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Letter from James Fergus of Little Falls to Ignatius Donnelly – October 30, 1861

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Letter from James Fergus of Little Falls to Ignatius Donnelly.

“Little Falls Oct 30th 1861 Hon Ignatius Donnelly
D[ear] Sir There are so few young men left in this neighborhood that it would be almost impossible to raise a company here at present.
The most of our able-bodied men have been engaged in lumbering, and owing to the inactivity in that branch of our State industry, the majority have either removed out of the neighborhood or have gone to the war already. I am told that not a single recruit has been obtained in the large French Canadian settlement on Belle Prairie.  They are nearly all Democrats, and the majority of them are so ignorant that they think democracy consists more in opposing the state and national authorities than anything else, and some of them do not hesitate to avow secession sentiments.
I would like to serve my state and country in some capacity where I could be actively and usefully employed, but my age prevents my enlisting, so I suppose I must remain an idle spectator for the present.
Respectfully your O[bedient Servant] James Fergus”

Citation:  October 30, 1861 Letter from James Fergus to Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence Sept-Oct. 1861. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society.

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