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Ledger Sheet, Eli Thayer, Worcester, Mass. to the N. E. Em. Aid Co.
Authors: New England Emigrant Aid Company
Date: November 30, 1855 - May 6, 1857
This general ledger sheet detailed Eli Thayer's receipts and disbursements in his work on behalf of the New England Emigrant Aid Company between November 30, 1855 and May 6, 1857.

Keywords: Emigrant aid companies; Emigrant aid companies - Free state; Finance; Financial statements; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Thayer, Eli, 1819-1899


Expense Account, Martin Stowell to Worcester Committee
Authors: Stowell, Martin
Date: June 25, 1856 - November 28, 1856
This expense sheet, along with the attached memorandum, was written by Martin Stowell for the Worcester Committee in Massachusetts. Stowell had been functioning as the head of an emigrant company originating out of Massachusetts. The sheet provided a detailed listing of the cash he received as well as the cash he expended. His purchases included various foodstuffs, carpentry tools, cooking and eating utensils, and medicine. He also used some of his money to pay for repairs on wagons, etc. The attached memorandum was addressed to "Dear H" (Thomas Wentworth Higginson). It provided further explanation of the account sheet and gave news from the Massachusetts party.

Keywords: Clothing and dress; Finance; Financial statements; Food; Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911; Stowell, Martin; Tecumseh, Kansas Territory; Topeka, Kansas; Worcester, Massachusetts


Letter, M. Stowell to Dear [Thomas W.] Higginson
Authors: Stowell, Martin
Date: November 19, 1856
This letter from Martin Stowell, written from Nebraska City, was sent to Thomas Higginson to keep him apprised of business and financial affairs. He also included information about the other members of his emigrant party, including a Mr. Dunning, who continually asked Stowell for whiskey money. For the most part, the members of his company were employed and hard at work. Stowell also mentioned Eastern supporters such as Mr. Nightingale from Groton and Mr. Newell from Littleton. He wrote briefly concerning Orville Chester Brown, whose house was destroyed during the battle of Osawatomie.

Keywords: Alcoholic beverages; Brown, Orville Chester, 1811-1904; Businessmen; Dunning, John; Emigrant aid companies; Emigrant aid companies - Free state; Finance; Firearms; Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911; Immigration and early settlement; Livestock; Settlement; Stowell, Martin


Trial Balances, New England Emigrant Aid Company
Authors: New England Emigrant Aid Company
Date: January 1, 1857 - January 1, 1861
These trial balances were prepared by the New England Emigrant Aid Company listing major company assets and liabilities. Most of the trial balances include the value of property owned in various towns in Kansas Territory. Trial balances are included for: January 1, 1857; May 25, 1857; December 1, 1857; May 25, 1858; January 1, 1859: July 1, 1859; January 1, 1859; January 1, 1860; June 1, 1860; and January 1, 1861.

Keywords: Emigrant aid companies; Emigrant aid companies - Free state; Finance; Financial statements; New England Emigrant Aid Company


Letter, Amos A. Lawrence to My dear Sir [John Brown]
Authors: Lawrence, Amos Adams
Date: February 19, 1857
Amos Lawrence, Boston, sent John Brown $70 which had been donated by the people of East Jaffrey, New Hampshire, for Brown's "own personal use, & not for the cause in any other way than that. Lawrence did not believe Brown would receive much financial support from the National Kansas Committee: "the old managers have not inspired confidence, & therefore money will be hard for them to get now & hereafter."

Keywords: Brown, John, 1800-1859; Finance; Lawrence, Amos Adams, 1814-1886; National Kansas Committee; New Hampshire


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