James Mead, a rancher and trader from Saline County, Kansas Territory, writes this letter to his father, who lived in Davenport, Iowa. Mead and his companions are going to "the river" to send a load of buffalo meat and buffalo robes to the folks back home. He also mentions a trading excursion he has taken recently to a Kaw Indian camp about twenty miles from his trading post, listing the goods that were traded. Although other settlers were suffering during the drought of 1860, Mead and those in the vicinity are faring quite well. He once again mentioned Lincoln's election and inquired about whether or not "the Union is dissolved." The letter dated November 22, 1860, which is also on page 1 of this item is described as item #90625. 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 1, 1860
Item Number: 90626
Call Number: James Mead Coll. #438 Box 1 Volume 1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 90626
Collections - Manuscript - Mead, James R.
Date - 1854-1860 - 1860
Environment - Weather - Droughts
Environment - Wildlife - Mammals - Buffalo/Bison
Government and Politics - Elections
Home and Family - Daily life
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - American Indians - Tribes - Kansa
People - Notable Kansans - Mead, James R.
Places - Counties - Saline
Places - Rivers - Saline
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854 - 1861
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters