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John Waller to Governor John St. John

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Lawrence Kansas  May 11th  1880.

Dear Governor:

I have not written you for sometime, because I am aware that you have enough to attend to in your official and other callings, and I hope you will pardon me for thus intruding.  The matter about which I am now seated to write you is this:

I see that a number of Temperance Lecturers have been called into the State to work among your people, but thus far none among us, save that done by Mrs Griffith sent by the Good Templars of Great Britain.  She hadent the money to visit all the places where the colored people are in the State.  Can not some of the money now being paid to foreign workers be so distributed among home workers, so as to awaken a very important part of our voting population.

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I do not know who are the managers of the "Temperance Union" funds, but it does seem to me if we expect to carry the Amendment this fall every voter in the State should hear, and the management of the Union should not lose sight of this fact.  Not that I ask the privilege  to go to the colored citizens over the state but that they should be showen the meaning of this "prohibition Amendment" - let it be by whom it will.  Then should they vote against it the responsibility will rest with themselves.  There are urgent demands coming to us every day from colored men and women, begging for help in this direction  we can't send any for we have no R.R. passes nor money with which to pay our expenses   an early reply is anxiously awaited


John L. Waller              

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