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71 results for Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894:
Letter, I. T. Goodnow to Stephen French Jr, Esq.
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: December 16, 1854
Isaac Goodnow wrote from East Greenwich, Massachusetts, to Stephen French Jr. Goodnow communicated his excitement of having decided to emigrate to Kansas Territory the coming March, inspired by a conversation with Eli Thayer two weeks before. His motivations were varied, as he expressed his desire to see that slavery was prohibited in the Territory. However, he also mentioned that emigration to the Territory was a good way to get rich, and hoped that the climate there would be more suitable for his ailing wife, Ellen.

Keywords: Antislavery perspective; Emigration and immigration; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company; Thayer, Eli, 1819-1899; Town settlement


Letter, Thomas Webb to Samuel Pomeroy
Authors: Webb, Thomas H. (Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: March 6, 1855
Thomas Webb, Secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote a letter of introduction for Isaac Goodnow to Samuel Pomeroy, seeking protection for Goodnow and his traveling party when they would arrive in Kansas Territory. Webb justified the request to Pomeroy, proclaiming that "Mr. G is with us in heart and hand. . .and will battle manfully for Liberty."

Keywords: Free state supporters; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891; Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866


Letter, T. [Thomas] C. Wells to Dear Mother, [Sarah Elizabeth Clarke Wells]
Authors: Wells, Thomas Clarke
Date: April 1, 1855
Born and raised in Rhode Island, twenty-three-year-old Thomas C. Wells apparently was a reluctant Kansas immigrant; his initial ambivalence was reflected in his first letter from Providence, RI, March 12, 1855, where he wrote: "I may yet see it best to return [home from Boston] and not go [to Kansas] at all." This, Clarke's first letter from "the far famed Kanzas Territory," was written from Topeka, but describes the journey from the boarder via Lawrence and reported is intention to "start for Big Blue, where Mr. Goodnow is tomorrow." Part of the journey was made in the company of some well-armed Missourians "who were going to Lawrence to vote," presumably in the March 30 legislative election. All Clarke's extensive correspondence from KT (March 24, 1855 to October 19, 1860) was published in 1936 in the KHQ and is now available digitally at http://www.kshs.org/library/khq/1936/36_2_wells.htm.

Keywords: Big Blue, Kansas Territory; Border ruffians; Elections; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Missourians; Page's Hotel; Shawnee Indians; Topeka, Kansas Territory; Wells, Thomas Clarke; Westport, Missouri


Letter, Wm. E. Goodnow to My Dear Wife [Harriet Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, William E.
Date: June 10, 1855
William Goodnow, brother of Isaac Goodnow, wrote from Shannon, Wild Cat Creek, Kansas Territory, to his wife back East. Goodnow described his experiences participating in the development of the nearby town of Manhattan, having attended a city council meeting and anticipating the founding of a newspaper. Goodnow also mentioned religious services and "Sabbath Schools" currently running out of settler's homes, and commented on the numerous emigrants who had traveled to Kansas Territory only to quickly give up and return home.

Keywords: Diseases; Election fraud; Emigration and immigration; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Goodnow, William E.; Livestock; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Methodists; Newspapers; Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864; Religion; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Shannon, Kansas Territory; Town development


Letter, S. H. W. to Dear Bro Isaac [Goodnow]
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: June 15, 1855
S. H. W. wrote from New England to Isaac Goodnow in Kansas Territory, reporting on the proceedings of the Philadelphia National Kansas Nebraska Convention, an organization that he described as "Pro Slavery to the Back Bone!". He implored that New Englanders of Kansas have "Back Bone", and fight against slavery. The author further narrated "the north is uniting. The plot thickens, and the struggle comes", and disparaged President Pierce's administration, hoping for an anti-slavery one in the future. The letter includes a short note from Mrs. S. H. W., which exclaimed at Ellen Goodnow's traveling to Kansas alone.

