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S. W. Griffin to Governor John St. John

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Montana, Kansas

June 22  1880

Hon Jno P. St John


Knowing something of your "work & labor of love" in the matter of Temperance, & the abiding & deep interest you you doubtless feel in common with myself  & many others of our State in relation to the proposed amendment, to be voted upon this fall, I write this, asking whether it would be possible for you to spend the 5th day of August in our vilage.  I am Pastor of the Presbyterian Church here; we have a large S. School & for five years past we have had annually a S. School Picnic.  We propose to hold that Annual Picnic on Thursday, the 5th of August.  If the weather is  favorable there will

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doubtless be as many as 1500 people on the grounds & with a promis on your part to be here perhaps many more.  It has occurd to my mind, it would be a Capital time, to Strike a blow for the "Amendment".

I hear from different parts of the State more favorable accounts in regard to temperance work than, I fear I could give from my own County, & if you could talk to the people here on that occsaion it might be of incalculable benefit; We are five miles from labette City on M. K. & T.  R.R. & twelve miles from Parsons, we can meet you with a carriage at either of these points you may designate  & bring you over & I would be glad & feel honored to have you as my guest while here.  Will you please write here in regard to

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the matter at your earliest convenience; very much oblige

Yours Truly, S.W. Griffin

Montana Labette Co Kansas

PS Will you please send me a copy of the proposed amendment


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