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Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

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Topeka Kansas June 9, 1856
My Dear Wife –
I have waited until the very last moment before the departure of the mail in order to give you the latest advices –
Everything is confusion & strife in the Districts East of Topeka. As yet we have peace here – but the Courts sit today and tomorrow the difficulties may be extended to this district - I earnestly hope not - but that Topeka may continue to have peace & prosperity
Gen. Whitfield is 40 miles from here with about 300 to 400 men - Some 200 or 300 Free state men are also in the vicinity - It is expected there will be a fight between them soon, unless Col. Sumner with his command can succeed in dispersing them which he is now laboring to do - I am greatly in hopes that the difficulties are over – at least for the present – but cannot tell - I wrote to you last week not to start for Kansas until I sent you word to that effect - I now repeat, do not start (Nor Mr Nichols either) until I say come - I understand this thing better than you do – and however anxious I may be to have you come yet I regard your coming now as imprudent & dangerous –
You shall hear from me soon again
As ever
C K Holliday

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