "friends will think by mid June the road to be an assured fact and want too much advance, where as the building of the road depends upon getting these lands into hands that will put the money to develop and improve there." 

Folder 17: May 31, 1888 Ingalls to Miller: President of the C&O Railroad in 1888, Melville E. Ingalls writes to miller regretting them not being able to havet met up on Ingalls last trip east. Ingalls states he will be back over in the area again in August, and that he will be in New York a week from tomrrow and will remain till he sails to Europe on the 13 of June, 1888. He states he has put a surveying corps in the fields who will survey Loup Creek, Piney, and those streams and when he comes home he will be sure to talk with Miller understandingly, and asks Miller to arrange to secure McCreery's charter if he would want it. 

Folder 18: June 6, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states McCreery's letter from the 28th of May, 1888 had been awaiting him since he had been in New York for a week, and states he has not found a servant for McCreery yet, but will do so, and report him on his success soon. 

Folder 19: June 7, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states the letter from L. M. Scott on the 21st of May, 1888 was received with McCreery's note, stating that he does not think much of a trade with Scott endless he proposes to trade 100 acres of coal, land, timber, and mineral, for 100 acres of surface which we bought from David Robertson. Miller requests McCreery to locate land Scott wishes to trade for, and to find out if his land really is underlaid with coal. 

Folder 20: June 8, 1888 Miller to McCreery: ("Personal" at top of letter) Miller states he received McCreery's letter from the 6th of June, 1888 and that Miller has written to the Chicago parties about deeds and expects to hear from them soon. 

Folder 21: June 8, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller enclosed in his letter to McCreery a letter from Mr. Ingalls and states what he thinks in regards to McCreery's charter. Ingalls has decided upon either Loup or Piney and to get things in order Miller requests McCreery would write Miller a letter stating definetly what he will take for his charter. Miller states that even though McCreery wishes to sell his charter to possibly Norfolk & Western, as Miller had heard in Chicago, that it most likely wont happen due to them having enough coal for the next 50 years, where if he sold the charter for railway and road to be bult up to Piney, it could have a great amount of money come in to be gained by the building and compleation of the Railroad in Piney and developments soon to follow. Miller belives if the railway does not go up to Piney it will be along time before one does and thinks this is a good choice if McCreery can promise the railway be used with a certain amount of freight. 

Folder 22: June 9, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller is in receipt of a letter from Mr. Geo. H. Hull of Lousiville, K.Y., in which he states "I have just received a letter from H. C. Frick, from June 14, 1888 which he quotes 'I have decided since hearing Mr. Ramsey's report not to make any investment in the Central coal field at present and in view of the fact will not make any personal examination.'" Concluding that Mr. Frick not being interested after stating such an intresest in large coal veins, the little ones along Piney and New River would not interest him. 

Folder 23: June 14, 1888 Miller to McCreery: (3 page letter, 4th page appears to be missing from collection.) Miller states that he received a letter from Ingalls before he sailed off to Europe stating that if they obtained the property on Piney then he would put the road up Piney to reach Chicago property, and if not would put a road at Loup which "would cut our throats" as Miller puts it. Miller goes on to say that no other company but the C&O can afford to build up to Piney, and if they choose Loup, they will have no need to build also at Piney and will bypass it. Miller reiterates the last 10 years how hard he has worked convincing the railroad people that Piney is the next great place and begs McCreery to not delay on this deal any bit. 

Folder 24: June 14, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller requests McCreery to ask Laing (not to say it is from Miller) but to ask him to map out their property. Miller sates that they do not care to join them in building a road up the mountain "not now at all events" but to keep them from crossing the river, how and by what means or right could McCreery do this. Miller states that Laing is no longer employed by the Fire Creek Co. and knows he will want to proceed promptly with his enterprise. Miller also states that he still has not found McCreery a woman servant, stating "they dont like to go to the country." 

Folder 25: June 19, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller tells McCreery to "better not say anything to Laing about the RR, just here I am not so certain about the RR being built up the south side." Miller states that they wish to use their proposed rope system to haul the coal up the incline instead. Miller also states that he will be leaving home Friday for New York for a week. 

Folder 26: June 19, 1888 W. R. Stirling to McCreery: Stirling, treasurer of Joilet Steel Co., writes to McCreery after receiving his letter from the 15th of June, 1888. Stirling advises McCreery in not to purchase 1,300 acre tract for the sake of controlling the 600 acres, but if some part of the 600 acres can be bought at good advantage and at a low figure,Stirling might adivise making a trade depending altogether the price. 

Folder 27: July 7, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he has been in New York for two weeks, stating his bond will be paid next week or Miller can pay McCreery part of it and McCreery can hold the other sufficient. Miller states that he received a letter from J. R. Beaty about Bullard timber and how Miller wrote him saying that he did not care to sell any timber from that land at present. Miller ends letter "Hope this will find you child better." 

Folder 28: July 21, 1888: Miller to McCreery: Miller states to McCreery that he has written to Mohler's asking for information before saying whether he will sell the timber refrenced to. 

Folder 29: July 25, 1888 Miller to McCreey: Miller filled out a monthly statement for McCreery as followed: To Cash. Inst on sum to July 25, 1888-7,500 & 374= 7,874. Kindly review and me the above client as I failed to deduct it from note paid you. -Miller 

Folder 30: August 3, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller requests that McCreery receipt him the balance of the money due on settlement of the Chicago lands, due to Miller wishing to settle his account with Mr. Gray. 

Folder 31: August 7, 1888 Miller to McCreery: ("Personal" at top of letter) Miller writes "Dear Sir, I very much regret to learn of the death of your child, and hope that your wife is improving in health. I am, very truly yours, M. Erskine Miller." 

Folder 32: August 8, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes McCreery a recepit for $249.23. Balance in your hands due the Chicago Cohg Coal Land. 

Folder 33: August 8, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states enclosed in his letter is a letter from Chas. L. Davis of the 18th of June, 1888 to McCreery "stating the survey was completed and that they wernt ready to make a deed of the land." 

Folder 34: August 9, 1888 Miller to McCreery: According to Miller's reckoning, McCreery owes a balance of $43.08 as per statement of Chicago deal. Miller states he carefully checkecd all the vouchers and the items, and items match up with all vouchers. It states $21,480.00 where as it states $21, 438.00 which makes $42.00 and that McCreery was missing $0.17 where it states $17.68 instead of $17.85. Miller requests that McCreery return the statements which Miller enclosed with a check to come for $43.08. 

Folder 35: August 13, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller sends enclosed in his letter a letter from C. L. Carper wanting to trade land. As Miller states, he is not familiar with ground, he cannot answer Carper and refers the matter to McCreery to advise. Miller thinks its a good trade for Carper but doubts it is for them. 

Folder 36: August 14, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that enclosed to McCreery is a receipt for $43.00 sent to Miller. Miller states he is going out of town and will not have time to check into matter and gives McCreery 10 days to 2 weeks to look in to it. 

Folder 37: August 14, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states his opinion that he doubts a RR will be built up Piney, unless the lands which Riffe and his party have control of can be bought within a reasonable figure. Miller discusses issue with RR at Piney compared to Loup where C&O already have bridge built, and tells McCreery to think over the price for his charter and to weigh in possibilities to happen in the future with the land and the promise for profit. 

Folder 38: August 28, 1888 Miller to McCreery: (Miller writes McCreery on a note pad from The Hotel Brighton, Atlantic City N.J.) Miller writes that he is in receipt of a letter from the 23rd of August, 1888 from H. A. Gray which he had written McCreery asking Miller for statement. MIller requests that McCreery write him at Staunton as to reply to $42.00 or $43.00, which MCreery had thought he paid and had no check for. 

Folder 39: September 11, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he plans to be at Fire Creek Thursday night and Caperton Thursday. Miller sattes he will be engaged at Thurmond for a day and requests McCreery send him the map Mr. Lang wants Miller to see of Fire Creek. Miller states he is doubtful the C&O will ever build any RR off the main line, for anybody, stating "they make fair promises to begin with and wind up with doing nothing." As well as miller agreeing with McCreery about the Chicago parties "having proved an abortion from beginning to end. I will be glad when thyt get closed up and their matters ended." 

Folder 40: September 15, 1888 J. R. Beaty to Miller: Miller received letter from Mr. J. R. Beaty (or Body or Brody, hard to decipher) stating he wishes to make a tram road that would touch one corner of Miller's land near Shunate's on mountain above Glade Creek ~20 yards of land it will touch and Beaty wishes to get permission to use sold land and is willing to pay all damages and keep it open for Miller's use always; Beaty signs off saying he "will be greatly obliged, besides paying well for it." 

Folder 41: Serptember 17, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses letter from Mr. J. R. Beaty (or Body or Brody- Miller can't decipher) asking McCreery if this pertains to the Burnham lands stating the parties have acted very boldly with Catlett in regard to the timber they are getting from the low land; Miller "doubtfully is to accomodate them, further more dont want them going thru this property. Watch them and if they musty pass I shall have the law after them." 

Folder 42: September 19, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he received the map at Fire Creek and that it is impossible for him to determine the wisdom of exchange that Lang and his party want Miller to make. Miller states he is disposed to exchange with Mr. Lang & Co. till he has further information about the survey of property and a careful examination. 

Folder 43: October 1, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states in reply to McCreery's previous letter, he does not know what is being done with RR and how he has not seen Mr. Ingalls. Miller states the land scheme with them is in statue quo, where Miller left it with McCreery weeks before. He reiterates he can not do anything with the Lang map/deal till he knows the lay of the land better; he states that when the leaves fall he is planning on having all the lands surveyed and plotted. J. R. Beaty came by to see Miller today and denied him the grant to pass through the lands. Miller states that the RR will be extended down New River from the bridge to Hawkes Nest to develop the low lands, which explains the slow movement on Piney line. On back of 2nd page of letter is a note written in pencil as followed: Raleigh Co. W. VA. April 27, 1888. "This is to certify that the survey that I ran for Mr. F. McNamee June 25, 1888 was carried out and ran calculations and plotted and that this amount this is in the plott is correct amount of acres of his survey to the best of my skill and judgement.- James A. Hutchinson- County Surveyor. R.Leo. 

Folder 44: October 1, 1888 Miller to McCreery: In reply to McCreery's letter from the 21st of September, 1888, Miller states he has written Mr. Gray in regard to deeds and until Miller hears from him, better to let matters stand as they are. Also an issue with parties with selling mineral rights and Miller tells McCreery to make sure the parties know it includes all under the surface and for McCreery to gather deeds from the parties of Pack place. 

Folder 45: October 11, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller asks McCreery to make a sketch of tracts of land next to Laing's and send it to Miller. Miller requests that in sketch, McCreery add all tracts including Pack's place. Also a matter of tax needing to be settled/collected from Scott property to look in to. 

Folder 46: October14, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he has employed Mr. Parrish with Mr. Bell to prepare deeds; Miller requests that McCreery send to Bell and then to him, all the contracts of purcahse, the survey notes, all their deeds, and the parties sellers. Miller states he is going to Richmond this evening and will return by the 18th or 20th of October, 1888. 

Folder 47: October 23, 1888 McVey to McCreery: McVey, surveyor, writes to McCreery about obtaining another map and how R. P. Bell promised him such, as well as furnished him with a note stating so, for survey of Mr. Redden land. McVey says he met with Mr. Hutchinson (county surveyor) to re-survey McNamee's land after McNamee said that it was correct per deed, but McVey states not one surveyor made calculation so is it correct? McVey requests payment for first survey & re-survey at $25.00 

Folder 48: October 24, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states Mr. Gray cannot give away attention to land matters or else they would have been closed long ago; Miller guesses they are waiting on either to accept their survey or Mr. Michaels. Miller remarks "you seem to be getting the disease badly." He tells McCreery that there is plenty of time for coal operatons once C&O build a railroad. Miller states he is negotiating with Michael about making Miller's survey. 

