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John H. Kagi to his father

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Topeka, Kansas

Monday, Jan. 26,1857


Dear Father:

Mr. Stevens has returned, and I was in Lecompton on his arrival here, and therefore did not see him.  He had quite bad luck while on his way [back].  He lost one of his [horses], and in order to get his family through had to purchase another, and in doing so was compelled to use the money you sent me [by] [him].  [He] called in to let me know the circumstances and tell me that he would [pay] up the money  [XXX]  Lawrence in a few days.  He [has] money at that place, and I have no doubt I will [soon] receive it.


I would like to go to Ohio now as soon as possible.  I would not be so anxious but for the fact that I can no longer remain in Lecompton – to report the proceedings there, [they] having once arrested me since my release on bail and on the same charges.  They intended to keep me in Prison, supposing that being from home I could not [procure] the necessary bail.  But in this they were mistaken, for I was again bailed out in fact in two hours, and could have [given] one hundred thousand dollars bond if requested.  [After] [that] [a] [man] with String pillow [on] [the] head made an unsuccessful attempt to kill me, and finally drove me from the town.  I intended to remain as long as the proceedings continued anything of interest or importance, but now that it is not safe for me to be [here] I would like to go to Ohio as soon


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as possible, for I shall have to return here again by the first of April next to discharge my bondsman, and  this will give me that letter [here]  [today].  You know something of his comings & goings & returning – by about mid-Jan as for Nebraska or rather more of his reason, - and besides I have hardly [own] [but] a single suit of clothes.  [XXXX]  you not come down now [not] [the]  [XXXX] [was] murdered?  I have already written to you about better prospects [there], which letters you have probably already received  [XXX]  [XXX]  [nice].  I expected to receive a letter from you by Stevens, but was disappointed.


I remain as ever

Truly your dutiful Son

J.H. Kagi


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P.S. Enclose letters to me in the [XXXXX] to "M.M.," and seal it. Then enclose that and the slip to E.A.Forbes, so that he can read the slip without opening the letter to me. 

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