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Edmund Burke Whitman to George Luther Stearns

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Lawrence April 30, 1858.
Geo. L Stearns Esq
Dear Sir
Our State Convention closed yesterday, Every thing passed off harmoniously, except a little sparring between Robinson and Lane and even that resulted in good. Our mutual friend M F Conway received the nomination for Representative to Congress under the Leavenworth Constitution 51 to 37. Parrott will be likely to go the Senate. H. J. Adams the free State Mayor of Leavenworth received the nomination for Governor. I do not think the movement will amount to much if the Lecompton Constitution is rejected.
Ere this reaches you, you will have heard of the successful resistance of the U.S. troops at Fort Scott. Serious work

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will grow out of it. They fled at the first fire of the free State boys, leaving their dead and wounded on the field returning for them with a flag of truce. The prestige is broken and unless the troops are withdrawn or keep themselves perfectly inactive they will be routed and driven out, and that too by an irregular force of Exasperated citizens. I am going to see Denver on a special message in the morning to request him to withdraw the troops entirely from the neighborhood.
In regard to our financial misunderstanding I can only say that it is most unfortunate for me. The relief you purpose may be a help, rather to the people who are to receive the surplus than to me. As to collecting any thing at present, I believe it an impossibility. I shall of course be made whole in the end, of that I have had no fears but the present inconvenience is what bears peculiarly hard upon me. I have no objection to the vote of which you spoke, it may serve to relieve me of some

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anxiety about repaying the Mass Com. in full.
I shall visit Chicago next week and after my accounts are adjusted then I will forward a balance sheet to your Committee.
In haste very truly yours
E B Whitman

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