Folder 49: November 13, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he hopes to leave Staunton and see McCreery Friday to discuss and look over the ground with Laing Saturday. 

Folder 50: November 15, 1888 Miller to McCreery: If no rain tomorrow Miller states then he will go up to Nob and stay with McCreery and then go over the property Saturday. 

Folder 51: November 20, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he had just returned from W.V. and found Mr. Gray sent Mr. Parrish to Staunton to confer with Maj. Bell to write all of the deeds so as the land sales could be closed. 

Folder 52: November 20, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that Mr. Gray has advised him to accept the surveys made by McVey. Miller instructs McCreery to send the notes of McVey for each tract so a description can be made up and deeds finalized and matter closed. 

Folder 53: December 8, 1888 J. W. McCreery to Miller: John McCreery (James McCreery's brother) states that the sheriff requested McCreery to write to Miller that his taxes on 16 tracts of land in Shady Spring dictated amount to $138.85 and 6 tracts in Cab lands for $108.76 totaling $247.61. McCreery tells Miller to send check and the tickets will be sent to him. 

Folder 54: December 10, 1888 J. T. McCreery to Miller: McCreery states he went over the grounds at Mill Creek with Laing as requested and their own lands on New River front and a trade with Laing only on following terms: Draw a line diagonally across the Carper land from Quensenberry tracts aka Wm. Leaper tract from Carper lower corner to upper corner on Cowgill tract which would give them about 80-90 acres of coal. McCreery asks Miller to come take a look ao all the right lines of property will be drawn and to see the shape of things. 

Folder 55: December 11, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that all the deeds are about done; Bell will complete them today and then they go out to McCreery, next will be to send money; how much will it require to close matter up Miller asks. Miller requests to see Cal. McDonald but tells McCreery not to say anything to anyone about him wanting to see him though. 

Folder 56: December 11, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he has sent by express the surveyors deeds with some statements and part of the Parrish's report. 

Folder 57: December 13, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller sent enclosed letter from Maj. Bell, the deeds will follow by express of tomorrows train; Miller states that he wired Gray for money of $11,000.00 to close up the land deal. 

Folder 58: December 17, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states to find his check #9043 for $5,000.00 in the National Valley Bank which he requests McCreery to acknowledge. 

Folder 59: December 18, 1888 Miller to McCreery & Gray to McCreery: Two telegrams sent to McCreery as followed: Millers telegram from Quinnimont to McCreery: "Important to secure the "D" land beofre Saturday, Gray wants 8 horses for use on Saturday evening and Sunday"-Miller. Gray's telegram from Chicago to McCreery: "Party from Chicago will be with you Saturday evening if possible. Conclude that purchased before they get there." -Gray. 

Folder 60: December 21, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he will have various tracts made up from the deeds and in order to complete a map of the whole territory would like the courses and distances of the tracts which go with them. 

Folder 61: December 22, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he has sent by express a small book containing "a few little things for the children. When it arrives keep it until Christmas morning and give it to the little ones. Wish you a merry and happy Christmas." 

Folder 62: December 24, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states from a letter Mr. Gray sent him about money stating they are short $2,000.00 and Miller thinks it may be the $2,000.00 paid to Mrs. Davis, "not her first payment maybe", Miller states; he requests McCreery send him a list of all payments to figure issue out. 

Folder 63: December 25, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he enclosed a check for $ 5,000.00 to use in making payments on Chicago land purchase. 

Folder 64: December 28, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in regard to the C.C.C.L.A.(Chicago Coking Coal Land Association) matters; issue with shortage in Gray's account. Miller states he sent Gray a copy of all statements and settlements between Miller and McCreery. 

Folder 65: December 28, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he has received McCreery's letter stating change of land lines with Laing and others; Miller asks McCreery "Do you think if I take the stand that I must have the line to the negro cabin below Mill Creek that they will come time? Or could we get the line opposite Prince to follow the branch down the mountain to the bottom and then up the river with foot of hill to about opposite to the sycamore and then straight to the sycamore tree on the New River bank?" 

Folder 66: December 28, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that yesterday he had turned over all deeds to Mr. John Child, an engineer in his employ at Fire Creek for the purpose of plotting tracts into one map, but needs McCreery's and Laing's tracts to do so as well(including: Bullard, Hunt, Redden, Shunate, Glade and Low lands). Miller asks McCreery to ask owners/parties for tracts or if he can go to the Court House. 

Folder 67: December 31, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes a letter enclosed that McCreery can use to show Laing and Kay if McCreery thinks best. Miller asks if the lines in the proposition are the same as we agreed upon. Miller also asks McCreery if it is a good deal, and how much coal they will get in comparison to Laing. 

Folder 68: December 31, 1888 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses his hesitation in deal/trade with Laing as he feels they know the land, the lines, and are benefit to the trade; Miller agrees to go forth based on McCreery's advisement to do so, if they make a few changes on the property lines; if they wont make changes as outlined in detail in Miller's letter, then they must remain as is. 

Box 4: Correspondence of Erskine Miller: January 2, 1889-December 19, 1889 

Folder 1: January 2, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller asks McCreery about means and responsibility of Wm. H. Bragg Post Offcie Coit Depot; according to post office, Miller states "both the same place. He lives I think across the river-or- opposite side from RR." 

Folder 2: January 7, 1889 John C. Child to McCreery: Child writes to McCreery that package of deeds he had sent him, he acknowledged receiving, but asks McCreery for some more information so he can get the tracts together in there relative position to eachother: "1) Do not the lands of L. Hunt join those of W. J. Shunate and lie Southwest of them? 2) Does the land of Mathias Redden join that of Chester Bullard on the Southeast? 3) In what direction from the land of M. Redden do the lands of Hunt and Shunate lie, and the notes of any land that may lie between them." 

Folder 3: January 9, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that enclosed is the surveyors notes of J. W. McCreery's land, stating "Bell did not complete the deed for the reason that he said it was necessary to locate definetly in the deeds the 5 acres of timber and surface." Miller discusses an issue with having the deeds go to record and " If they are not and any parties should be sued and judgement obtained before the deeds are recorded twould bind the land. So have them with the check just as fast as you receive them complete." 

Folder 4: January 9, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller Ok's the trade with Laing and Kay "but they must pay the cost of running the lines, which if they agree to, will send up Mr. Child and an assistant to make surveys in order to have deeds prepared." 

Folder 5: January 12, 1889 H. A. Gray to Miller: Gray writes as Trustee at the Chicago Coking Coal Land Association (C.C.C.L.A. discussed in Box#3:Folder#64 as well) in refrence to Mr. Stirling agreeing with Gray that Miller's suggestion is a good one and they would like to know if Miller had in mind such a man as they require "one who would be faithful and honest, and who would look after our interest for a reasonable consideration." 

Folder 6: January 12, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller requests that McCreery see the Sheriff or tax collector for Raleigh Co. and ascertain for him what taxes he has assessed agaisnt him, and then examine the taxes to see if they are right, and report back to Miller the amount and then he would send McCreery a check. According to Miller, he had received letter from J. W. Harper stating he has taxes to the amount of $108.76; McCreery's brother, John, wrote as to request of the Sheriff that he held taxes against Miller for 16 tracts of land in Shady Spring district for $138.85 and 6 tracts in town distrcit for $108.76 = $241.61 

Folder 7: January 17, 1889 Jas T. Queensenberry to Miller: Queensenberry writes to Miller asking to rent the McNamee farm for the next year. 

Folder 8: January 26, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he left town on the 11th and had just returned yesterday to his office, hence why McCreery's letter of recent dates have not been acknowledged. Miller states he wrote to Fire Creek today to instruct Mr. Child with an assistant Mr. Catlett to report to McCreery for the purpose of running lines between Laing, Kay and Co. and themselves. Miller also states that they should be arriving at Prince station Sunday. 

Folder 9: January 16, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller starts letter "About my taxes! The time is about up when there will be a penalty attached if they are not paid, and I do not want to be put in for any expenses. I wish you would see that man who was Sheriff last year-Scott I think was the man, and make him send me the balance due me for overpaid taxes last year." Miller instructs McCreery to put Childs in possession of all the data to make up the balance of the plot of land, stating that McCreery had mentioned some of the deeds he had sent them were wrong, and requests that he get this matter in shape as soon as possible. Mille also enclosed the letter from Jas. T. Queensenberry sent on January 17, 1889. 

Folder 10: January 28, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that it will be necessary for Child to run all the lines around the several tracts which are exchanged between themselves, Laing, Kay & Co. in order to know how to describe the land in making the exchange, and tells McCreery to instruct him on what to do. Miller also tells McCreery to tell Child "not to tell Laing & Co. until the deeds are written how much land there is in either survey." Miller requests that he would like Child to get on the crop line which fronts the New River and run it up to the intersection of the patent line so as to ascertain how much coal they would get in the tract. 

Folder 11: January 28, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller requests to know what deeds McCreery has put to record, to give names, and what tracts are they yet in of the notes in order to write the deeds. Also, Miller reiterates how he has already written to McCreery about taxes matter, but still has not received any information from the Sheriff and does not wish to pay penalties. 

Folder 12: January 31, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states it hasn't been too long since he wrote Mr. Gray calling his attention to the necessity of having someone in Raleigh Co. to look after the interests of the Chicago C.C.L.A., and enclosed is Gray's letter of January 12, 1889. Miller requests to know how much McCreery would charge to look after this matter, stating it would only have to be in a general way, to see that the property is not trespassed upon and if any rents to collect them. Miller asks McCreery to write him on matter, and then he would write Gray. 

Folder 13: February 1, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller requests that McCreery please impress upon Child's that "if it is necessary, the importance of having it done carefully - taking time to do the work accurately and thoroughly." Miller states that McCreery aggreed to notify him in a day or two whether he can attend to the C.C.C.L.A. property. 

Folder 14: February 5, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that "In regard to running the lines with Laing & Kay, I will leave that with you. If they had misled us by leading us to suppose the corner was one place, when it was somewhere else, we can't accept it. Best must make them run the line where we understand it to be. I suppose the line or corner was on top of hill at graveyard. Make Child run the line the way it should be cornering at the graveyard. Mr. Child had better run all lines that will figure into exchange the river tract, the Mill Creek tract, and the line to straiten the line at the top. Finish up the whole thing before he gets away." 

Folder 15: February 5, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller quotes McCreery's last letter due to not understanding, "Don't think that we will get much coal from them but more acres than they expected. I think they will get about 2/3 of the W. D. Carper tract." Miller states, "Do you mean we will get much coal from them on river front tract which runs up to your house, or do you mean that we will not get as much coal land as we give- if we are trading coal land for land without coal we are doing a foolish and poor thing. I thought in straitening the line on top that we would get about as much as we gave. . . but you refrence to them getting about 2/3 W. D. Carper tract looks like they were gathering the best of the trade. How many acres were in the W. D. Carper tract, Child has the deed, I don't remember." 

Folder 16: February 5, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states to McCreery "If Johnson has built a house on the Burnham land he had no right to do it, and the house of course belongs to Burnham. Acting for Mr. Burnham I authorize you to rent the house to John A. Redden and tell him to stay in it and to pay no attention to Johnson, but inform the gentlemen that the house is on Burnham's land and that he has rented the same from me as his agent. Of course this is all based on the house being upon Redden lands." 

