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A. G. Bradford to James Denver

A. G. Bradford to James Denver
Creator: Bradford, A. G.
Date: March 18, 1858
A. G. Bradford, writing from Washington, D.C., to Kansas Territory's governor James H. Denver, suggests that the effort to admit Kansas Territory as a state under the Lecompton Constitution likely would fail in the U.S. Congress. Bradford also seeks Denver's support for Bradford's attempt to receive an appointment as Superintendent of Indian Affairs and comments upon Denver's future political opportunities in California.


A. J. Bradford to James W. Denver

A. J. Bradford to James W. Denver
Creator: Bradford, A. G.
Date: April 1, 1858
A. G. Bradford, writing from Washington, D.C., to Governor James W. Denver, reports that the U.S. House of Representatives passes the Crittenden-Montgomery resolution, which proposed to resubmit the Lecompton Constitution to a vote in Kansas Territory. Bradford predicts, however, that a House-Senate conference committee would endorse the Senate's version of the Lecompton Constitution bill, which proposed the admission of Kansas as a state under the Lecompton Constitution. Bradford adds that he believes both houses of Congress would agree to admit Kansas under the Lecompton Constitution.


Andrew Jackson Isacks to General James William Denver

Andrew Jackson Isacks to General James William Denver
Creator: Isacks, Andrew Jackson
Date: February 01, 1858
In this letter to General James W. Denver, Kansas Territory Attorney General Andrew J. Isacks addresses his recent purchase of the "lands of the Christian Indians." Isacks explains that the Christian Indians were "content to live upon any other four sections of land that I might get for them, if the Delawares were not disposed to receive them."


Charles E. Mix to James William Denver

Charles E. Mix to James William Denver
Creator: Mix, Charles E.
Date: October 07, 1858
In this letter to James William Denver, Bureau of Indian Affairs Commissioner Charles E. Mix addresses the issue of Native American lands in the Kansas Territory. Mix explains to Denver that he would like him to "determine whether those portions of the aforesaid Blocks were designed for the use and benefit of the lotholders in said city [Leavenworth]."


Edmund B. Whitman to George L. Stearns

Edmund B. Whitman to George L. Stearns
Creator: Whitman, E. B. (Edmund Burke), 1812-1883
Date: April 13, 1858
Whitman writes a rather lengthy update on the Kansas Territory situation for Stearns, focusing on the political machinations of the few and the uncertain situation created by the Lecompton debate. Of territorial leadership, Whitman observes: "While Kansas is blessed with many of the truest men of the age, men who are fully up to the emergency, she is also cursed with some of the most unprincipled demagogues that ever afflicted any country." Whitman writes that there is much confusion and disagreement about the best course of action for free state men to take, now that many acknowledged the death of the Topeka movement. He then turns to the work of the Minneola and Leavenworth Constitutional Convention of March, 1858.


Edmund Burke Whitman to George Luther Stearns

Edmund Burke Whitman to George Luther Stearns
Creator: Whitman, E. B. (Edmund Burke), 1812-1883
Date: April 30, 1858
Whitman's April 30, 1858, letter to Stearns described the harmonious work conducted by the "State Convention" and its nomination of state officers under the Leavenworth Constitution. That movement, he told Stearns, would probably not "amount to much if the Lecompton Constitution is rejected. He also mentioned continued tension in Bourbon County and the route of U.S. troops by "the free State boys" of Fort Scott.


George A. Crawford to General James William Denver

George A. Crawford to General James William Denver
Creator: Crawford, George A. (George Addison), 1827-1891
Date: June 07, 1858
In this letter to General James William Denver, Governor of the Kansas Territory, George A. Crawford addresses recent happenings in Washington related to Kansas, including the issue of Native Indian lands. Crawford explains that "our N.Y. Indian Bill has passed the Senate and is likely to become a law."


