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L. W. Hover to State Central Committee

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Wakarusa Oct 24th 1856 Sirs
Mr Marshall unsolicited, made a statement to one of your number in regard to myself as a proper rcipient of the aid offered by your fund. That member, he said, requested from my own hand a statement of my situation.
I came into the territory last May immediately after the raid on Lawrence, & on the 1st of June I purchased the claim on which I now live, when able, & by the 20th had in the ground 17 acres of corn & other vegetables. I worked till the 8th of July, hired a man for the care of my place while I went east for my family, & returning we both worked in perfecting, as nearly as possible, in the time, the fence around my improvement
The Washington Creek difficulty came. I went, soldier &when I returned my beautiful field of vegetables was completly destroyed. I remained on duty a few days at the bridge when I was seized with the fever & have been an invalid ever since. When I had been sick about 10 days my child was taken & has just recovered or rather is recovering, About a week after my wife was also prostrated & died after an illness of 8 days.
Most of the time during our sickness we

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have been dependant upon our neighbors who have kindly supplied our wants many times while wanting themselves
The neighbors have kindly volunteered to help move my house which stands in an unhealthy position, but I shall need money to buy lime & sand to finish some 7 or 8 dollars including pay for hand to help. I have sold my cow to get lumber for floor & ceiling. I paid $50 of 100 on my oxen but since my misfortunes the vendor refuses to let me have them till the rest is paid.
My larder is thus. I have sugar, molasses, rice, soap, coffee & tea, which I purchased on my way hither, at St. Louis suficunt. I have about 4 bushels of potatoes most of them too small except for seed, a few herings, & some spice & 8 lbs of bacon.
My health is delicate still. I can walk a mile but am so emaciated as to be unable to work at present & I think it will be some time before I can do much.
Such is a plain statement of the facts in the case. I would prefer that the application should not be made public. For the facts I refer you to Mr. Marshall, P. L. Hutchinson. Maj. Hitchcock or others of my neighbors.
To The Kanzas Aid Committee. L. W. Hover

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