A man who let his daughter take a brick from a Portland sidewalk decades ago says he's trying to right his wrong. Credit: City of Portland via CBS 13/WGME

PORTLAND, Maine — A man who let his daughter take a brick from a Portland sidewalk decades ago says he’s trying to right his wrong.

The city says it received a letter from California with a $5 bill enclosed.

The person who wrote the letter said that 50 years ago, he was walking with his then-9-year-old daughter in Portland when they came upon some loose bricks on the sidewalk.

He says his daughter asked him if she could take one as a souvenir and he agreed.

The man said that his now 89-year-old wife urged him to make good and pay the city for what he took.

“A very caring act, this weighed on his conscience, kept it in his mind for so long and he wanted to right a wrong, even if it was 50 years later,” Portland Finance Director Brendan O’Connell said.

O’Connell hopes to find similar stationary to write back to the man and thank him for the letter.