John McConihe, Correspondence
MS 308
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Dear John

Yours of the 10th inst, enclosing Note and Power of Attorney, came a few days since, and although I was sorry you could not ac—commodate Mr Morton, still I could not ask you to step outside your regular business to do it.

We have, as yet, received but $67 from our Denver goods, and when I shall be able to send you money is a hard thing to decide. This War has, for the present, ruined the Denver trade and if we get out whole I shall feel much relieved. We have ceased freighting, having lost as much as we can stand. I will send you money as fast as possible and as fast as it is received. Our Express and through stage line has hauled off having sold out to the C.O.C. and P.P. Express Co. running from St. Joseph.

You say "every man, woman and child is for fight here," and I can assure you it
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is so here also. I say fight it out now to the bitter end, and make no compromise until the Union is safe. Let us have but one Confederacy, if we fight for ten years. This Valley is, to day, closed by the Southern Confederacy, and our commerce is stopped. The Missis—sippi must be free and must belong to the United States. So say the West. It is a very deplorable war and it grieves me to see it go on. But go on it must and go on it will.

The largest overland emigration to California that has taken place since 1849 is moving this spring. There is no end to it. But Denver seems to be a little slow. People wish to get to California to get away from the War and they are afraid of the Indians that surround the Colorado mines.

Write me at your leisure and I remain Your sincere friend

John McConihe


I am Private Secretary no longer, His Excellency Gov. Saunders, having selected a Republican from Eastern Iowa. Mr Norton is also re—lieved from the Secretaryship.