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T. J. Marsh to George L. Stearns

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Lawrence, K. T. Augt. 27, 1857 George L. Stearns, Esq:
Dr. Sir Your favor of Augt. 13th. was recd. on the evening of the 24th. It was so late when I recd. it, that I had no time to acknoledge the same until now – I had written a letter to Mr. Williams and mailed it when yours was received. When I commenced writing to Mr. W. I also intended writing you, but found I had not time – I suppose you will have seen it, as I asked him to show it to you. Concerning Judge Conway, I can only add, that the precise policy that I indicated in my letter to Mr. Williams, as being the course he would probably pursue, he declared openly in the Convention at Grasshopper Falls as his, in a speech of an hour or more, and gave notice that he there, and then, put it upon record that he would not participate in the Election, and for the reasons I named in my letter. The Convention yesterday was well attended – all portions of the Territory was represented. ( I send a detail of the same to the Traveller) and notwithstanding the very

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able speech of Judge Conway in opposition to voting upon the question being taken, the only dissenting vote was the Judge himself. They voted to go into the Election with all the power they have – and for all the offices. Delegate to Congress, Territorial Legislature, and all the minor offices – The plan I mentioned was adopted of having some one or two men at each voting precinct to keep a poll book – and record the names of every voter, who he votes for, and if refuses, upon what ground- so that if there is any fraud their books may verified under oath, and such persons as may be elected by fraud, have notice, and their election contested. Marcus J. Parrott of Leavenworth, was nominated for Territorial Delegate to Congress unanimously – a Central Territorial Committee chosen, and the usual preliminaries adopted for going into the work in earnest. I had acknowledged the receipt of your authority to draw for five hundred dollars etc. I have not yet drawn for any part of it when I do so I will advise you. I may before long – I find it not best to be in funds all the time, and safe to make but few promises. I think I can tell when the time comes – I had used the Draft

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of Mr. Lawrence, anticipating your reply which I have in your letter of the 13th. You speak of the probability of advising me of more money, some time the first of Sept. I hope you may – I know it will be needed – there is much work to be done, and very much depends upon its being well done – I have thus far paid little else, than actual cash expenses – this has been considerable especially in taking the census – I had discovered the error you alude to in authorizing me to draw for. no harm done, as I have drawn for nothing save the $100 in favor of my Son. I suppose the only qualification for voting will be – a bona fide residence of Six Months – No Taxes! The Emmigrants of this Spring, few only can vote. Three good Free State men have been appointed Judges of the Election in the Lawrence precinct for the October election – this is as far as I am informed.
Yr. Obt. Servt. T. J. Marsh
Gov. Robinson has just handed me Two hundred dollars, to be used for the free State cause, forwarded by Amos Lawrence, Esq. Yrs Truly T. J. Marsh

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