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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."


B.F. Johnson to General James William Denver

B.F. Johnson to General James William Denver
Creator: Johnson, Benjamin F.
Date: January 23, 1858
In this letter to General James W. Denver, B.F. Johnson asks Denver if the New York Indians had made a treaty with the United States Government. Johnson also asks Denver if the land set aside for the New York Indians near Fort Scott, Kansas, was open "for settlement either by Preemption or in any other way." Johnson is writing from Wyandotte City, Kansas Territory.


B.F. Robinson to General James William Denver

B.F. Robinson to General James William Denver
Creator: Robinson, B.F.
Date: March 15, 1858
In this letter to General James W. Denver, Indian Agent B.F. Robinson addresses the subject of the ferry near Lawrence, Kansas. Robinson explains that "the question presents itself whether or not the Delawares under the late treaty with the United States returned the right of the ferry up from their side."


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]."


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."


Hugh S. Walsh to Lewis Cass

Hugh S. Walsh to Lewis Cass
Creator: Walsh, Hugh Sleight
Date: November 19, 1858
Acting territorial governor Hugh S. Walsh writes from Lecompton, Kansas Territory, to Secretary of State Lewis Cass. Walsh requests permission to use $3000 remaining from funds appropriated for the August 1858 election as a means to offer rewards for the capture of James Montgomery, John Brown, and other Free State supporters allegedly engaged in violence in southeastern Kansas Territory.


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 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 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.


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."


John P. Vaughn to James W. Denver

John P. Vaughn to James W. Denver
Creator: Vaughn, John P.
Date: March 4, 1858
John P. Vaughn writesfrom Sacramento, California, to Kansas Territory Governor James W. Denver, about Vaughn's efforts to get the California legislature to support Kansas's admission as a state under the Lecompton Constitution.


John T. Jones to James W. Denver

John T. Jones to James W. Denver
Creator: Jones, John Tecumseh (Tauy)
Date: January 16, 1858
John T. Jones, an interpreter for the Ottawa Indians, wrote from Washington urging Governor James W. Denver to support ratification of a treaty between the U.S. government and the Ottawas. Jones reported that the Secretary of the Interior was not inclined to support ratification and he believed Denver, who had negotiated the treaty with the Ottawas during his tenure as Commissioner of Indian Affairs, could influence the decision.


Johnston Lykins to General James William Denver

Johnston Lykins to General James William Denver
Creator: Lykins, Johnston, 1800?-1876
Date: December 14, 1857
In this letter to General James W. Denver, Lykins addresses the then-pending case of the Wyandotte land float. Lykins explains that "Jenkins right to the claim, was the testimony of a Kansas City clerk." The "Floats" were granted to the Wyandotte Nation in 1854. According to the agreement, 32 640-acre sections of land west of the Mississippi river were set aside for the Wyandotte Nation.


R.S. Stevens to General James William Denver

R.S. Stevens to General James William Denver
Creator: Stevens, Robert S.
Date: March 17, 1859
In this letter to General James W. Denver, R.S. Stevens addresses events in Kansas Territory. Stevens suggests to Denver that "the management of Indian Affairs property in Kansas can at this time be made an all powerful lever in bringing about an entire political revolution" that he hopes might enable the Democrats to increase their presence in the U.S. Congress.


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