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Sophie Goddard to Sara Robinson

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Sabbath July 20
Dear Sara
I rec’d your letter dated July 1st a short time since - I need not say how gladly - for our anxiety is intense – I’ve written you once giving you a list of letters we had rec’d for you – but I see by Phillips last letter in the Tribune – that though he had his pockets full of letters for you & the prisoners– they would not let him give them to you. In addition to the Tribune & Republican we now take the Semi-weekly Campaign Tribune - & most eagerly do I read the Kansas news - & sometimes I think I do not know any more – for they state so many

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things as facts – proved to be false – that I do not know what to believe – The papers all said you had a room next to Dr in Leavenworth long before you had entered the Territory – Emily I notice in P – letter has been to see you –
Are you in any measure or degree comfortable in that tent? Write particularly how you are situated – Do you suffer physically? Would to heaven I could do something for you – I suppose before this reaches you – you will have heard of the passage of the “Free Kansas Bill under the Topeka Constitution” in the House - of Bully Brooks resignation of his seat etc – so that I need not repeat –

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I have had quite a brisk correspondence with Mr Safford and Emily Weld recently – both of whom I have written your wish to have your letters directed to Miss Hunt - Mr S. said he had written you several times – but could get no answer . I hope before this – Dr Cutter & his company have reached you through Iowa – also other companies – There has been a long interesting letter from Mrs Cutter in the papers giving an account of their detention & robbery on the river – We fear we may have trouble in getting the rent for the Office – though there is but very little behind now - & as a notice to quit must

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be in your hand writing – please copy the enclosed paper and return it in your next letter I saw a notice of Tappan’s arrival in Washington in yesterday’s papar – so that he is still free – He brings news of the change of Capt Walker for Capt Sackett – He arrived in W. the 15th – We have had most intensely hot weather for a few days – but today it is really cold –
Write when you can as much as you can – for I can hardly wait to hear from you – when we receive a line from you – it goes like wildfire - & all – old and young - pedlars & children - inquire the contents – we are in usual health – Frank often gets a pencil & paper & says he is going to write to Aunt Sara In love Sophy [this appeared on left side of first page:] We wish the notice to Mr. Parker so that we can use it should it become necessary - legaly

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