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Wilmer Walton to John P. St. John

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To Gov. J. P. St. John:
My dear friend
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favor of the 5th inst reached me this morning, and I was pleased to find enclosed therein a Draft in the sum of those timely contributions for the [XXXXX] the destitute colored Refugees. I say timely for indeed this is a time in which these poor people do most especially need aid. Just after getting the Draft cashed at Bank, I went to the coal yard & ordered a little coal sent to some sick families who are entirely out of fuel. I do not take any body's word for it, and go frequently to the houses of the sick, suffering, most [XXXXX] ones, and see for myself their real condition and keep notes thereof. Some of these folks have large families of children, and during this alternately cold and wet weather out-door labor is nearly stopped, and many parents find it impossible to earn sufficient to procure the common necessaries of life. I am called upon every day to visit needy cases; some suffering with pneumonia, frost-bitten, mumps, &c; and some aged nearly helpless persons, [XXXXX]
I shall prayerfully endeavor to judiciously use that

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money which thee so kindly committed to my care, in such manner as to do the greatest amount of good for the greatest number that I can of these destitute Refugees.
The perusal of thy letter caused me to greatly rejoice on this dreary looking day, to see this renewed evidence that the heart of the worthy Gov. of Kansas is still beating in earnest sympathy for poor, oppressed, suffering humanity; and that in addition to his numerous Gubernatorial duties, he is still nobly & Christianly laboring to uphold right, suppress evil, and remove temptations from the weak & erring ones.
I have only time now to say, go on Governor. I entreat thee in thy commendable course; and I firmly believe that a just God will in His own best manner amply reward thee, both in time and eternity. With best wishes for thyself and family, I remain sincerely thy friend
Wilmer Walton.

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