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Richard West to John P. St. John

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(1)18th 1881
Barton station Colbut Co Ala
I am seaking infermation in your state corsuing of the guverment lands or eny lands you ar cursund with I am a farmer and has bin for the last 18 years I has never lost a crop and I never has made eny thing by farming hear for this reasing I ask you with my hold hart if you has eny pover to ward helping emmergrants to your coutry ples help me and a few others familys ons to the southern parts of kansas for we ar tiard of the south. I will be glad to no whether

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you would be botherd with one or to family or how meny will I hafter gether together before you would bother your self I will like to cary my wagon and team I has sum find stock the reasen why I mension this stock when a collard man attemp to start to hunt homes of thair ones it is unposbs for him to sell eny thing for the cash the meny collard men that will go if the can get transpertation ther ar afraid to start with thair wagon for fear the will be merder be fore the get outh of the south I live not far from the rail Road and not far from Tenn river I will be glad to go eny way

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you will grant me the opetunity of going by Rail Road or by River I am now geathing my crop the weather has bin so bad I has not yet thruw yet but I will make a plenty to pay my Dets but not enugh to bair my expensies out thair I want you apleas you to help me help me if you will help me pleas let me no and if you wont help me please let me no and if you wont help me when the Presedence take his seat I will pertison to congress for help ples help me for I want to leave by the first of March time enugh to plant a crop please help me for you will

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will be glad to get answer from you just as soon you get it your obeaten servend

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