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Camp U. S. Cavalry, Saturday 2 o’clock, P. M. [Aug. 16 or 17, 1856]
Friends
Your heroic exploits of this morning have filled me with hope. We have now the vantage ground. Let us keep it by intrepidity and vigilance. The enemy will be upon us in large numbers in a few days from Missouri. The only remidy seems to me is to prevent their entering the Territory or organizing in it. Small detachments, properly located, on fleet horses can cut off large bodies of invaders as they enter by our public highways. Sentinels should be posted in every direction to watch the movement of the maurauders and report at head quarters with all possible dispatch.
But I am a prisoner, and not competent of giving advise. Let every exertion be made, however, to prevent a collision with U. S. troops or authorities. If Uncle Sams troops fire upon us, companies B. & D. will aim to high to injure anyone. You should do the same, unless you are satisfied they are not acting in good faith.
Titus is a scoundrel of the blackest dye, and deserves death! He should have been killed in the fight, then no person would have been legally responsible. As it is I pray you let not a hair of his head, or that of any other prisoner be injured.
Families are leaving Lecompton, and vicinity, and coming into camp for protection. [XXX] Woodson and family, donkey’s included, are here, and have taken quarters, with his valuables, at Capt. Sacket’s tent. Maj. Sedgwick’s company has pulled up camp, and probably will

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remove to Lecompton this afternoon. Some think they are destined for Lawrence, but a majority think the reverse. You had better be on your guard, and yet I think there is no danger.
Shannon headed the party that followed the attacking party on Titus’s camp. They reported that there were some 300 of our men who were the assailants. A soldier says you were followed about six miles. Shannon thought the forces, too few to follow, and backed off.
Don’t meddle with Lecompton, nor any private property. Judge Smith request me to say for him he desires our friends to keep still from this time on, maintain a steady hand, commit no violence on anyone, labor to keep the excitement down, but be prepared to put down any new rising of the demons who threaten our destruction, or any invasions from abroad. Shannon will make overtures for peace. If they desire peace, and will negotiate for it let them have it, provided they will sue for it. I think they are desirous of coming to terms, and would not be surprised if the whole Territorial government would resign.
We must not be removed, not a soul of us, unless there is evidence of personal peril. There is a writ of Habeas Corpus out for all of us, but we do not desire to leave the territory until tranquility is again restored.
Letter writers ought to be particular to show the cancer of this uprising of the people. It was a defensive

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movement purely, the question was which should strike the first blow. We saw the preparation, fortifications were being erected and moved and threats of extermination were heard on every [xxx].
I write this for the ear of our friends, and yet prefer to remain incog. To close, I beg of you to treat the prisoners hospitably and do not attack Lecompton.

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