History of Seattle Municipal Railway's Division C, the streetcar line that once connected Burien with White Center and Seattle.
August 18, 2005
Letter requesting forgiveness of debt

This form letter was sent to all creditors of the HP&LB, asking for forginess of debt. Only the header was changed. This particular copy was found in the Puget Power files at the University of Washington Special Collections.

Seattle, Wa. Nov. 3 1913.

Puget Sound, T. L. & P. Co.,


After several months of continuous effort on the part of the property owners along the line of Highland Park & Lake Burien R.R., the Council of the City of Seattle has finally agreed to accept the property of this company as a gift, the same to be operated as a part of the Municipal Ry. System, provided the Company will deliver the same free and clear of all indebtedness.

To enable the Company to comply with this requirement, it will be necessary to realize about Thirty-five Thousand Dollars ($35000.00) by absolute donations.

If this cannot be done, the road will be torn up by the parties who now hold it, under judgment foreclosure, and the stockholders and creditors will suffer a loss of about One hundred and twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($125000.00) while the territory benefited by this road would be without transportation facilities for an indefinite time, probably many years.

You are one of the creditors of this Company, we desire at this time to thank you for the credit extended, and it will be necessary to show the City Council full and complete satisfaction of your account, before they will accept the property. This committee has been appointed by the Board of Trustees to secure a release of all such claims, and feeling that, you will waive your claim, as a donation, in the event we are able to make the delivery to the city.

We are enclosing herewith a satisfaction of the same for your signature and return in the enclosed envelope, and trust you will see fit to help the cause by signing the same at once.

We might state further that the Company is hopelessly involved, and any accounts against it are absolutely uncollectible.

Regretting the necessity of asking this of you, and thabking [sic] you in advance for your compliance with the request, we remain,

Sincerely yours,
Jas. F. McElroy, Chairman,
W. H. Murphy,
F. A. Ausman,
Committee on Claims
Highland Park & Lake Burien R.R.
(Signed) F W Mitchell, Sec.

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