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Andrew Horatio Reeder to Franklin Crane

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Easton Dec. 23 1856
My Dear Sir
Your letter of the 5 th is just recd. Enclosed I send you thirty Dolls. for the assessment of $29.50 which you say is due on my Topeka lots. I should have sent it before had I received any notice. I hope that my check will be available to you as I do not like to send notes on account of the risk. If you cannot acc it send it back and I will send you notes
I left Washington a few days ago where I have been since the meeting of Congress endeavoring to prevent the Seat of our Congressional Delegate from being filled by the Missourians, and the bogus election laws from being recognized by the House of Rep. There is of

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course no chance for my getting the Seat. Congress will adjourn in a day or two for the holidays and I wished to spend them with my wife who has been for three months confined to her room and bed with inflammatory rheumatism and is still unable to leave the room. As soon as Congress meets after the holidays I will be there and make another effort based upon the Kansas petitions a portion and the first of which (with about 1200 Signatures) arrived in Washington only a few days after the battle had been fought and Whilfold had been admitted. McClure who brought them on says that there will soon be more so as to make in all 3000 Signatures. I shall then make a desperate effort to get W. rejected and not without hope of success although as I have said there is

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no possibility of my getting the Seat. Nor is there any prospect of my getting any pay allowed. As to the pay of last Session it was voted by the House but I have not recd a dollar of it and cannot receive it unless I can get a bill passed through Senate and House, as they refuse to allow it at the Treasury on the ground that a Resolution of the House is not law and therefore not sufficient authority to pay. We had a bill introduced by Grow. for the appointment of Lincoln of Illinois (a good Republican) as commissner to go to Kansas and take proof of all damages committed under color of legal process and make report. Whilfold being there offered a similar bill providing for Commsners. to be appointed by the President. This was no doubt intended to cripple and annoy the measure as it will do and put the whole Commission if there is one into the hands of the Pro Slavery men
I seldom receive any letters from Ks Territory although I have frequently written. When you write direct to me under cover to B. G. Clarke Ma. Hotel at Y. or

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[XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX] Philada. The enclosure to me you can address Easton or Washington It will reach me in either case
Esq. Buck has failed and will be sold out by the Shff. He owes me $2500 for endorsements an money advanced which I shall probably lose and which I might have saved had I been able to stay here during the summer and look after it. His debts will be not less than $13,000
I think you will have a good imigration in the Spring. I met men in all the Northern States in my campaigning travels who say they are coming.
Very Truly Yours
A H Reeder.
F. L. Crane Esq
Kansas Ty

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