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James R. Mead writes this letter from his ranch and trading post near the Saline River to his father in Davenport, Iowa. He vehemently declares that the stories about suffering settlers in Kansas Territory were "bare-faced lies." He wishes that those in the East would stop sending relief supplies because "it all goes into the hands of favorites" and Kansas would be better off without it. He also provides his father advice, telling him to appreciate his home in Iowa and to stay out of the way of any enemies. 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: February 14, 1861

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Item Number: 90629
Call Number: James Mead Coll. #438 Box 1 Volume 1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 90629

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