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[73] James E. Wolff, who had for years conducted a hat store on Sycamore Street, whereby Captain Wolff and himself were to go into partnership for carrying on the business of hatters. Captain Wolff brought him around to my law office on Lombard Street, which was then very much dismantled by the shot and shell that, from time to time, had invaded its walls, and asked me to prepare the articles of agreement, which I did, and received for my work, from the well-to-do-looking sutler, a fee of ten dollars, which he paid me with a brand-new ten—dollar greenback—the first, I believe, I ever saw.

This stroke of good fortune made me supremely happy, and must have manifested itself in my very countenance, as it was soon noised about among my friends and acquaintances that I had money, and I had numerous applications for loans, which I made very freely, in sums ranging from twenty-five cents to $1, having first reserved enough to purchase for myself a pound of cheese, a pound of coffee, and a box of sardines. I remember that Colonel William R. Johnson, a man of high position and property, entered a sutler's store, where I was making these purchases, and that I shared with him my good fortune by lending him a dollar.

Your friend and comrade,


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