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In this letter, Mead informs his father, who still lived in Davenport, Iowa, that he has established a trading post along the Saline River in Kansas Territory in order to trade with the Indians. Mead, along with his business partners, has stored up meat for the winter and has built a comfortable house. Apparently, times were still very difficult in Kansas, although Mead seems to have fared quite well. The letter ends with personal advice to his father about a mare who was no longer worth keeping. These typed copies of the James R. Mead's letters were donated to the Kansas State Historical Society by Mr. Mead's family in 1940 when the originals were still owned by the family. The originals are now held by Wichita State University.

Creator: Mead, James R. (James Richard), b. 1836
Date: December 25, 1859

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Item Number: 90618
Call Number: James Mead Coll. #438 Box 1 Volume 1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 90618

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