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Brownville K. T. Oct. 24th 1856
Gen. Pomroy,
Dear Sir, I take the liberty to write you, in regard to my loss, by the “border ruffins”, & to solicit your advice & assistence in having it made up, in whole, or in part, from the funds so liberally contributed from abroad for that purpose. My horse, saddle, bridle & martengile were taken by a miserable horse thief from Missouri, one of the many consumate vilians who have invaded our terretory of late. The loss has greatly imbarised me. I cannot walk, to meet my appointments, at my several preaching stations, nor can I replace my horse at this time without going into debt, if I could get cr. for one.
I wrote to a friend—Rev. Mr. Stone of Chicago inquiring in regard to how the funds there raised, were distributed. He informed me that all funds collected for the relief of Kansas sufferers were put into the hands of the committee at Lawrence, of which H. Miles Moore is Secritary.
The friends in Chicago think it a clean case that my loss should be made up,

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but the committee there have no controll in distributing funds; not even those so liberally contributed from that place. My friend stated that he was informed by the secretary of the National Kansas aid Committee—Mr. Arny, that there were then some “$15,000 worth of goods on the way to K. from that place, among which there were saddles & bridles etc.” These would be what I need & also a single or double horse harness. Any such articles can be be [sic] turned to good account in making up for the value of my horse.
I am aware that you must be pretty well posted up, in regard to the distributing, as well as to the collection of funds for the good of Kansas; I am therefore encouraged to write you, confidently expecting that you will do what may be in your power for me. I should go to Lawrence myself, but am not able now—have been severly sick—just getting about now. Two of my sons have been out in the war tho’ I was ill prepared to spare them from home, being sick myself. But they went freely to aid in the common defenses.
I am not informed who the distributing

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committee at Lawrence are, perhaps you are one of them; if not, you doubtless know who they are & can have influence with them on my behalf.
My horse tho’ a very good one for my use, was not very expensive. Some $80, or $90, will cover the actual cost.
I really hope you will do all in your power for me in regard to this thing,& this not only greatly releave me, but aid the cause of missions in which I am engaged for without a horse my efforts must be much circumscribed. Let me hear from you as soon as you may be able to learn any thing as to what probably will, or will not be done.
Yours most respectfully,
James Gillpatrick

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