Plain Language

Skidmore merchants often posted notices asking customers to settle their accounts at the end of a year.  J. F. Kellogg had his own plainspoken approach to this kind of notice in the April 15, 1904 Skidmore Standard:

I am making arrangements to go away for some time after May 1st.  If I do not settle by that time with those who owe me it will not be my fault, as that is what I am here for now.  After May 1st if you find your account in the hands of the justice of the peace for collection, don’t blame me as I have already placed two months of my time at your disposal.

Very truly,
J. F. Kellogg

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