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Amos A. Lawrence to Reverend Edward E. Hale

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Boston Febr 25/55
My dear Sir Yours of Saturday is receivd & gives me the first information of any public disagreement between yr organization & ours. I have never seen nor did I know anything of the “card” issued by Dr. Webb. As to the necessity of keeping out of public view all disagreements & even all differences of opinion I agree with you entirely. At the same time I will say to you frankly & without any feeling of bitterness, or any desire to find fault, that you have a way of doing things in Worcester wh. is entirely different from ours here & wh. to say the least, we do not like as well as our own. Therefore, I shall probably take side with Dr. Webb in this matter, knowing as we do here, his desire to suppress all public statements wh. he knows, or wh. he suspects to be incorrect & calculated to mislead emigrants. As to the Missouri Boats, I know he has arranged to have telegraph: information of the earlier day when parties can leave here with safety. I will not enlarge on other matters, nor more than allude to the representations wh. have been made as to the facilities wh. the Emigrant Aid Soc. will afford to settlers on the road & after reaching the Territory, & wh. will prove to be wholly delusive, & must re-act upon all connected with it to our confusion & dismay. As to money matters the co are already indebted to the treas some $6000 for paying their agents drafts, nor do I see any way of getting in funds. The Worcester subscription wh.

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was not large at best, turns out to be valueless. The local treasurer having collected the money & paid it away for something wholly foreign to the business of the Company, at least for what belonged to a private individual to pay. I might as well have used the Boston subscriptions to pay my own or my friends debts. Notices have been spread thro. the papers that parties will be sent twice a week, commencing Mar. 6: that the fare will be only $25, (it will be 25 to St Louis & probably $40 to any settlement at least for all the first parties) all of wh. is untrue, & impossible, & creates confusion , & distrust.
These things make me think that you gentlemen at Worcester, who originated the scheme – have a different way of doing business from ours, & that ultimately we must separate, that allowing each to manage its affairs as may seem best. You shall be the “Young America” & we will be the “old fogy.” We will separate, but we will not quarrel.
Yours faithfully Amos A Lawrence
Rev. Edw. E. Hale, Worcester, Mass

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