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John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls

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Senate Chamber,
Lawrence
Kansas 11. 2nd Mo. 1859
Dear Father.
The Legislative farce closes to-day in a most inopportune Storm of Snow: the only really disagreeable weather we have had since the session commenced. It is peculiarly unfortunate for me also, inasmuch as I sent for a team to come down across the Country and take me back to Sumner, and the ride will be intensely uncomfortable over the bleak snowy prairie, fifty miles with only one small village on the Entire route.
The work done by the Assembly has been varied and extensive. The bill abolishing slavery was finally passed, but too late to avoid the veto of Governor Medary. He has three days in which to

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consider a bill, and the one in question was only carried after a spirited and angry debate about midnight on Tuesday. The Governor declined to receive it officially when it was handed to him, as, the Legislature had adjourned, so that the three days would unfortunately carry it to Saturday morning at nine o’clock.
I shall receive five dollars per day instead of three, owing to the Kindness of the body whom I have had the honor to serve so acceptably, which will give me $200 clear for my six weeks work, my board being paid by a draft on the proprietors of the paper in New York for which I have been corresponding. A bill has been passed funding the debt of the territory, bonds will be immediately issued, payable in New York

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in 1865, with interest at the rate of ten percent. If I had the money I would buy a few hundred dollars of scrip, as it can be purchased of needy holders who want the money to pay their board at a handsome discount. I wrote you a few days since in reference to buying mine or loaning me on it as Collateral about which I hope to hear from you as soon as Convenient.
A New England festival was holdin here last night. About a hundred people were present and the affair quite agreeable I understood, though I was not present. Baked beans and boiled dish formed the staple of the Entertainment. I received Wedding cards from Mr & Mrs W. H. Hill last week.
In haste but very truly,
Your Son, John James Ingalls

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