Folder 17: February 5, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller OK's the lines that Mr. Child ran between Laing & Kay and themselves, and asks that the lines be run and get the matter closed. Miller states that he doesn't suppose that they can be damaged very much one way or the other, although there is a good wide difference between 124 acres of coal and 30, stating "Computing relative value of that land there is about $50,000.00 of royalty under it which we gave away in the trade." 

Folder 18: February 25,1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states on his return home he found package of deeds which McCreery sent by express. Miller also states that he received a letter from Mr. Gray accepting McCreery's services in the matters of the Chicago land interest and Miller has been authorized to pay McCreery for attending to the same, at the rate of $30.00 a month, from the 1st of March, and Miller requests "Now will you please look after this property - attending to the payment of taxes, renting and collecting of rents, and keeping off trespassers." 

Folder 19: February 26, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that from McCreery's letter stating Laing & Kay being anxious to get their deeds and matters fixed up, has McCreery since seen them about making the change in the line which Miller discussed with McCreery at Fire Creek. Enclosed, Miller sends a tracing of the lines and plot of the property, upon it "I have drawn across it a line which I think is the correct thing." Miller requests McCreery to see them and see if things can be mediated. Miller states that "I understood all along that the exchange would be about equal so far as coal was concerned." 

Folder 20: February 26, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he received McCreery's letter discussing 1,000 acres of coal land at the mouth of Beaver & Piney Creeks; Miller asks if this land belongs to widow Somlsburry or in that neighborhood, upon what terms could the land be bought at $5.00, and how much coal is under it. Miller states that "With two streams coming together the land immediately at the mouth of Beaver, I should think, has very little coal under it, as a great deal of it would be cut out by the erosion of the streams on both sides, however, I may be mistaken in this." Miller tells McCreery that "If the land is underlaid with good coal and timber on it is in its original condition and it could be bought on terms that are easy, I think I could arrange to make a deal for it." 

Folder 21: February 26, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that Mr. Burnham had sent him his check to take up the obligations of Redden, Shunate, and Hunt. Miller asks McCreery that if he knows where the parties are, then to tell them to send the notes to the National Valley Bank at Staunton, and Miller would pay them with interest, or if they can deliver the notes to McCreery, and Miller will send checks for the amounts. Mr. Burnham states in his letter that Redden is $600.00, Shunate is $718.50, and B. L. Hunt is $500.00 = $1,818.50 and interest is $109.11 = $1,927.61. 

Folder 22: February 27, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he thought it better not send the map showing the two positions of the Bullard lands. "The red line from corner 'A' to 'B', shows the line that I want you to get Laing & party to agree to. This will make what I understand we were to get - as tract line this the property and would nearly give an equal exchange in values, they would get little more coal. I think about 40 to 50 acres more which would compensate for the excess in acres which have coal and I think this this would be the fair thing and such an adjustment is wonderfully to their advantage and not much to us. The more I study the situation the more I am convinced that the place to work the property is from Piney - so the place to begin is at the patent line where the line up the branch in front of the ferry sticks the patent line and run it strait to the point 'B' . If they accept this, Child will have to go up and run the line." (Map discussed similar to map in next entry March 2, 1889.) 

Folder 23: March 2, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Map Miller sketched to use in negotiations with Laing & Kay and themselves in coal exchange. 

Folder 24: March 2, 1889 Miller to McCreery: (At top of letter "On Mill Creek-Lands exchanged.") Miller states Laing & Kay Co. to accept/willing to change the line so as exchange of coal by straightening the line from Miller and McCreery's property extending down Mill Creek, far enough to give Miller and McCreery as much coal as they gave Laing & Kay, and to give Miller and McCreery the front land on New River at the mouth of Mill Creek and Piney. Miller states "your estimate of the enormous enhancement of value by acquiring their property is in my judgement, wrong, I do not think it would add a $100,000.00 to the lands adjoining them." Miller also states that "Now I send another tracing, showing the original line which they proposed form 'A' to 'B', also the last proposition which I made from 'A' to 'B'; now if the line could be shifted, starting at 'A' and running to 'D' (the blue dotted line which you will find on enclosed tracing, running this line to the point 'D' is supposed to be.) It will give us as much coal as we gave them. I think such a line to be satisfactory to them and would give them all they should expect under the circumstances." (Map descrbibed in Box #4 folder #23 with same date, March 2, 1889.) 

Folder 25: March 4, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states in regard to Laing & Kay's lands received, "Are you crazy, when you think I would be willing to buy their lands adjoining ours at $20.00 or $25.00 an acre, when so far as I have been able to judge they haven't one acre of coal to four acres of land. $10.00 an acre would be a good round price to buy all they have got between Mill Creek & Piney; as for the land they have at Meadow Creek above Quinnimont, I have been informed before of the coal being good from 4' to 4' 8"." Miller asks McCreery to go to Meadow Creek and if he can make a map of it, ascertain what they would sell it for. Miller also asks how much land Bewry, Cooper & Co. buy there, what did they buy, and from whom. Miller states "You spoke of Laing & Kay being sick; I am afraid we will get sick before we'll get the railroad extended from Loup Creek to the other side of the river to Piney. I expect the road to be built from Loup's Creek to the Hawks nest about the 1st of July, 1889, but there seems to be very little prospect of it, as little or no progress is made and I doubt if Mr. Howald gets a railroad down to his place, down below Thurmond before next fall." 

Folder 26: March 4, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he received McCreery's letter from the 2nd requesting he send a check for Hunt's bond to McCreery, and how he can't send it due to him not knowing the exact amount, but thought $500.00. He requests McCreery tell him the amount and the date, and then Miller can calculate the interest and send check to McCreery for whole amount. Miller states Shunate has sent his bond to the bank in Staunton for collection, But " I called at the bank but failed to come up with Shunate's bond." 

Folder 27: March 7, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Enclosed in Miller's letter is check #9246 for $500.00 with interest for one year included for settlement of Mr. Burnham's land to I. B. Hunt. Miller requests to have Hunt to receipt the bond and return back to him. 

Folder 28: March 7, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Letter sent to McCreery with 5 page letter enclosed Miller wrote for McCreery to use while dealing with Laing & Kay to try to explain misunderstanding about lines drawn(5 pg letter in Box #4 Folder #29, with same date.) Millere instructs McCreery to show the letter to them, so they know all the facts and fully understand what the issue was. Miller asks McCreery if he has heard anymore from Bullitt, stating "I heard that a large land sale up about the head waters of Piney had been made and that John Riffe and he had sold their land, what about it is there any timber on it." 

Folder 29: March 7, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states in his extensive 5 page letter to McCreery the misunderstanding with the rerunning of the lines with Laing & Kay, stating that the original proposition stated they would only take part of the 3 tracts, but practically are taking all 3 tracts the way the lines they have drawn. Miller also states their lines go all over, while theirs is more straight and not as confusing, and that the deal is much better for them, and he did not agree to such a thing, and that they are the ones who will reap most benefit immediately from deal, while Miller and McCreery may have to wait 25 years before they get to the areas redrawn which are not even that great at Piney and Mill Creek. Miller states, "I only want atleast hold my own in the trade, not pay something to accomodate my neighbors. If Mr. Kay is going north and he and you can not come to an understanding on my terms, ask him to stop over to see me as he goes north and we possibly can come to some agreement in the matter." 

Folder 30: March 10, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller apologizes for check he made out to wrong person, and he writes for Benjamin Lewis Hunt - Blaming his book keeper. Miller asks McCreery if the deal with Laing & Kay has been made or decalred off, stating he doesn't know of anyone to be hurt than Laing & kay by such results, "I should hate to fail to trade with these people, more on your account than anything else." Miller states, "That if they declare the trade off they bite their noses to spite their face. I don't want to be hard on these fellows, but don't want them to run clear away with me. My opinion, that when you show them my letter and talk with them that they will run the lines as we or I ask for them." Miller asks McCreery if he has heard anything else from Bullitt - suspecting he is back in the mountains from Raleigh C. H. finding out what he can. 

Folder 31: March 16, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller goes into detail about tracing on map and rerunning of lines for exchange with Laing & Kay stating "Starting at 'O' with blue dotted line and running to 'B' and from 'B' to 'E' is the line Laing wants. 'O' to 'C' and then 'C' to 'D' is what I want, and want you to secure if you could. This would ease up the coal exchange some. If you can get them to accpet the blue line with the understanding that the line from 'B' to 'E' is to be equal exchange that line must be so run as to give an equal amount of land to each on that line. If they accpet from 'O' to 'C' the line from 'C' to 'D' must be so as to give equal exchnage - if they agree to this all right. I will send Child up so as to run the lines by which deeds can be written and close the trade." (Map discussed/explained in Box #4 Folder #23, with date March 2, 1889. Used in multiple correspondences as an aid for explanation between Miller and McCreery.) 

Folder 32: March 24, 1889 John C. Child to McCreery: Child writes to McCreery that he has no means of locating on the map he has the exact positions of Laing & Kays outcrop on Mill Creek, but from what he saw on the map at Laing's house the day he was there, he should say that a line from the outcrops on Mill Creek to Cowgill's lower corner would divide the land so nearly even that neither party coud complain. Child states, "In fact I don't believe there would be more than 1/2 to 3/4 acres difference and am unable to say in whose favor it would be." 

Folder 33: March 24, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes that if McCreery doesn't get back line straightened so an equal exchange could be had for both parties involved - that is all that he will do. Miller also states to McCreery that he can rent the Hunt place and asks if it is necessary for Child to go up and run the lines again. 

Folder 34: March 24, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that in regard to McNamee's farm to Mr. Stirling and when Miller hears from him will report to McCreery. In regard to Bullitt's operations, Miller has heard from Mr. Ingalls, and that he knows nothing about what Bullitt is doing and he is in no way connected with him, "so he says." Miller asks McCeery "Has he made any movement on the waters of Paint Creek or has he gone off of Piney in his explorations and operations." 

Folder 35: March 30, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in regard to John Kermas land up at Beaver and Piney Creeks, noting McCreery's report and state he has had two or three enquiries from some friend lately who wanted to make some investments under Miller's advise, "If you get control of his property, let me know and in the mean time I will correspond with them and see if they mean buisness." Miller states he has been trying to get Burnham down in the neighborhood to get him to invest a little more money - Miller asks McCreery "can you take care of us for a few days, while he would go around with us to see the country." Miller also requests to know what became of the Dushane lands that lay just above the mouth of Glade Creek between Mr. Louis and others - 2,000 acres? 

Folder 36: March 30, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in regard to W. J. Queensenberry and Mrs. Rachel Davis' property and how Miller has referred this matter to Mr. Stirling for his information and instruction. MIller asks how much Queensenberry would sell his surface for, how much land has Mrs. Davis, is it all underlaid with coal, what shape is it in, how many acres are there in this top seam in Mrs. Davis property, and how much land does she own entirely, stating "I want to get the proportion of coal in that top seam to the whole tract." 

Folder 37: March 30, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in regard to Ira Hunt and his 100 acres of land that Miller does not wish to purchase, especially at the price at which he offers it for, but states he will buy it cheaply, five or ten years from today as he can now, and not pay the interest on the investment. As to the exchange he wants, Miller tells McCreery to found out what he wants and he will let him know, Miller asks again to clarify if he needs Child to come and straighten the lines; stating he does not see how McCreery can get the lines without an engineer, the lines and corners ought all be definite to make the deed right. 

