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Robert S. Stevens to James W. Denver

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Washington April 25. 1858
My Dear Sir –
Yours of the 12th reached me this morning –Early tomorrow I will call on Mr Appleton and request that the Commission of Mr Walsh (if not already sent) be forwarded at once – I am glad to hear that he has got the apptmt for being so familiar with its duties he can greatly relieve you of much real labor & drudgery – I will also urge Mr Appleton to arrange it so that you can at once come on here before the close of the Session – I do believe if here, you could secure the passage of Lecompton straight, and that in my opinion is the only way to settle the difficulty – Ere this reaches you will have run the report of the conference Com – to my mind it is a most foolish plan; as it in fact submits the Lecompton Const. back to the people of Kansas for their acceptance with Slavery; and can it be possible they will take it! My opinion is they will not, & thus the whole matter will linger & drag along until 1860, furnishing food for that campaign – But so it goes, people here so dreadfully misunderstood the real situation

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of affairs in Kansas, that it is the next thing to an impossibility to enlighten them.- Having got certain ideas in their head, they are determined not to be convinced – Some members here even think that Robinson will advise the acceptance of the English ordinance, but they are mistaken – he will advise organizing under the Lecompton Const. if accepted, but not voluntary acceptance of it by the People themselves – This is an important difference – your views would have great weight here & I shall urge Appleton’s giving you a chance to come at once – Land matters are moving slowly, the Com have promised to report favorably soon giving the R. R. a grant – The Indian Com. also have promised to act at once on the New York Lands, yet you know how everything hangs fire – If nothing is done towards admitting Kansas, we may get an appropriation to finish up Capitol this summer, tho the cry still is “government is Poor” –
Brindle seems to have a power “behind the throne” protecting him, tho there is no outward disposition to remove Col Moore – after seeing Appleton in morning I will write you again more at length
Very Respectfully & Truly yours R. S. Stevens
Hon. J. W. Denver Lecompton

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