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James Garrison to Samuel L. Adair

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Yellow Springs, Green Co. O Febr 27th 1857
Dear Cousin
Your letters of the 9th & 15th of January mail marked eight days later was received here in due time. I had been at my brotherinlaw’s in Xenia for some five or six weeks, was much gratified on returning home to find two letters from you, We are glad to learn that you can make the exchange spoken of immediately. We were very much afraid that you would suffer for want of the necessaries of life, knowing that you had been harrassed by the ruffians to such an extent that you could not make the necessary preparations for winter.
You appear to be hopeful that Kansas will yet be a Free State. But I have my fears, strong fears that it will be a Slave State before the end of the year. It seems to me the only thing that could save it, - humanly speaking- would be a flood of emigration from the free states early this spring strong enough to bear down all opposition.
There are rumers afloat that there will be as much disturbance in the territory this spring as there was last summer, A proslavery man

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living in Leavenworth writes to his father in our neighborhood, that they have not given up yet. That they intend to make a slave state of Kansas at all hazzards. As soon as navigation opens they intend to play the old game of blockading the river and stopping out emigration from the north. These threats may be made only for effect, to intimidate northern men, but I am afraid you will see more trouble this spring.
I cannot visit Kansas this spring as I expected. Wm has gone to Illinois to get the money coming to Rachel, from there he will go to Iowa to see about some land we have there. He may not return before fall. While he is gone I cannot very well leave home.
The information you gave concerning the Aid Society was very satisfactory. I am always glad to hear from you and hope you will write often
Father and mother send their love to you and Mrs Adair
Yours Affectionately James Garrison

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