Justin Smith Morrill to Matthew H. Buckham, September 20, 1878

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Strafford Vt. Sept 20, 1878
Dear Mr. President:
Your favor of the 18
inst. is received. There will be no un-
certain sound from Windsor, Orange,
& Chittenden Counties, little I hope from
Rutland or Washington, but from
Franklin and Lamoille, as well as
Caledonia, Orleans and Essex, the friends
of Judge Poland claim
almost a solid vote. In Windham
the vote will be divided. How it
may be in Bennington and Addison
I have not ascertained. The Judge
is bold, able and active. The 3rd [[?]]
fight he hopes to profit by.
I might not have been a can-

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didate had I supposed there was to
be much of a contest. This to me
destroys the value of the prize, but
I was widely assured the voice of
the state would be nearly all in
my favor. Some men in Windsor
Co. now say that there is not a
town in the State where the pop-
ular vote could be carried
against me. Of course that is
an exaggeration, but the still-hunt
going on of snatching the Representa-
tives elect, without the approval of
their people, will result to the
advantage of my antagonist
no doubt. Now it is the elect only
that are being looked after. If
you can reach any of them in
the Vt. House or Senate you may
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public opinion and state pride
may be brought to bear, but it is
yet to appear whether even that
would not more favor my rival
than me.
In any event I hope it will
not disturb my future happiness.
Thanking you for your kind
wishes, I am
Very truly yours
Justin S. Morrill
Prst. M. H. Buckham,
Burlington, Vt.

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