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Executive office, K. T. Lecompton Nov 19th 1858
Hon Lewis Cass Secretary of State
Sir,
The measures are the same as pursued by Montgomery last Winter, depriving the inhabitants of their Arms singly and alone and robing them by small detachments of his band, planing expeditions in camp and sending out small bands in different directions and committing simultaneous outrages upon families separate and apart & thereby striking terror throughout the two Counties.
I think this might be stoped at once if I had the means to offer rewards for the apprehension of Montgomery and any of his band of whom I could ascertain the names and against whom indictments have been found or against whom affidavits may be sworn out by parties who have been outraged in this way.
Had I the means at my command I feel sure that I could break up the whole gang in this way, provided orders were issued to the Commander of the port at Fort Leavenworth to receive them and have him charged with strict orders concerning them, there are no prisons as yet in Kansas to hold such Men, and if this course is pursued special orders should be issued for their charge at Fort Leavenworth.

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As there is no appropriation for such purposes, and it might be difficult to obtain one from Congress in time with due deference I beg leave to suggest that there will be a Surplus of the fund appropriated for the election last August of some three thousand dollars after paying all expenses which by a liberal construction under the necessity of the case might be applied to this purpose, both being for Territorial uses.
I have sent two Men out of the Territory upon requisitions of the Governors of South Carolina and Kentucky from some of the worst places in this part of the Territory within ten days past, and their capture was only insured by Money in the hands of the Agents who were appointed by the Governors of those states respectively.
A reward of three Hundred dollars for Montgomery and five hundred dollars for old Brown and their delivery at the Fort would secure their persons and break up their organization or drive them from the Territory. Smaller rewards would secure any of their Men and no use of Troops would be necessary. - A great saving in point of expense would be gained and an almost certain triumph of legal authority without their use which is so distastful to the Administration as well as to the genius of the American people. I suggested this method of operations to Governor Denver by letter while he was at Washington in the Summer, but

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his stay was so short that I presume it could not be fully considered.
Should it be considered proper to take this course, and intrust the Governor or Acting Governor with discretionary powers in this matter. - I trust while I hold my present position that I have sufficient judgment to exercise them properly - If a new Governor should be appointed he should most certainly be empowered to act in this manner if possible, and with the assistance of the Marshall and District Attorney I have no doubt that he would be successful”
Copy Department of State Washington Dec 7th 1858
To Hugh S. Walsh, Esqr Acting Governor of Kansas Lecompton,
Sir,
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch of the 19th ult. with its accompaniments, and to inform you that the subject to which it relates has been referred to the Secretary of the Interior with a recommendation that your suggestion should if practicable, be adopted by his Department.
I am, Sir Your obedient Servant, (signed) Lewis Cass

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