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Albert C. Morton to Hiram Hill

Albert C. Morton to Hiram Hill
Creator: Morton, Albert C.
Date: July 8, 1857
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Morton reported on the status of Samuel N. Simpson, who had left his properties to Charles Robinson, free state leader and fellow founder of the Quindaro Town Company, and left town under suspicion of engaging in deceptive business practices. Another fellow founder of the Town Company, Abelard Guthrie, along with other investors, considered Simpson a "rascil [sic]". Morton also mentioned the progress of the railroad in the area, and the yet to be received package of money.


Appointments: Justices of the peace

Appointments: Justices of the peace
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1861-1863 : Robinson)
Date: 1861-1862
This folder on Appointments: Justice of the Peace comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor Charles Robinson Papers. The papers here include Letters from multiple counties in Kansas sent to Kansas Governor Charles Robinson to petition for certain individuals for the appointment of Justice of Peace for their said township between 1861 and 1862. Charles Robinson was Kansas' first state Governor, serving from 1861 to 1863. He was born in Massachusetts in 1818 and headed the New England Emigrant Aid Company's first colony to Kansas Territory in 1854.


Appointments: Probate judges

Appointments: Probate judges
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1861-1863 : Robinson)
Date: 1861
This folder on Appointments: Probate Judges comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor Charles Robinson Papers. This record includes letters to Kansas Governor Charles Robinson from multiple counties in Kansas requesting certain individuals for the appointment of Probate Judge in their said county between April 11 and July 21, 1861. Charles Robinson was Kansas' first state Governor, serving from 1861 to 1863. He was born in Massachusetts in 1818 and headed the New England Emigrant Aid Company's first colony to Kansas Territory in 1854.


Augustus Wattles to James Smith

Augustus Wattles to James Smith
Creator: Wattles, Augustus, 1807-1876
Date: June 18, 1857
From Lawrence on June 18, 1857, Augustus Wattles wrote Jas. Smith (Is this a Brown alias?) regarding affairs in Kansas Territory, specifically referring to several of the Free State Party's leaders: "Holmes' is at Emporia plowing. Conway's here talking politics. Phillips is here trying to urge the free State men to galvanize the Topeka Constitution into life. . . ." and Robinson had "dispirited the Free State party" by his absence from the legislature last winter, making it "difficult to make them rally again under him." Although one hears "much against Brown" he is "as good as ever."


Bonds, State

Bonds, State
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1861-1863 : Robinson)
Date: 1861
This folder on Bond, State comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor Charles Robinson Papers. This record includes A letter ordered by the Kansas Senate to Kansas Governor Charles Robinson concerning selling seven percent Kansas bonds in New York, 1861. A letter by Governor Robinson to Duncan Sherman & Co. bankers in New York inquiring what $150,000 of seven percent state bonds can be negotiated for in New York. A telegraph response from Duncan Sherman on April 23, 1861. This is important because the first impeachment of a Kansas governor resulted from the issuance of state bonds. Additionally, during mid-1861, selling bonds to eastern financers proved to be difficult. Charles Robinson was Kansas' first state Governor, serving from 1861 to 1863. He was born in Massachusetts in 1818 and headed the New England Emigrant Aid Company's first colony to Kansas Territory in 1854.


Capital location

Capital location
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1861-1863 : Robinson)
Date: 1862
This folder on Capital Location comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor Charles Robinson Papers. These are documents that detail votes on the permanent location of the Kansas State Capitol. Charles Robinson was Kansas' first state Governor, serving from 1861 to 1863. He was born in Massachusetts in 1818 and headed the New England Emigrant Aid Company's first colony to Kansas Territory in 1854.


Charles and Sarah Robinson correspondence

Charles and Sarah Robinson correspondence
Creator: Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894
Date: 1861-1862
Correspondence between Charles Robinson, the first Governor of Kansas, his wife Sara, and others, mostly involving activities in the fight for a non-slavery Kansas. Some of the people discussed are Abraham Lincoln, James H. Lane, and Charles Jennison.


Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill

Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill
Creator: Chadwick, Charles
Date: August 8, 1857
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Chadwick told Hill that he had met with Charles Robinson the evening before and had discussed the matter of Samuel Simpson and his lands. Robinson seemed to think that Simpson would return to set things right with the Town Company. Chadwick expressed skepticism that this would happen, but believed Simpson could be contacted by sending letters to Boston.


Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill

Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill
Creator: Chadwick, Charles
Date: August 30, 1857
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, concerning several 40 acre lots which were marked off shortly before Samuel N. Simpson left town. It appeared to Chadwick that those Simpson had purchased were purchased on the behalf of absentee investors, such as Hill, even though they had not been divided or designated in the name of any others. Chadwick presumed that Abelard Guthrie would allow Hill to have the land he thought was being purchased in his name upon payment to the Town Company. Chadwick also reported that prices of land were staying up in Quindaro, and that business development continued.


Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill

Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill
Creator: Chadwick, Charles
Date: September 19, 1857
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Chadwick told him of Samuel Simpson's return, and the business dealings that resulted from it. It appeared that all investors would get their land as promised. He expressed excitement about the construction of a new bridge, which would "secure [Quindaro's] Supremacy over Wyandotte and Kansas City" for easing trade in the area. Chadwick also mentioned an upcoming election, and asked Hill if he expected many from Massachusetts to emigrate to K.T. this season.


Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill

Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill
Creator: Chadwick, Charles
Date: November 17 and 24, 1858
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, defending Quindaro from rumors that deemed the town defunct. Chadwick blamed the bad management of the Town Company for the current troubles, and described various opportunities Quindaro still had for further development. Though property was not selling at all, according to Chadwick, prospects for future railroad and ferry traffic still were positive. He expressed his disappointment at Robert Lawrence, and accused him of giving Chadwick a false impression of the likelihood of Hill winning the land claim dispute with Robert Robetaille. A businessman had landed with a great deal of machinery looking to build a "manufactory", and Quindaro's investors were doing all they could to woo him.


Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill

Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill
Creator: Chadwick, Charles
Date: December 14, 1859
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Chadwick reported that the Republicans (anti-slavery supporters) had been successful in recent elections. However, the economy was worse than the year before, according to Chadwick, money was scarce, and the city of Quindaro had not started collecting property taxes because the amounts would exceed the value of the property. A newspaper "The Kansas Tribune" had begun to circulate after a period in which there had been no newspaper, and the Parkville and Grand River Railroad was slated to be constructed through the town.


Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill

Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill
Creator: Chadwick, Charles
Date: June 1, 1858
Charles Chawick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, to tell him that it appeared favorable that Hill would win possession of the land disputed by Robert Robetaille, a Wyandot Indian. However, Chadwick feared that the decision may not be made as easily as he had earlier anticipated, since Robert Lawrence had been seen in Leavenworth and had not traveled to Washington to work with Nathaniel Causin. Nonetheless, Abelard Guthrie had given up trying to obtain the land as well, leaving Hiram as the only other claimant.


Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill

Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill
Creator: Chadwick, Charles
Date: March 25, 1858
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, regarding various aspects of town development. Chadwick told Hill of some controversy over his ownership of some lands, both "outside" and in town, which were also being claimed by Wyandotte Indians. He described the potential for new businesses to open in Quindaro, including a machine shop and foundry. Chadwick waited for the arrival of new immigrants and hoped the "eastern capitalists" would introduce more money into their economy. He added his comments about the fraudulent ratification of the Lecompton Constitution, suggesting that the Constitution would do the most good "with the. . .box under the woodpile".


Charles L. Robinson

Charles L. Robinson
Date: Between 1870 and 1879
A portrait of free-state activist Charles Lawrence Robinson, 1818-1894, who served as the first Governor of Kansas from 1861 to 1863.


Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson
Creator: Richardson, S.
Date: 1856
This reproductive illustration shows Kansas Governor Charles Robinson giving a speech to the Lecompton Territorial Legislature. The original illustration was taken from "Beyond the Mississippi" by Albert D. Richardson.


Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson
Date: [1890]
This portrait represents free-state activist and the first governor of Kansas, Charles Robinson (1818-1894). Robinson held office from 1861 to 1863.


Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson
Date: 1879
Robinson,Charles; 1st Governor of Kansas, 1861-63; Engraving of portrait 1879


Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson
Date: Between 1850s and 1890s
This unmounted tintype copy represents first Kansas Governor Charles Robinson.


Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson
Date: [1860]
Portrait of free-state activist Charles Robinson. In his work as a free-state activist, Robinson negotiated a truce to the end of the Wakarusa War, attended and led Free-State Conventions, and was elected as the first Kansas Governor, holding office from 1861 to 1863.


Charles Robinson and James M. Winchell to William H. Seward

Charles Robinson and James M. Winchell to William H. Seward
Creator: Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894
Date: September 28, 1860
A letter written by Charles Robinson and James M. Winchell to William H. Seward asking for relief for the people in Kansas Territory. They are requesting money at a reasonable interest rate. Robinson and Winchell report that the farmers were unable to pay their debts because crops were ruined by a drought. A searchable, full-text version of this letter is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Charles Robinson circular for the Free State Executive Committee

Charles Robinson circular for the Free State Executive Committee
Creator: Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894
Date: 1855
Charles Robinson wrote this printed letter on behalf of the Free State Executive Committee of Kansas Territory. In it, he encouraged free state supporters to monitor the upcoming elections for delegate to Congress and for delegates to the constitutional convention to see that they were conducted fairly. He wanted them to note if non-residents were voting or serving as election officials and if residents were being prevented from voting. The circular encouraged free state voters to arrive at the polls early. J. K. Goodin was the secretary of the group. These elections were held under the auspices of the Topeka Movement.


Charles Robinson, first Kansas Governor

Charles Robinson, first Kansas Governor
Creator: Tucker, E. S.
Date: 1861
This is a cabinet card showing first Kansas Governor and Republican, Charles Robinson of Lawrence, Kansas. He served from February 9, 1861 to January 12, 1863.


Charles Robinson to A. Guthrie, Esq

Charles Robinson to A. Guthrie, Esq
Creator: Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894
Date: December 05, 1855
A letter written by Charles Robinson and George W. Deitzler to A. Guthrie asking for help in defending Kansas Territory from Missouri insurgents. He tells Guthrie that 350 armed men from Missouri are encamped at Lecompton and Wakarusa. Robinson states that he has sent messages to all parts of the territory, the northern states and the President of the United States asking for assistance. He writes that war is inevitable. A searchable, full-text version of this letter is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Charles Robinson to Amos Adams Lawrence

Charles Robinson to Amos Adams Lawrence
Creator: Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894
Date: November 12, 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, expressing his concern that Lawrence's name was not included on a college proposal submitted by S.N. Simpson, which indicated he was not among the supporters of the enterprise. Robinson mentioned the upcoming election for Territorial delegate to Congress, in which Marcus Parrott, a Republican, was a favorite. He also sought advice from Lawrence about a complicated financial matter.


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