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Beaver Pa. July 23. 1877.

Gov. John F. Hartranft

Since my last burning of property has continued in Pittsburgh, depot, grain elevation, miles of cars, buildings and almost all property of P.R.R. pillaged and destroyed.

Harrisburg Arsenal was threatened but we got troops in time to save it, mob has possession of P.R.R. at Harrisburg round houses and depot, also west Philada. yards, Philada & Reading depot, and it is also reported by Col. Scott that the Reading, Lehigh Valley, North Penna. Phila, Wilmington & Baltimore will be under the special charge in twelve hours and a thorough strike inaugurated every where. No parallel in history of the world upon the strength of what we saw at Pittsburgh what was reported as existing elsewhere and what doubtless now exists everywhere.

Colonel Quay and I after Consultation called in your name upon the President for troops after having resisted entreaties from all quarters to do so for several days citizens and business men and others of military experience were of opinion that it would take ten thousand men to quell the Pittsburgh mob.

James W. Latta