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A. Curtis to William Hutchinson

A. Curtis to William Hutchinson
Creator: Curtis, A.
Date: December 21, 1856
Curtis reports on the conflict between the Kansas Central Committee and W. F. M. Arny, general agent for the National Kansas Committee, over the distribution of supplies. Curtis claims that Arny issued supplies to individuals who were engaged in speculative ventures and who were not in need of relief. Curtis attaches an itemized list of the supplies that he believes were inappropriately issued by Arny.


An Appeal from the Merchants of Lawrence, Kansas Territory to the Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis, Missouri

An Appeal from the Merchants of Lawrence, Kansas Territory to the Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis, Missouri
Creator: Merchants of Lawrence
Date: 1856
Lawrence merchants appeal to the St. Louis business community to take steps to prevent Missourians from invading Kansas Territory. They base their request on the negative impact that the invasions would have on commerce between Missouri and Kansas Territory.


Andrew H. Reeder to William Hutchinson

Andrew H. Reeder to William Hutchinson
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: August 25, 1856
This letter from Andrew H. Reeder to William Hutchinson describes Reeder's efforts to raise money for the Free State cause in his travels through the northern states.


Augustus Wattles to William Hutchinson

Augustus Wattles to William Hutchinson
Creator: Wattles, Augustus, 1807-1876
Date: April 28, 1858
Wattles, writing from Fort Scott, Kansas Territory, describes the violence in the southern portion of Kansas Territory shortly before the Marais des Cygnes massacre.


Charles Robinson to Messrs. Allen, Blood, Hutchinson and others

Charles Robinson to Messrs. Allen, Blood, Hutchinson and others
Creator: Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894
Date: August 16, 1856
Charles Robinson writes from Camp Sackett, near Lecompton, Kansas Territory, where he was being held prisoner on treason charges. He encourages free state supporters to negotiate with pro-slavery forces in order to defuse tensions in northeast Kansas Territory.


Charles Robinson to William Hutchinson

Charles Robinson to William Hutchinson
Creator: Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894
Date: December 31, 1858
Charles Robinson writes from Washington, D. C., to speculate about the prospects for financing and building a railroad in the Kansas River valley. He contends that government land grants would be necessary for the successful construction and operation of a railroad. Robinson also defends himself against charges that he was not working hard enough to convince the U.S. Congress to support a railroad in the Kansas River valley.


George Washington Brown to friends

George Washington Brown to friends
Creator: Brown, George W. (George Washington), 1820-1915
Date: August, 1856
This unsigned letter, probably, is written by George Washington Brown while he was being held prisoner at a camp near Lecompton, Kansas Territory, on treason charges,. He offers military advice to free state leaders and comments on events in the Lecompton area.


Henry Adams to William Hutchinson

Henry Adams to William Hutchinson
Creator: Adams, Henry J., 1816-1870
Date: November 14, 1860
Henry J. Adams was in Washington, D. C., as a special agent of Kansas Territory attempting to convince the U.S. Congress to pay claims for damages suffered by Kansas citizens during episodes of violence in the territory. Adams reported on the prospects of getting the claims paid during the upcoming session of Congress as well as on his concerns about being compensated for his lobbying efforts. He expressed particular concern that Charles Robinson intended to cheat him out of his pay. Adams also commented on Abraham Lincoln's election as president, and the possible secession of Southern states in response to the election results.


Henry J. Adams to William Hutchinson

Henry J. Adams to William Hutchinson
Creator: Adams, Henry J., 1816-1870
Date: June 4, 1860
Henry Adams was in Washington, D. C., as a special agent of Kansas Territory attempting to convince the U. S. Congress to pay claims for damages suffered by Kansas citizens during episodes of violence in the territory. Adams complains about not receiving enough financial support from Kansas Territory to meet his expenses.


Henry J. Raymond to William Hutchinson

Henry J. Raymond to William Hutchinson
Creator: Raymond, Henry J. (Henry Jarvis), 1820-1869
Date: September 18, 1857
Henry J. Raymond, editor of the "New York Times," denies William Hutchinson's accusation that the Times did not actively support the Free State cause in Kansas Territory because of Raymond's failure to publish all of Hutchinson's article submissions. Raymond requests that Hutchinson, who was a special correspondent for the Times, strive to produce unbiased articles about affairs in Kansas Territory.


Henry J. Raymond to William Hutchinson

Henry J. Raymond to William Hutchinson
Creator: Raymond, Henry J. (Henry Jarvis), 1820-1869
Date: October 10, 1857
Henry J. Raymond, editor of the "New York Times," speculates that Kansas Territory would become a free state because President Buchanan would pursue such a course out of political necessity. Raymond criticizes the extremism of the Free State activists in Kansas Territory and requests that Hutchinson, who was a "New York Times" special correspondent, seek to report on Kansas affairs in a more balanced manner.


