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William Frederick Milton Arny to Thaddeus Hyatt

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Private W. F. M. Arny Steamer F.X. Aubry Missouri River Oct 23d 1856 Thaddeus Hyatt Esqr.
Dear Sir
After a perilous trip to Kansas I am now on my return home, and expect to reach Alton tomorrow where I will mail this letter. My visit to Kansas was at a fortunate time as I reached there just in time to see the most prominent men who were assembled in Convention at Topeka, and I had the pleasure of speaking to them and obtained a special meeting to arrange matters so as to have the sufferers in the Territory visited and supplied with the necessaries for their –

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relief. Upon my arrival in the Territory I found a state of things existing with regard to the Central Committee which rendored it necessary on my estimation to have the people of Kansas – reorganize that Committee and I am happy to say that I succeeded and that I believe we have now a committee who will be efficient and will faithfully appropriate all money and articles, for the relief of the sufferers. We have now three persons appointed in each District who are to ascertain the wants of their respective Districts, and report the same from time to time to

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the Central Committee
That Committee is as follows Prest. Saml E Martin MD. Topeka Secty. Wm Hutchinson Lawrence Treasurer James Blood Lawrence Members Alfred Curtis Bloomington Thos I Addis Sr Franklin I M Winchell Council City I. P Root Waubonsa. Aarron Dow Allen P. O. on the Neosho H Miles Moore Leavenworth Geo S Hillyar Grasshopper Falls George T Donaldson Easton S B McKenzie Manhattan one vacancy to be filled – at the Mass Convention to be held at Big Spring on the 28th inst.
Finance Committee Blood Hutchison & Curtis. Executive Committee Martin, Winchell & Hillyar
Although I was very

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sick I spent some time in Missouri to ascertain if possible what are the future intentions of the Border Ruffians. And I am satisfied that if Buchanan is elected there will be an effort to drive out the free State men. – In anticipation of that event (The Lords avert it) I am arranging to supply the means of defence, I had an interview with Gov Geary and obtained his pledge to arm all men that are organized into volunteer companies and I have authorized Col Perry with Geary’s approval to organize the free state men into such companies one company consisting of about 80 men are organized supplied with clothing and arms by Gov Geary’s order – and stationed at Lawrence – this – company is composed principally of the “Stubbs” and “Chicago men.” – Some money will be required to carry out this project and it must be done secretly and quickly and not generally known till the arms are in the hands of our men.
I have also devoted much time and labor to ascertain the wants of the sufferers in the Territory and till I visited the neighborhoods I had no idea of the deplorable condition of the people –

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hundreds have been living on pumpkins and green corn grated and nothing else. This diet has produced much sickness added to which many have neither shoes for their feet or clothing to cover their nakedness. The 17000$ worth of provision and clothing which Col Eldridge and myself delivered in Lawrence last week will relieve to some extent the present necessities but the sufferings of this winter will be beyond description unless a large amount is immediately contributed for their relief. As soon as I reach Chicago I will publish a full report and immediately forward it to you In haste
Respectfully yours, W. F M Arny Genl agt Natl Kansas Committee

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P S Gov Geary promised me he would at any time furnish an escort to the Central Committee to any part of the Territory with provisions or clothing.

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