Alexander Kelly McClure to Eli Slifer, August 19, 1859, MC 2003.4, Eli Slifer Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.
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Chambersburg, Aug 19th
D Sir -
I will be nominated on Tuesday next by the Conference by acclamation; but there is a terrible struggle before me. It looks now as if Nill will be my competition. If so we will have a jolly time and a doubtful contest. Nothing but herculean efforts will save the district. It is naturally against me, and with Nill there will be a most desperate effort made to elect him. He is very timid about entering the race; but I think that if the party will give him a cordial nomination, he will stand the fight. Myers of Adams is still in earnest, & his county is entitled to it; but it is not improbable that he will be shuffled off by some arrangement.
On the 5th I will open the campaign & it will continue mightily until the election. Carey will be with me the first week, or most of it. McMichael will spend several days with me in Adams.
Say to Kunkel that he must make his arrangements to be with me on the 3d 4th 5th & 6th of October. That is the time he can serve me best, and he will be thrown into our [heaviest?] districts, where he will have [immense?] meetings. Tell him that the time I have named must be mine.
I will be in Adams from the 26th of Sept until the 3rd of October. If he can be with me at any time there, I shall be glad; but to Franklin he must come.
I have send a check on Bombeger as you suggest. When I do down I will make satisfactory arrangements about it.
We will have a most earnest campaign, and will deserve a brilliant success, & hope to realize it.
A K McClureCol Eli Slifer