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Governor John P. St. John to Roseline Cunningham

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Executive Department
Topeka Kans
June 24/79
Roseline Cunningham
[XXXXXXXX] [Mis,]
Madam
Your letter of the 18th inst, has just been received, and, in reply [XXXXX] I have the honor to state that neither the State of Kansas, nor the general government, nor any society so far as I know, extends any aid to [XXXXX] immigrants to [reach] Kansas.
Kansas has no [XXXXX] [XXXXX] and any persons representing himself as such, is an imposter.
I was informed that parties have represented to the colored people in your state that by coming to Kansas they would receive 40 acres of land, a mule, provisions for a year [XXXXX]

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All that representations are without any foundation whatever in fact, and are intended to deceive the colored people and mislead them to their detriment
Kansas offers no inducements [XXXXX] and, except [XXXXX] as [XXXXX] fair lands [excellent], cherish and, other advantages [XXXXX], nor is any advantages extended to any one class of people that are not alike extended to all classes. Lands can be bought at from $[25] to $10.00 pr acre [XXXXX] down [XXXXX] on long term at low rates of interest. But it must be borne in mind that these lands are wholly unimproved and, that it requires a team and farming implements and a [XXXXX] of [XXXXXXX] to put these lands under cultivation and make them productive of a living for the owner and his family.
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follows. Farm hands from $12.00 to $18 per month and board. [XXXXX] [XXXXX] from 1.00 to 3.00 per week and board.
During the last 90 days about three or four thousand colored people have come to Kansas from the South, a large proportion of them having been in a destitute condition but [XXXX], as a general rule. Having obtained employment are supporting themselves.
I would advise however, the colored people not to come to any of the northern States entirely destitute of the means of support for of the colored, and especially in large numbers, it will [XXXXX] [XXXXX] [XXXXX] of their [XXXXX].
I deeply sympathize with them in their distressed conditions. I know that they have now enjoyed that degree of freedom that under the [XXXXX] and laws of our country, they are entitled to, yet I believe if they are judiciously in the present [XXXXXXXXXXXXX]

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will cause [XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX] to dawn upon their ones, [XXXXXXXXX] the way to a [XXXXXXXXXXX].
In Kansas, the [life] and property of any human being. The [XXXXX] its laws, [XXXX] full protection, and [XXXXX] children [XXXXX] equal educational advantages under the law.
Should a large number from your [XXXXX] of the [XXXXXXXXXXX] I would advise you to [XXXXX] [XXXXX] reliable [XXXXX] to first [XXXXX] [XXXXX] What a location for your settlement to be and when you start you can [XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX]to the point selected, and in this way you [XXXXXXXXXXXX] would be [XXXXX] in looking up locations.
Very respectfully
John P. St John
Governor

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