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J. Wilkin to J. M. Armstrong

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April 22nd 1846

[Dear] Friend

Our chiefs having concluded to send our mutual friend again back to W. to assist in the prosecution of our claims before Congress, I concluded to drop you a short note as the opportunity was a good one. I am entirely out of stationary, therefore the necessity of using wrapping paper. I suppose Silas and [XXXXX] have both written, and have given you the current rumor of the day, consequently, I will make my part short. I would suggest to you the propriety, if it has not already occurred to you, to have the bill that is reported by Ind. Com. of the Senate with regard to our improvement claims – incorporated into the General Ind. appropriation bill provided that it is yet pending before the Senate you will thereby force the House to act upon it. There are so many ways that the House might dispose of the bill if sent in separate, you might fail to procure an action of that body this session consequently be [XXXXXX] out of our dues for another long and then we would have the same road to travel over again. I hope you will be able to finally settle all the [XXXXXX] questions that exist between [XXXXX] the Govt. I wish you success and a safe return once more to our peaceful homes.

I am Respectfully

Yours in haste

J. Wilkin

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