James Mead writes from Salina, Kansas Territory to his father who lived in Davenport, Iowa. Apparently, Mead has heard news of Lincoln's election, but he does not know any specifics. The main focus of the letter is Mead's experiences buffalo hunting--he intends to send his father some of the meat. Between September 1 and the date of this letter (November 22, 1860), he had shot 355 buffalo and killed 250 wolves. He has saved 250 buffalo hides and plans to sell them in St. Louis, Missouri. Also contained on this sheet is the first page of a letter dated December 1, 1860. This second letter is item 90626. 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: November 22, 1860
Item Number: 90625
Call Number: James Mead Coll. #438 Box 1 Volume 1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 90625
Collections - Manuscript - Mead, James R.
Community Life - Recreation and Sports - Leisure activities - Hunting
Date - 1854-1860 - 1860
Environment - Wildlife - Mammals - Buffalo/Bison
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - Notable Kansans - Mead, James R.
Places - Cities and towns - Salina
Places - Counties - Saline
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters