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Washington Jan. 6. 1859
My Dear S.
Stevens has been having chills & has not been able to be out for a week till yesterday. He had a long talk with the department & officers having the Lawrence case in hand. The legal clerk of the Indian bureau has it now under examination – Stevens learned that the Secretary of Interior has already decided the question of School lands, that a float cannot cover them. Also that the legal clerk thinks the heirs of Jenkins have the best right to that claim. This of course is strictly private. After the Indian office has passed upon it then it goes to the Commissioner of the Land office, & before it goes there I want the deeds given by Hooten for the farm lots where his two houses stand, & also one from Hews for some lots in his son’s interest that came on the my claim. I believe there are no others. I want the deeds & also a certified copy of them as they are recorded by Ladd. The Hew’s deed I do not remember to have seen, & it may be at Ladds. If you cannot find the deed, get a certified copy of the record I want that anyhow. There is a possibility that they may be important although the probability is it will make no difference. The record book was all put in as evidence, but afterwards it appears they copied my

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deeds to Hooten & Hews & took the book out of the case.
Coates, Vanhorn, Weir, Emery, Currier, Isaacs, Smoot, Russell, Graham of Atchinson, & others are all here. I have to fight the Lawrence battle entirely alone. Leavenworth men are unwilling to make Lawrence a point on the road South. We shall make it a point West. I shall try to fasten the Southern road also at Lawrence. Were it not that I have, with Stevens, the advantage of these fellows Lawrence would not have a single road, if they could help it. The friendship of other towns, whether Leavenworth or Kansas City will not do to count on. Lawrence must fight its own battles or they will not be fought by other towns. I hope to be able to make Lawrence a point in both roads before we get through.
I have not received the deed to Simpson to be signed, nor the certificats of Quindaro shares.
In haste Affectionately Yours C

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