George W. Clarke to General James William Denver letters

George W. Clarke to General James William Denver letters
Creator: Clarke, George W.
Date: April 18, 1858-April 19, 1858
In these two letters to General James W. Denver, Governor of the Territory of Kansas, George W. Clarke addresses injustices done to him. Clarke explains that a company controlled by George A. Crawford had begun to claim land that had been declared as off limits for settlement by the General Land Office of the United States.


George W. Clarke to Samuel J. Jones

George W. Clarke to Samuel J. Jones
Creator: Clarke, George W.
Date: June 2, 1858
Writing from Fort Scott, Kansas Territory, to Douglas County Sheriff Samuel J. Jones, George W. Clarke describes a May 30, 1858, incident in which Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel D. Walker attempted to arrest him as a suspect in the Marais des Cygnes Massacre. Clarke declares that he was innocent of the charges, and views Walker's arrest warrant as a "bogus writ." Clarke initially resisted arrest but claimed that he agreed to surrender to Lieutenant Shinn of the U.S. Army to prevent violence between Fort Scott residents and Walker's men. Clarke also describes the unsuccessful efforts of angry Fort Scott residents to convince Walker to arrest James Montgomery.


George W. Manypenny to General James William Denver

George W. Manypenny to General James William Denver
Creator: Manypenny, George Washington, 1808-1892
Date: December 03, 1857
In this letter to General James W. Denver, George W. Manypenny addresses a "Kaw Half Breed Tract" of land that he believed should have been "ceded to the United States, and sold for the benefit of the families named in the treaty of 1825."


H. P. A. Smith to James W. Denver

H. P. A. Smith to James W. Denver
Creator: Smith, H. P. A.
Date: June 3, 1858
H. P. A. Smith, writing from Fort Scott, Kansas Territory, to Governor James W. Denver, reports on events of May 30, 1858, involving Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel D. Walker's attempt to arrest George W. Clarke on charges that Clarke participated in the Marais des Cygnes Massacre. Smith questions Walker's authority to arrest Clarke, observing that Walker's arrest warrant had been issued by a justice of the peace from a township, Mapleton, that did not yet exist. Smith comments on the general state of unrest in the area, and declared that the "County is in fact in open rebellion . . . . complete anarchy prevails." He encourages Governor Denver to come to Fort Scott to assess the situation for himself and to help restore order.


H. P. A. Smith to James W. Denver

H. P. A. Smith to James W. Denver
Creator: Smith, H. P. A.
Date: May 16, 1858
H. P. A. Smith, writing from Fort Scott, Kansas Territory, to Governor James W. Denver, reports that conditions were peaceful in the southeast section of the territory. Smith states that he had accompanied a group of dragoons on an unsuccessful mission to find and arrest James Montgomery and other free state supporters, who allegedly had engaged in violent activities in the area. Smith comments that, in his view, the "ultra Pro Slavery party" was partly responsible for the unrest in southeast Kansas Territory, but he also believes that "moderate free-state" supporters should act to stop the violence.


Hugh S. Walsh to General James William Denver

Hugh S. Walsh to General James William Denver
Date: December 21, 1858
In this letter to General James W. Denver, Hugh S. Walsh tells Denver that the Shawnee tribe "intend sending a delegation to Washington" because they want "some important alterations respecting their schools."


Hugh S. Walsh to James W. Denver

Hugh S. Walsh to James W. Denver
Creator: Walsh, Hugh Sleight
Date: November 22, 1858
Acting territorial governor Hugh S. Walsh, writing from Lecompton, Kansas Territory, to former territorial governor James W. Denver, describes his strategy for the upcoming session of the territorial legislature. Walsh expresses the opinion that the legislature, due to voting irregularities, is not truly representative of the people of the territory. He hopes to convince the legislators to resign and call for new elections.


Hugh S. Walsh to James William Denver

Hugh S. Walsh to James William Denver
Creator: Walsh, Hugh Sleight
Date: October 03, 1867
In this letter to James W. Denver, Hugh S. Walsh addresses matters related to railroad expansion following the Civil War. Walsh states that he was informed that the Union Pacfic Railroad "had notified the Secretary of Interior that they declined taking the surplus Pottawatomie lands over and above the allotment."


