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J. D. Webster to James Blood

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National Kansas Committee Room Chicago 10th Oct. 1856
James Blood Esq Lawrence Kansas Ty
Dear Sir, You are hereby authorized to draw on the Treasurer of this Committee George W. Dole, Esq of this city, for the sum of three thousand (3000) dollars, in such sums as you may find convenient, to be expended under authority of the State Kansas Committee, of which you are a member

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for provisions, to relieve the wants of suffering and necessitoris free state people in the Territory.
Please give us notice in advance of each draft you may draw under this authorization.
Would also be necessary for your committee to keep and render to this committee, an account of the expenditur of these funds—with vouchers from the recipients of the relief hereby provided.
It is proper to mention that the policy of this Committee of present is to send relief

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to the present residents of Kansas, rather than to aid emigrants to go there.
We hope to be able to furnish further relief hereafter, and wish to be kept advised of the wants of your people and of all facts interesting to the friends of free Kansas.
Very truly yours J.D. Webster V.P.N.K.C. Please address me without any title.

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P.S. We are informed that the Osawatomie people are disposed to complain that they have been neglected heretofore in the distribution of aid. This impression arises probably, in great part, from a wrong impression on the part of the Ossawatomie people as to the amount of assistance sent hence to the Territory. They do not know that heretofore all our funds, nearly, have been absorbed in providing for the several companies of emigrants, the transportation of hardware etc---So thus the amount of relief applicable

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the wants of settlers in the way of provisions to be distributed to the Territory has been very small.
Please take special pains to make the distribution as general, geographically, as possible. Your Committee as it seems to us, should have upon it members representing all parts of your Territory. We confide in you care as to this matter.
Yours for freedom J.D.W.

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