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James B. Abbott to O. P. Bayne

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Lawrence K. T. Feb 3/58
Capt Bayne
Dear Sir I saw your letter accompanied with Mr Johnson and others and also one was put into my hands last night by Mr P. Plumb The first I refered to Gen Phillips, as I was engaged on the board of commissioners to investigate frauds at the Elections of the 21st of Dec. and 4th of Jan., and could not give the attention which your necessities required. I understood that Gen Phillips had gone down and the Howitzer with ammunition were at his disposal and consequently rested satisfied knowing the deep interest which the Gen felt in your cause. To day I learned that Phillips was yet in town and waiting for the return of Gen Lane, in order (as I suppose) to get direction of the board of Militia If I had been at liberty I would have started at once, recriting all the way to Fort S. I would have acted entirely independent of the Territorial Militia

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I would have made the expedition paid the whole expense, and made no calculations for any pay whatsoever from the present government I would have driven out every band of robbers. I should find in your county, and would have destroyed their nests and in doing this I am satisfied the people would sustain me. And I believe this to be the only practible plan to successfully put a stop to those unindurable outrages
Jas. B. Abbott

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