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Lawrence Jan. 11 1861
My Dear S.
I have received several good letters from you but have been absent & busy & unable to answer at length. I have been down to Shawnee twice to fix the Claim matter for Hale.- The Legislature is in session here & I have been quite busy with strangers present. Lane has undertaken a personal fight on me for the purpose of destroying my influence at W. I have taken a good room at the Eldridge House & he already begins to quail. I can by paying a little attention to the matter make him smell worse than ever. He & his friends are already beginning to falter in their course for fear that I will turn the tables on them which I can do with ease. Letters from Washington indicate

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that everything is as favorable as could be asked. Stevens has just left for Council Grove where he has a contract for 150 houses & a sawmill. Smith is at the agency giving perfect satisfaction to his employer. A meeting of the Stockholders of the bank was held last evening & the old board elected chiefly.
It is now paying expenses & something more. S. N. Wood starts tomorrow from Ohio & will see Chase. He will make a personal interest of Com. with him. He will I think be Sec’y of State & will be right anyhow. Ewing is here & will probably be senator if admitted. Pomeroy has also come down from his great work of feeding the starving babies to look after his Senatorial prospects & is here - Stanton is the strongest competitor of Lane- Gov. Reeder has written me offering his aid for Com. Judge Smith wants to be Gov. if not admitted. Everybody wants an office & every mail brings applications by dozens from everywhere not excepting California. Glad I am not President
Affectionately your own C

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