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would be no difficulty in his doing all for Ned that he wanted. I told him in the course of the conversation that you thought you could secure the services of Mr Buckalew of Pennsylvania and he said if Buckalew should ask the President for the appointment he would give it he thought and considered it a good plan to get his services if possible. Now all of the above looks pretty gloomy both for yourself and Edward and yet "it is always the darkest hour before day." I think it will be well for you to find out exactly what you can do about Buckalew and then if necessary come in and see him and even go to the President in person about this matter. We are all