Keywords: Antislavery perspective; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; National politics; Pierce administration; Proslavery supporters; Women


Letter, Wm [Goodnow] to My Dear Wife [Harriet Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, William E.
Date: July 1, 1855
William Goodnow, brother of Isaac Goodnow, wrote from Shannon, Wild Cat Creek, Kansas Territory, to his wife Harriet in New England. Goodnow described his current activities, among them serving on the Manhattan city council along with his brother. He related his experience of seeing Governor Reeder pass by on his way to Pawnee, and judged him "fully able. . .to meet any Missouri renegade." Goodnow also anticipated that the free soil members of the Territorial Legislature would resign "not acknowledging this Legislature as a constitutional one."

Keywords: Crops; Diseases; Free Soil Party; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Harriet; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Goodnow, William E.; Kansas Territory. Legislature - Pawnee/Shawnee Mission; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Town development; Travel; Women


Letter, Wm [Goodnow] to My Dear Wife [Harriet Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, William E.
Date: July 15, 1855
William Goodnow wrote from a settlement outside Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to his wife Harriet in New England. Goodnow refuted claims that Kansas was "a poor place", defended the New England Emigrant Aid Company against the complaints of "disappointed, unstable, and homesick" emigrants. He also reported on the frequent passing of Government trains from Fort Riley, in anticipation of war. Isaac Goodnow added a note to Harriet, proclaiming Kansas' destiny as a free state.

Keywords: Emigration and immigration; Free state support; Goodnow, Harriet; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Goodnow, William E.; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Shannon, Kansas Territory


Letter, I. T. Goodnow to My Dear Brother [William Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: October 10, 1855
Isaac Goodnow wrote from Shannon, Kansas Territory, to his brother William in New England. Having recently arrived in the Territory, Goodnow reported that work on his homestead was still in progress, delayed a bit by the illness of both himself and his wife, Ellen. However, he had recovered enough to ride over to Juniatta to vote in several elections: one for Governor Reeder for delegate to Congress, another for delegates to a State Constitutional Convention.

Keywords: Election, Topeka Constitution delegates to convention, October 1855; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Goodnow, William E.; Merchants; Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Settlement; Shannon, Kansas Territory


Letter, Robert Allyn to Bro. & Sis. Goodnow [Isaac and Ellen Goodnow]
Authors: Allyn, Robert
Date: October 11, 1855
Robert Allyn wrote from Providence, Rhode Island, to his friends Isaac and Ellen Goodnow in Kansas Territory. Allyn, like Goodnow an educator, updated the couple on the construction of a new local Academy. He also reacted to news he had heard of political conditions in K.T., having found that "the papers are full of dreadful things about you horrid abolitionists in Kanzas", and asking him, "How do you contrive to live under the Missouri laws?" Showing himself to be a staunch Abolitionist as well, Allyn provides his own strong opinions and insights regarding the Kansas troubles. Allyn also advised that "getting up a few. . .free schools" would prompt a great rush of emigration from the Northern States to the Territory

Keywords: Abolitionists; Allyn, Robert; Antislavery; Education; Free state supporters; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Missourians; National politics; Newspapers; Pierce administration


Letter, W. E. G. [William Goodnow] to My Dear Wife [Harriet Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, William E.
Date: November 22, 1855
William Goodnow, recently arrived in Shannon, Kansas Territory, wrote to his wife, Harriet, who had remained in New England. Goodnow related his experiences traveling from Westport, Missouri, where he received quality hospitality from a slaveholder, to Lawrence, and finally to Shannon, where he met his brother, Isaac, and sister-in law. Goodnow also mentioned his recent subscription to the Herald of Freedom newspaper, which would be sent to her; he implored her to save all of them, as he wished them preserved. He added that they expected a rush of emigrants in the following spring.

