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Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

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Topeka Kansas Feb. 4, 1856
My Dear Wife –
Having a moments leisure I embrace it for the purpose of writing you a line.
I am still well, but feel lonely without you. Oh, how I do wish you were here and yet can hardly make so cruel a wish, for the weather has been most intensely cold for more that six weeks; and with our poor houses & poor clothing it is very cold indeed, and what you & Lillie would do I scarcely know. But it will be warm weather soon & then you can come.
I wrote to you a few days ago suggesting the propriety of your coming with Mrs Nichols - I then stated

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that you had better leave there the Middle of March or first of April. I now think that neither you nor Mrs. Nichols had better start until you are satisfied the difficulties are not to be resumed here in the Spring.
It is our general impression here that the Missourians will make another invasion on the 4th of March, the day the general assembly convenes at this place - Should they do so they will be apt to attack Topeka from the fact that here the session convenes –
You had, therefore, better remain long enough in the Spring before starting to hear whether the Missourians had invaded Kansas or not

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I have had no letter from you for some two or three weeks –
I understand the mails are again interrupted owing to the depth of the snows, cold weather &c. I suppose this is the cause of my receiving no letters
I send you papers weekly – which give you much more general information than I can write
I wish you would send me papers occasionally from there –
I am writing with the last ink there is town & it is so bad that you will not be able to read what I have written, therefore, I will stop - Write often Kiss Lillie – Love to all-
As Ever Your aff
C. K. Holliday

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