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Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

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Lawrence K. T. Aug. 12. 1855
My Dear Wife –
It is again Sunday and I am again reminded of my duty to you – Not, Mary, be it understood that I ever forget you – not at all – but this is my accustomed day as you are well aware by this time of talking to you through the medium of the pen & paper –
I am again at Lawrence and quite well - I am on my way to Kansas City in order to see if can procure a Wyandotte land warrant in order to make our city property more secure - I design remaining in this place until Wednesday and will take part in the great free-State Convention to be held here on Tuesday the fourteenth inst - I will send you two papers tomorrow, one with my letter from Cleveland signed “Public Opinion” the other from Topeka signed “H” – You may show them to the neighbors –

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Yesterday I recd the “Memorandum” I think it is all I shall want of them. - Enclosed I found a note from you – and also by the same mail came a short letter from you – I was of course much gratified to receive both - I was much pleased with Lillie’s token of love as given in her own hand – Oh how I would like to see the dear little child and its Mother – But there is no use in talking about that. I cant and that is enough – But I love you both much – Oh! how much no tongue can tell, no pen can describe –
After my return from Kansas I can write you something more deffinite of what I am doing and what I intend to do –
I cannot form any opinion of how our political difficulties will end here - Some, are sanguine there will be fighting – others again

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think differently - Two months or less, I think, will determine the matter - Then I will be prepared to answer you better about your coming out to Kansas - I certainly wish you were here – and I hope to have you here - But I believe Mary you are better off where you are than to be here now - But there will be a large emigration from the North this fall and as I before said the difficulties will assume a distinctive feature in the course of two months, then I can give you more deffinite information
It has been raining almost continually for two days with very heavy thunder & lightning - This rather disproves Geo. Le F[xxx] story that it would not rain for three years to come in Kansas - The crops look fine and Kansas will raise enough corn beef & pork for her consumption this year – pretty well for beginners

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I am offered a claim near Topeka with a good house upon it. I may buy it upon my return to Topeka and go to farming - I have rented my house that I have in Topeka. You remember I told you last winter that it cost me some 35. or 40 dollars - I rent it for six dollars per month, or at the rate of 75 dollars per year - Pretty good investment –
At Ft. Riley 75 miles above Topeka on the Kansas River the Cholera broke out last week in a very aggravated form - It is variously estimated that from 40. to 170 have died - It is now healthy there - The epidemic has entirely abated Topeka is healthy, so is Lawrence, so is the Territory generally –
My love to all – write often. Remember I love you and little Lillie much – and think I kiss you both
Yr. Aff. Husband,
C. K. Holliday

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