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George A. Crawford to General James William Denver

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Washington

June 7th, 1858.

 

Gov Denver,

 

Dear Sir:

 

It was my intention to have written you sooner.

 

On my arrival here I delivered your letter to the President and also urged the propriety of allowing you leave of absence from the Territory.  I have no doubt leave will be granted.

 

I see it rumored in the papers that you think of resigning.  I hope you will not do so.  Kansas could not well risk a change.

 

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Our N. Y. Indian Bill has passed the Senate and is likely to become a law.  Speaker Orr promises to give Parrott a chance to bring it up in the House.

 

The Rail Road Bills for Kansas and Nebraska will fail to be reached.

 

My feelings are all outraged and my party enthusiasm checked by the way we have been treated at Fort Scott.  Jones is set aside for a Missourian, while Clarke is promoted to a [Pursership] in the Navy.  I am told that Moran was recommended by you for another place.  If so I take it for granted he is a good 

 

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man – but the partiality shown for Clarke is anything but complimentary to us and creditable to the Administration.

 

I have went twice to talk with the President and each time found a crowd.  I had postponed a general chat on Kansas affairs till after the Adjournment of Congress.  Now since Clarke is appointed I don’t much feel like having any conversation with the President.

 

When I was first there he gave me to understand that Calhoun would lose his Office if he does not commission the men elected by the people.  We don’t like Calhoun and will turn

 

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him out, I think, at the end of his term which is soon.  He told me he had had no interviews with him when he was here.

 

I regret that troubles continue in Southern Kansas.  It makes me more anxious for a speedy return.

 

I will not be able to go back short of 2 or 3 weeks.

 

Yours in haste

Geo. A. Crawford

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