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Samuel F. Tappan to Thomas W. Higginson

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Lawrence Kansas March 15th 1858
Gen T. W. Higginson
Dear Friend,
In a few days the convention meets at Minneola for the purpose of framing a new constitution for the State of Kansas. Gen Lane and Gov. Roberts are asking for the presidency of the convention, the former is the candidate of the radicals, while the latter will receive the meager support of the hunkers. The radical element is in the ascendency and will triumph over hunkerism, secure the success of the Topeka constitution with a few important amendments, and the death of Minneola. Lane, Roberts, Conway, our old friend Plumb of the Emporia news, Walden of the Quindaro Chindowan, Thatcher of the Republican, Ross of the Tribune Mayor Adams of Leavenworth, Charles Norton of Ossawatomie, Ch H Branscomb

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formerly of Em Aid Co numbers elect all with the exception of Roberts, Republicans. Hunkers are nowhere. The convention will submit to the people for their ratification or rejection a Constitution provide for the election of State officers and members of a Legislature to be convened by proclamation of the Gov in the event of our admission into the Union under the Lecompton Constitution. A code of Laws enacted and enforced. Lane & Robinson elected U.S. Senators, and the Lecompton Govt. killed by having the Hunkers desire the success of the Calhoun swindle provided the Free State men receive their certificates from Calhoun, but the people are opposed to any organization under the Lecompton constitution in any manner and whether Smith or Marshall presumes to exercise the functions of a Chief Executive of Kansas, the result (unless there is a great backing down) will be the same. his confidence in the integrity of our

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people when brought to the test in violent opposition to Federal [baronets?] is weak. I fear a caving in and a humble and quiet submission to Federal Despotism, but let us hope for the best, and wait for the crisis, to test our devotion to the liberties of a people.
A few weeks since rum triumphed over temperance in this city by the election of Babcock over Blood as Mayor. There was a liberal patronage of the whiskey shops on that day by Babcock and his friends. The mayor elect last evening joined the order of Good Samplers, an indication of a reform.
I am very much pleased with the Atlantic Monthly, and have just finished reading an article on “Saints & their Bodies,” and credit you with the authorship thereof. All well write soon
Yours truly,
Sam F Tappan

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Our friend Redpath continues the publication of the Crusader of Freedom at Doniphan.
Phillips is on a tour of observation out West.
Robinson has gone to Washington D.C.
Lane, Blood, are in town.
Branscomb is in St. Louis gone to get married.
The Kimballs are well and engaged in the mill business.

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