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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.


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.


Biographical circulars

Biographical circulars
Date: 1890-1899
This collection consists of biographical forms sent by F. G. Adams, secretary of the Kansas Historical Society, to individuals whose names appeared in historically significant materials in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society. The responses are arranged alphabetically by last name. Biographical information may include full name, place and date of birth, place and date of settlement, present residence, place and date of death, official positions, and/or addresses of family members.


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.


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. 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.


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.


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.


Kansas State Central Committee record book

Kansas State Central Committee record book
Creator: Kansas State Central Committee
Date: Between July 3, 1856 and July 13, 1857
This record book contains the official proceedings of the Kansas State Central Committee from July 3, 1956, to July 13, 1857. The committee was established to coordinate the activities of the Free State Party. District committees were established to carry out activities at the local level.


N. M'Cracken to William Hutchinson

N. M'Cracken to William Hutchinson
Creator: Morgan, J. F.
Date: November 27, 1856
Unlike most of the other receipts for money or merchandise saved by James Blood for the Kansas State Central Committee, this one is on a pre-printed form and issued by "N. M'Cracken" of Leavenworth for merchandise delivered to William Hutchinson at Lawrence, Kansas Territory. It is signed by J. F. Morgan, who evidently delivered the goods from Leavenworth to Lawrence and "received pay of J. Blood" on January 26, 1857.


Receipt, D. A. Clayton, Jr. to G. W. Hutchinson and William Hutchinson

Receipt, D. A. Clayton, Jr. to G. W. Hutchinson and William Hutchinson
Creator: Clayton, D. A., Jr.
Date: July 25, 1856
D. A. Clayton, Jr., of Topeka, Kansas Territory, received and promises to deliver to G. W. and William Hutchinson of Lawrence $134.95 worth of articles: sugar, candles, pepper, mustard, cinnamon, and flour. Under Clayton's signature is a note indicating that the provisions were supplied to "Company B," which was under the command of H. A. Burgess.


T. W. Higginson to William Hutchinson

T. W. Higginson to William Hutchinson
Creator: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth
Date: October 27, 1856
This letter and accompanying list of forthcoming relief supplies (shirts, dresses, over coats, etc.) is directed to William Hutchinson, "Treasurer Kanzas Committee," by Thomas Wentworth Higginson of Brattleboro, Vermont. Three boxes of clothing had been sent, and Higginson reminds Hutchinson that it was "very important that in this case & in all cases, prompt acknowledgement should be made of the receipt of everything contributed to Kanzas." People need to know that their contributions were getting through and that they were appreciated.


W. F. M. Arny to William Hutchinson

W. F. M. Arny to William Hutchinson
Creator: Arny, W. F. M. (William Frederick Milton), 1813-1881
Date: October 28, 1856
From Chicago, Illinois, William F. M. Arny, general agent for the National Kansas Committee, informs William Hutchinson of a shipment of relief goods that would arrive soon at Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. Arny writes that he had given James Blood several thousand dollars "to purchase goods in St. Louis," and Arny was on his way East to raise more.


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 B. Hutchinson to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday

William B. Hutchinson to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday
Creator: Hutchinson, William , 1823-1904
Date: June 6, 1856
William B. Hutchinson of Lawrence, Kansas Territory wrote to Cyrus K. Holliday in Topeka, K. T., requesting support for a People's Mass Convention in Topeka on July 4. The gathering Free-Staters would be armed in case of opposition. Colonel Edwin V. Sumner had received orders on June 4th from K. T. Governor Wilson Shannon to disband unlawful military forces. The camp from which Hutchinson wrote had complied, but John W. Whitfield and his troops, camped at Bull Creek, refused. Hutchinson described northern enthusiasm to aid financially the free state cause. John H. Reeder and James H. Lane were speaking in northern states.


William Frederick Milton Arny to Thaddeus Hyatt

William Frederick Milton Arny to Thaddeus Hyatt
Creator: Arny, W. F. M. (William Frederick Milton), 1813-1881
Date: October 23, 1856
W. F. M. Arny, an agent of the National Kansas Committee, wrote this letter to Thaddeus Hyatt while traveling on the Missouri River. The main focus of this letter revolved around committee business and the state of affairs in Kansas. During this visit to Kansas, Arny had reorganized the Kansas Central Committee in order to increase its efficiency, and he included in this letter a revised list of its officers and members. He also wrote about his conversation with Governor Geary concerning the various volunteer companies created by free state men. The letter ends with a brief description of the suffering of the settlers, their meager diet, and their desperate need for more provisions.


William Hutchinson

William Hutchinson
Creator: Clinedinst
Date: Between
A portrait of William Hutchinson, a journalist and correspondent for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, St. Louis Democrat and Washington Republic, he covered events in Kansas from 1855 through the early 1860s. He settled in Lawrence, Kansas Territory. Hutchinson served as secretary of the Kansas Central Committee and assisted with efforts to send emigrant parties and relief to Kansas Territory. He was first identified with the abolition or free-soil party, until the Republican party organized. Hutchinson was a member of the Wyandotte Constitution Convention and was an early and persistent advocate of temperance and other reforms.


William Hutchinson to Andrew Horatio Reeder

William Hutchinson to Andrew Horatio Reeder
Creator: Hutchinson, William, 1823-1904
Date: September 7, 1856
A letter written by William Hutchinson, a resident of Lawrence, Kansas Territory, and correspondent from the New York Tribune, to former Territorial Governor Andrew Horatio Reeder, regarding the struggles in Kansas. He tells about encounters with border ruffians, the political climate, and the pro-slavery movement. A searchable, full-text version of this letter is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


William Hutchinson to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday

William Hutchinson to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday
Creator: Hutchinson, William , 1823-1904
Date: October 26, 1857
William B. Hutchinson, an abolitionist from Lawrence, Kansas Territory and secretary of the Freemen of Kansas, wrote to Cyrus K. Holliday, free state activist and president of the Topeka Town Association, informing him of his appointment to a secret committee. The fifty-two members were to gather and turn in evidence against those responsible for election fraud. Holliday had also been appointed to the fund-raising subcommittee. In a later written response, Holliday refused these appointments, referring to time-consuming family and business responsibilities.


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