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William H. Bower to Governor John St. John

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Manhattan, Kan., May  14th  1880

Gov. St. John,

Topeka, Ks.

Dear Sir,

It has been thought by the Tem. Com. that if you could go to Ogden & Randolf & deliver a lecture it would do a great deal of good; as those places are composed of about half Germans & Sweedes, and they are about equally divided on the temperance question, the temperance people gaining slowly, & your lecture would set them to thinking, & probably on the spot convert quite a number of them.  It is thought that you would have more influence than any one else,

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and may be the means of turning the township for the amendment, a jealousy existing between Ogden & Manhattan, the people here have but little influence with them, I am told, & so we would like for you to come, if you can make the arrangements to do so; and if some time during the season you can go to Randolf. we would be glad to have you do so.  If you should come by Mon. we would make arrangements to take you up there, & you could also while here visit the Ag. College.

Yours Respectfully,

Wm. H. Bower,

Secy. of Com.     

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