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Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

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Topeka Mch. 31, 1859
Dear Mary
Since I wrote to you last I have (to me) very melancholy news to communicate –My mother is no more. She died at the Residence of Bro. George on last Saturday at 6. o,clock P.M. She had been tolerably well, better in fact, than usual up to the day she died On Saturday morning she had a hard shake of the ague – which was succeeded by a severe attack of the Diarrhaea – and in the evening she was dead –
Whether all of Mothers children have performed their whole duty to her is a serious questions - I have reason to believe that God in his goodness has caused her to enter upon the enjoyments of a blissful life in exchange for the sorrows and troubles which

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have almost constantly marked her pathway in this weary world – May she rest in peace
Yours of the 20th came to hand yesterday in which you think you will be able to return in a month from that time. Since there you have received other letters from me which may somewhat change your notion –
I received a letter from Mr. Huidekoper in which he thinks he can let me have the money about the first of May - If so I will want you to wait until then, at least, as I may come in to Meadville – although I prefer not to do so now - Now, Mary, do not say a word to anybody – not even your own family about my borrowing money from Mr. Huidekoper

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I have too much pride about the matter to let my Meadville friends know it –
The election of last Monday may dispel somewhat, the mists that obscure my political future – Although I may arrive at nothing definite until after the 10th & 18th May conventions.
I intend soon to shape my course either for Delegate or Governor – and travel throughout the Territory in order to receive the nomination
I think of nothing new
Remember me to all
Yours truly
C. K. Holliday

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