|Seneca Falla, Seneca County N.Y.|
June 27th 1853
Broth Stephen Sherwood
Dear Sir Permite me to inform you that we are all as well as usual although I have been somewhat unfortunate this spring my business became so overdone at Auburn I though to better myself by changing my location but I found that I have made a bad matter worse although prices were better yet I ____ my cash sales were very tight and most of my customers wanted credit by means of which I was unable to meet my notes and was obliged to close up my business at quite a sacrifice I shall be unable at present to do any business in my own name and I thought if you thought there was a good chance for Boot and shoe trade in some of the large towns near you and you would furnish 8 or 10 hundred Dollars I would try and make out as much more and have the business done in your own name entirely I shall be in New York after 8 or 10 days I expect and if you do not answer this letter so that I will be likely to get it before that time you had better direct your letter to New York direct to me tothe care of John H Fowler give our best respects to the family and let me hear your mind on this subject as soon as convenient
Yours truly ___ Ge (George) Tiffany
George Tiffany was the brother-in-law of Stephen Sherwood. George was married to Stephen's older sister, Polly (1807-1879). Auburn is about fifteen miles from Seneca Falls.