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Charles Robinson  to John Brown

Charles Robinson to John Brown
Creator: Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894
Date: September 13, 1856
Charles Robinson wrote to John Brown from Lawrence on September 13, 1856, a short note encouraging Brown to give Governor Geary, who "talks of letting the past be forgotten," a chance and to come to town to "see us." A note from John Brown, Jr., on the bottom of the page, however, advised caution, as he had "no doubt an attempt will be made to arrest you as well as Lane."


Complaint about seizure of Briscoe Davis's house and family

Complaint about seizure of Briscoe Davis's house and family
Date: November 18, 1856
According to an explanation written by Edward Hoogland on the outside of the document, Briscoe Davis' sister (unnamed) wrote this complaint describing the October 24, 1856 looting of Mr. Davis' house in Linn County by free state supporters led by a Captain Holmes (likely James R. Holmes, a Free State Militia captain). The seizure of Davis' home took place shortly after Governor John Geary's October 1856 visit to southeastern Kansas Territory.


Governor Geary's residence, Lecompton, Territorial Kansas

Governor Geary's residence, Lecompton, Territorial Kansas
Creator: Harpers Weekly
Date: June 06, 1857
An illustration from Harper's Weekly titled "The Governor's Mansion, Lecompton, Kansas Territory." The mansion was a six-room log cabin that was built for Governor John W. Geary.


Hiram Hill to H.M. Simpson

Hiram Hill to H.M. Simpson
Creator: Hill, Hiram, 1804-
Date: January 31, 1857
Hiram Hill drafted a letter from Williamsburgh, Massachusetts, to H. M. Simpson, brother of Samuel N. Simpson, in Kansas Territory. Hill responded to H. M.'s favorable impressions of property investments in K.T., and hoped that his anticipations would come to pass. Hill planned to travel to the Territory as soon as his affairs were in order, and inquired about further investment prospects and the going wage for construction tradesmen. He spoke favorably of Governor Gerry (sic, Geary), but feared that the "bogus legislature" would impede his ability to govern.


John W. Geary

John W. Geary
Creator: Draper & Husted, photographers
John White Geary (b. December 30, 1819, d. February 8, 1873) served as the third Governor of Kansas Territory from September 9, 1856 to March 12, 1857. Geary was a lawyer, politician (the final alcalde and first mayor of San Francisco, governor of the Kansas Territory, and governor of Pennsylvania), and a Union general in the American Civil War.


John W. Geary

John W. Geary
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
John W. Geary, third Kansas Territorial Governor and Major General of the US Volunteers. Photograph shows Geary in military uniform.


Names of prisoners in custody at Lecompton

Names of prisoners in custody at Lecompton
Creator: Hoogland, Edward
Date: November 12, 1856
A list of free state prisoners in custody at Lecompton, Kansas Territory. Most of the prisoners had been captured at the Battle of Hickory Point on September 13, 1856. The list records each prisoner's name, previous state of residence, and reason for imprisonment. The last page of the document lists prisoners who had been released. The list was prepared by Edward Hoogland by order of Governor John Geary.


R.  P.  Bourn to Franklin Crane

R. P. Bourn to Franklin Crane
Creator: Bourn, R. P.
Date: October 18, 1856
R. P. Bourn, writing from Nicholasville, Kentucky, addressed this letter to Franklin Crane of Topeka, Kansas Territory. Bourn stated his anti-slavery beliefs clearly, and discussed politics both in Kansas and at the national level, including the Presidential election of 1856.


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.


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