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Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway

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Boston M’ch 23/59
Friend Conway,
Your officials 64 to 67 have been rec’d but have not yet been acted on, so far as they require any action of the Board.
The Osawattomie Acc’t I have sent to Mr. Pomeroy & requested his early attention to it, as also to the Wabonse’ business.
There is a very great discrepancy between Sessions’s estimates. The more I think of it the better satisfied am I, that in the present state of the Treas’y, & bearing in mind that the Co’s desire is to wind up our Kansas operations, with the least practicable delay, - that the putting up & managing another Mill will prove a source of much perplexity and cause a prolonged delay in closing our concerns. Rather than have such a contingency occur, I think the Co. would be willing to sell the ma-

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chinery just as it is, very low. Now may it not be for the interest of our Batchelder Town Co. to buy it & either set it up ourselves, or have it done on shares, we furnishing the Machinery, and some one or more competent persons assuming to put it in running order? I believe the Town Co. can procure it at a very great bargin.
If there is any prospect of the Town’s flourishing, you had better sound some of the most reliable, clear headed & judicious of the Co. & see what they think of the above suggestions. If well, then state what additional interest in the town, they will give the N. E. Em. Aid Co., upon condition said Co. will give them a bill of sale of the machinery as it now is at the Town Site, together with any pieces are to be found at Quindaro.
It is important for all concerned that the Mill should be in operation; & some such plan as above, is the surest for effecting this promptly. I of course give the above as my individual opinion, but based on what I gain from others in conversation. I inclose a Letter from Dr. Cabot. You have probably ere this rec’d one from Mr. Stearns. The promised statement about loans has not been rec’d.
Y’rs truly
Thomas H. Webb

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P.S. I see that there has been appointed by the Legislature of Kansas, a Commission to examine & audit claims of suffers for losses incurred during the early Territorial troubles. The N. E. Emigrant Aid. Co. as you are aware, was a large sufferer by the destruction of the Free State Hotel at Lawrence. All the information bearing on this matter, including the documentary evidence sworn to before a Congressional Committee, as I conclude in Mr. Pomeroy’s possession, he having in person set forth the case at Washington. This claim merely covered the Hotel appraisal; viz $25,000. – Nothing being added for interruption & loss of business, interest on the investment, etc. etc. which would be at least from $5.000 to $8.000 more. You had better confer with Mr. Pomeroy in relation to this, that the necessary steps may be taken to secure the Claim. I will call Mr. P’s attention to it.
Y’rs etc, T.H W.

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