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These hand drawn floor plans for the Eldridge Hotel show the room layout and approximate size of the rooms on the first and second floors. The Eldridge Hotel was the site of numerous free state meetings and the target of attacks by proslavery forces.
Keywords: Eldridge House; Free state supporters; Hotels; Lawrence, Kansas Territory
Rules and Regulations, Eldridge House
Authors: Eldridge, T. B.; Eldridge, Shalor Winchell, 1816-1899
Date: May 10, 1856
The Eldridge House (or hotel) was built in Lawrence, Kansas Territory by the New England Emigrant Aid Society. It was something of a headquarters for the free state movement and as such it was targeted for destruction by Sheriff Jones' proslavery posse, which sacked Lawrence on May 21, 1856, less than two weeks after this document was created. This pocket-sized card contained twelve "rules and regulations" for residents, including the admonition to "lock and bolt the door when you retire," a prohibition against "all kinds of Gaming," and the notice that "persons without Baggage are expected to pay in advance."
Keywords: Boardinghouses; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Eldridge House; Eldridge, Shalor Winchell, 1816-1899; Eldridge, Thomas B.; Gaming restrictions; Hotels; Lawrence, Kansas Territory
Letter, Jas Finley to Dear Sister
Authors: Finley, James Agnew
Date: May 24, 1856
James A. Finley, a Lawrence resident at the time of the Sack of Lawrence, wrote to his sister recounting the events that had transpired only three days before. Concisely but vividly he described events as they unfolded from the morning of May 21st, when David Atchison "planted 2 cannon upon the hill above town." Finley, a more fortunate man than many in Lawrence that day, claimed to have suffered no losses in the incident.
Keywords: Atchison, David Rice, 1807-1886; Deitzler, George W.; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Eldridge House; Finley, James Agnew; Free state perspective; Guns; Jones, Samuel J. (Sheriff); Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Missourians; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Sack of Lawrence, May 1856; Shannon, Wilson, 1802-1877; Sharps rifles; Smith, George W.; United States marshals; Weapons (see also Guns)
Map of Eastern Kansas
Authors: L. H. Bradford & Co's Lith.; Searl, A. ; Whitman, E. B.
Includes topographic features. Indicates locations of forts, missions, and post offices. Identifies Santa Fe Trail as Santa Fe Road. Indicates Native American inhabitation. Includes illustrations: Ruins of Eldridge House, Lawrence, Kansas, Destroyed May 21st 1856. Constitution Hall, Topeka, Kansas. Eldridge House, Lawrence, Kansas. Includes insert map of Fort Riley. Shows towns, roads and adjoining boundaries of Nebraska Territory and Missouri. Link to scanned image at Wichita State University Libraries - Special Collections.
Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Constitution Hall, Topeka, Kansas Territory; Eldridge House; Fort Riley, Kansas Territory; Forts; Maps; Missions; Native Americans
Treasurer's Annual Report of the New England Emigrant Aid Company
Authors: Lawrence, Amos Adams
Date: May 25, 1857
Amos A. Lawrence, treasurer of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, prepared this balance sheet listing company assets and liabilities as of May 25, 1857.
Keywords: Account books; Eldridge House; Emigrant aid companies; Emigrant aid companies - Free state; Finance; Financial statements; Lawrence, Amos Adams, 1814-1886; New England Emigrant Aid Company
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