[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 received yours from Washington and so did Mr Clopper. He is rejoiced and says you are a brick and "of right ought to be" in Congress, When his draft comes we will think of you.

I hope you will not delay sending that money, as I am in very in—digent circumstances, in fact I have but a few dollars on hand and owe several. Clopper is just harnessing up, loaded for the mines with articles that in my judgement will pay well. I am bound to make some money or bust this season.

I write you Father by this

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mail to have him send me money, if he has yours in possession and you are about. I do this knowing you will not object, as it might as well be here as there. Old Wyman is very anxious to get his money his "Gould." I hope you will send as much Gold as you can, as currency cannot be used in paying Government debts, and if I can use the currency, I will buy it and give you the benefit of the premium. Michigan money, at this season of the year, would all be sent home within forty days, as the boats will pick up all eastern cur—rency. Its circulatoin would amount to nothing.

I wish you would instruct me what and how much to pay Luce. There are no end to his drafts and in—structions from you, would make me feel easier. I acknowledge all drafts

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that appear to be contracted for the Government. But in many instances it is hard to separate the wheat from the chaff

Your movements have been so uncertain that I have not known where to write you and I hope you will write often.

George Armstrong will be elected Mayor, to day, over Genl' Thayer. That is my opinion. I shall do what I can for George in consideration of his service and activity last fall.

Don't fail to remember me to Mrs Morton. Clopper sends his most affectionate regards to you.

Yours in haste

John McConihe


The Governor will probably return to Pittsburgh in May, with his family, to reside.