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Eli Thayer to Dr. Thomas H. Webb

Eli Thayer to Dr. Thomas H. Webb
Creator: Thayer, Eli, 1819-1899
Date: March 3, 1855
Eli Thayer, writing from Worcester, Massachusetts to Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, expressed his positive impression of the Emigrant Aid Company founded in Connecticut. He also expressed his distrust of the American Settlement Company and the New York League, two other emigrant aid organizations.


F.A. Hunt to Thomas H. Webb

F.A. Hunt to Thomas H. Webb
Creator: Hunt, F. A.
Date: March 14, 1856
F. A. Hunt, owner of a steamboat and land agent company, wrote from St. Louis, Missouri to Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company. Hunt informed Webb that a shipment of 100 rifles and two guns had been seized at Lexington, Missouri while in transit to Leavenworth via the Steamboat Arabia. Hunt stated that unless the weapons had been taken by authority of the U.S. government, the steamboat was liable for the loss. Hunt urged Webb to be more cautious in making shipments of weapons to Kansas.


Martin Brimmer to Martin Franklin Conway

Martin Brimmer to Martin Franklin Conway
Creator: Brimmer, Martin
Date: April 23, 1858
Martin Brimmer, a member of the New England Emigrant Aid Company Executive Committee, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway, general agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas Territory. Brimmer described a financial dispute with the company's previous general agent, Charles Branscomb, and he requested that Conway investigate whether the company should file a lawsuit against Branscomb.


Martin Brimmer to Martin Franklin Conway

Martin Brimmer to Martin Franklin Conway
Creator: Brimmer, Martin
Date: February 6, 1858
Martin Brimmer, a member of the New England Emigrant Aid Company Executive Committee, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway. Brimmer informed Conway that he had been appointed the company's general agent for Kansas Territory, replacing Charles Branscomb. Brimmer instructed Conway to recommend local agents for Topeka, Manhattan, and Osawatomie.


New England Emigrant Aid Company, Annual Meeting Minutes

New England Emigrant Aid Company, Annual Meeting Minutes
Creator: New England Emigrant Aid Company
Date: March 5, 1855 - May 29, 1860
Proceedings of the New England Emigrant Aid Company stockholders meetings. The meetings typically involved the election of officers, a treasurer's report, consideration of resolutions, and an assessment of the company's prospects in Kansas. The minutes for the first meeting of the New England Emigrant Aid Company (March 5, 1855) included the corporation by-laws.


New England Emigrant Aid Company charter

New England Emigrant Aid Company charter
Creator: New England Emigrant Aid Company
Date: 1855
This charter of the New England Emigrant Aid Company identifies the officers, directors, and members of the executive committee, and provides information about the New England Emigrant Aid Company's stock.


New England Emigrant Aid Company special meeting minutes

New England Emigrant Aid Company special meeting minutes
Date: 1855
Official proceedings of a special meeting of the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Boston, Massachusetts.


Resolution of the New England Emigrant Aid Company

Resolution of the New England Emigrant Aid Company
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: September 13, 1858
Thomas Webb drafted this copy of a resolution adopted by the New England Emigrant Aid Company Executive Committee, which moved to allow Isaac Goodnow to sell twenty Manhattan town lots owned by the Company, with 50% of the proceeds going to support Goodnow's fund to support the founding of a college in Manhattan, Kansas Territory.


Samuel Clarke Pomeroy  to Doctor Thomas H. Webb

Samuel Clarke Pomeroy to Doctor Thomas H. Webb
Creator: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891
Date: December 19, 1855
Samuel Pomeroy, writing from Boonville, Missouri, to Dr. Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, described a dinner he attended in Lexington, Missouri with pro-slavery Missourians who had participated in the Wakarusa War. Pomeroy expressed the opinion that the Missourians drank too much alcohol but he reported that he had been allowed to express his anti-slavery views to the group. Pomeroy indicated that the Missourians were particularly upset with Governor Wilson Shannon's intervention in the Wakarusa War.


Samuel Newell Simpson to Hiram Hill

Samuel Newell Simpson to Hiram Hill
Creator: Simpson, Samuel Newell
Date: September 30, 1856
Samuel Simpson wrote from Lawrence, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill, expressing his support for the election of John Fremont to the Presidency. Simpson also discussed the prospective purchase of Wyandot Indian lands, and told Hill he would invest in them if Hill wished. He added that he had received direction from Thomas Webb, Secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Society, to draw money from him; Simpson assumed this was the money sent by Hill.


Thomas H. Webb

Thomas H. Webb
Creator: J. W. Black & Co.
Thomas H. Webb of Boston, Massachusetts, was secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company. His name appeared in publications of the Company, and he was a frequent correspondent with people in Kansas Territory who were connected to the company.


