United States of America
Territory of Kansas sct.
To the Marshal of the United States for said
You are hereby commanded to arrest Andrew H. Reeder, Charles Robinson,
James H, Lane, George W. Brown, Samual W. Wood, George W. Daitzler [Deitzler,]
George W. Smith and Gais (sic. Gaius) Jenkins, if they shall be found within the
District of said Territory of Kansas and have them before the 1st District Court
first Judicial District of the Territory aforesaid now sitting at Lecompton for
the County of Douglas if the said court shall be then in Session, and if not then,
before the said Court at said Lecompton sitting as aforesaid on the 2nd Monday
of September next ensuing the date -hereof, to answer an indictment by the Grand
Jury of the said Territory for the body of Douglas County aforesaid, for high
treason in levying war against the United States, contrary to the form of the
Statute in such case made and provided in such ease and also against the
peace and dignity of the said United States of America.
Hereof fail not at your peril and have you then and there this warrant with the
manner of its execution. Witness the honorable Samuel D. Lecompte Judge of our
said Court this the 14th day of April. Anno Domoni Eighteen Hundred and Fifty Six.
Issued this 20th day of May A. D. 1856.
D. Scott Boyle
Served the written warrant on George W# Brown and have him now in my custody.
May 20th, 1856. I. B. Donalson. U. S.
“Filed May 31, May 1856”
1 hereby certify that I have served the written writ on Charles Robinson, by
reading the same to him now in my custody in the city of Leavenworth and
Territory of Kansas, May 25th, A. D., 1856. I. B. Donaldson by
H. D. McMakin
Depty U. S. M.
Served the written warrant Tory- Depty on George W. Smith and Gais Jenkins, and
have them now in my custody guarded by U. S. Troops.
May 21st, 1856
I. B. Donaldson
U. S. Marshal
The Grand Jury sitting for “adjourned” Term of the 1st District Court in and for the County of
Douglas in the Territory of Kansas, beg leave to report to the Honorable Court that from evidence laid
before them showing that the newspaper known as the Herald of Freedom published at the town of
Lawrence has from time to time issued publications of a most inflamatory and seditious character
denying the legality of the Territorial authorities, and advising and “commanding” forcible resistance to
the same, demoralizing the popular mind and rendering life and property unsafe even to the extent of
advising assasination as a last resort# Also that the paper known as the “Kansas Free State” had been
similarly engaged and had recently reported the resolutions of a public meeting in Johnson County in
this Territory in which resistance to the Territorial law even to blood had been agreed upon and
respectively recommend [sic] their abatement as nuisances also that we are satisfied that the building
known as the "Free State Hotel” in Lawrence had been constructed with the view to military occupation
and defense. Regularly parrapeted [sic. parapeted]and port holed for the use of cannon and small arms
and could only have been assigned as a strong hold of resistance to law thusly endangering the public
safety—and encouraging rebellion and sedition in this county and respectfully recommend that steps be
taken whereby said nuisance may be removed.
Owen C. Stewart