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    On Political Affairs in Kansas and the Greenback Party Autograph letter signed by one J. S. Watson, four pages, Emporia, Kansas, May 28, 1880, to his uncle Richard. Notes they have installed the Halley water system for the city which requires constant pumping, there being no elevated point near enough by which to maintain pressure; reports on weather, crops, family, including his father whose "health is not very good, he is failing quite fast, but as he always takes more or less interest in politics he will brighten up this summer...indicators are that there will be a lively canvass all around. Grant I suppose will be nominated...& Tilden... and neither one of them I can support. I will have to look to the national Greenback party for my candidate. I hope they will be judicious & give us a good honest man who has some interests that are with the people & not controlled by the monied power...that has run our country too long...it is about time for the people to raise up & put their foot on it. We in the west feel this money rule more than you do in the east as we are the producers & you the consumers...When it has come to the point that half a dozen men control all the transportation lines in the U.S. it is time that the people raise & control them, at least...see that they do not take all that our wheat, corn & stock are worth for taking it to market which they are doing now. I know this transportation question is...hard to manage, but it must be done some way. The cry has been in the past that competition would regulate that, but we find now...it does not...as all the roads to the great shipping points...pool & keep up rates. I don't advocate what are known as rail road wars, they are both ruinous to rail roads & the people for they (the people) have to make up the loss of the R.R...." Great content historical missive, easy to read, bright and clean. PSA/DNA lacks sufficient comparable examples to render an opinion on this item. While we believe it to be authentic as described, it is thus sold without certification.

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