Keywords: Goodnow, Harriet; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Goodnow, William E.; Herald of Freedom; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Shannon, Kansas Territory; Slaveholders; Travel; Westport, Missouri


Letter, Wm E. G [William Goodnow] to My Dear Wife [Harriet Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, William E.
Date: December 16, 1855
William Goodnow wrote from Shannon, Kansas Territory, to his wife Harriet in New England, relating details of recent political and military events in the Territory. Goodnow reported that he had participated in the election for the adaptation of the State Constitution as it was drawn up by the free state convention at Topeka. He added that the coming weekend would bring a convention in Lawrence to nominate state officers. Goodnow also communicated news of the end of the Wakarusa War and the restoration of peace in the area; he had no doubt that freedom would prevail.

Keywords: Election, Topeka Constitution ratification, December 1855; Free state legislature; Goodnow, Harriet; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Goodnow, William E.; Herald of Freedom; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Shannon, Kansas Territory; Wakarusa War, November-December 1855


Daily diary, Isaac Goodnow
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: July 1855 - January 1856
Isaac Goodnow, a free state supporter and founder of Bluemont College in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, recorded news of political events and military skirmishes from July 1855-January 1856. Goodnow's diary makes mention of the details of his daily life, such as home maintenance, crop harvests, prairie fires, and extended illness.

Keywords: Conway, Martin Franklin; Daily life; Denison, Joseph; Elections; Free state activities; Free state support; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Illness; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Militia; Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891; Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Schuyler, Philip Church; Tappan, S. F. (Samuel Forster), d. 1913; Topeka Constitution; Wakarusa War, November-December 1855


Daily Diaries, Isaac Goodnow
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: 1856 - 1860
These diaries, written by Isaac Goodnow, described his daily life and his community activities. He settled near Manhattan and was involved in promoting the town and in establishing and promoting Bluemont College, the predecessor to Kansas State University. Many of the entries are somewhat mundane, dealing with weather, illness, neighbors, etc. However, the entries also describe activities in Kansas aimed at making it a free state, as well as the land speculation involved with both towns and farm land.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Daily life; Diaries; Education; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Illness; Land speculation; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Settlement; Town development; Universities and colleges; Weather


Letter, N. P. Selee to Dear Bro [Isaac Goodnow]
Authors: Selee, N.P.
Date: January 19, 1856
N. P. Selee, presumably an acquaintance of Isaac Goodnow, and a fellow New Englander, wrote to Goodnow from the East Coast, describing to Goodnow his desire to settle in Kansas. Selee asked Goodnow to respond to what may have been typical emigrant concerns about the trip, which from Selee, included questions about Kansas' future as a free state, the business prospects for raising cattle, and whether or not he ought to "look for a wife" before coming to Kansas, or if he would be likely to find quality companionship in the Territory.

Keywords: Business enterprises; Emigration and immigration; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Selee, N.P.; Travel; Women


Excerpt from letter, I. T. G [Isaac Goodnow] to [unknown]
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: January/February 1856
In the wake of the Wakarusa War, Isaac Goodnow wrote to an unknown recipient regarding recent skirmishes and negotiations between proslavery and free state supporters. According to Goodnow, Governor Shannon had demanded that the free state men surrender their Sharp's rifles and obey the laws of the "bogus" legislature. Governor Robinson had responded, telling his men to "keep the rifles, but surrender their contents." Goodnow also commented on the "determined heroism" of the free state women, and recounted the incident of voter fraud which occurred in the Delegate to Congress election between former Governor Reeder and J. W. Whitfield.

Keywords: Atchison, David Rice, 1807-1886; Bogus legislature; Border disputes and warfare; Border ruffians; Brown, George W. (George Washington), 1820-1915; Election fraud; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Shannon, Wilson, 1802-1877; Sharps rifles; Stringfellow, Benjamin F.; Whitfield, John W. (John Wilkins), ca. 1826-1879; Women


Letter, Isaac T. Goodnow to My Dear Ellen [Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: August 4, 1856
Isaac Goodnow wrote from Rhode Island, as he was traveling on the East Coast, to his wife in Kansas Territory, reporting on his efforts to fundraise for the creation of a college in the Territory. Goodnow thought he should "be able to put the college, through right, by staying East long enough." He made mention of contribution amounts he had garnered already, and was sending the cash home.

