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William Tomlinson to Governor John St. John

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Russell, Kansas, Feby 21st 1880

Gov. St. John

Topeka, Kansas.

Dear Sir:

Enclosed find Editorial taken from Independent for this week.  By doing me the favor to peruse it, you will see that our Western Kansas newspaper - at least - has the Independence to bear testimony to the heroism & unselfish nature of your work.

I am keeping up the Temperance business even in this so called Temperance town of Russell under great difficulties; and can well appreciate the sacrifice of ease,  even of popularity you are making.  Permit me in candor to ask your opinion on the following points - not for public use, but for the benefit of the band of Temperance workers in Russell:

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1. Will the Republican Party endorse the Amendment in State Convention?

11.  If not, will the Temperance People call a convention and adopt it and make a ticket?

111. Would you favor the latter plan, and would you accept the nomination for Governor?

1V.  Can Temperance people do otherwise than make a ticket, if both the old parties ignore [as they probably will] the amendment?

V.  Can not such a ticket, as between the Rep. & Dem. parties sweep the State? 

Please reply at your earliest convenience to this letter.  You may remember me.  I met you at Ellis over a year ago.  I was then running a paper there. 

Maj. Hudson of the Capital knows me.  Show him this slip & letter.

Yours Truly,

Wm. P. Tomlinson

P.S.  If at any time you can throw the Independent a  little State patronage of any kind, it will be very acceptable.  You know we get no whiskey patronage. 

W.P.T.            

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