Well, he wrote on that same day, September 17. Here is the astounding letter that was written by an officer of this department, the Commissioner of Lands, who had all these lands under his particular care as lease issuer.
Ottawa, September, 17, 1908.
My dear Howard,-I just wired you to-day not to act on my letter of the 15th until you saw Griffis. I have just seen a friend of his here who tells me that possibly Gilmour will hold you up for one-quarter or one-third interest in the business, and I do not want to put you in that position, and unless Griffis can get Gilmour's withdrawal for a very trifling amount it would be better not to go near him at all, and we will issue the lease to Griffis.