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Lawrence, K.T. Augt 11. 1857.

Dear Sir: E.B. Whitman Esq. leaves this evening for the East. I improve the opportunity by sending you a letter which he will hand you. There is not at this time any thing of special importance to communicate. Gov Walker is still here with is Troops, but nobody pays regard to him, or them. How long he will remain is at present a secret. Since the Election on the third of August every thing has been very quiet. I suppose I shall be able to send you the result of the balloting either the last of this week, or the first of next. It is feared by many since the apportionment has been made, and for various other reasons, that the Free State men will not have a fair chance to vote in October, notwithstanding the fair promises of Walker. They fear things will be so arranged by the proslavery officials, that the free state men will be beaten, although they are as 7 is 8 to 10. The tax question troubles them. Judge Cato, has given a

 

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sort of semi official opinion, in answer to a letter addressed to him, by some half [XXXXXX] members of the Territorial Legislature, that the tax requirement was not intended to be superceeded by the last Legislature, though not one [XXX] is said in the last enactment. If a tax is required they won’t pay it, consequently they won’t vote.

There is to be a Mass, and Delegate Convention at Grasshopper Falls on the 24 or 26th, inst. when a final decision will be made, at Topeka they voted unanimously to go into the October Election upon the strength of Walker’s promises of a fair election. I am arguing them to have a committee of responsible & respectable men, say 5 or 7 – chosen from difference sections of the Territory to call upon Gov Walker in behalf of the Free State party, and ascertain what he means by his promises to them viz. “What you the whole people of Kansas have a right to vote for a Territorial Delegate to Congress, and for members of the Territorial Legislature, not under the Territorial Laws, but a Law of Congress,

 

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and to have this done before the Convention at Grasshopper.[”] If he evades, or will not answer, urge him by stating their desire to vote if his promises can be made [XXXX] in a fair Election, but, if he has been making him fair promises for efect abroad while he has been intending all the time to deceive them, then publish him to the Country as a Liar. I do not myself believe there is any such law of Congress under which they can vote, and I believe that Walker knows there is none. I shall urge them to vote, so long as it will be of any avail – after that convention if they decide not to vote, what must I do? Under such circumstances I suppose there would not be any use of paying any more money, or of my remaining longer, but if they vote to go in, I will do all that can be done. I should be glad to receive instructions from you with reference to the above. I hope yourself & [XXX] will see the importance of not naming

 

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the amount of cash sent &c.

You mention the request of the committee, that Judge Conway be constantly employed so long as there is any thing to be done. The Judge is engaged in the Military organization acting in the capacity of Adjutant General. If there is no voting done, the organization falls. Mr. Redpath, is Assistant to [Connelly] and Mr. Whitman is Quarter Master General. I could not promise them money for salaries or other expenses, unless authorized so to do. Judge Conway told me before the August Election that he was going to Osawatomie to speak, if he could get a team. I gave him 20 dollars, he started lost the way & did not arrive in time. He spoke at another place.

T.J. Marsh

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