Keywords: Business enterprises; Education; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Travel; Universities and colleges


List of voters of 7th senatorial district
Authors: Adams, J. D.; Barry, Abraham ; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: September 3, 1856
A list of the voters in Kansas Territory's 7th senatorial district, which included Manhattan and the area surrounding it. Voters were categorized as free soilers, proslavery, and doubtful. The census was taken by order of the "Central Committee" (a free state group) and was signed by Abraham Barry, Isaac T. Goodnow, and J. D. Adams of District Committee No. 7.

Keywords: Adams, J. D.; Barry, Abraham; Census; Free State Party; Free state activities; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Voting


Letter, Isaac T. Goodnow to Brother Quereau
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: December 1, 1856
Isaac Goodnow wrote from Kansas Territory to a friend Quereau of New England. It appeared that Goodnow was growing tired of the hard -scrabble life in the Territory, which was "decidedly injurious" to his constitution. He also showed signs of discouragement regarding the founding of a college in K.T., resigned to the idea that "for the time to come little can be done educationally." Goodnow told Quereau that he was actively seeking a teaching job back in the States.

Keywords: Education; Emigration and immigration; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Shannon, Kansas Territory; Teaching; Universities and colleges


Narrative, the Murder of Charles Dow, by Isaac Goodnow
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: 1856
This written account reports on the incidents surrounding the murder of Charles Dow, including various skirmishes and military action which followed, leading up to the Wakarusa War. Dow was a free state supporter and was murdered by Franklin Coleman, who, according to Goodnow, had turned proslavery only after coming to Kansas Territory.

Keywords: Barber, Thomas W.; Branson rescue (1855); Branson, Jacob; Coleman, Franklin M.; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Dow, Charles W.; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Sharps rifles; Skirmishing; Violence; Violent deaths


Letter, unsigned [Isaac Goodnow] to My Dearest Ellen [Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: April 15, 1857
Isaac Goodnow wrote from Nebraska City, Nebraska Territory, to his wife Ellen in Kansas Territory. Goodnow was traveling in order to raise money and support for the construction of a college in Manhattan. He was positive about the prospects, but also felt the whole endeavor was an "uphill business." Goodnow thought that, with his friend Joseph Denison as General Financial Agent, the idea would go through.

Keywords: Denison, Joseph; Education; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Nebraska City, Nebraska Territory; Universities and colleges


Letter, Joseph Denison to Dear Bro. [Isaac] Goodnow
Authors: Denison, Joseph
Date: May 6, 1857
Joseph Denison wrote from Parkville, Missouri, to Isaac Goodnow, who was traveling . Denison reported that his solicitations for support of a college in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, had recently been well received. Among the interested parties were C. Evans and P. Judson of Evanstan, Illinois, who had been successful in building up Northwestern University in that area. Samuel Pomeroy also conveyed his interest, having pledged an investment to the cause on behalf of the New England Emigrant Aid Company.

Keywords: Business enterprises; Denison, Joseph; Education; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Universities and colleges


Letter, I. T. Goodnow to Hon. John Wood
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: May 11, 1857
Isaac Goodnow wrote from his travels in Keokuk, Iowa, to John Wood, promoting another addition to the town of Manhattan: a non-denominational church. As he was appointed an Agent by the church Trustees, Goodnow was now also soliciting support for the construction of a church, as well as a college. He also alluded to the living conditions in Kansas as"education & morals rather above average, but in present wealth poor."

