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Andrew Jackson Isacks to General James William Denver

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Leavenworth City

February 1st 1858,


My dear Sir,


I was very anxious to see you when here in regard to my purchase of the lands of the Christian Indians, &c.  The only obsticle in the matter has been the objection on part of a few of the Delawares to receive them according to their agreement, which I doubt not, was brought about by their agent B F Robinson.  This circumstance cannot interfere with my title, as it was an out- side arrangement of their own.  They recd and deposited the purchase money in June last and have been permitted to remain on the land from the fact that they had no place to go upon.  None I think it put just that the Delawares should do as they promised, and if they


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should, all excused would be removed.  Thus (the Christian Indians) head man told me a few days since that they would be content to live upon any other four sections of land that I might get for them, if the Delawares were not disposed to receive them; but still I learn that certain persons about them, and in this place, are making an effort to induce congress to recognize their claims to the land, on the ground of settlement, improvement &c. when they can be regarded only as intruders.  These settlers I fear are backed by some pretty strong influences in Washington, and may give much trouble.  Mr Pugh of Ohio had introduced a bill extinguish the Indian title, and secure these trespassers in their pretentions [He] certainly has been imposed upon, or is not the man he should be.  As this is highly important to others besides myself I owning only a little over one third of the land – may I hope to hear from you with such suggestions


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as you may think of service.


In my opinion, and in fact in the opinion of every lawyer with whom I have conversed, there is no question in regard to my title, but any action by congress or the Department would be of great injury.  Do you not think it would be well for me to go on to Washington?  I am not in good health and would prefer to remain here, but if it should be necessary will go.  In this event if you should have any dispatches to forward, I would be pleased to take them as the matter has cost much time and money.


I have thus written you freely, but confidentially, and trust you will not deem me entirely selfish in doing so.


Very truly yours

A. J. Isacks

Govr J W Denver


K. T.


PS. – Please let me hear from you at your earliest convenience –

A J I.


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