Folder 38: April 1, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he referred McCreery's letter to W. R. Striling, Trustee, and approves of the suggestion of putting McNamee's farm under grass. Miller requests to know what type of grass is wanted, and he will have it supplied in time for seeding. 

Folder 39: April 1, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Enclosed in Millers letter to McCreery is Mr. Stirling's letter in regard with exchange between A. W. Warden and their association. Miller asks if it is a surface exchange or an exchange of fee absolute, stating that of course they wolkd not exchange land with coal, for land without coal, and to make sure that they get a good piece of property as they exhange; "Then in that case the timber would be an inducement to make a change, or if it is simpy an exchange of surface and we get timber, same as we get from Warden, of course there is an advantage in getting the timber." 

Folder 40: April 3, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Replying to McCreery's letter from the 30th of March, 1889 Miller does not care to sell or exchange lands referred to; he states he also has receipts in regard to C.C.C.L.A. land transactions. 

Folder 41: April 3, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he received McCreery's letter with deed for Laing & Kay. Miller asks McCreery if he had examined to know if the Raleigh Coal and Coke Co., or the parties have good deeds. 

Folder 42: April 5, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that Mr. Child will meet McCreery Monday morning at Blockston. Miller is out of town and McCreery is told to wait till he gets back to deal with this matter. 

Folder 43: April 24, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Enclosed Miller sent check for $300.00 as requested in McCreery's letter to Miller at Fire Creek on account of the Chicago C.C.L.A. matters. 

Folder 44: April 25, 1889 Caperton to McCreery: "Dear Sir - Your letter to Mr. Millow received here today (Fire Creek) and forwarded to Staunton where Mr. M (Miller) received Monday night. Yours Truly, Yn. Caperton Jr." 

Folder 45: April 26, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he writes McCreery from Richmond to meet him there quickly, Miller states "I have found a friend to put up $10,000.00 to make first payment with the understanding that he has to get half the parties and you and I get the other half and to take a chance as to selling the land in time to meert their then payments. I told him we could get 1, 2, & 3 years on the other payments, $10,000.00 each year. I wired you to come here at once as he will be here tomorrow and after everything is arranged you will then go into Washington to close the deal. Hope to hear from by wire this eve this reaches you that you are on the way. I refer to Brittan and Gray tracts." 

Folder 46: May 2, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller notes what McCreery stated about the C.C.C.L.A matters and requests that he wishes that McCreery would get Greer and Prince to settle. Miller states that he is anxious to get this matter off his hands and get clear of the papers and turn them all over to Gray and Stirling. 

Folder 47: May 2, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller requests to see the deed which Laing, Kay, and themselves propose to give Miller, before executing his and delivering it. He also requests the names of all parties to whom Miller makes the deed and all of the parties who are interested in the land they deed to Miller and must unite in the deed to him, due to him wanting to have the records examined to see if the title to their land is clear. 

Folder 48: May 2, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes that his friend whom he has persuaded to take hold of the matter of ____ and Gray, is gone and Miller does not know whether he would be disposed to consider the proposition on the basis of McCreery's letter of the 29th of April, 1889, "I fear not." Miller states that his friend will be in position with the land, he will have it to hold until they can find a buyer. "I think we will do well to work the deal on the basis of my letter to you." 

Folder 49: May 2, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Enclosed is 4 bags of clover or alfalfa seed that cost $7.20 a bushel; Miller requests McCreery weigh them to equal 8 bushels at 60lbs per bushel. Miller states that he believes their Chicago friends will raise their eyebrows when they see they cost of seed, "I am surprised myself. I did not think it would cost over $4.00 or $5.00." 

Folder 50: May 3, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller received a letter from "Mr. Stirling making an enquiry about taxes on the C.C.C.L.A. property." Miller "presumes there are no taxes charegable against the Association until the taxes of 1889 become due, as their purchases were made after the assessment of 1888 was made." Miller requests McCreery to look into this matter and let him know. 

Folder 51: May 5, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states at the beginning of his letter that "my man with the money is not here, but I have written him. The position you are in, is that you can't give Bullitt the option because your option does not cover enough time and you will be out before the first of June and in order to do this you must close with Brittan and Gray. I am satisfied I can get a man to put up the money to pay $10,000.00 cash and the balance in one, two, and three years with an equal divide in profits - you are third, he a third, and me a third. After Bullitt takes the option, should be deiced to take it - the land - then my friend I will have to carry the land until we can sell it." Miller discusses possible selling the Brittan and Gray tracts to Hotchkiss, Bell, Catlett, himself, and McCreery at $4.00 taking an interest of 1/10 and would represent one half insetad of selling solely for profit to Bullitt, and then "we may be able to land Mr. Bullitt a shove in time." 

Folder 52: May 7, 1889 Miller to McCreery: ("Confidential" at top of letter) Miller requests to know who J. C. Prince of Raleigh C. H. and if he is a married man, how old he is, is he in good health, and how is financially. Miller states that J. C. Prince was at Bramwell recently, "I understand he is now about Quinnimont. Don't speak of these inquiries, but let me hear from you promptly. When I see you I will tell you why I want to know." 

Folder 53: May 7, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller apologizes for the seed that he had sent McCreery reached him too late, and suggests he just keep it and put it down in the fall, and asks McCreery to "keep an account of the freight you paid I suppose, you will be receiving some small income from the farms that are rented and at the proper time you can make up an account." 

Folder 54: May 13, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that this morning only Bell and Catlett had left Staunton for a week or two's abscence and it was too late to make any effort on land matters. Miller also states that he had a letter from McCullough about the alfalfa and his decline to accept it, and tells McCreery that he has to keep it, and that they will sow it this fall. 

Folder 55: May 25, 1889 F. Howald to James Laing: ("Rush Run" at bottom of letter) Howald states that it will be satisfactory to arrange the matter of control - on behalf of himself, I. E. Powell and J. H. Howald. 

Folder 56: May 29, 1889 Miller to McCreery: J. M. M (Miller's assistant/office clerk?) Writes to McCreery that Miller has been out of town since the 16th which explains his delay in writing McCreery. 

Folder 57: May 31, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he received all of McCreery's messages of the 16th, 28th, and 29th of May and atht he had been away from home since the 16th. Miller states that he will see what he can do about the Brittan and Gray land, stating "I don't know whether the Flat Top people want it or not." He requests to know what McCreery has heard about Bullitt, if he is operating out there, has he closed up any purchases, and to what extent has he closed his purchases? 

Folder 58: May 31, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states the deeds that were sent to him in the matter of A. W. Warden transfer are all right, except one, which Miller has returned to McCreery's brother, John, "to have him insert in his own handwriting the reservations in regard to entires, the rights and privileges necessary for convenient mining & C. I want the deed to be written in the same handwriting, so as to show no interlineatios; when this is done, why, the deed will be all right." 

Folder 59: May 31, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states the deed from Laing, Kay, Howald, and others sent to the bank, Miller examined, and had it examined as well, finding that there are "some omissions, and some trivial errors - for instance, in the main body of the deed, you will see by reading it that the word 'grantees' appears twice, whether it should be for an equal division between guarantors and grantee." The deed Susan Lang signed, it states her name as Susan K. Lang, and wants her to sign as she is supposed to. "There is also another error in the deed, in the beginning where it says 'The last four of whom are residents of Franklin County state of Ohio, and the first four of Raleigh County, West Va. and Ferdinand Howald, Fayette West Va. parties of the first part' leaving out Mrs. Kay's name entirely and wrote Julie Ballentyne insetad of Julie Ballentyne Kay." 

Folder 60: June 4, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states enclosed to find his check for $90.00 for 3 months services for the C.C.C.L.A. - embracing March, April, and May. He also states he has been unable to do anything with the Brittan and Gray land matter, due to him being away from home a great deal and hasn't been able to give it any attention. 

Folder 61: June 6, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller acknowledges McCreery's letter he sent on the 5th, and that he received it a few minutes before taking the train, "I am going from home for a few days, and will write you immediately on my return." 

Folder 62: June 15, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states the mail has been very irregular and uncertain, but regrets that he can't do anything with the Brittan and Gray land, "I have been so busy with pressing business that I could not take the time now for anything outside." Miller states he will send the deed for Laing and party soon. 

Folder 63: June 17, 1889 Miller to McCreery: "Your telegram in hand, I am sorry that I am not in such condition as to respond to your telegram in a more satisfactor manner - I cannot do anything to help you out. I am leaving home in ten minutes, for several days business." 

Folder 64: June 25, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes to McCreery: "Enclosed find letters from Mr. Gray and Mr. Hull, we all agree to make the change Mr. Gray asks for, and I think it would be greatly to our advantage in the end. Do you agree also? Give me your prompt reply. Major Bell reminds me this morning that we have never gotten the contract from McDowell Reid heirs, and this should be attended to." 

Folder 65: June 25, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that the deed which was sent to the bank, was delayed due to Millers absence from home, "the only this is that I have not had time to have my deed prepared; I will try and do this in a day or two, and send everything to you." 

Folder 66: June 29, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he did not intend to state the he knew the purchaser, "on the contrary, I did not know the purchaser of the land, and it is possible you are correct in supposing it is Bullitt." 

Folder 67: July 5, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in reply to McCreery's about a half acre of land for a school house, stating "I believe in liberality, and where I think an obligation rests upon me, I always meet the case, but in view of the very large amount of school tax that property owners have to pay under West Va., levies, strikes me that the school fund can about as well afford to buy their land as I can afford to give it to them. I am willing to make a conveyance of half an acre for this purpose, under the condition that if the building is ever used for anything else than as a school house, that the property will revert back to me." 

Folder 68: July 14, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states it is very possible he can find parties to buy land in question, "if I have time to do it." He asks McCreery how much money it will require to complete the trade, how much cash down, how the deferred payments will be, state number of acres in mineral fee, number of fee, the pine per acre, the cash and deferred payments; "How much interest do you propose to let me have - I could have secur the Brittan and Gray land, but you were not willing to give me enough to justify me in going to my friends and asking them to buyt it." Miller asks how far down Paint can they go and secure good coking lands, how many acres all together can they get, are the options McCreery now has, are they in his fathers land, and to bargin mineral for timber. 

Folder 69: July 14, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller received McCreery's letter on the 13th reporting Huddlestun trespassing upon Miller's land, stating "Am much obliged, you are authorized at all time without referring the matter to me to stop anyone from making roads, or cutting timber." Miller states he has wrote Huddlestun today, stating "I will prosecute him if he does it again. Put the notices up please." 

Folder 70: July 17, 1889 A. E. Huddlestun to Miller: A. E. Huddlestun of White Pine Llmber, shingles, latns, flooring, siding, and ceiling manufacturer who writes to Miller in reply to his letter reporting him trespassing on Miller's land. Huddlestun states it is a personal matter between himself and McCreery, and that he has asked and obtained McCreery's consent to be on land at Mill above McCreery's side of the mountain. He states he will pay any damages if done, but is for purpose of repairing the road (due to bad "mud holes") and to make a tram to help him haul to RR. But will be cutting timber on side of mountain near Piney bridge, and if Miller wishes, he will pay for the privilige, and if not it will be stopped. 

Folder 71: July 18, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes to McCreery that enclosed to find letter from Huddlestun and states "of course I know nothing about your differences, I did not know that was any, but I would like to hear what you have to say in regard to Huddlestun's position." 

