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Brooklyn NY. Feb'y 8. 1882
Genl. John Newton U.S.A.
Col. Thos Lincoln Casey U.S.A.
Examining Engineers N.Y. Brooklyn Bridge
&c. &c. &c.
I have received your letter of yesterday's date and in reply beg to say that before you retire as proposed, I would like to consult the Executive Committee of the Bridge, that the authority necessary to engage the needed assistants and Computers may be had.
I have no doubt of being able to accomplish this, from the result of a similar application in the case of the Examining accountants.
Allow me to add that I should consider it a great misfortune for you to retire now, and therefore I beg to express the hope that you will re-consider the immediate step proposed by you. I have supposed that