Thomas H. Webb to J. S. Emery

Thomas H. Webb to J. S. Emery
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: November 20, 1856
The letter indicatesthat J. S. Emery was duly authorized by the New England Emigrant Aid Company as an agent to organize state, county, and town associations in New Hampshire to provide aid to Kansas Territory. Webb suggests they follow the model established in Massachusetts. He also makes it clear that the state association would be responsible for paying Mr. Emery for his efforts in organizing New Hampshire.


Thomas H. Webb to Samuel Clarke Pomeroy

Thomas H. Webb to Samuel Clarke Pomeroy
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: March 6, 1855
Thomas Webb, Secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote a letter of introduction for Isaac Goodnow to Samuel Pomeroy, seeking protection for Goodnow and his traveling party when they would arrive in Kansas Territory. Webb justified the request to Pomeroy, proclaiming that "Mr. G is with us in heart and hand. . .and will battle manfully for Liberty."


Thomas H. Webb to William Barnes

Thomas H. Webb to William Barnes
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: September 9, 1856
Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Society, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to William Barnes of Albany, New York. Webb lamented about the difficulties experienced by free state supporters in Kansas and described efforts to convince the Massachusetts state government to provide aid to the free state settlers. He urged Barnes to launch a similar effort in New York.


Thomas Hopkins Webb to Hiram Hill

Thomas Hopkins Webb to Hiram Hill
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: July 31, 1856
Thomas Webb, Secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Society, wrote from Boston to Hiram Hill in Williamsburgh, Massachusetts. Webb advised him on the best way to send monetary aid to Kansas, which would take the form of a Letter of Credit and would keep the enemy from obtaining the money even if the Letter were captured. In another alternative, Webb also offered to purchase with Hill's money actual supplies to be shipped out to Kansas.


Thomas Hopkins Webb to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow

Thomas Hopkins Webb to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: July 21, 1858
Thomas Webb, Secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote to Isaac Goodnow, indicating his overwhelming approval for the creation of a college in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, not knowing of a "more beautiful and eligible spot than the one selected." Webb communicated his pride in the fact that a Free State supporter would be the one to initiate such a project, and told Goodnow he had recently received a $12,000 donation from a Massachusetts man, which was to support the college.


Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway

Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: March 23, 1859
Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway, general agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas Territory. Webb informed Conway of the Company's desire to end its operations in Kansas as soon as possible. He recommended that Conway sell the Company's mill equipment at a low price and suggested that he sell it to the Batchelder Town Company. In a postscript, Webb urged Conway to prepare information to present to the territorial legislature related to Company claims for losses during the early territorial troubles, particularly for losses incurred during the May 1856 sack of Lawrence.


Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway

Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: September 9, 1859
Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway, general agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas Territory. Webb reported that someone was spreading damaging rumors in Boston about Conway operating "grogeries" during a recent political event (probably the August 1859 Republican Convention in Lawrence, Kansas Territory). Webb commented that he had told people who were concerned about the rumors to take the accusations with a grain of salt ("cum grano salis").


Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway

Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: August 28, 1858
Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway, general agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas Territory. Webb gave instructions to Conway on several New England Emigrant Aid Company business matters including the potential sale of the mill in Lawrence, Kansas Territory. Webb comments on the decline in real estate values in Kansas Territory in the aftermath of the Panic of 1857.


Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway

Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: February 19, 1859
Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway, general agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas Territory. Webb provided instructions to Conway on several New England Emigrant Aid Company business matters including the sale of property in Atchison, Kansas Territory. Webb state that it would be desirable to hold the Atchison property until real estate values increased, but he informed Conway that the Company needed cash immediately and that the properties should be sold as soon as possible.


Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway

Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: April 30, 1858
Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway, general agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas Territory. Webb provided Conway with a detailed description of the property owned by the company in Lawrence, Kansas Territory. Webb was quite critical of Charles Branscomb's, the company's previous general agent, administration of company property in the town.


Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway

Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: July 6, 1858
Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway, general agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas Territory. Webb, in a letter identified as being "Unofficial," described his personal investments in town shares and lots in several Kansas Territory locations including Manhattan, Burlington, Topeka, Lawrence, and Quindaro.


Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway

Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: May 31, 1859
Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway, general agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas Territory. Webb informed Conway that the Company's Executive Committee had approved Isaac Goodnow's request for a donation for Bluemont College in Manhattan, Kansas Territory. Bluemont College later became Kansas State University.


Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway

Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: May 15, 1858
Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway, general agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas Territory. Webb expressed satisfaction that Conway appeared to be putting the company's affairs in Kansas Territory in order. But he described his "melancholy" over the poor management of the Company's business interests in the past.


Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway

Thomas Hopkins Webb to Martin Franklin Conway
Creator: Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: April 30, 1859
Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway, general agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas Territory. Webb informed Conway that the Company's Executive Committee had approved a proposal to sell mill equipment to the Batcheller Town Company.


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