John McConihe, Correspondence
MS 308
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Dear John

Yours of the 1st came a day or two since, and I was much pleased to hear from you. I had thought several times of writing you, but delayed from day to day, thinking each mail would bring a letter from you. I am delighted to have the Land Warrant business closed out and trust you will come out all right.

Well, John, I have given up the idea of going East at present. It is very hard for me to get away and then it would be expensive.

I succeeded in getting appointed Master in Chancery and together with the Private Secretaryship, trust I shall be able to make a living. I was urged to run for Mayor, did so, and was defeated. They all say, my defeat was owing to the Governor vetoing the Slavery Bill and my connection with him. I shall resign that office before I run again, consequently I shall not be up for office very soon. The "Douglas Democrats"

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don't like the "Buchanan Democrats," and with Republicans in front and enemies within our own ranks, are all full together. Our party was beaten and I had many companions in my defeat. The people have decided not to apply for admission as a State and I think it is a wise decision.

Our taxes are all paid and our titles all right. I have made no statement yet of our affairs, having delayed it, thinking I would visit Troy. Inasmuch as I have given that up, I will send one forward.

Times are very dull here and there is no money in the country. Emi—gration to the mines has not yet comenced, but in May there will be a flood of people travelling Westward. Three boats have arrived, bringing in all three passagers. It looks blue, but "it is darkest just before day dawns. Regards to all the boys, to the Meprs Townsends &e. &e.

Your friend

John McConihe