Yours of March 28 has been [xxx] unanswered from press of business not from want of inclination. The Matters at the Mouth of the river are not yet ready for operation, one thing after another has deferred the assignment of land to individuals. Some of the funds I was designing to invest there have been turned into other channels but I am still waiting to invest some there. I have been over the lands and consider them valuable and if properly selected a good investment at what they will probably be sold for.
Lawrence & vicinity is surveyed and sectionized. I fear we shall have trouble about our West Lawrence property Mallory & Gates make no concealment of their intention to repudiate their bargain, say that Coates has not fulfilled his agreement, to survey last summer & put in $100.000 improvements. Mr Coates is now in Kansas City but has not been up here yet. He has never answered my letter questioning the justice of his charges of $50. It is the impression here that the land will come into market some time this summer. That however is doubtful. The Map of which you speak is now in Boston to be lithographer, Published by John P. Juwett & Co and can be obtained of them or at Springfield when published.
My church is getting on well, basement nearly done. If it were not for the Excitement got up just now to influence the Commissioners, by arresting our men, every thing would go on well. As it is many of our best men have to run occasionally, Warrants are out for Deitzler, Clark Jenkins & others for declining to assist Sheriff Jones to arrest S. N. Wood on Sunday when Said Wood was not in town, - Sheriff Jones was shot one night last week by some unknown hand. A reward of $500 is offerred for the detection of the assassin.
Mr. Nute gets a good claim. Ladd lost his and has gone. I have bought the claim next West of Deitzlers and have gone into the farming operations some. The rifles were taken at Lexington and are held subject to Gov Shannon’s orders. The breeches are here however so that the guns are to them good for nothing unless for spy glasses, they can see through them.
The Hotel is finished and the furniture is being put in. Miss Hall is overun
as usual. The rush of Emigration is great. Mr Simpson went East soon after you
did and has just returned with money for another church