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J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing to James Griffing

J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing to James Griffing
Creator: Griffing, Jemima August (Goodrich)
Date: September 17, 1859
J. Augusta (Goodrich) Griffing wrote from Hartford, Connecticut, to her husband, James Griffing, in Topeka, Kansas Territory. Mrs. Griffing was visiting family and friends in the East for the first time since her arrival in Kansas Territory in 1855. She reported on her trip from Owego, New York, to Hartford, and her decision to leave their young son, Johnny, in the care of Mr. Griffing's family in Owego. She described Johnny's behavior in some detail, and informed Mr. Griffing that she planned to start her trip back to Kansas Territory in October, 1859.


J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing to James Griffing

J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing to James Griffing
Creator: Griffing, Jemima August (Goodrich)
Date: August 7, 1859
J. Augusta (Goodrich) Griffing wrote from Owego, New York, to her husband James in Topeka, Kansas Territory. Ms. Griffing was visiting her family in New York for the first time since she'd moved to Kansas Territory in 1855. She described visiting friends and extended family in the Owego area, attending church, and purchasing items that she planned to take back to Kansas Territory. She wrote Mr. Griffing instructions on how to make pickles from cucumbers that he harvested from their kitchen garden in Kansas Territory.


James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich

James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich
Creator: Griffing, James S. (James Sayre), 1822-1882
Date: October 15, 1854 - October 25, 1854
James Griffing wrote to his fiancee, J. Augusta Goodrich, in Owego, New York, from somewhere along the banks of the Illinois River in Illinois, and, some days later, from Milton, Missouri. Griffing, a Methodist minister, described the daily routine of his overland journey from Indianapolis, Indiana, to the Kansas Territory.


James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich

James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich
Creator: Griffing, James S. (James Sayre), 1822-1882
Date: August 29, 1855
James Griffing wrote from the steamboat New Lucy on the Missouri River to his fiancee, J. Augusta Goodrich, in Owego, New York. Griffing, a Methodist minister, was on his way back to New York to get married. He commented upon the concerns that Ms. Goodrich likely was experiencing as she prepared to leave her New York home to join him in Kansas Territory. Griffing tried to convince Ms. Goodrich that they would make a good home for themselves in Kansas. He also expressed the opinion that the "excitement upon the slavery question" in Kansas Territory was exaggerated, and that serious violence over the issue was unlikely.


James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich

James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich
Creator: Griffing, James S. (James Sayre), 1822-1882
Date: September 2, 1854
James Griffing wrote from Indianapolis, Indiana, to his fiancee, J. Augusta Goodrich, in Owego, New York. Griffing, a Methodist minister, stated his plans to go to "Nebraska," and speculated that the "surplus population" in the eastern United States likely would lead to rapid settlement of the territory. Griffing expressed excitement about going to Kansas, but warned his fiancee that he would face hardships there.


James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich

James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich
Creator: Griffing, James S. (James Sayre), 1822-1882
Date: September 1854
James Griffing wrote from Indianapolis, Indiana, to his fiancee, J. Augusta Goodrich, in Owego, New York. Griffing, a Methodist minister, discussed his plans to go to "Nebraska." He stated that there had been reports of Indian depredations in Kansas Territory, and commented that "encroachments" of whites upon Indian lands would lead either to greater violence or to the Indians disappearing "noiselessly before the consuming avarice of the white man."


James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing

James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing
Creator: Griffing, James S. (James Sayre), 1822-1882
Date: August 9, 1859
James Griffing wrote from Topeka, Kansas Territory, to his wife J. Augusta (Goodrich) Griffing. Mrs. Griffing was visiting her family in New York for the first time since her arrival in Kansas Territory in 1855. Griffing gave his wife instructions about which fruit seeds (plum, cherry, and peach) and cuttings (gooseberry and blackberry) to collect and transport back to Kansas Territory, and described his plan to purchase pine flooring in Leavenworth.


James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing

James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing
Creator: Griffing, James S. (James Sayre), 1822-1882
Date: July 27, 1859
James Griffing wrote from Topeka, Kansas Territory, to his wife J. Augusta (Goodrich) Griffing. Mrs. Griffing was visiting her family in New York for the first time since her arrival in Kansas Territory in 1855. Mr. Griffing described his daily activities, including planting buckwheat and growing cucumbers.


James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing

James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing
Creator: Griffing, James S. (James Sayre), 1822-1882
Date: July 28, 1859
James Griffing wrote from Topeka, Kansas Territory, to his wife J. Augusta (Goodrich) Griffing. Mrs. Griffing was visiting her family in New York for the first time since her arrival in the Kansas Territory in 1855. Griffing described his efforts to perform household chores in his wife's absence, including cooking, milking the cow, churning butter, doing the laundry, butchering chickens, and gardening.


James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing

James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing
Creator: Griffing, James S. (James Sayre), 1822-1882
Date: August 7, 1859
James Griffing wrote from Topeka, Kansas Territory, to his wife J. Augusta (Goodrich) Griffing. Mrs. Griffing was visiting her family in New York for the first time since her arrival in the Kansas Territory in 1855. Griffing described his daily activities, including his efforts to protect his chickens from "polecats," to gather wild grapes, and to prepare his own meals.


James Griffing to William Smyth

James Griffing to William Smyth
Creator: Griffing, James S. (James Sayre), 1822-1882
Date: July 27, 1859
James Sayre Griffing wrote from Topeka, Kansas Territory, to William Smyth, editor of the Owego (New York) Times. Griffing described in some detail his family's overland journey to Kansas Territory in a "double waggon." He commented upon the quantity and nature of provisions to take on an overland journey, methods for crossing streams and rivers, and the advantages of a good "fowling piece" for hunting wild game. Griffing also observed that the amount of travel in and through Kansas Territory had increased during 1859, due in part to the Pike's Peak gold rush.


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