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John S. Brown to Edward Everett Hale

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Lawrence Kansas May 2 1858
Rev. Mr. Hale,
Dear Sir
Though personally I am almost, perhaps quite unknown to you, but as you feel an interest in our prosperity here in Kansas, and as you expressed an interest in my coming hither, I would open to you, in brief, a matter in which my heart & affechins are moving, and in which you will, I am sure, feel more or less interest. For the last six months I have supplied the place of Bro Nute in Lawrence while he was lecturing at the East. As I have so long worn the gospel harness I dislike to put it off Entirely. I would like to serve out here as missionary – But my means are restricted. I cannot devote my time and attention to the work without assistance. If I can raise money Enough of my brethren at the East to provide means of locomotion & to defray other necessary Expenses I would like to preach every Sunday. There are many centers within two or three miles side, where the people would like to hear a free & pure gospel –
I am constrained to go to these places & labor – Establish Sunday schools circulate books etc etc

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If your society or friends care to aid me in this project I should like to tell you from time to time my plans, and report to you my doings – My manner of life & former labors in Cheshire Co N. H. & latterly at Ashby Mass, will, I hope, be a sufficient guarantee of that any aid you may proffer will not be abused or misapplied.
If you think this object worthy & practicable I wish you would Encourage me – Three or Four hundred dollars would keep me in the gospel field and I think I could do a good work, and lead many to the truth – The people here seem disposed to put off some of their prejudices & listen candidly to a candid & earnest speaker. With or without aid, however, I shall do what I can to disseminate what I regard to be the truth – May the good Father assist us all to be true laborers in the vineyards
Yours truly
John S. Brown

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