This third letter is written February 15th 1897

[This third letter is written February 15th 1897 to another gentleman who is now unknown to us, but it is evident that by the contents of the letter, he, too was approached to 'find his lines' in the Drake affair. He was a friend of the family's and it is my suspicion that one member of it was relegated to hold the papers that dealt with the Drake affair. It reads as follows:kmb]

Williamstown, February 15th 1897

Dear Sir,
I have to thank you for the form of the pamphlet, which I return enclosed. I can give you no information further than that contained in the pamphlet much of which is new to me. I recognize a good deal that was being discussed twenty five or thirty years ago or more. My father contributed at that time to a fund (when I wrote to you I was not sure whether he did or not but my brother assures me that he did.) but I have heard little since about the matter. I think if I were sufficiently interested I should join the incorporated association which, if there is anything in it seems to me a good way of going about getting a settlement of the matter. This will be a matter of years for it will involve countless cuits, for ech individual holding any of the property claimed will contest his own claim. In the whole matter it seems strange to me that long ere this (uncertain of word - kmb) settlement has been gained while with every year it will be more difficult to obtain - If there was a legitimate claim to so large a property why did not the heirs hundreds of years ago not press and establish their rights? This, to me has always been a wonder. It will however be a part of prudence, I think that is would be a work of prudence to establish a legal line of heirship properly attested through legal process so that at any time the claim might be admitted. It is no difficulty to PROVE that A is son of B and B of C but it may be very difficult to PROVE at this time that C is son of D and is the son of the D in question and still more difficult to PROVE that D is son of E and so on, the difficulty being of increasing difficulty. I do not expect that either you or I will ever see a settlement of the claims altho I sincerely hope we may,
Yours most truly, Henry DeLaMatter

PS Altho I am the grandson of Isaac DeLaMatter I do not know that my grandfather is the Isaac DeLaMatter mentioned in the pamphlet as being one of the heirs to the "Dutch Farm".