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Johnston Lykins to General James William Denver

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[Dec. 14, 1857]


Genl J.W. Denver

Comr Inda Affrs




I have just learned of your visit to Lecompton & of the illness, if not worse of my esteemed, but unfortunate friend B.W. Almond--& drop this line to beg the favor of a few minutes interview with you as you return.  The death of Genl Almond would have my business in Washington in a most precarious condition (not I trust in your office but in the Genl Land Office=To suggest the peculiarity of the ease--the Office at Lecompton has decided the float could not be located on the claim of Jenkins without his consent--when in fact he was living in Illinois with his family when it was located--The proof quoted by the office, of Jenkins right to the claim, was the testimony of a Kansas city cerk, that Chapman who settled & really owned the claim & abandoned to the float was Jenkins Porter!!!!  Now it is matter of history that this same Chapman--(Porter!!!) was elected by the proslavery party


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a member of the council in the first Territoreal legislature & that he helped frame the land now in force in the territory.  But pardon this digression--I only meant to show what the float has to contend with.


By allowing me a few moments of time as you [xxx], you would confer a lasting favor &


Most truly & Respectfully yours,


J. Lykins


Kansas City

Dec. 14, 1857.


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E.N. Sampson

Aprl 24, 1969]


[Genl Denver.]

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