Folder 72: JULY 24, 1889 John C. Child to Miller: Child acknowledges receiving map and deed from Miller, but his engagements at time do not allow him to go to Fire Creek at presnt to look up the notes Miller spoke of in the field book Child made while making the survey, but Child states he had sufficient data with him to enable him to state that the courses and distances given in the deeds Miller sent him are correct in each case. The acreage is correct, except in the case of the Hisers Branch tract which should be 115 acres 14 perches instead of 114 acres 2 roads 45 perches. Child states that McCreery is in possession of plot and notes Child made regarding 3 tracts and tells Miller to get those for further information. 

Folder 73: July 27, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes on a notepad from Hotel Brunswick in New York stating the contracts are written, and he has spent two days on the land deal, but has not secured any money, but has presented the matter to several parties. 

Folder 74: July 29, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller reiterates what he wrote McCreery in New York, and how he left deal with some friends to see what they could do and would let Miller know, "I will do all I can, and you may depend upon my earnest desire to put a spoke into the wheel of Ford & C. I will try another party outside of the New York people. I would not advise you to buy other land just now, and it is very probable that Ford will not try to buy below you at Paint as he will think he can do more by waiting at some time if you can secure options without paying money, do it." 

Folder 75: August 1, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller requests McCreery to tell Alex Warden the reason of delay for failure of him to receive his deed is entirely Miller's fault, once received Miller put it in his safe to be secure, and had been so busy and away from home that he overlooked his duty. Miller states he had sent the deed today to Messer Gray and Stirling for it to be executed. 

Folder 76: August 1, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in regard to McCreery's proposition in buying interest in Laing and Kay's business in the mine. Miller states "this is a matter I hardly know how to advise you of; in order to open a mine and do a profitable buisness it requires a good deal of money, and to conduct a buisness without profit is very little satisfaction; the plan which they have of transporting the coal from one side of the river to the other with a rope is one accompanied with much doubt: The Thurmond Coal co. had his matter under consideration for twelve months or more and have spent a good deal of money in making surveys and examinations in reference to the wire rope similar to the one they are using - we gave it up, as we considered a very doubtful matter as to its success, and finally concluded that it was a construction of short life, and would ultimately be very expensive, and perhaps absorb all the profit made on the buisness. Miller states though, "If there is a railraod on that side of the river, I should perhaps think diffrently. I would not like to advise you to go in to this scheme, nor would I like to advise you to keep out of it. You cannot start a coal business worth a mans attention less than fifty or seventy five thousand dollars, and you can form some idea from this whether you think well of the scheme." 

Folder 77: August 6, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he is working through some friends hoping to accomplish the negotiations desired, "I am sorry I have not proceeded for enough successfully to warrant additional investments. It is possible that we might miss a very good thing, but under the circumstances, I don't think I could prudently advise you to go futher." Miller asks for the names of whose properties which have been bought through Ford for Bullitt are recorded. 

Folder 78: August 7, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that with deed of exchange from himself and wife to Laing and others, all duly executed and ready for record. Miller states McCreery's brother, John, examined the records for Miller some months ago and reported the property all clear of judgements and liens. Miller requests McCreery check with his brother to make sure nothing else has been done since paper executed, and if not then to deliver Miller's deed and have theirs put to record. Miller states that Laing agreed to pay the expenses of making these surveys & c., Miller asks McCreery to tell Laing he will send him an account of some soon. 

Folder 79: August 8, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller acknowledges McCreerys letter which he sent enclosed with letter from Stirling. Miller states he had writen a long letter to Gray today on the subject of buying the property near Prosperity and urged him in the importance of its being attached to our scheme. Miller states, "My letter will undoubtedly be the means of developing these people, and if they don't say so, we will be able to know how much they are in with Bullitt in his operations; at all events, it will make a good record for us. I would advise you have no comment with either Stirling or Gray in connection with this matter should they write you, refer them to me." 

Folder 80: August 10, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he received a letter from Warden from the 8th of August, 1889, asking about his deed, "better see him and let him have it.". Miller also enclsed a deed for school site, as duly executed by Miller and his wife, but states "since writing about failed to get deed signed and acknowledged. I am compelled to go to mines tomorrow for a few days and this will delay you getting deed." 

Folder 81: August 20, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Enclosed Miller sent McCreery the contract asked for in McCreery's letter of the 19th of August, 1889; Miller states he overlooked it in sending the deed, and notes McCreery's remarks about the fifty day limit on the lands. Miller states that "I have got my eye on this matter and will do what I can." 

Folder 82: August 25, 1889 S. M. Burnham to Miller: Burnham writes to Miller, "I presume the taxes upon the Raleigh C., land will soon be due." Burnham requests to know if Miller would prefer to pay them sending the bills to him that he may then reinburse, not knowing if Miller knew the amounts or not. 

Folder 83: August 29, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in reply to McCreery's about removing the house from off Miller's property, and refers the facts to McCreery's brother, John, and if there is a case of indictment, to have the prosecuting attorney of the county indict him for removing this house. Miller states "Of course the house is of little value, but the principle involved is a good deal. This fellow is a rascal, and he ought to be punished." 

Folder 84: August 29, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Enclosed in Miller's letter is a letter from S. M. Burnham about taxes. Miller states he does not know about the taxes were paid, "the next call for taxes I presume will be next January." 

Folder 85: August 29, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in regard to land which they are trying to make sale of; Miller proposes to go North again very soon to look after this matter and will spend time enough on it to be able to decide whether Miller will be able to make the sale of it or not. Miller states "As I wrote you before I have some parties who are working quietly trying to bring this about and I think perhaps I will be able to stir them up, and try and get something out of it - rest assured I will do all in my power." 

Folder 86: August 29, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in reply to McCreery's railroad charter and his offering it to Mr. Ingalls (Preseidnt of C&O RR), Miller advises McCreery not to do it at present, and states he will advise this matter with Catlett and see what he has to say and then write McCreery later, although Miller is inclined to think it will do no good, and possibly might do harm. 

Folder 87: August 29, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in reagrd to correspondence with Gray and Stirling; Mr. Stirling had answered Millers' letter, stating they did not care to buy any more lands in that region. Miller states that, "I am well satisfied they are into that land deal out there, and if they do not intend to go into the land already bought, they mean to do it outside of those. Our plan would be to keep quiet in regard to these fellows, and watch our opportunity - they might put their foot in it before they get through, and by apperances they appear to be doing so already." Miller states he referred the matter of supplying citizens in the neighborhood from McNamee mine to Stirling in the mean time care should be taken so as to keep the mine in a good state and everything done to preserve the entry. 

Folder 88: August 29, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in reply to McCreery's letter regarding the county establishing a road from Posperity to New River to Hagard Bragg and then to Miller's property; Miller states, "certainly I will give the right of way for a good country road." 

Folder 89: September 9, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in reply to McCreery's letter discussing the possibility of supplying coal to the neighborhood from the McNamee opening, stating that he had a letter from Mr. Gray authorizing this to be done under McCreery's direction. Miller requests that they ought get a profit of $0.25 to $0.30 a ton on this coal atleast, stating the only object to accomodating the neighborhood is to get a little revenue to help keep down the expenses, telling McCreery that he will of course collect the bills. 

Folder 90: September 14, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Enclosed in Miller's letter is a check for $450.00 as requested in McCreery's letter of the 12th of September, 1889, to settle with Greer and Prince for the balance due on their lands, and asking McCreery to send him a proposed statement as soon as possible, as Miller wishes to get this cleared up with the Chicago people, and "wipe my hands of the transaction that is their money." 

Folder 91: September 14, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses his want to beat Ford at any and all costs, stating ge would rather sell the land to any man, than Ford and Bullitt. Miller states he is to go up to New York a week from Wednesday and hopes to hear from McCreery about this matter before leaving. Miller knows McCreery would like to get his father's land in the deal but does not want to lose anymore, so best to wait some. 

Folder 92: September 15, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he received a wire from a gentleman who will be passing by there tomorrow - 5:40p.m. to examine the Raleigh lands in Paint and Miller plans on joining him. They plan to arrive at Prince in the early train that leaves Hinton about 6 o,c (clock.) Miller states that "we will want to make quick time. Have horses at Prince ready for both." He requests McCreery get the good saddles for the horses. 

Folder 93: September 16, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller tells McCreery as stated in his last letter to him to have horses ready at Prince, but now not to worry due to Miller's freinds not being able to come due to being sick. 

Folder 94: September 17, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he is not leaving just yet for New York, but may actually have to go to W.V. Miller asks McCreery to take the No. 31 train which leaves Hinton at 1:10 p.m. and passes Prince between 2-3p.m., he can then go up to Kanawha Falls to meet Miller on the No. 2 and then ride up as far as East Sewell and confer about land matters. 

Folder 95: September 18, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller instructs McCreery that he is leaving Staunton this p.m. and will pass Prince tomorrow p.m. the 19th on No. 2. 

Folder 96: Septe,ber 20, 1889 McCreery to Miller: McCreery tells Miller hs is unable to make the deal based on thier first propostion - to sell entire boundary including McCreery's father's land, then for both to retain 1/4. But McCreerys gives second proposition of securing the land and to pay $40,000.00 on his fathers tract of 1,300 acres at $18.00 per acre say $5,000.00 down, balance in 12 months with 6 months interest, leaving $13,400.00 him and his brother would carry the rest and reatin 1/8 interest, or 3rd propostion of advance at $1.00 per acre, but McCreery states they will have to fight people off. 

Folder 97: Septe,ber 21, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes that he saw Mr. Burnham and he wishes to go to Raleigh to see his coal lands. 

Folder 98: September 30, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he has written McCreery's brother, Dr. Jas. T. McCreery, to give John W. McCreery the names of certain parties between firfty and sixty tracts of land which Miller has sold, only in mineral fee, and asks McCreery to examine all tracts as to titles and liens and to make Miller a complete report by name of party, which he requests done before his money is paid. Miller states "Keep this matter strictly secrect. I don't want anyone to know that I have anything to do with this delay." 

Folder 99: September 30, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states to McCreery that titles to lands they are to buy must be examined before money is paid, and Miller states he wants McCreery's brother, John, to do so, and to write him as well instructing this (letter in Box #4 Folder #98.) Miller states to McCreery he doesn't want anyone outside him and his brother that he is the one buying these lands, "The welfare of the scheme depends upon the C&O RR not knowing who buys the lands and certainly not let them know that I have anything to do with purchase." Miller asks if McCreery has figured out who is to get the 300 acres of white stick - him or Ford, preferring McCreery. Miller believes that Burnham will want the Dushane land at $5.00 an acre, and if so and Shunate land is also bought they will "be put in position to secure a grand property up Glade and possibly be the one of the best things we had got done." 

Folder 100: October 8, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he sent money today and should arrive in Quinninmont tomrrow. Miller states Mr. Burnham wrote him from Luray Caverns on the 6th of October, 1889, stating he would be at Natural Bridge today to go to Hinton, and then wants to make the same trip he made with Miller and McCreery, with his wife. Miller states, "The weather has blown up quite cold, and disagreeable, and I am in doubt as to where he has gone or where he is. It will not be possible for me to go with him, as I would like to, and have written to him both to Natural Bridge, Hinton, and Clifton Forge, hoping to find him, explaining the situation." Miller believes that once he sees and talks with Mr. Burnham about Shunate and Dushane lands that they would get this matter settled up soon, stating "he talked very favourably to me on the subect." 

Folder 101: October 9, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller statesd that McCreery's telegram of yesterday did not reach him till 10 a.m. today. Miller states the money was sent, and no doubt at Quinnimont. Miller presumes Mr. and Mrs. Burnham are in New River today, receiving wire from him last night telling Miller they were going at last night. 

