February 5th, 1904.
Hon. Timothy L. Woodruff.
#2 West 38th Street.
I have secured, for a few days, the refusal to purchase two new high grade American Basement dwellings, each 25 feet in width by one-half the block in depth, and admirably situated. They are steam heated, have the most improved electric elevators and electric lights with the best possible plumbing, are well planned and handsome.
On account of the very peculiar exigencies of the case, my option permits the sale of either of the two houses at a price $25000 under actual cost, and easily $35000 less than their real value.
I am not permit[t]ed to communicate my information, the terms of my refusal, nor even to particularly designate the houses except in a confident[i]al interview.
Fully convinced that both of these houses will be sold in the next few days, I will be pleased if you will be one of the men to embrace this exceptional opportunity to secure so desirable a house so advantageously.
Suiting my convenience to yours, I will call to see you at any hour you may name, if you will do me the favor to make such appointment. A very few minutes will suffice to say all that needs to be said.
Will you kindly direct your secretary to telephone this office or write when it will be convenient to see me.