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Thaddeus Hyatt, president of the National Kansas Committee, wrote this letter to the President of the United States in an effort to obtain assistance for the suffering inhabitants of Kansas. He described in detail the needs of the settlers, including their lack of adequate winter clothing and the scarcity of food. According to his personal observations, Hyatt concluded that the only options left to Kansas settlers were exodus or starvation. He also asked that all government lands be removed from the market, especially those in the New York Indian reserve.

Creator: Hyatt, Thaddeus
Date: October 16, 1860

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This source clearly demonstrates the deplorable condition of settlers in Kansas during the drought of 1860-1861. It could be grouped with James Randall's letter to Hyatt, the pamphlet titled "The Kansas Sufferers!" images of the drought, newspaper articles about the drought and famine, or the reminiscences of Orinda Baker and Martha Valentine.

KS:7th:3.7:Challenges of Settlement (2005)

Item Number: 2561
Call Number: Thaddeus Hyatt Papers (Coll. 401) Box 1, Folder 9
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 2561

Agriculture - Environment - Weather - Droughts
Business and Industry - Services - Real estate
Collections - Manuscript - Hyatt, Thaddeus
Community Life - Clubs and organizations - Charitable - Relief - National Kansas Committee
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1860s to 1870s (Benchmark 3) - Challenges of settlement (Indicator 7) - Drought and famine
Date - 1854-1860 - 1860
Environment - Weather - Droughts
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Federal agencies and programs - Policies and programs - Land
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Presidents - Buchanan, James
Government and Politics - Political Parties - Free Soil
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Antislavery
Government and Politics - Territorial Government - Political parties - Free State
Home and Family - Clothing
Home and Family - Daily life - Health and Hygiene
Home and Family - Daily life - Settlement
Military - Wars - Bleeding Kansas
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - American Indians - Indian lands
People - American Indians - Tribes - New York
People - Notable People - Buchanan, James, 1791-1868
People - Notable People - Hyatt, Thaddeus
Places - Other States - District of Columbia -- Washington
Places - Other States - New York
Places - Regions - Eastern Kansas
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters

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