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Barstow Darrach to Samuel L. Adair

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New York Hospital Jan 8th 1857 To The Rev S. L. Adair
Dear Friend,
Your letter of Dec 18th was duly received & gave me great pleasure; not however without some feelings of regret that I could not be with you. I was highly gratified to hear of your welfare, of the return of such a number of our old citizens; & the prospect you seem to have of future peace & prosperity. O. C. Brown was here last week & speaks encourageingly. He says that there will be a large emigration in the spring. The sale of the Wea & Peoria lands will draw a large proportion of it in your direction & help to fill up that section of the country.

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Notwithstanding the hardships trials & privations through which I passed while there some of my proudest associations center around Osawatomie. I still consider it my home. A home bought with a Summers watchings & combat with the enemy. It is the prize for which we fought & I look forward to the time when I may return to it. Time only can shew whether my choice in remaining here was wise. I have relinquished the advantages of an early settlement in the place & a knowledge of the people, for that of a largely increased experience in my profession, & my duty to Kansas, to increase my ability to serve the sick. I think you are right in your idea of sticking to the ground & the more we have on it the better. Congress is against us so

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far as they dare to disregard the warning they have received. The President is doubtful & likely to use his influence for slavery or let others use it for him. So that the chance for relief from that quarter is small. They may admit Kansas as a slave state but I think will not. It seems to me your plan will have to be to get Congress to pass an act providing for a constitutional convention & submission of such a constitution to the people some time next summer with provision for protection of the polls and let our free states also provide protection of the polls by sending in a large intelligent enterprising & christian emigration. Let Congress anul the most obnoxious of the Bogus laws & the people submit to the remainder for the time. This I know is coming down from our former position but I see no other that

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is likely to succede without anarchy & war. And there are too many yet in the free state who would rather their neighbor should suffer enslavement than that the war should be brought to their own doors. There are yet many worthy men who voted for Buchannan through fear of the south even in N. Y. I am getting on finely here My duties at present are not very arduous, & leave ample time for study.
During Mr Brown’s stay in the city we renewed our application for a church fund, of which I presume he will inform you. The N Y Legislature will probably appropriate a fund for Kansas. Your pen I entrusted to Mr Browns care I might send you the Bibliotheca Sacra by Brennan who expects to return in march, or by express to Kansas City if you desire it. Give my best respects to Mr.Carr & family Mr & Mrs Cronk Hall other friends & to all a happy New Year. How is Cutter? yours truly B Darrach

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