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Chandler writes that he has “had rather dull times to sell stock in mines but the prospects are better now.” He writes to encourage Jane to come out to him. Chandler describes Virginia City and the mines. He writes of “Old Abe’s Thieves in the shape of Federal Tax collectors” and that “the Repb [sic] course is dead or nearly so here, the people don’t swallow the Emancipation course.” Notations in pencil on the first page at the top read: “Harsh words for ‘Uncle Abe’s’ Gov’t. Virginia City mines 'paying very rich.'” Pencil marks highlight certain parts of the text pertaining to the title.