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W. B. Edmonds [E. B. Whitman?] to Hawkins [John Brown]

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Lawrence Oct 5 1857
My dear Hawkins
I have just returned from Boston where I have been for the last five weeks. On my return from Chicago in June I sent Mr R to you as I agreed. He was there on the appointed day with some additional funds making near $400 in all. I was in hopes that would enable you to get in here, but he failed to see you. The letter which I sent by him, I think, stated that I could do anything in the way of teams. Of course the only alternative was for you to come on with the teams you had. He returned with the word that you had been detained by sickness. I could learn nothing more of you and could find no one who had heard a word from you until I reached Boston. Then I saw a letter saying you been waiting for teams. Before I left another one came to Mr S_ asking for funds – The letter of his which I forward with this will explain matters in part. After considerable exertion I succeeded in getting funds into my hand to such an

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amount as would justify me in advancing for your use $500 and wait for it to be raised. This I was to send on to you at once. As ill luck would have it the financial panic had risen to such a pitch in St. Louis that it was impossible to negotiate Mr S’s draft and I was most reluctantly forced to send it back for collection and come in here pennyless.
Your messenger I found here, sick. He is now desirous of returning and as the funds may not arrive for a week I am unwilling to let you remain so long in suspense and therefore I shall pay his expenses and start him back with this message. As soon as the funds arrive I will send on a special messenger with teams if they can be procured or without them if they cannot. In the latter case you must do the best you can with your furniture. I shall send direct to Tabor by the Loveland route probably.
How matters are to turn today I do not know. I shall not be surpised to learn of collisions, if they do occur the difficulty will spread; at any rate the end is not yet. Fortunate indeed shall we be if we lose nothing by this move.
Your friends will welcome you home

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and I hope we shall see you here soon. I understand that you have written to me but I have received not a line.
If you cannot bring all the furniture I think you had better bring the 190 telescopic tubes and the fillings.
Hoping soon to have the pleasure of a personal interview I remain as ever truly yours
W. B. Edmonds
I have paid the bearer of this for expenses Sixteen dollars

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