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Joseph Denison to Isaac Goodnow

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Powhattan Brown County Kansas May 21 1860
Dear Br Goodnow
One or two matters I could not mention in my last letter I conclude to write of now though 70 miles or more from home. First we have heard nothing whatever from Parrott in regard to the Bill before Congress relating to our Title to the College Site. May be it is all right but ought he not to be written to by you about it lest it fail by neglect. His great speech before the House and other things have no doubt very much occupied his mind.
Secondly I have on hand about fifty dollars of City Scrip. It will take some of this to meet the Taxes on the Church Lots &c But most of it will still be on hand. The Tax this year is lower than last and it was a mistake in buying so much by your order. Can you not arrange with Dr Webb Mr Waters or some one to let me pay their tax with it and they pay in you in cash. May be I can get it endorsed and on interest at ten per cent. Vivaldi needed the money for it exceedingly much.
I trust Hiram or you or Br Magee has paid my Life Insurance instalment to Br Kay 20 State St. Boston.
The Receipts for Taxes in three large Envelopes I suppose you have received.

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Thirdly. We must do something to put & keep the school in shape I mean as to numbers. Only 20 now attend. Br Wesley Blake a Preacher of the Upper Ionea Conference a very good man in poor health is here. He has two children and can perhaps take three students with him to board from here besides his two. His wife is a fine woman. I have pledged them two Rooms in the College free of rent and fuel from my claim & yours till next spring if they will move over there. If he goes Br Gaskall his Brother in Law a good member & wealthy too may buy a claim near the College and live there also and others follow on to educate their children. The two $75. checks you sent from Marblehead I think arrived the day before I left but I had to pay them $30 Evans $50 to [xxx] $25 to Vivaldi on City Script to Mr Huntress etc away at once. Br Marlatt promised to write you how much was due in Leavenworth. By our accepting orders on Mr Huntress amounting to some $10, [xxx] has paid Spinney in full & now only has Frank Kress. When Mr Huntress pays me the balance due the Preachers on the Missionary draft I let him have the College will still up to now owe him $200 at least. Kress’s Father is not paid. The $80 and interest due George Miller is not paid.—We have had an excellent Quart. Meeting here. Next Sab. I am to be at Seneca & the Sab. after at Black Vermillion.
Kind regards to all. Very truly Yours My health is good though I get weary Joseph Denison

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