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E.B. Whitman to George L. Stearns

E.B. Whitman to George L. Stearns
Creator: Whitman, E. B. (Edmund Burke), 1812-1883
Date: April 13, 1858
Letter from Edmund Burke Whitman to George Stearns that details the activities of the last six months and Whitman's take on the inhabitants of the state of Kansas. In his opinion, Kansas has some of the best residents and some of the worst. Whitman mentioned the suspicion that accompanied the exchanges between the two parties in the territory and the fact that if the Lecompton Constitution was adopted by Congress, the Free State men must rally under the Topeka government and resist. A searchable transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


E.B. Whitman to George L. Stearns

E.B. Whitman to George L. Stearns
Creator: Whitman, E. B. (Edmund Burke), 1812-1883
Date: September 26, 1857
Edmund Burke Whitman in Saint Louis, Missouri wrote to George L. Stearns regarding funds for the Free State cause. Whitman ended his letter by mentioning that if his advance of $500 to John Brown should become a financial burden to him, he would ask Stearns to compensate him for the amount he advanced. A searchable transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Edmund Burke Whitman

Edmund Burke Whitman
Date: Between 1860 and 1869
This is a photograph of Edmund Burke Whitman who was born on October 18, 1812 in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated from Harvard University in 1838. He was involved in anti-slavery and temperance societies, and in 1855, he moved his family to Lawrence, Kansas to join the struggle against pro-slavery forces. After the Civil War, he was Superintendent of National Cemeteries and a member of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture's executive committee. Later, Whitman taught briefly in Louisville, Kentucky, and returned to Cambridge, where he lived until his death on September 2, 1883.


Edmund Burke Whitman to National Kansas Committee, expense sheet

Edmund Burke Whitman to National Kansas Committee, expense sheet
Creator: Whitman, E. B. (Edmund Burke), 1812-1883
Date: February 28, 1857 - August 14, 1857
This expense sheet, which was in account with E. B. Whitman, an agent of the committee, lists expenses and supplies sent to aid the free state inhabitants of Kansas. The items sent include (among others) wheat, oats, corn, beans, potatoes, garden seeds, bedding, and clothing.


General staff roll of officers on duty at Sugar Mound

General staff roll of officers on duty at Sugar Mound
Date: December 19 and 21, 1857
This staff roll of regimental officers of the First Regiment, Kansas Militia, lists officers present in a skirmish at Sugar Mound, Kansas Territory, on December 19 and 21, 1857. Major General James Lane is included among the officers listed. The list appears to be incomplete, as age, stature, and equipment notes for each man are provided only on the list's first page.


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.


Order No. 1, from the Headquarters of the Kansas Volunteers for the Protection of the Ballot Box

Order No. 1, from the Headquarters of the Kansas Volunteers for the Protection of the Ballot Box
Creator: Whitman, E. B. (Edmund Burke), 1812-1883
Date: August 3, 1857
E.B. Whitman, Quarter-Master General of the Kansas Volunteers, issued this formal order in response to the Topeka Legislature's adoption of James Lane's resolution to organize the people in protection of the ballot boxes during the next elections. Whitman, who had just been appointed as Quarter-Master General by Lane under the Ballot Box resolution, requested that each Company of the Volunteers elect their own Quarter-Master to take an inventory of firearms held by their own Company.


Thaddeus Hyatt to A.L. Winans

Thaddeus Hyatt to A.L. Winans
Creator: Hyatt, Thaddeus
Date: July 17, 1856
Thaddeus Hyatt, writing from Burlington, Iowa, to A. L. Winans, lamented the current situation in Kansas and the federal government's hostile attitude toward the free-state settlers in the territory. He also expressed his hatred for Southerners and his conviction that the issue of slavery in Kansas will be "one of blood." Hyatt was concerned that liberty would suffer at the hands of pro-slavery supporters, and he was eager to continue working diligently for the anti-slavery cause.


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