[Maillefert & Raasloff to Begly, 25 Aug 1854]MONTREAL, 25th August, 1854.
Sir,-I have just had an interview with Mr. MacIver, and learn from him that as yet he has received no instructions from the Department relative to the documents to be drawn up relative to the contemplated payment of £1000 to us, as mentioned in the letter from the Department, of 3rd instant. Allow me to say that we are prepared to furnish two good men who are willing to sign a document to the effect, and that we shall perform the work for which the Commissioners shall advance the moneys, otherwise that they (the sureties) shall repay the moneys advanced. Mr. MacIver considers such a document sufficient, and promised to recommend to the Department this mode of arranging the matter, whereby all the difficulties with which the other arrangements hitherto proposed axe connected would be entirely avoided.
Allow me, under these circumstances, most respectfully to express the wish that the Department would be pleased to furnish Mr. MacIver with instructions to draw up the Documents above mentioned, which will have to be signed by the two sureties.
Your most obedient servant,
Of the Firm MAILLEFERT & RAASLOFF.
Thomas A. Begly, Esquire,
Secretary, Department Public Works,
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