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Milton C. Dickey to Thaddeus Hyatt

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Mt. Pleasant Iowa Oct 23/56
Mr. Hyatt
Dear sir
I take this opportunity to write you a few lines to inform you of the progress of my journey I arrived here last eve, and shall start tomorrow if it is pleasant it is raining hard today and I am awaiting to have it clear up a little before starting Doct Root is here and will go along with me their is two hundred Sharp’s Riffles and a six pounder (cannon) that is along 3 bags ahead now with other munitions that is to be got into the territory somehow but it will be rather difficult for our road is now guarded by the U. S. Troops, this evening their came into this place a man Mr Perkins that I know who is perfectly reliable who tells me the troops are watching and stoping every one who goes in over the new road and unless they can give such satisfaction as they

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the Pro Slavery Officers require they are retained as prisoners he gives a distressing account of affairs in the Territory of the hardships and trials of our men hundreds are leaving and being driven away there is seven or eight here that are on their way out he tells me many families are moveing out, something must be done to stop this emigration from the Territory I have pursuaded most of these that are here to go back with me this man tells me they have a warrant for me that an effort will be made at once to get me when I go in but it seems to me that I must hasten to the territory and to lend my assistance in this enterprise although it looks darker than it has ever done before but the field musst not be deserted Mr Perkins was one that was arrested and held as prisoner at Lecompton charged with over a hundred others with the crimes of Murder Treason Arson Manslaughter and Robery he crawled 4 hours on his belly to get away he said that they had

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been 40 hours without any thing to eat that the prisoners had offered as high as 25 cents for one cracker and that had been denied them he gave an account of his arrest which was at Topeka Gov Geary sent word to that place that he was comeing to make a speach to the people when he came in to town they wished to show him respect went into the street to welcome him they were immediately surrounded with three or four hundred U. S. Troops when they were surrounded Donaldson read over a lot of names saying he came to arrest those persons whilst Geary went away at once without making his speach and when the men appealed to him to know if the Marshall had a right to arrest men without a warrant he answered that he had this is the way our people are received and led in to the snare by those who should protect them. How long shall such infamous and damnable work go on unrebuked how long are men to be hunted like wild beasts for no crime and when taken

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thrown into Prisons confined with chains kept without food until they were nearly famished insulted and outraged all because they love Freedom and prefer it to slavery why is their not a universal cry against such dareing wrong are men losing their love of liberty of justice and Humanity it seems so to me for if not their would be a general uprising of the masses and sweep from the face of the earth such Black Hearted and infamous rulers as those who are aiding and carrying on such villany
I must draw this to a close write me at Nebraska City if convenient I will try and post you of our movements as we go along
Yours truly M. C. Dickey

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