Keywords: Churches; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Religion; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Town settlement


Letter, I. T. G. [Isaac Goodnow] to My Dear Ellen [Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: August 20, 1857
Isaac Goodnow wrote from his travels in Ohio to his wife, Ellen, in Shannon, Kansas Territory. This letter serves as a good example of the many than Goodnow sent home to his wife during his travels in the States, as he fundraised for the construction of Bluemont College and a non-denominational church in Manhattan. In this instance, Goodnow answers the request of his friend, Joseph Denison, to return to the Territory early, without raising the remaining $500; Goodnow replied that is would "diminish his self respect" to do so, but asked his wife her opinion. He also gave her instructions for maintaining their land and homestead, imploring that she contract out as much work as possible, in order to ease her own duties.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Churches; Daily life; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Shannon, Kansas Territory; Travel; Universities and colleges; Women


Letter, Ellen [Goodnow] to My Dear Husband [Isaac Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, Ellen
Date: October 3, 1857
Ellen Goodnow wrote from Shannon, Kansas Territory, to her husband, Isaac, who was traveling in Boston. Ellen asked that he purchase winter supplies for the family and neighbors while he was on the East Coast, and listed their necessities. The letter includes a short note from Joseph Denison, informing Isaac that more money was needed than expected to support the college through the winter.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Denison, Joseph; Domestics; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Merchandise; Riley County, Kansas Territory


Letter, I. T. G. [Isaac Goodnow] to My Dear Ellen [Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: October 22, 1857
Isaac Goodnow wrote from New York City to his wife in Shannon, Kansas Territory. This letter is one of many written from Goodnow to Ellen which update her on the status of his travels and fundraising. This particular example includes a mention of Goodnow's desire to solicit the support of Henry Ward Beecher, whose pamphlet "Defence of Kansas" speaks passionately against allowing slavery in the Territory.

Keywords: Beecher, Henry Ward; Business enterprises; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; New York, New York; Travel


Journal, Leavenworth Constitutional Convention
Authors: Tappan, S. F. (Samuel Forster), d. 1913
Date: April 2, 1858
When the convention considered Article 7, Education, near the end of the afternoon session on Friday, April 2, James Davis of Leavenworth moved to insert "white" before "child," but Sam Wood's motion to table passed 44 to 36. The yeas and nays were recorded.

Keywords: Adams, F. G. (Franklin George), 1824-1899; African Americans; American Indians (see also Native Americans); Arny, W. F. M. (William Frederick Milton), 1813-1881; Constitutions; Davis, James; Education; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Harvey, Henry; Leavenworth Constitutional Convention, March-April 1858; Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Ritchie, John, 1817-1887; Tappan, S. F. (Samuel Forster), d. 1913; Thacher, Timothy D., 1831-1894; Winchell, James M., 1823-1877; Wood, S. N. (Samuel Newitt)


Address of the Constitutional Convention to American Public
Authors: Address committee. John Morgan Walden, James Fletcher, et al
Date: April 3, 1858
A committee made up of John M. Walden, James Fletcher, Thomas Ewing, Jr., Isaac T. Goodnow, Henry J. Adams, T. Dwight Thacher, and Addison Danford prepared this eleven-page manuscript "address to accompany the instrument" adopted at the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention. The statement essentially laid out the philosophical foundations and rationale for the new document. It argued that the facts showed the overwhelming majority of Kansans desired admission as a free state.

Keywords: Adams, Henry J.; Danford, Addison; Ewing, Thomas, 1829-1896; Fletcher, James; Free State Party; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Leavenworth Constitutional Convention, March-April 1858; Lecompton Constitution; Proslavery activities; Slave power; Thacher, Timothy D., 1831-1894; Topeka Movement (see also Free state movement); United States. Congress; Walden, John Morgan


Address of the Kanzas Constitutional Convention to the American Public
Authors: Walden, John Morgan
Date: April 3, 1858
Leavenworth Constitution (?) address to accompany the constitution as it was distributed to the public, 15,000 copies in English and 2000 in German. It was very biased against the Lecompton Constitution.

