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Letter, James [R. Mead] to Dear Father and Folks at home
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: November 7, 1859
In this letter, James R. Mead wrote his family and friends about his first buffalo hunt. He had just recently returned from this adventure and apparently he was extremely successful, having killed 30 buffalo. He wrote a rather detailed description of a buffalo's appearance so his friends and family would have a mental picture of this magnificent animal. Mead also mentioned other wild animals, such as prairie dogs and rabbits, commenting on their plumpness.

Keywords: Bison; Firearms; Hunting; Kansas Frontier; Mead, James R.; Natural resources


Letter, James [R. Mead] to My Dear Sister
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: December 25, 1859
James R. Mead wrote this letter from his home "somewhere in the West." He had a trading post about twenty miles north of the Saline River, west of Fort Riley, Kansas Territory. He described in detail the abundance of wildlife, calling western Kansas the "Land of Plenty." Mead and his business partners traded with the Kaw Indians, mostly for furs. His first impression of this tribe was unfavorable, but in his later years he came to respect the Kaw and believed that they were an honest people. He also mentioned the Copperhead Indians, who were more fierce and warlike than the Kaw; Mead and his companions were building a blockhouse in case there was trouble.

Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Bison; Hunting; Indian raids; Indian traders; Kansa Indians; Kansas Frontier; Mead, James R.; Native Americans; Natural resources; Ottawa County, Kansas Territory; Saline River, Kansas Territory; Trading posts


Letter, James [R. Mead] to My dear Father
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: August 26, 1860
In this letter, written from Burlingame, Kansas Territory, James R. Mead informed his father that he had come back to eastern Kansas to work for Mr. Titus, presumably the pro-slavery Colonel Titus. Mead still maintained a ranch and trading post on the Saline River. Mead also wrote to his father about a home that he was building in Salina, Kansas Territory. He called his buffalo hunting "a wholesale butchering establishment," and he was going to cure the meat. Apparently he had developed quite a reputation in the area, and he had been made sheriff of Saline County.

Keywords: Bison; Burlingame, Kansas Territory; Houses; Hunting; Indian traders; Mead, James R.; Osage County, Kansas Territory; Ranching; Salina, Kansas Territory; Saline County, Kansas Territory; Town lots


Letter, S. C. Pomeroy to Dear [Thaddeus] Hyatt
Authors: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891
Date: October 10, 1860
In this letter, S. C. Pomeroy wrote from Atchison, Kansas to Thaddeus Hyatt, president of the National Kansas Committee. The letter revolved around the suffering of the settlers and their desperate search for provisions and employment. Pomeroy also mentioned the prospect of obtaining a large amount of buffalo meat, as well as the failed corn crop and the generally destitute condition of the settlers. He truly feared for the lives of the settlers during the upcoming winter.

Keywords: Arny, W. F. M. (William Frederick Milton), 1813-1881; Atchison County, Kansas Territory; Atchison, Kansas Territory; Bison; Crops; Economic conditions; Elmore, Rush; Famines; Food; Fort Riley, Kansas Territory; Grain; Grasshopper Falls, Kansas Territory; Hyatt, Thaddeus; Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891; Relief; Topeka, Kansas; Vegetables


Letter, James [Mead] to My Dear Father
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: November 22, 1860
James Mead wrote from Salina, Kansas Territory to his father who lived in Davenport, Iowa. Apparently, Mead had heard news of Lincoln's election, but he did not know any specifics. The main focus of the letter was Mead's experiences buffalo hunting--he intended to send his father some of the meat. Between September 1 and the date of this letter he had shot 355 buffalo and killed 250 wolves. He had saved 250 buffalo hides and planned to sell them in St. Louis.

Keywords: Bison; Business enterprises; Hunting; Kansas Frontier; Mead, James R.; Prices; Salina, Kansas Territory; Saline County, Kansas Territory


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