Henry J. Raymond to William Hutchinson

Henry J. Raymond to William Hutchinson
Creator: Raymond, Henry J. (Henry Jarvis), 1820-1869
Date: December 18, 1857
Henry J. Raymond, editor of the "New York Times," encloses a statement itemizing William Hutchinson's columns published in the "New York Times" newspaper in the fall of 1857. Raymond expresses his support for the free state cause in the "Lecompton swindle," but cautions Hutchinson against engaging in any violence.


Invoice of Central Committee goods

Invoice of Central Committee goods
Date: Between 1850 and 1861
This is an itemized inventory of goods maintained by the Kansas Central Committee for distribution to Free State citizens in need of relief. The inventoried goods consist primarily of clothing and fabric.


Jacob Collamer to William Hutchinson

Jacob Collamer to William Hutchinson
Creator: Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865
Date: December 17, 1857
Jacob Collamer, a U.S. senator from Vermont, cautions William Hutchinson against an attempt to establish a Kansas state government under the Topeka Constitution without the consent of Congress.


Jacob Collamer to William Hutchinson

Jacob Collamer to William Hutchinson
Creator: Collamer, Jacob, 1791-1865
Date: March 23, 1858
Jacob Collamer, a U. S. senator from Vermont, writes from Washington, D. C., in response to a request from William Hutchinson for assistance in Hutchinson's plan to speculate in land on the Delaware Indian reservation in Kansas Territory. Collamer informs Hutchinson that it does not appear that the anticipated treaty with the Delaware would be negotiated during the current session of Congress.


Joseph Pomeroy Root to William Hutchinson

Joseph Pomeroy Root to William Hutchinson
Creator: Root, Joseph P., 1826-1885
Date: July 26, 1856
Root, writing from Topeka, Kansas Territory, requests $100 from the Kansas Central Committee to fund information-gathering activities in northeastern Kansas Territory. Root also speculates on the potential for military action in the territory in the late summer of 1856.


Joseph Root to William Hutchinson

Joseph Root to William Hutchinson
Creator: Root, Joseph P., 1826-1885
Date: November 17, 1857
Writing from Wyandotte City, Kansas Territory, Joseph Pomeroy Root reported that Governor Robert J. Walker had passed by Wyandotte City that morning on a steamer and was bound for Washington, D. C. Root speculated that Walker's administration was in jeopardy, and made other comments that reflected the negative view of Free State party members towards pro-slavery Democrats in Kansas.


List of persons accompanying the second regular party sent by the N. E. A. Co. to Kansas Terr.

List of persons accompanying the second regular party sent by the N. E. A. Co. to Kansas Terr.
Date: March 20, 1855
This item lists of the names, residences, and former occupations of the members of the second party sent by the New England Emigrant Aid Company to Kansas Territory, under the charge of J. L. Farwell of Fitchburg, Massachusetts.


Vigilance Club's secret sign

Vigilance Club's secret sign
Creator: Vigilance Club
Date: 1855
This item describes the secret sign, password, and obligations for members of a Free State vigilance club headquartered in Lawrence, Kansas Territory.


W. W. Updegraff to William Hutchinson

W. W. Updegraff to William Hutchinson
Creator: Updegraff, W. W
Date: August 5, 1856
W. W. Updegraff, writing from Osawatomie, Kansas Territory, describes pro-slavery forces stealing horses from free state supporters, the need of free state settlers in the Osawatomie area for financial assistance, and his views on the potential for war in the event of John C. Fremont's election as president in November, 1856.


William Hutchinson to Jacob Collamer

William Hutchinson to Jacob Collamer
Creator: Hutchinson, William , 1823-1904
Date: March 5, 1858
William Hutchinson seeks assistance from Jacob Collamer, a U.S. senator from Vermont, on a plan to speculate in land on the Delaware Indian reservation in Kansas Territory.


William Hutchinson to James B. Abbott

William Hutchinson to James B. Abbott
Creator: Hutchinson, William , 1823-1904
Date: October 21, 1857
William Hutchinson, Secretary of the Kansas Central Committee, informed James Abbott of his appointment to a secret, investigative committee created to "expose the recent frauds upon the elective franchise, and to provide for the summary punishment of all those who are implicated therein." The committee, which was appointed "privately," was the result of a resolution passed in a meeting of the Freemen of Kansas in Mass Convention of October 19, 1857.


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