[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, 1862—1868, Roll 3. 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, 1862—1868
Roll:3 #8310
Nebraska State Historical Society


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Dear Sterling

I have been anxious to hear from you and of you ever since I left you in Washington. Since then I have suffered much as you muct know by my letters. First, a severe attack of typhoid and then a bullet in left arm or rather thro it. Your father wrote you were in Nebraska and I hope to hear from you soon. I shall be here at least 30 days longer.

My arm was doing well up to about 10 days ago when it became suddenly inflamed and has pained me very much since. To day it will be cut open and the loose & troublesome bone taken out. The bone was badly shattered, much worse than I at first thought. After the above mention I hope

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it will soon heal up.

I congratulate you on your success in getting pay and wish you could have succeded in obtaining seat. But part is better than none.

Mr Kellogg writes me that my draft on you made at Troy is unpaid and the draft itself not returned. I wish very much, Morton, to clear off with Kellogg as soon as possible and cease paying 12 percent and hope to hear favorably from you. Write me fully and clearly and let us close out some—way. Tell me what you will do and write me soon. I have little spare change in these days and my expenses, conse—quent upon my sickness, are necessarily heavy. Send me what you can when you write and it will be a great accommodation. Also please return me the draft, altho this is not so im—portant Kellogg has always been my friend and I dislike to disappoint him.

Oh; how I would like to go back

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and live over those pleasant days in Nebraska. But that cannot be. They are past and the old friends are seperated scattered far & near. But I hope there is much pleasense[sic] in life yet for me & know there must be for you. So the clouds will clear away and there will be sunshine again. Give my best regards to your excellent wife and tell Joy, Paul and Mark that I still remember them. How are you passing the hours at Corn Cottage?

Hoping you and Mrs Morton are enjoying good heatlh

I remain as ever Your friend

J. McConihe