The Eldridge House (or hotel) was built in Lawrence, Kansas Territory by the New England Emigrant Aid Society. It was an unofficial headquarters for the free state movement and, as such, it was targeted for destruction by Sheriff Jones' proslavery posse, which sacked Lawrence on May 21, 1856, less than two weeks after this document was created. This pocket-sized card contained twelve "rules and regulations" for residents, including the admonition to "lock and bolt the door when you retire," a prohibition against "all kinds of Gaming," and the notice that "persons without Baggage are expected to pay in advance."
Creator: Eldridge, T. B.
Date: May 10, 1856
Item Number: 3349
Call Number: Oscar E. Learnard Coll. #415 Box 1 Folder 3
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 3349
Business and Industry - Lodging - Boarding houses
Business and Industry - Lodging - Hotels
Collections - Manuscript - Leonard, Oscar E.
Community Life - Town development - Town companies - New England Emigrant Aid Company
Date - 1854-1860 - 1856
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Antislavery
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Handbill
Places - Cities and towns - Lawrence
Places - Counties - Douglas
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854 - 1861
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Type of Material - Printed materials - Ephemera