Folder 102: October 20, 1889: Miller to McCreery: Miller states he received receipts from McCreery from payments made at Paint Creek, and states "As soon as I can get the notes and bonds of all the tracts I want to have them plotted and all joined together in one map." 

Folder 103: December 19, 1889 Miller to McCreery: Miller states getting a very disagreeable letter from Burnham and, "felt very much like telling him to go to hell, but I did not. Don't take the Shunate place expecting him to buy it," but that Miller had another party secured. Miller states he believes Ingalls is investigating for a railroad to reach their property. 

Box 5: Correspondence of Erskine Miller: January 17, 1890-May 4, 1901 

Folder 1: January 17, 1890 J. M. Burnham to McCreery: Burnham writes to McCreery in reply to McCreery's undated favor; Burnham wishes to keep this matter confidential and discusses land that joins his at Glade. 

Folder 2: February 9, 1890 Burnham to McCreery: Burnham discusses a matter of payment with McCreery and if McCreery had already done so, then Burnham would repay him. Burnham also discusses a matter of taxes from 1889, and states that he does not owe McCreery anything. 

Folder 3: December 10, 1890 Miller to McCreery: Miller sends McCreery a check for $220.64 for taxes H. A. Gray. Miller asks if all taxes have been assessed on mineral rights, expecially on the lands of Russell, stating they should only have to pay half. Miller states that he has McCreery's list of parties/properties so deeds can be written, but Miller states he does not agree with some of the acres and notes some people missing from McCreery's list. 

Folder 4: December 18, 1890 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in reply to McCreery's of the 12th discussing a trade of the Hunt surface for Staunton Development Company stock, and how many acres of land do they propose to trade, how much per acre, is all land proposed to trade covered with timber, and how many surface acres would they have left. 

Folder 5: December 22, 1890 Burnham to McCreery: Burnham enclosed a check for $25.73 to McCreery for paying taxes on behalf of him, and also requests to know if anything is going on at Glade, and mentions a proposed railroad on Piney river. Burnham thanks McCreery and hopes that his wife has gained relief from her severe illness. 

Folder 6: February 16, 1892 Miller to McCreery: Complete report made by Miller on money/property transactions on behalf of the Chicago Coking Coal Land Association (C.C.C.L.A), from September 14, 1889-March 24, 1892. 

Folder 7: April 28, 1892 Miller to McCreery: Miller enclosed in letter statements of McCreery's accounts with the Glade Creek Association, and also with John Hoe Russell, trsustee matter. Miller states McCreery's account with Chicago Coking Coal Land Association he had sent him sometime ago, showing a credit of $345.64 due to McCreery; McCreery owes on Glade Creek Association $226.23 and John Russell trustee $81.03. Miller deducts these amounts from the $345.64 plus $5.00 Miller gave McCreery at Clifton Forge, and leaves him with $33.38, which miller also enclosed a check for. 

Folder 8: April 8, 1892 C. H. Loster to M. E. Ingalls: Loster discusses with Ingalss a new proposition of where the railroad should go next; originally Ingalls stated for it to continue on and bridge the New River opposite Prince Station in connection with the contemplated Piney Creek, but now to continue along the South bank of the New River to Glade Creek, and bridge the New River at that point in order that one bridge may serve for both Glade Creek and Piney Creek. 

Folder 9: January 10, 1894 Miller to McCreery: Enclosed in Miller's letter is the Richmond deed, which he finds was executed unsatisfactorily, and sends a new one which will be satisfactory. The execution of deed is based on the fact that if they obtain Richmond land, they will not be held responsible for damages for mining under his reservation, and if so, then they do not want his land. 

Folder 10: February 13, 1895 Otey, Walker & Bowyer to Miller: Otey, Walker & Bowyer work as real estate bond & farm brokers based in Lynchburg, VA., and write to Miller as he was recommended per McCreery to be able to tell the brokers where they could obtain prices of spruce or poplar wood for Pupl Mill. The parties they represent would want it delivered at Big Island on James River division of the C&O RR, and if the price is low enough they would want 10-20 or more cord per day. 

Folder 11: February 14, 1895 Miller to McCreery: Miller enclosed letter from Otey, Walker & Bowyer of Lynchburg, telling McCreery to write to them if he has anything of it. 

Folder 12: February 15, 1895 Otey, Walker & Bowyer to McCreery: Otey, Walker & Bowyer request McCreery to quote them for F.O.B. cars at his station cord poplar and spruce wood, suitable for Pulp Mill purposes, requesting 10-20 ore more cord per day. 

Folder 13: February 19, 1895 Otey, Walker & Bowyer to McCreery: Otey, Walker & Bowyer request to only send a smaple of spruce wood, and once McCreery gets quotes for other woods to send those as well. 

Folder 14: February 20, 1895 Otey, Walker & Bowyer to McCreery: Requesting prices on spruce wood, 6in, and up of the first cut, with bark on and with bark off, stating hey don't want it split. They also state they can buy the poplar closer to home for less, and want as much spruce as McCreery can have cut due to a "large northern man expects to take the mill and increase its capacity if he can get all the spruce he desires." They request price per cord F.O.B. at McCreery's stating, and state that they should be able to get a better rate than McCreery. 

Folder 15: March 18, 1895 Otey, Walker & Bowyer to McCreery: Otey, Walker & Bowyer now request for a tract of hemlock timber for a large tannery, but property must hold atleast 100,00 or more cord in sight, then they will buy the land, requesting if found, what the distance it was from the railroad, near what stream, and any other information McCreery could give. 

Folder 16: March 21, 1895 Miller to McCreery: Miller states in reply to McCreery's proposition for selling timber and Miller states if he is to sell any it would be on the stump. Miller states that McCreery go and select the trees, count them and brand them, and sell them to parties requiring them, but to not damage other timber in process. 

Folder 17: July 12, 1895 McCreery to Miller: Enclosed in McCreery's letter is a copy of Mr. Boyd's report on their head of Piney land. McCreery states once he returns from Philadelphia after securing the N&W right of way for their road, he wishes to secure some $6,000.00-$7,000.00 on a short loan with which to do the grading of a 9 & 3/5 miles of their road, which will enable him to get 75% of $30,000.00 amounting to $22,500.00 and asks for Miller's assistance in obtaining that money, so to proceed with work at once, and wishes to mortgage the road for over $300,000.00 and perhaps a good deal less than that. 

Folder 18: July 18, 1895 McCreery to Miller: McCreery writes to Miller about issue of Mr. Wright wishing to rent the ground on which his tram road is now located on Mill Creek; McCreery states he had been paying Laing & Kay $50.00 per year for the same privilege throughout their land. 

Folder 19: July 19, 1895 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that if Mr. Wright wishes to use his land anymore than the price will be $100.00 for the privilege. 

Folder 20: August 5, 1895 McCreery to Miller: Enclosed is engineers report, Maps &c., for their Hinton and New River RR regarding the right of way matter with the N&W, McCreery waits anxiously to hear back from Miller on his thoughts. 

Folder 21: August 24, 1895 McCreery to Miller: Enclosed McCreery sends a copy of the charter of the Hinton, New River, and Western Ry, seeing that the capital stock was put in at $50,000.00, stating it has been very much increased as the law directs by the board of directors. The charter is in good shape and had been pronounced by the attorneys. McCreery also states he will send a copy of the line by Mr. Kello, the engineer. McCreery states Miller can go to New York with him if he wishes, just waiting to her back from Mr. Maben first; McCreery reminds Miller to talk to him about Miller selling him steel for the road. 

Folder 22: September 26, 1895 McCreery to Miller: McCreery telegrams Miller: "Have chance to place bonds, should I wait on Mayben." 

Folder 23: September 26, 1895 Miller to McCreery: Miller telegrams McCreery: "Would wire Mayben and if he could not please them, do it yourself." 

Folder 24: September 30, 1895 McCreery to Miller: McCreery requests what Miller quoted Mr. Wright have the privilege to use/rent his land for use of tram road at $100.00 for the year, with exception up to 5 years. McCreery also states his ongoings with the Chicago people and promises to send Miller the name of the firm in a few days and wishes him an entire recover from his troubles and that Miller returns home in good health. 

Folder 25: October 5, 1895 McCreery to Miller: Enclosed is a "short and simple" contract for J. R. Beaty & Co., for the tram road right of way, McCreery requests Miller attend to it at once and to let him have it as soon as possible. 

Folder 26: February 28, 2896 Miller to McCreery: Miller states, due to delay of him being in New York, he was sorry to be absent, but was disappointed to hear of the railroad matters in connection with Major. Miller discusses a conversation he had with "Dacey" about McCreery, and how Miller believes he will do all and everything that is right, "He is a sharp shrewd man and of course will make the best trade he can for himself, but if he gives you his promise to do a thing, I believe he will do it." Miller states he will be going to New York in the course of the week. 

Folder 27: February 28, 1896 Miller to General W. G. Dacy: Miller states he was not able to call in as to interview McCreery has as Miller had been in New York, but then called back home in consequence of the death of his mother. Miller discusses issue with McCreery's railway charter and their mutual friend, the Major, almost giving away the scheme between Hinton and the Norfolk & Western to the Norfolk & Western and the C&O at some opposition to McCreery obtaining the railway charter. Miller advises Dacy he helped get McCreery's charter through legislature, and how he should reexamine the situation, as they both have strong influences to go up against if necessary. 

Folder 28: February 28, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller states Edward Echol's was with Miller last night and had told him that McCreery's bill has passed and wanted Miller to write McCreery reminding him that the fees are due within 90 days or otherwise his charter would be nulled and void, not knowing charges Miller suggests McCreery correspond with Echol's himself or the Secretary of the State. 

Folder 29: March 4, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller states on his return home from Cincinnati, General Dacy had replied to Miller's letter discussing the issue with the Major; Miller enclosed Dacy's letter to McCreery with "The strictest confidence" due to Miller not wanting Major to find out he had written Dacy to get this matter straightened out. Miller states that he expects to be in Boston in the next few days and if McCreery is in New York, they should try and meet up. 

Folder 30: March 25, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Enclosed Miller sends McCreery a paper in refrence to the change of subscription on the Glade Creek Coal Land Associaiton, asking him to sign above George Hull's name and to return it. Also, Miller enclosed a letter from Mr. Libbey asking questions which Miller referred to McCreery. Miller states that he wishes to know what McCreery has received on Glade Creek property account since last staement, and what success in the RR matter. 

Folder 31: March 28, 1896 McCreery to Miller: Enclosed McCreery sends two copies of an agreement to pass upon; one drawn by Atty. Jackson and the other by Avery the Atty., For D. McCreery requests that he had Jackson draw another in conformity with the original and points contained in Miller's letter, outlining the money to be refunded to McCreery. 

Folder 32: April 6, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery states he received a letter from Mr. Carper of Raleigh Co., ststaing that the dwelling house on the Beatley pack farm was burned by someone; "the man who lived on the farm last year had just moved out and another party was fixing to move into the house. Some cut throat did this to get the pasture and fruit from the place and wanted to keep anyone from moving in the house." McCreery states the house which had only two rooms, was worth $50.00 but did the job and is looking to rebuild before they try to burn down the fence and orchard too; "these farms at this time hoewever are more trouble than profit, on account of the class of renters that we have to submit to a worthless class of people and you can never get anything out of them." 

Folder 33: April 9, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses the destruction of the farm house on the Bartley pack place as in McCreery's last letter suggesting Miller build another house-"excuse me - I do not care to spend any more money to be burned up in this way when you consider the fact that the Bartley pack farm has cost me $15,000.00 and I have not received $0.15 on it since I have had it as a matter of income." Miller states if McCreery can find and make a deal with some "snake hunter's" of that region, 1 year rent for $50.00 house would be sufficient. 

