April 1, 1855
My Dear Wife –
Dont you begin to think I am a very punctual and constant husband? Just reflect! It is now about five months (and Oh how long they have been) since I have been in this Territory and of all that time I have scarcely once failed to regularly every Sabbath indite you an epistle – besides a number that I wrote you on other days than the Sabbath.
I have been this constant at many times when I felt little like writing disposition; and at others when the cold or inconvenience made it almost impossible for me to write – Today even I ought to be giving my attention to the care and comfort of some one hundred emigrants who have just arrived from the East; but I could not let the day pass without scribbling you a line
and letting you know that I am still living and in the enjoyment of good health and spirits –
Enclosed you will find a circular by which you will learn that my name was used as a candidate for Representative for the Third District - When we went to the polls the Missourians had charge of the grounds – had driven off the Judges of Election and taken the matter into their own hands. We therefore, did not vote at all but left the grounds peaceably and have protested against the legality of the whole election. Had the citizens alone been permitted to vote I would have been elected by a respectable majority - Our District numbers, by the Census, one hundred and one votes - There could not have been less than 400 or 500 Missourians on the grounds: hence we took the course we did - What the final result of all this will be I know not - I was
very fearful that there would be much violence and blood shed on the day of election at Lawrence and other points: but so far as I have heard every thing went off peaceably - This one thing, however. I do know that Kansas will be a free state The friends in the East may fully rely upon this -
Our City is looking up considerably since the warm and pleasant weather has set in, and I am also satisfied that we must become one of the most considerable points in the Territory. Buildings are going up rapidly and every day adds some new improvement to the place –
I am now fearful that I cannot leave here as soon as I wrote you in my last - I will, perhaps, know this week – but being president of the Association my attention and time
are very much required at this place - So that if I do not come as soon as you might wish you must attribute to the fact that necessity will oblige me to remain here and not to any neglect of my dear wife. As I often wrote before to you I want you to keep a good and cheerful heart – relying upon it that I am near you often in mind if not in person and that my delay here is the result of a belief that duty calls me here.
I am very anxious to hear from you concerning a certain matter in which we are both interested - I trust my dear wife that you have been well sustained in the severe pains & trials to which you have been subjected. It is a couple of weeks since I have had any word from you and Oh! how long the time does seem - I know not why my letters do not come more regular - You ought to just see how ragged I am - My clothes are all worn and they dont even stick together any more and what is worst I have no money even to buy more with but I will try and raise some at Lawrence this week. Give my love to all the family & tell everybody that I like Kansas better & better every day.
Your lov’g Husband
C. K. Holliday