Keywords: Adams, Henry J.; Antislavery; Conway, Martin Franklin; Ewing, Thomas, 1829-1896; Free state perspective; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Leavenworth Constitution; Lecompton Constitution; Tappan, S. F. (Samuel Forster), d. 1913; Thacher, Timothy D., 1831-1894; Walden, John Morgan


Letter, Isaac T. Goodnow to Hon. Eli Thayer
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: May 24, 1858
Isaac T. Goodnow wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory to Eli Thayer in Worcester, Massachusetts. Goodnow asked Thayer for his support for Bluemont Central College (predecessor to Kansas State University), a college chartered near Manhattan which would have "an Agricultural Department of a most thorough practical character." Goodnow asserted that "now when the victory [for free staters] in the main is won" it was time to focus attention on schools and churches.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Education; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Lecompton Constitution; Thayer, Eli, 1819-1899; Universities and colleges


Letter, T. M. Eddy to the Officers of _____ R.R.
Authors: Eddy, T.M.
Date: July 2, 1858
This letter written by T. M. Eddy, is an example of many letters of introduction written on the behalf of Isaac Goodnow. Goodnow, recently emigrated to Kansas Territory, was traveling extensively in the East in order to raise money for the construction of a new college in Manhattan. He succeeded in founding Bluemont College, which was a precursor to Kansas State University. Letters like these would have increased Goodnow's credibility when meeting new potential investors.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Travel; Universities and colleges


Letter, Thomas H. Webb to Dear Sir [Isaac Goodnow]
Authors: Webb, Thomas H. (Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: July 21, 1858
Thomas Webb, Secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote to Isaac Goodnow, indicating his overwhelming approval for the creation of a college in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, not knowing of a "more beautiful and eligible spot than the one selected." Webb communicated his pride in the fact that a Free State supporter would be the one to initiate such a project, and told Goodnow he had recently received a $12,000 donation from a Massachussetts man, which was to support the college.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Free state supporters; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Landscape; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Universities and colleges; Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866


Letter, Ellen D. Goodnow to My Dear Husband [Isaac Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, Ellen
Date: July 25, 1858
Ellen Goodnow wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to her husband, Isaac, while he was traveling. She included news of recent heavy rains, which had washed out bridges and roads, slowing travel and mail delivery. However, the crops were prospering as a result. Goodnow also described much illness and fever in the area, herself included. She closed the letter with a recipe for shaving soap.

Keywords: Crops; Daily life; Domestics; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Illness; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Recipes; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Weather


Resolution of the New England Emigrant Aid Company
Authors: Webb, Thomas H. (Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: September 13, 1858
Thomas Webb drafted this copy of a resolution adopted by the New England Emigrant Aid Company Executive Committee, which moved to allow Isaac Goodnow to sell twenty Manhattan town lots owned by the Company, with 50% of the proceeds going to support Goodnow's fund to support the founding of a college in Manhattan, Kansas Territory.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Town lots; Universities and colleges; Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866


Indenture, purchase of town lots by Bluemont College Trustees
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: December 21, 1858
This indenture outlines the terms of a sale of thirteen acres of land, sold by Thomas and Eleanor Wells to the Trustees of the Bluemont Central College Association, which included as its members Joseph Denison, Isaac Goodnow, Samuel D. Houston, Washington Marlott, C.E. Blood, and William A. McCullow.

Keywords: Blood, C.E.; Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Denison, Joseph; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Houston, Samuel D.; Land sales; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Marlott, Washington; McCullow, William A.; Riley County, Kansas Territory


Letter, Geo. S. Park to Isaac Goodnow
Authors: Park, George S.
Date: March 29, 1858
George Park wrote from Parkville, Missouri, to Isaac Goodnow, mentioning his efforts to obtain land for Goodnow's "Agricultural College". Park told Goodnow to have his "leading men" write letters to Congress in order to obtain a land grant. He also observed that emigrants were beginning to come in droves.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Emigration and immigration; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Land grants; Park, George S.; Parkville, Missouri; Railroads


Letter, I. F. Collins to Prof. Isaac Goodnow
Authors: Collins, I.F.
Date: June 30, 1858
I.F. Collins wrote from Atchison, Kansas Territory, to Isaac Goodnow, informing him that his appointment as Agent for Bluemont Central College had been approved. The College was the predecessor to the Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, now Kansas State University.

