July 25, 1917
Mr. T. J. Harkness
In reply to yours of the 23 inst. in regard to the desired reduction would say it is an utter impossibility to alter prices.
As for the casket the buyer asked for the best I had, choosing the $75 one rather than $50 or $60. For the benefit of your competent undertaker the casket number is 619C panel.
Then as to the Embalmer’s fees (and aslo was engaged by buyer) I am well aware that $10, is the usual charge for any ordinary case in town or near vicinity, but this was no ordinary case, requiring double quantity of fluid otherwise necessary, besides the Embalmer’s Railroad expenses (for 53 miles and return) meals and lodging from 3.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. the next night.
As I said before this was no ordinary case. We had to go 1½ miles through the woods after leaving train, then another mile by water, taking casket with us. We then took body to an island where we embalmed it and brought it back to Mowat Lodge Cemetery where we buried it.
However if you refuse to pay bill as rendered I will collect from buyer saving you some unnecessary trouble.