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Isaac Tichenor Goodnow to Eli Thayer

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Manhattan, K. T. May 24th 1858 Hon. Eli Thayer
My Dear Friend,
I called to see you when East last Summer but missed you. I regretted this much as I wished a long talk on the interests of Kansas, & especially as connected with Bluemont Central College, an Institution already Chartered for this place. Its most striking feature will be our Agricultural Department of a most thorough practical character. Further particulars you can learn from Mr Parrott, our Delegate to [xxx] [xxx] sent statistics & a petition to Congress for a grant of 100000 acres of land to carry out our Agricultural Department Can you not bring influences to bear on this question that will make it succeed?
Make one of your telling speeches upon it!

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Very much obliged for the ones you have sent me.
Talk with Senators Harlan & Wilson on the land grant.
I am appointed Agent to go East to raise money to put up our first College building. I shall start the first or second week in June & shall hope to see you before long. I want your aid with the E. Aid Co’y. etc in this enterprise.
I feel assured you will do all you can consistently with other duties to promote our Educational interests. You have had a powerful, turning influence in bringing us out here. You well know that we come to battle for Freedom & a pure Christianity, & now when the victory in the Main is won we wish to make the results certain by seeing well to our Schools & Churches. We are encouraged, but work is before us. This we do not fear but we wish to labor successfully. To do this we must have the aid of our friends

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in Congress, & among the mass of the People.
If it is too late to act on the Land grant this session, please bring it up early at the next one.
One favor more, will you be so kind as to secure the Fifth Vol. of the Surveys for a Pacific R. Road with any other copies of the Series & forward to my address. They contain important information for us here & I design finally to place them in the Library of our College. Any Congressional Works, or Patent Office Reports will be gratefully recd.
We calculate to run “Lecompton” square into the ground never to have a resurrection!
The Lord reigns let the Earth rejoice! There is hope for our Nation!
Yours gratefully & Affectionately
Isaac T. Goodnow.

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