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Charles Robinson to Amos Adams Lawrence

Charles Robinson to Amos Adams Lawrence
Creator: Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894
Date: May 9, 1859
Transcription of a letter from the Amos Adams Lawrence Collection, Massachusetts Historical Society. Charles Robinson wrote from Lawrence, Kansas Territory, to Amos A. Lawrence in Massachusetts. Robinson described the complicated political situation which had arisen from the development of Quindaro. Personal disagreements between Abelard Guthrie, S.N. Simpson, Joel Walker, and himself were making progress difficult. Robinson hoped that, upon their resolution, they could move forward with securing a contract with the Parkville & Grand River Railroad, as well as plans for a college. Two church groups had expressed interest in opening up their own institutions, or working with Robinson to found one. Robinson included a plat map for a prospective site, to which he did not entirely give his support; he added comments regarding the admission of women to the college, and thanked Lawrence again for his support of their enterprises.


Polling Book, delegate election, Wyandott nation, Nebraska Territory

Polling Book, delegate election, Wyandott nation, Nebraska Territory
Creator: Walker, William
Date: October 12, 1852
This three-page document identified the "return of votes polled at the election held in the Wyandott nation, Nebraska Territory, October 12th 1852, for a delegate to represent the aforesaid Territory in the thirty-second Congress of the United States." Abelard Guthrie, who was also on the voter roll, received all 35 votes cast. [Guthrie, who married into the Wyandot tribe, was later involved in the development of Quindaro. With one or two exceptions--e.g.., Thomas Coon Hawk--the names on the roll appear to be Anglo-American in origin.]


The Old Shawnee Mission

The Old Shawnee Mission
Creator: Connelley, William Elsey, 1855-1930
Date: January 01, 1900-January 01, 1920
This item, written by William Elsey Connelley of the Kansas State Historical Society, provides a detailed history of the Old Shawnee Mission up until the early twentieth century. Connelley's history of the Mission covers the many events which placed European and European Americans in control of the land where the Mission was eventually built, as well as the many evolutions of the Old Shawnee Mission itself.


To the public

To the public
Creator: Guthrie, Abelard
Date: December 31, 1860
In this pamphlet, Abelard Guthrie, who had been a member of the Quindaro Town Company along with Charles Robinson, accused Robinson of abusing his position as treasurer of the company towards fraudulent and financially disastrous ends. Guthrie claimed that "the duty if every man is to expose villains whenever he has indubitable evidence of their true character," and berated himself for having trusted Robinson for so long. His accusations against Robinson are numerous and he contended that "there is a moral poison in his very touch that blights and ruins whatever it falls upon."


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