Hon Sam Wood
I expected to have been in Lawrence on this date, but two weeks more must elapse an I will be able to visit your honorable body.
I need not say that we will expect you to be watchful to note anything concerning the interests of our county. We wish the county lines of both Saline county and Dickinson county left just as they are. Last winter Junction City made an effort to steal a portion of Dickinson county, but the matter was finally left to a vote of the people affected who decided against it. I hear they intend trying it again. That is to take a piece of the east end of Dickinson county. After the people have been put to the expense of voting on it once it would be outrageous to push the matter further
The people of Junction City have very foolishly chosen to manifest hostility to our settlement and people. It seems to be prosecu
cuted very bitterly. I wish you would carefully scrutinize all local measures affecting the Smokey Hill valley, whether of counties, or roads,
If it be practicable, or be deemed advisable I would like to have a Territorial
road from Council Grove, up the Neosho west to Salina, and thence to the South
Fork of the Platte. Could such a road be opened it would do a great deal for
the interests of Western, and South Western Kansas, But you will know whether
it would be expedient to urge such a measure at the present time.
There are a few other minor matters that I expect to see you about when I come down. I think that you not only owe the people here a careful guarding of their interests, but that doing so will be worthy the effort it may cost you.
Hoping that the Almighty may wakin your legislative heads to wisdom and a just action for the best interest of our unhappy Territory
Yours Respectfully Wm. A. Phillips
P. S. My brother in Law, Mr. Spilman, sends his best respects to you
W. A. P.