Folder 34: April 23, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Enclosed Miller sent a copy of a letter which he received from Brown, Jackson & Knight about the Glade Creek and Raleigh Railroad Co., and how Miller hopes they can put a check into these people. 

Folder 35: April 24, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery states an idea on how the county can help issue bonds to aid in the building of the C&O RR about Piney, to the extent of $30,000.00-$50,000.00 by guaranteeing to build 25 miles of road within a 12-18 month period, telling Miller to keep quiet as competition goes between the C*O and the N&W. 

Folder 36: April 24, 1896 McCreery to Miller: Enclosed is a letter from Brown, Jackson & Knight, stating that he is glad to know there is still a chance of stopping "those people on Glade. I have felt however all the while we would eventually get them in our power and I think we will catch them on other points before long." 

Folder 37: April 25, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller discusses McCreery's last letter stating the road up Piney and the probability of getting Raleigh county to subscribe bonds to build a road up that river. Miller states he is going to Boston next week and will talk with people interested in the upper Piney lands, to get their ineterest in the matter. Miller states he will be in West Virginia a short time after arriving back from Boston. 

Folder 38: April 27, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery tells Miller if he needs any more information, or maps as to interest the parties on upper Piney land, he will be glad to aid Miller in any way; "I think that if you will show them the route up Bluestone to Piney and the opportunity to reach the Norfolk & Western as well as the C&O by this route and the competition it will develop between the two roads, that it would present an attractive inducement for them to aid in the development of our property." 

Folder 39: May 12, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery states that Young Mr. Barksdale, son of Dr. Barskdale, who is out of employment, and McCreery writes Miller as request from the Dr., as he is a good honest man, capable of working as a clerk in a store or any such business, that Miller can offer him. McCreerys states to push Ingalls if he can. 

Folder 40: May 14, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery states that Mr. Barksdale will send his refrences as requested. As to pushing Mr. Ingalls, McCreery tells Miller it is to keep him in proper light of the situation, and to make sure there is no interference. McCreerys states there are $5.00 and $15.00 lands along Piney they should get before the public hears of th C&O are to build there. 

Folder 41: May 18, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller tells McCreery he has no place yet for Mr. Barksdale, but requests he list out his qualifications and make an application stating his experiences in buisness and with whom. Miller also states that when seeing Mr. Ingalls last week, he voluntarily brought up the matter of a RR up Piney, and said he would discuss matter with Mr. Morgan once he returned from Europe. Miller believes Ingalls has a land scheme in the works. 

Folder 42: May 19, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery writes on behalf of Mr. Carpenter and Boxley who are building the road for J. R. Beaty & Co., in refrence to getting ties from the land of Low and our tracts; they only want small timber of cheap varieties, McCreery stating that he doesn't feel they should favor him, thinking nor would Miller, "give them an inch and they will take a mile." 

Folder 43: June 26, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreerys states he will start to New York either Monday or Tuesday next, to see what can be done there with their RR, stating he has everything done to place a mortgage and bond the road; McCreery requests Mr. Jackson's address of Glade Creek, and how he plans to see him, a lawyer, Frederick S. Wait, Rubino and other brokers and bankers trying to collect $250,000.00 as to McCreerys road will be built in 6 months, offering Miller to go into the deal, as once built, there will be two or three roads wanting to buy it. McCreery states he is going to try to work some "little poleticks" in this scheme and get money out of Republicans. 

Folder 44: June 26, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery states that Beaty & Co., have abandoned their grade that they were making up the mountain from Glade Creek to their mill and adopted another line through their land, giving them a case of damage against them, if that is true. McCreery asks Miller if he had heard about anyone buying up timber from Mr. Low between Glade Creek and Mill Creek, and how they should buy all the timber he has, which would put them in a good position to start a lumber buisness. 

Folder 45: June 26, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery states that there is about 600 acres of mineral, part surface and mineral on Glade Creek adjoining their part at Glade Creek that can now be bought from $7.00-$10.00 per acre. McCreery advises the purchase to increase their coal area and acreage, stating the tracts front Glade Creek. 

Folder 46: June 27, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that he believes McCreery will have success in New York with his railroad matter, and that Mr. Jackson "of Glade Creek Fame" does not live in New York, but is a Boston man, and thinks it would do no good to see him, as he is a member of the firm of Lee Higginson & C0., 44 State Street, Boston. 

Folder 47: June 27, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller states that an injunction to stop J. R. Beaty & Co., be done, as if what McCreery states is true, they were to be confined to the identical line which was condemned, and if not, it was not described. Miller also states he did not hear of Low selling any timber, but does not want to combine his land with theirs any way. 

Folder 48: June 27, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller writes in reply to McCreery's about Glade Creek land, and how he does not believe the Glade Creek Association would buy the land at any price just now. "The general condition of business and the investments these people have made seems to be rather annoying to them to present and I do not care to make any proposition to them about buying lands." Miller also asks whos land is it, the mineral of which McCreery says can be bought. 

Folder 49: July 11, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he has no buisness in New York and can't afford to go for pleasure, so won't be meeting McCreery there, but asks what he has been up to, how he expects to get $5,000.00 out of him, and states he heard from Hotchkiss that they will be extending to Atlantic & Danville to a meeting point with the Virginia railways. 

Folder 50: July 30, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery states he returned from New York and that he closed a contract with parties there for the construction of his road. Political rant McCreery goes off on about a political "infernal election." (2nd page to letter appears to be missing from collection.) 

Folder 51: July 30, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery states that J. R. Beaty & Co., switched lines to a very exepensive one, and to McCreery's suggestion at going and crossing the creek higher and following the road down to the bottom, that they would have a better line and use considerable less amount of money, and they requested that McCreery write the trustee (Miller) to ask for permission; McCreery states he is writing him, but plans to deny them anyway, so that they will soon have them in their power, as the attorneys advised. 

Folder 52: August 5, 1896 McCreery to Miller: Enclosed find McCreery's account against C.C.C.L.A. as agent for the year of 1896, which when collected McCreery desires Miller to settle his account with Miller for a car of coal, which amounts to $24.58, and balance he wishes to deal out in groceries for the family, if Miller will wholesale them to him. 

Folder 53: August 5, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller acknowledges bill against the Chicago Coking Coal Land Association (C.C.C.L.A.) and had forwarded to Chicago. Miller tells McCreery to send what groceries he wants and Miller would give wholesale prices provided he buys whole packages, and not to tell anybody about it. Miller states he is laid up in bed with fever. 

Folder 54: August 7, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller's brother, J. Mason Miller Jr., writes to McCreery that he is sending him a box which he will like better than the other ones. (Letter hard to decipher.) 

Folder 55: August 27, 1896 Scott to McCreery: Scott says he found 3.23 ties cut from west side of land- Low land, making agreements with Low's for the ties. 

Folder 56: September 8, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller returns Scott's letter which McCreery had sent him discussing Mr. Scott's observation of 3.23 ties cut and deal made with Low's. Miller requests to know what they say about the line shift and trespassing. 

Folder 57: September 15, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he cannot help McCreery raise money in which he states he is in urgent need of, and advises McCreery not to mortgage his property for money if it is for his railroad scheme. 

Folder 58: October 5, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery states he can sell a little coal to Mr. Wright for his RR up Glade Creek, and in correlation will open the seam up at Fire Creek to see what coal developments can be made. McCreery states they will pay $0.05 a ton of coal, as to them then not having to extend their RR another mile or so to their own coal, as they would open the vein then too; McCreery thinks they will use between 2-4 tons a day. McCreery states he is sorry to hear of Miller's loss in Stuanton, and hope its not as bad as represented stating, "The storm must have been terrible there." 

Folder 59: October 6, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he referred to Mr. Fay the issue of allowing Wright to open coal on Glade Creek. Miller also states the reports which McCreery heard about the flood in Staunton arn't exaggerated; "It is the worst wreck of the character I ever saw in my life. It swept a very large amount of coal off my yard, and lumber and all manner of things, drowned seven heads of animals, carried stables, coal sheds, lumber sheds &c., entirely off the premises. Water cover the floor of my warehouse loaded with groceries destroying much of it. I find it will be all ok, please return this to me." 

Folder 60: October 23, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Replying to issue of Beaty & Co., cutting timber off their land, asking if McCreery has gotten any more reliable and definite information on this matter, stating it would probably not pay off to go into litigation with them on the matter, but still to call them to a halt on trespassing. 

Folder 61: November 6, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery states an issue of Beaty & Co., cutting timber on their land, he had matter looked into, and agrees with Miller it is not wise policy to get into litigation at this time. 

Folder 62: November 6, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery states matter of Wright to get coal from properties, and Miller forwarded to Mr. Fay, who agreed to ship all the coal they can handle to do their lumber buisness. McCreery believs the seam at Fire Creek will be about 48in, stating coal at Glade Creek to be much more valuable than originally thought. McCreery also discusses 500-600 acres adjoining their property further up the creek, and how they should purchase. 

Folder 63: November 17, 1896 McCreery to Miller: McCreery states while Miller is in New York to find out what has come of the Virginia Railways movements with Dacy Hotchkiss enterprise, stating he entered a contract with them in July and they have failed to carry out any part of it, and haven't heard anything since October 23, 1896 from them. McCreery thinks if Miller could go to their office he can be a real help to him (No. 30 Broad Street), hoping Mr. Ingalls hasn't interfered or their playing false with him, but if so will drop them and continue on with his road building. 

Folder 64: November 28, 1896 Miller to McCreery: Miller states if they want to take coal from our lands than it woud be at normal price, $0.10, and will make a deal with them if they agree, but can't touch land till its made and states "if Kay is foolish enough to lease his own land at $0.05 and pay $0.10 to somebody else, why let him do it." 

Folder 65: January 4, 1897 Miller to McCreery: Miller states he wont be in New York for very long, and will want to see McCreery to discuss proposition on Raleigh lands. 

Folder 66: January 26, 1987 Miller to McCreery: Miller apologizes that they did not meet up, but gave McCreery plenty of notice he was leaving. Miller states he does not want to sell any land, as to him not being well enough to attend to the matter at present, stating also he did not but them to sell them; Miller states he is to leave in a day or two for southern California. 

Folder 67: June 8, 1897 J. E. Henderson to McCreery: Henderson writes to McCreery as requested by J. Mason Miller Jr., to convey the confirmation of the sad message advising of Mr. M. Erskine Miller's death at Redlands, California on Sunday night last. Henderson states "Would you please let your brother know. It does not seem possible for one to realize Mr. Miller is no more - he was truly a tower of strength to so many - If you cannot understand the working of providence." 

Folder 68: June 8, 1897 H. Caperton to McCreery: Caperton states how he had heard the news of Mr. Miller's death at Redlands, California on the night of the 6th, and states how they are supposed to arrive in Staunton Saturday evening on the No. 1 with Miller's body. 

Folder 69: June 9, 1897 J. E. Henderson to McCreery: Henderson informs McCreery per J. M. Miller Jr., that he is to meet Miller's remains in New Orleans and should arrive Staunton on Monday evening, the 14th at 7 o'clock, services held Tuesday at the Trinity Church in Staunton. 

Folder 70: June 17, 1897 J. M. Miller Jr to McCreery: Miller Jr., tells McCreery to meet with John Hooe Russell, as he wishes to discuss a matter with McCreery; Miller states that he has known no other man other than his own son and father who he is as close with than Russell, and states he knows no one more true or reliable; 31 years they have been close relatives. Miller expresses his gratitude for McCreery attending his brothers passing procession. 

