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Charles Robinson to Emma Millard

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Quindaro K. T. Mar. 30. 1860
Dear Madam
Your favor of 22nd inst. is received. I am truly gratified at the interest you manifest in Kansas history & that you are disposed to examine for yourself the random thrusts of the press. I cannot in one short letter open to you the secret springs of action, nor the secret, or rather unpublished, history of our struggle, but I can perhaps give you a clue to it in a word.
We have had four classes of men in Kansas, two of proslavery & two of free States. One class of proslavery were disunionists & hoped our struggle would result in the separation of the two sections North & South. The second desired to establish slavery in Kansas but is a legal way.

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One class of free State men also desired to abolish Slavery in all States & endeavored to so shape our policy as to secure a general conflagration in the Country, while another Class sought to establish a Free State government in a Constitutional way.
The proslavery party was controlled by the disunionists, while the Free State party was controlled by the opposite element
While the proslavery party was striking down our Constitutional rights no line of distinction was prominent in our ranks, as we all alike demanded our rights. But when our opponents yielded & gave us the government then the revolutionary element showed itself in our party – From that time, which was in 1857, some men have exhibited a degree of vindictive hate almost demoniacal – Unfortunately many

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of the correspondents of the press were of the revolutionists & although our early history is tolerably correct as given by them, since August 1857 they have entirely perverted it. They cannot apparently tell a truth about some men if they would. The testimony before the Senate Committee is nothing new to Kansas men, & is strictly true, although the report of it, as published is not as it was given, & is incorrect in one particular. The chief cause of offense is that it puts in the true light the recent history of Kansas, & that is what some men most object to. They have evidently supposed that they were to be left to make up that history in their own way, but unless they can overthrow my testimony they see they must fail. I have

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the satisfaction of knowing that my cause is approved by the best men in the Republican party, such as Thos Ewing Jr. & in fact the entire State ticket, so far as I have been able to learn.
I enclose a letter to the press in answer to some of the attacks upon my testimony, & regret that I have not a copy of the testimony as reported. Your letter was forwarded to me at this place & I cannot find a copy in town.
As soon as I can get some of the opinions of the press upon this matter I will forward them to show that I am not alone. Were I at home I doubt not my wife would join with me in the expression of high regard.
Very Respectfully
C. Robinson

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