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George L. Stearns to E. B. Whitman

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Boston Nov 14th 1857
E B Whitman Esq.Lawrence K T.Dear SirYour several favors, the last enclosing receipts for money paid you, were received in course of mail.
Today I have received authority to draw Five Hundred Dollars Cambridge funds to be used in paying freight and expenses on the Clothing to be distributed – My receipts for your account have been.
From New York to be distributed 845.34 P J Jackson Treas. Cash 1000.00. To be received from Cambridge 500.00. $2345.34 This with the amount paid youby Jackson $300.-$2645.34 And I understand that, of this $1345.34 is to be laid aside in Clothing, to be distributed after the rest is sold or distributed. $1300- is to be returned to our Committee if the sales warrant you in doing so. And that, you will pay, John Brown for the use of the Territory $500 – also to be reimbursed you from the sales of Clothing . My agreement to allow you conditionally to draw on me for $500- was intended to apply only in

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case $1645.34 should be found insufficient to meet your wants, not if you received the whole amount $2645.34
You are in error in supposing that I am under any obligation to J B. either expressed or implied. I every instance when I have had, the management of money for the use of Kansas Emigrants, I have exceeded the amount I have pledged myself to keep, and J Bs case is not an exception.
I gave J B. authority to draw on me for money, in a certain contingency. That contingency has not occurred, and as I now believe it would be very unwise to attempt to establish order by force. I should not be willing to have any of my funds used for that purpose.I notice your remarks in reference to the present state of affairs, and in reply have to say that, I believe your true policy is, to meet the enemy at the polls, and vote them down – You can do it, and should do it, only being prepared to defend yourselves if attacked, but by no means to attack them.Since writing the above I have seen Doct Howe. He wants the interest you owe him between $300 -& $400 which I shall pay and send the balance in a certificate of Deposit to Simmons & Leadbeater to be forwarded to you. I enclose your receipt for Five Hundred, paid J B.
Truly your friend George L Stearns

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