J. Thompson to James W. Denver

J. Thompson to James W. Denver
Creator: Thompson, J.
Date: October 10, 1858
Thompson, writing from the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., to Governor James W. Denver, urges Denver to remain in the position of territorial governor as a service to the Buchanan Administration and the Democratic party. Thompson indicates that President Buchanan believes Denver could prevent Kansas from seeking admission to the union until it had "the requisite population." Denver, in spite of Thompson's appeal, left office on October 10, 1858.


J. Williams to James W. Denver

J. Williams to James W. Denver
Creator: Williams, J.
Date: May 16, 1858
Williams, writing from Fort Scott, Kansas Territory, to Governor James W. Denver, complains about the activities of James Montgomery and "his murderers & robbers" in Bourbon County. Williams, who displayed moderate views, condemns both proslavery and free state violence and maintains that the citizens of Bourbon County simply wanted to live in peace.


James Denver

James Denver
Date: 1858
Engraving of James William Denver, 1817-1892, by J. C. Buttre of New York, from an ambrotype by Mathew B. Brady. Denver was the 7th Kansas Territorial Governor. He served as acting governor from December 21, 1857 to May 12, 1858. He was appointed governor and served from May 12 to July 3, 1858 and from July 30 to October 10, 1858.


James H. Noteware to James W. Denver

James H. Noteware to James W. Denver
Creator: Noteware, James H.
Date: March 5, 1858
James H. Noteware, superintendent of schools for Kansas Territory, writes from Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, to Governor James W. Denver seeking the governor's support for Noteware's effort to establish a school system in Kansas Territory.


James W. Denver

James W. Denver
James W. Denver served as the acting Territorial Governor of Kansas from December 21, 1857, through May 12, 1858, before he was named as the seventh Territorial Governor of Kansas, serving from May 12 to July 3, and July 30 through October, 1858. This photograph was taken some time after his service as Territorial Governor.


James W. Denver

James W. Denver
Date: Circa 1857
James W. Denver served as acting Territorial Governor of Kansas from December 21, 1857, through May 12, 1858, before becoming the seventh Territorial Governor of Kansas, serving from May 12 to July 3, and July 30 through October, 1858. This engraving was made while he was serving as a member of the 34th Congress from California, just prior to being appointed acting Territorial Governor for the Kansas Territory.


James W. Denver to his dear wife

James W. Denver to his dear wife
Creator: Denver, James William, 1817-1892
Date: January 4, 1858
James W. Denver, Governor of Kansas Territory, wrote from Lecompton, Kansas Territory, to his wife, Louise Rombach of Clinton County, Ohio. The two married in 1856 and had four children. Denver mentions the January 4, 1858, election on the Lecompton Constitution. He describes the tendency of Kansas Territory residents to exaggerate claims of violence, the Legislature's lack of a quorum, and his dissatisfaction with his current situation.


James William Denver, Address to the people of Kansas

James William Denver, Address to the people of Kansas
Creator: Denver, James William, 1817-1892
Date: December 21, 1857
Initial address from Gov. Denver indicating his instructions from the president.


James William Denver, Report on vote

James William Denver, Report on vote
Creator: Denver, James William, 1817-1892
Date: January 14, 1858
Report on the result of the vote of Dec. 21, 1857 and Jan. 4, 1858 including proclamation on the official vote by acting Gov. Denver, Jan. 14, 1858.


John J. Davies to General James William Denver

John J. Davies to General James William Denver
Creator: Davies, John
Date: January 16, 1858
In this letter to General James W. Denver, John Davies addresses a treaty between the United States and the Ottawas in the Kansas Territory. Davies explains that the treaty must be finalized because its delay could "put them [Ottawas] back very much in their improvements" with regard to "the arts of civilization."


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