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 - Keep Calm, Drake Advises To the officers of the...
Keep Calm, Drake Advises To the officers of the oil company which hired him, Drake directed this letter. Written in Titusville on March 24, I860, five months after the first well, it says: "Dear Friends, Bowditch and Townsend. Your telegrams just received. I have been down sick. Will have the oil shipped Tuesday as I cannot get cars before that time. Will come to New Haven as soon as possible. Don't get excited over anything you hear. Our second well is a good one. Yours, etc., E. L. Drake." Three comments are deserved: (1) Drake was sick again, as usual; (2) cars for hauling oil were scarce—and would continue to be for years; (3) Drake was over-optimistic about the second well. It never was "good." well known story of Brewer, Eveleth, Bissell and others and Silliman's hire drilling find in plans salt Smith hole problem feet battering windlass. was begun the middle 'Black On 27, as dropped of found Upper

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  1. The Titusville Herald,
  2. 24 Aug 1959, Mon,
  3. Page 203

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