“Letter 2-No Title,” National Era 11, no. 543, Washington D.C., 28 May 1857, p. 87.
Washington (DC) National Era
Letter 2-No Title
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Red Wino, M. T., May 4, 1857
To the Editor of the National Era:
Our Legislature is at work, disposing of the grant of the land, made by Congress, for railroad purposes. The farce enacted last winter, in removing the Capital, will hardly bear repetition; so that question will hardly distract that body again.
There has been no excitement, as yet, concerning our election for a Constitutional Convention. What the result of it will be, is more then I can tell. One thing is for certain-our Constitution will exclude slavery
Our land officers are exerting a powerful influence over a large portion of our citizens, so many of them having business to transact with the office. They do not hesitate to prostitute their office, to make capital and friends for modern Democracy. I have no doubt that the vote of Minnesota, but for the influence of Government officials , would be from three-fifths and upwards Republican.
Emigration is coming upon us like a flood; the Territory, is fast filling up with the most enlightened, industrious, and best educated population that has ever settled a Territory.
Yours, truly,-------------------------------------------W.S. Grow.