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William H. Hutter to Andrew Horatio Reeder

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Easton, Feb’y 7, 1856

Dear Reeder, -

Both of your Letters reached me in one time, but I have been so busily employed in the Office, at Job Work and have had such a very sore arm – the affects of Vaccination – for a Week past – that I could not write, even had I had more time at my command. – I do not remember, at my own knowledge, hearing any one speak of conversations with Pierce in conference to your cause, except Sherwood.  To him he most emphatically endorsed your cause and repeatedly told him that he approved of your conduct.  Sherwood is now at [Goshin] P.A. Elkhart Co. Indiana. – I think he [was] Judge Packer the same thing. –

I published your Letter in reply to Pierce the day after it appeared in the New York papers. – Then as such a disposition with part of some Democrats here to mis-represent and [mis-construe] everything I say that I am obliged to be very careful how I write in order to avoid even, the ap-


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pearance of a learning how are the Republicans side of the house, for which organization I certainly have not the least sympathy who honestly misconstrue  everything – As an instance of this I send you a letter I received from Charley  [XXXX]   -  [XXXX] it was written to me in confidence I suppose there can be no impropriety in sending it to you.  The same idea of imprudence at first think we until I saw that your letter appeared simultaneously in all the papers Though such – [peoples] honest Democrats & good friends of ours are deceived into the impression that we favor the Republican organization. -  I do not think you have much course to love the Democratic organization, as at present managed and controlled, but whenever I hear any such insinuations I repre & deny them indignantly & give the assurance that you remain the same un-


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faltering Democrat you ever was.  It is hard to get some honest Democrats here to understand the  [XXXX]  of the Free State Men of Kansas & some are so prejudiced that they don’t want to understand it. – I was (secretly) glad to hear of Bank’s Election – I suppose it will initially aid your case – I hope so at all [events]. –

As you will see by the [XXXX] of this weekly, I have raised the name of old [Bank] for President.  Many of our Friends scolded us for the delay.

Mrs Hutter is well & is getting quite [fleshy] – the effects I presume of a clear Conscience.  She wishes, to be Kindly remembered to you –

Truly Yours,



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