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James Henry Lane to Mark W. Delahay

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(Strictly Confidential) Lawrence, Kansas, Dec 18th, 1860
Dr Delahay
I have at last arranged for John Speer one of my trust & most faithful friends to get hold of the Republican provided I can raise for him 500$ on twelve months – I will be over on Thursday certain in this stage to raise that amount for that time – For days & weeks I have been laboring night and day to accomplish this result – and now their must be no failure in this – I scarcely know where to go but raise it – I must & will – Think & keep

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thinking until I come over –
Delahay with the Republican Times & Record we can accomplish almost anything – I have written to Buell that he must get together 5000$ & the moment he hears of our admission he must start with it to Kansas – I have strong hopes he will do so – I do not believe the whole batch of our opponents can raise as much – Delahay they shall not beat over by corruption – the people are for me the [members?] are for me & by god they shall not defraud me out of my election – I rec’d a letter from Conway this morning he says [more are coming in & more mistakes?] – I have written him that he must be on

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on [sic] hand when the Legislature meets – I have written to Abbott an of the members from this County now at Riley Peake – to hold [xxx] in readiness to come here at a moments notice-
I am ready for the fight completely perfectly prepared if we come close the Republican arrangement that must be done if we barter everything in doing it –
Delahay I will have the stage drop you at your house – perhaps Speer will be with me – Say not one word but think how the 500 – is to be raised – I fully appreciate that it is a mammoth task likened

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unto the moving of a mountain but it must be done & that too at Leavenworth – God helps those who help themselves
The purchase of the Republican makes everything smooth & certain – The masses from the rural Districts are all favorable.
Respects to all Yours truly lane

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