|APRIL 2001||Volume 3 Number 2|
An excerpt of a letter to Mr. Hale from the Connecticut Credit Bureau, Hartford, July 16, 1927
Mr. Charles R. Hale
State Military Necrologist
Memorial Hall, 1935 swearing in of James Brewster as Assistant Librarian by Chief Justice William Maltbie.
Re: Case Lockwood & Brainard Claim - $28.25
"You seem to pay no attention at all to our courteous efforts to adjust this account. If you suppose that by assuming an attitude of indifference the account will be forgotten or charged to charity YOU ARE MISTAKEN!
There are other ways to collect bills than by writing letters and perhaps the information already obtained will enable the enforcement of collection without further notice. We never like to make inquiries among neighbors or have a debtor called to a telephone, or ask the co-operation of an employer in collecting a bill, nor do we like to send telegrams or have representatives call at a debtors place of employment or business. But bills are collected by such methods as you know. And then when it reaches the point where attachment or summons to Court is necessary there is added expense for the debtor to pay in the form of writ fees of the sheriff and lawyer.
You have had your choice of adjusting this account on peaceful terms or of having forceful measures employed. We have offered you reasonable and easy payment terms and have done our best to prevent any inconvenience, annoyance or expense for you and we still stand ready to meet you more than half way on any reasonable arrangements for settlement. But if our letters are treated with CONTEMPT are not FORCEFUL COLLECTION METHODS TO BE EMPLOYED?
Before the next step we shall wait a few days to see whether or not you have anything at all to say. And if we do not hear from you blame no one but yourself for what may happen towards the collection of this bill, and take notice that this is a FORMAL DEMAND for payment of the amount due. Bring or mail payment to this office."
Did Mr. Hale pay his debt? We do not know. However, since he is in the 1935 photograph above, can we conclude that the debt was settled amicably?
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