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Kansas City, Missouri
November 26, 1904
My dear Connelley.
  
     I finally cornered John Noland, sure enough, he was ticklish about telling his sorry, and when told, it is somewhat different

from what I had heard.

     John said, I waany further, sah, tell me if this might create any trouble sah"' Being assured that it was only for the purpose

of perpetuating s raised by and belonged to Ausbury Noland, five miles east of Independence. "But", says John, BEfore you go

history, John said, I being a colored man I had the advantage of any white man as a spy. Quantrill had sent a white woman to

Lawrence before he sent me, but she failed. It was then Col. (Quantrill) sent for me to meet him on Little Blue River, and it was

there that I received my final instructions, which was to find out the number of soldiers quartered in Lawrence, and if there

were any in the near vicinity. The Col. gave me money ample for my expenses. I started for Lawrence about the 12th or 14th of

August, arriving there I found some colored people there but did not mix with them for fear of recognition. I only spent one

day and one night in Lawrence. I counted one hundred and forty soldiers camped about the town, but a portion of those left

the day I was there. I was not molested while in Lawrence. On my return to Jackson County, I fell in with some of Quantrill's

men near Raytown, but told them nothing, for the Col. had told me to tell nothing. Shortly after falling in with these men (who

told me the Col. had sent them to escort me to camp) we came in contact with a scout of Federals from Independence, we

scattered. I saw that I was about to be captured, so I crawled under a schoolhouse and hid my pistols, after a few moments they

(the enemy) surrounded the house and I was made a prisoner and taken to Independence where I was held for about ten days,

and, notwithstanding the many stories to the contrary, I did not see the Col. or make any reports to him until after his return

from Lawrence. I was offered $10,000 to betray Quantrill and his men, but refused.



I met John on election Day at Independence. He told me he voted the straight democratic ticket, he said, they tells me that you

is a little off. Say, Connelley, I think that Hell broke loose this year, think of it, Missouri went Republican. Well, I was only

sorry on account of Cockrell, but I believe it will prove a blessing to him. See what Roosevelt has done, anent that

magnanimity. Hurrah for Roosevelt!

Truly &c
Wm. H. Gregg
1404 Wabash Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri