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George Walter, History of Kanzas

George Walter, History of Kanzas
Creator: Walter, George
Date: 1855
This history was written by George Walter, agent for the New York Kanzas League. The purpose of the League was to assist individuals and families to emigrate to Kansas and help provides reduced prices and other assistance. The office of the New York Kanzas League was located on the 3rd floor of No. 110 Broadway, New York City. Walter provided the information he thought emigrants to Kansas would need including descriptions of the situation in the territory, its climate, soil, rivers, and native products. He also gave information about industry in Kansas Territory, particularly the milling industry. He provided information on routes and supplies needed as well as a copy of the reemption law. The text of the Bill to organize the territories of Kansas and Nebraska was included on pages 24 through 48 of the pamphlet.

Henry Parker to Hiram Hill

Henry Parker to Hiram Hill
Creator: Parker, Henry F.
Date: March 16, 1857
Henry Parker wrote from Lawrence, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill, soliciting his approval for the sale of a town lot in West Lawrence to Mr. Nathan Starks. Parker added that Lykins, the previous owner of the lot, had also sold his mill, and wished to settle his business immediately. He also asked Hill if he would be willing to invest in the construction of a court house for Douglas County.

William H. R. Lykins

William H. R. Lykins
Date: Between 1856 and 1861
A portrait of William H. R. Lykins, the son of Dr. Johnston Lykins and an early Lawrence, Kansas, settler. This photograph is from the Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society, 1923-1925, vol. 16.

William H. R. Lykins house, Lawrence, Kansas Territory

William H. R. Lykins house, Lawrence, Kansas Territory
Creator: Leonard, 613 Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS.,
Date: 1854
A view of people standing before the William H. R. Lykins house in Lawrence, Kansas Territory. This probably is the second house built by Lykins on the future site of Lawrence. He settled in the area on May 26, 1854, many weeks before the first Emigrant Aid Society party arrived. Lykins built one house northwest of the present-day Lawrence in May, 1854. In August, 1854, he built another house near the future site of the Emigrant Aid Company's sawmill on the south bank of the Kansas River. This photograph is from a cabinet card made by Leonard, 613 Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas.

William Weer, Brief for Applicant

William Weer, Brief for Applicant
Creator: Weer, William
Date: Circa 1856
William Weer served as legal counsel for the Wyandotte Reserve and presented this brief on behalf of William Lykins and Robert Robitaille apparently to the Commissioner of the Land Office at Lecompton, Kansas Territory. Lykins and Robitaille were attempting to receive a patent for land that was also claimed by the Lawrence Association, Gaius Jenkins, Charles Robinson, S. J. Livingston, George G. Mathews, and William Savage. The brief contained a short history of the Wyandot tribes removal west and various treaties involving land. The claim involved parts of the city of Lawrence. The brief cited various cases and laws upon which Mr. Weer based his arguments.

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