Folder 71: August 5, 1897 J. M. Miller Jr to McCreery: Miller discusses McCreery's last letter stating fees due on Davis land and enclosed in Miller's letter is two checks for davis, $30.00 & $10.00 to settle matter. 

Folder 72: August 12, 1897 J. M. MIller Jr to McCreery: Miller Jr discusses McCreery's last letter bringing attention to Lewis Williams tract of land situated within Russell, Ensign and Miller lands, and advises the purchase at $8.00 per acre, but "I beg to explain that I as executor have no authority for making investments of this kind for the benefit of my brothers estate, and personally I have no means to invest in this way." Miller Jr suggests McCreery bring this matter to either Russell or Ensign and maybe they would be interested in purchasing. 

Folder 73: October 12, 1897 J. M. Miller Jr to McCreery: Miller Jr states in negotiation the sale of lands of his brothers estate, he requests McCreery not sell and make sure they don't end up in the hands of the C&O RR company or Mr. Ingalls, as it would be fatal to the interest of coal operators along the New River coal fields. Miller Jr states, "I do not think these lands ought to be considered for sale at a less value than $50.00 per acre." 

Folder 74: February 4, 1898 Geo. H. Hull to McCreery: Hull discusses an issue with an arrangement with Brown, Jackson & Knight and a suit, and asks McCreery to try and make a more favorable agreement with them as to a retainer. 

Folder 75: February 21, 1898 A. J. Ingrham to McCreery: Ingraham writes to McCreery discussing how he had wrote to parties expressing land for sale, 7,000 acres, and Ohio people wrote back stating that they noticed the coal field he has proposed to sell lies acorss the river from the C&O RR and if it is the case, the Ohio people state "It would necessitate a very heavy expense of bridging the river.' Ingraham supposes that 1,000 or 2,000 acres will suit them, and referred matter to McCreery to correspond and close up. 

Folder 76: February 25, 1898 Geo. H. Hull to McCreery: Hull states that all Staunton parties are opposed to employing Brown, Jackson & Knight, stating that they are they type of lawyers that want you to do all the work, and they draw the pay, but suggest using R. L. Parrish instead based in Covington, and they can call on him and won't have to pay a retainer. Hull tells McCreery to close matter up nicely with Brown, Jackson & Knight in case they may need them later on. 

Folder 77: February 28, 1898 Geo. H. Hull to McCreery: Hull states Hotchkiss had talked with president Gates of the Illinois Steel Co., last Friday and Hull believes best if only either McCreery or Hotchkiss deal with the matter of finding purchaser for the Illinois Steel Co., interest in the property of the Chicago Coking Coal Land Association (C.C.C.L.A.) instead of both of them, to better their chances and strengthen their relationship, then bouncing back between two seperate people. (Hull sent copy of letter to Miller, Hotchkiss, Bell & Catlett.) 

Folder 78: March 20, 1898 H. Lee Higginson to McCreery: Higginson of Lee Higginson & Co., out of Boston, requests a map showing the approximate location of Glade Creek coal lalnds and also those of the Piney Coking Coal Land Association. Higginson also asks if McCreery can sketch on the map the proposed line of the C&O RR, and McCreery's proposition in relation to the new branch line. 

Folder 79: July 8, 1899 J. M. Miller Jr to McCreery: Miller Jr explains confusion between himself, McCreery, and as interested party to purcahse lands, Mr. Libby; Miller states he had the correct number of acreage as he took the numbers only from deeds made up, totalling 3,221 acres, the 4,153 acres is a matter that rests with McCreery as the tracts lay in his name. Miller enclosed a copy of letter he sent to Libbey explaining situation, and tells McCreery Libby is familiar with all land on Piney, Paint Creek, Glade Creek, Morgan Drexell & Co., and Coit lands and refers matter to McCreery to clear up as to what he has optioned him. 

Folder 80: July 8, 1899 J. M. Miller Jr to Fred'k A. Libbey: Miller Jr's letter sent to Libbey explaining land issue with land he is interested in purchasing and McCreerys. Miller Jr quotes McCreery's letter that he received identifying and clarifying how much land is in his possession, who owns it, and who he co-owns some of them with. Miller states that hopefully this breakdown of the properties will clear the issue up and to use it with the map he had sent to see where the properties are in relation to one another. 

Folder 81: July 26, 1899 J. M. Miller Jr to McCreery: Miller Jr states he had not heard from Libby or Hull for some weeks, but states he does not plan to bother them, due to him having the up most faith in them in consolidating the lands and doing what is best for all involved. Miller reminds McCreery once beginning correspondence with Libby he asked for strict confidence in this matter, under no circumstance is the deal to go public. 

Folder 82: August 12, 1899 J. M. Miller Jr to McCreery: Miller Jr discusses how Russell and Ensign had agreed to extend options till October 31st, to get all land deals done by then between Hull, Mr. Fay and Libby. Miller Jr states it was always conditioned that options covering the Estate lands of M. Erskine Miller be with inconjunction with other various lands must be taken as well, such as Miller's options covering the Paint Creek land. Miller Jr states they have plenty of time and plenty of options, as if the deal falls through there are plenty of coal operators ready to come in on Piney and make contracts. 

Folder 83: October 16, 1899 Geo. H. Hull to McCreery: Hull enclosed a letter from Chas. H. Foote and a copy of his reply letter. Hull asks McCreery to send him copy of leases made in Pocahontas district and the New River district and enlcose a list of peoples names and adresses of any parties they could possibly make leases with. 

Folder 84: October 24, 1899 Geo. H. Hull to McCreery: Hull acknowledges form of lease McCreery had sent him, he made a copy and enclosed original back to him in this letter. Hull states Mr. Avery and Mr. Libby had come to see him several times, and are working on the matter, but nothng has been accomplished yet. Hull also acknowledges McCreery's letter with issue of proposition from Mr. Avery from Mr. Foote, and to advise Hull once he hears from Mr. Caperton and Mr. Langhorne in relation to their wish to take leases on the iron property. 

Folder 85: November 27, 1899 J. M. Miller Jr to McCreery: Miller Jr enclosed a letter from Hull from the 22nd, and states per Mr. Mackubin they are proposing to reduce their purcahse, to a limited acerage. Miller Jr discusses the importance and in joining the Chicago lands and Paint Creek lands together, and lands belonging to McCreery and his brother at $60.00 to $65.00 an acre. Miller Jr states that interest is gradually growing less each year in these lands, and if they can't be sold together, must do what is best, but leaves matter to Hull and McCreery to work out with the Guggenheims. 

Folder 86: December 29, 1899 J. M. Miller Jr to McCreery: Miller Jr discusses land matter of Chicago lands in connection for sale with Paint Creek and to urge the Guggenheims to buy at $50.00 to $55.00 an acre, then to do it, stating he's been authorized per Russell and Ensign to agree to sale of lands. 

Folder 87: January 1, 1900 J. M. Miller Jr to McCreery: Miller Jr discusses how his plan all along was to consolidate all lands and then organize them into a good land company, hence receiving stock, one share per one acre, and would receive good paying dividendes in the way of royalties with a flat sale. Miller Jr still hopes Glade Creek lands, Piney lands, the Estate lands, the Paint Creek lands, Chicago lands, and McCreery's lands get organized into one, as the same basis of the Flat Top Coal Land Association, and then enter into lease contracts with people who are ready and willing. 

Folder 88: January 17, 1900 J. M. Miller Jr to McCreery: Miller Jr advises McCreery of a possible land deal of the Chicago land, McCreery land, and the Russel or Paint Creek lands, per Hull's letter Miller Jr received stating he had a party now on the string who would take lands, priced at $75.00 an acre. Miller Jr also states he is working with some coal operators on leases for land on Piney, covering Miller and McCreery's individual lands. 

Folder 89: March 12, 1900 Geo. H. Hull to McCreery: Memorandum agreement with trustee's of Chicago Coking Coal Land Associaiton that lands should be sold at this time, each trustee signing and giving their seals, at sale of $50.00 per acre. Trustees: E. J. Buffington, Chas. H. Foote, & Geo. H. Hull. (March 14, 1900 Hull sends copy of memorandum agreement of C.C.C.L.A. lands enclosed in his letter to McCreery.) 

Folder 90: March 14, 1900 Geo. H. Hull to McCreery: Hull enclosed copy of memorandum agreement for Chicago Coking Coal Land Association (In previous folder #89with date of March 12, 1900) to McCreery. Hull states Mr. Ford of Hinton came by to see him and stated he could buy at $50.00 per acre if not sold first; Hull states Ford wanted him to buy his interest in the Chicago lands and work jointly. Hull states he has a man from Lynchburg, VA, Mr. Lee who shows interest in Chicago lands, and Ford has a man by the name of Morgan from Chillicothe, Ohio interested. 

Folder 91: April 19, 1900 Geo. H. Hull to McCreery: Hull states in reply to McCreery's letter stating he had found a purchaser of Chicago lands from a man, Mr. Patterson. Hull states there are already three other parties trying to gain funds to do the same, but if Mr. Patterson gets to work quickly he could be the first and ready to buy. Hull states he recently sold a coal plant on the New River, whos profits were at its poorest last year between 14% & 15% net; but this year with the coal export buisness growing enormously, its expected at 50% net. 

Folder 92: May 1, 1900 F. T. Lee to Geo. H. Hull: Lee discusses his proposition of examining the property himself that way he can give a clear opinion to his friends "leaving no stone unturned." Lee asks for assistance in the matter of a statement listing corners and bounds if no one is available to go with him. (Copy of letter sent to McCreery by Hull.) 

Folder 93: May 4, 1900 J. M. Miller Jr to McCreery: Miller discusses letter from Mr. Libby in which he lists figures he has put upon certain coal lands at Piney, and encloses letter from McCreery, and Miller's letter of reply. Miller Jr states he has no authority fixing prices of any lands in question, but Paint Creek; Miller suggests to refer anybody interested in those lands be directed to Libby or Hull. 

Folder 94: May 5, 1900 Geo. H. Hull to F. T. Lee: Hull acknowledges receiving Lee's letter stating his personal examination of the lands in question as to give clear information to his friends, and to speak confidently of such an examiantion; Hull states McCreery can be of any assistance, and forwards the letter to him. 

Folder 95: May 10, 1900 Geo. H. Hull to McCreery: Hull states he received a letter from Chas. H. Foote which reads as follows: "Replying to your favor of May 5th enclosing copies of letters from Edwin M. Keatley and one from Jas. T. McCreery would say that neither Mr. Buffington or myself have changed our opinion regarding leases on this property. We do not care to lease. The Property is for sale." 

Folder 96: May 4, 1901 J. M. Miller Jr to Fredrick A. Libby: Miller Jr writes in reply to Libby stating that he may have found some foreign friends intrested in the property in question. Miller Jr states if it can be joined together with property at Paint Creek, $75.00 an acre is good for both, and Mr. Jno. Hooe Russell and Mr. Ensign are willing to cooperate to advance this sale. 

Box 6: Copybook containing correspondence of James T. McCreery with investors and potential investors in coal, timber, and land - October 1887-October 1891. 

Box 7: Copybook containing correspondence of James T. McCreery with investors and potential investors in coal, timber, and land - August 1894-November 1897. 

Box 8: Copybook containing correspondence of James T. McCreery with investors and potential investors in coal, timber, and land - November 1897 - December 1898. 

Box 9: Copybook containing correspondence of James T. McCreery with investors and potential investors in coal, timber, and land - December 1898 -June 1900.