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Received by telegraph first report from General Ewing of the burning of Lawrence, Kansas, and the murder of its Citizens by Quantrill. Informs me that he has ordered all people to leave the border Counties within fifteen days, when he will move all forage and provisions from those counties.

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The Governor and others protest solemnly against Genl. Ewings policy of driving out all the people of the border counties, upon the principal that the guilty alone should be made to suffer. While, driving out all rebels would probably lead to such retaliation as to force all Union men to go also, still it seems to me better that it should be so, than that we should banish all indiscriminately. An effort should at least be made to protect the Loyal. The people of Missouri will not be reconciled to the idea of a total destruction of the State without regard to Loyalty.

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