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J. Thompson to James W. Denver

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Depart. Of Interior Oct. 10th 1858
His Excellency J. W. Denver
Dear Sir
Your letter by the hands of A. C. Davis Esq recommending A. I. Isaacs as your successor was recd. yesterday – I cannot say that the recommendation strikes the President as the best that can be done – Indeed, Governor, the President is quite anxious that you should continue to act as Governor till the next session of the Legislature is over. That point being passed, he would feel easy and would feel that you have done all that he would ask you to do. You see that the administration is bound to resist this

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admission of Kansas till she has the requisite population – You have influence with these people and you can prevent Kansas from making an application this winter and by another year she will probably have the necessary population. The Democratic party is to be awfully split-up in the event Kansas comes here before she has a Representative population -we think you can prevent this, and if you do, you have done an essential service to this Administration and to the party – Can you not consent to stay till then and make the trial – I wish you would consent to do this. I am sure it would be best for you in the end and add greatly to your reputation. But I will not argue this

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point because I know you have now remained much longer than you or I anticipated at first – But you have the wolf by the ears, holding on may be a sacrifice of personal interests, but letting go will surely sacrifice your party and compromize its strength – Having said that much, I leave you to follow the dictates of your own sense of duty –
As yet I have not heard one word from your election. Davis led me to be hopeful of that. The opposition are exceedingly loath to give up this question of Kansas. You have done well and every confidence is felt that you can take it through – I have written frankly & freely.
Your Friend
J. Thompson

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