[Editorial Note: Letters from John McConihe to J. Sterling Morton copied with permission of the Nebraksa State Historical Association on 17 January 2008 from the MS7 J. Sterling Morton Papers, 1849—1862, Roll 2. Copy and reuse restrictions apply; see the Nebraska State Historical Society Use Policy (http://www.nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/services/refrence/use_policy.pdf). ]

J. Sterling Morton Papers, 1849—1862
Roll:2 #8309
Nebraska State Historical Society


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Dear Sterling

I arrived here last evening at 6 1/4 oclock P.M. having had excellent luck in finding the nearest roads and in crossing the Ferry. "Kittie" is a fine animal and she did not appear wearied when I drove into this City and to—day she looks and feels as well as ever.

I find a letter here from the Governor, wherein he states that he has ordered his draft made payable to my order and at this place. So you see we will have more funds.

The "Parient" has not as yet come down, consequently that draft is in my cafe. I hope he will not make his appearance, until those drafts arrive.

The Robertson draft is in

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the safe, with word written on it, "Paid."

It was protested, but that made no difference with you or your credit. It only affects Robertson and Clark.

The "Peakers" are passing through here now, in about the same numbers as last Spring. They have just commenced arriving. As yet they have bought very little here.

I feel quite out of place in my little office, since my visit to your pleas—ant home on the "broad acres" and away from dust and nuisances. The Herndon, too, does not seem as inviting, and I can easily see now, why you talk so much about Hotel fare. I believe I would move on a farm to—morrow, if! if! I was anything but a poor bachelor.

With many regards to Mrs Mor—ton I remain

Your sincere friend

John McConihe

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Mrs Morton might assist me in get—ting a wife, if she would but exert her influ—ence with that cruel "Parient," who informed me that, "I would have to wait a long time for his Daughter." Can she not get the said "Parient" to soften his feelings and to shorten the time? Why are Parents so hard—headed and so regardless of the tender feelings of those who would love, honor, and protect that their Daughter? Like a flower, crushed to earth, so a heart, was broken in twain, by a few words. Will that Parient not Den—i—zen and free a disheartened lovy—er? Show her the enclosed violet, which I found bright and happy by the brook, rearing its smiling chicks to heaven and rejoicing with its mates. See how it droops and withers now. So with hearts, but I fear I weary you with a subject of which I would never tire!!!!!

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Capt all is right. Helt is engaged in case of W.S. as Corrigan. I return the draft un—need Mac