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Circular, New England Emigrant Aid Company
Authors: Beecher, Lyman , 1775-1863
Date: c. 1855
This letter was written by Lyman Beecher to leaders of regional churches in the Boston area (such as deacons, wardens, vestries, etc.). The focus was on getting churches to buy stock in the New England Emigrant Aid Company.

Keywords: Beecher, Lyman, 1775-1863; Boston, Massachusetts; Churches; Circulars; Emigrant aid companies; Emigrant aid companies - Free state; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Stock certificates


Letter, S. N. Simpson to Hiram Hill
Authors: Simpson, Samuel Newell
Date: February 6, 1856
Samuel Simpson wrote to Hiram Hill from Boston, Massachusetts, requesting that Hill send the $500 he pledged to invest in a church in Kansas Territory. Simpson indicated that he needed to quickly raise $5-8,000, and could not return to the Territory without it.

Keywords: Churches; Hill, Hiram; Real estate investment; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Town development


Circular, To the Clergy of Massachusetts
Authors: Lowell, Charles
Date: June 27, 1856
A circular written by several Boston church pastors urging other Massachusetts clergy to solicit request their congregation members to send aid to free state settlers in Kansas.

Keywords: Antislavery perspective; Boston, Massachusetts; Churches; Circulars; Lowell, Charles; Religion


Letter, A. Finch to Mr. [Thaddeus] Hyatt
Authors: Finch, H.
Date: December 22, 1856
This letter, written from Osawatomie by A. Finch to Thaddeus Hyatt, chairman of the National Kansas Committee, provided general information about the inhabitants of Osawatomie and neighboring areas. It included a list of about half of the settlers residing in Osawatomie at this time, including the four pro-slavery voters. Mr. Finch went into detail about the most fertile areas that would be excellent sites for free state settlements, and about the economic conditions and financial needs of the settlers.

Keywords: Adair, Samuel Lyle; Agriculture; Chestnut, William; Churches; Economic conditions; Emigration and immigration; Finch, H.; Geer, Samuel; Hawley, John H.; Hyatt, Thaddeus; Mills and mill-work; Money; Natural resources; Osawatomie, Kansas Territory; Sears, W. A.; Settlement; Storrs, N. S.; Timber; Town settlement; Updegraff, Andrew


Printed Letter, Lewis Bodwell to Sir and Brethren
Authors: Bodwell, Lewis
Date: 1856
Lewis Bodwell was a Congregational minister located in Topeka, Kansas Territory. He reported that his activities to organize a Congregational Church in Topeka had resulted in 24 members. Apparently, he was working under the auspices of the Home Missionary Church. He wrote that he only held one service a month in a "public hall," as it was also used by three or four other denominations. He indicated that he had preached "in the open air, in ball-rooms and bar-rooms and kitchens." He implied that there was a great need to form a permanent church to aid the congregation by having its own center of activitiy but also to take the financial burden off the Home Missionary Society. This item is undated and the years 1856 and 1860 are both written on it in pencil.

Keywords: Bodwell, Lewis; Churches; Community life; Congregational churches; Congregationalists; Missionaries; Religion; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; Topeka, Kansas Territory


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