Keywords: Atchison County, Kansas Territory; Atchison, Kansas Territory; Bluemont Central College; Collins, I.F.; Education; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory


Letter, Isaac T. Goodnow to Rev. E. E. Hale
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: February 10, 1859
Isaac T. Goodnow wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory to Edward Everett Hale, member of the New England Emigrant Aid Company's Executive Committee. Goodnow informed Hale about plans to establish Bluemont Central College (predecessor to Kansas State University) just west of Manhattan, Kansas Territory. He asserted that the college would only add to Manhattan's other advantages -- being on the "natural route of the Pacific" railroad and on the shortest route to the Pike's Peak gold mines. Goodnow asked Hale for a contribution to the building fund for the college.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Education; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Pikes Peak gold rush; Railroads; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Town promotion; Universities and colleges


Letter, S. C. Pomeroy to Dear Sir [Isaac Goodnow]
Authors: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891
Date: March 8, 1859
Samuel Pomeroy wrote to Isaac Goodnow from Atchison, Kansas Territory. Pomeroy told Goodnow he was not disposed at the moment to come to Manhattan on account of lawsuits and railroad business, but would come as soon as possible. He looked forward to being present when the cornerstone of the Bluemont College building was placed, and asked Goodnow to list him as a subscriber to Manhattan's new newspaper. Pomeroy also referred to the upcoming election the following June, which would determine the delegates to attend the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, and prayed for a successful outcome.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Border ruffians; Denison, Joseph; Election, Wyandotte Constitution delegates to convention, June 1859; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Newspapers; Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891; Skirmishing; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859


Resolution of the Kansas and Nebraska Annual Conference
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: April 16, 1859
This copy of a resolution, drafted by the Kansas and Nebraska Annual Conference of Omaha City, Nebraska Territory, resolved to approve the efforts of the Trustees of Bluemont Cental College in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to "erect a noble college edifice" and to support Isaac Goodnow's continuation as Agent.

Keywords: Blood, C.E.; Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Denison, Joseph; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Houston, Samuel D.; Kansas and Nebraska Annual Conference; McCullow, William A.


Contract, Isaac Goodnow and Jasher H. Brous for constrution of college building
Authors: Brous, Jasher ; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: April 19, 1859
This document outlines an agreement between Isaac T. Goodnow, Agent for Bluemont Central College, and Jasher H. Brous, for construction of a College building. It includes details of individual rooms and specifications of the entire building, as well as a schedule for payments that would be made to Brous.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Brous, Jasher H.; Business enterprises; Construction; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Pottawatomie County, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; School buildings


Letter, John Pipher to All Whom it may concern
Authors: Pipher, John
Date: April 20, 1859
John Pipher, President of the Board of Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, wrote a generic letter of recommendation on the behalf of Isaac Goodnow, "Agent to raise funds for Bluemont College." This letter promoted the College as providing for the "Religious & Literary welfare of the Youth of Kansas", and would lend Goodnow credibility when traveling out of the Territory to solicit donations.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Education; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Pipher, John; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Universities and colleges


Contract, Isaac Goodnow and Clark W. Lewis for construction of college building
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Lewis, Clark W.
Date: April 27, 1859
This document outlines an agreement between Isaac Goodnow, Agent for Bluemont Central College in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, and Clark Lewis of Pottawattomie County. Lewis was to construct a second College building, an "edifice of stone." The indenture describes in detail the building's specifications, completion date of contruction, and the schedule of payments due to Lewis for his labor and materials.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Construction; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Lewis, Clark W.; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Pottawatomie County, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; School buildings


Letter, Isaac T. Goodnow to Rev. C. E. Blood
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: May 5, 1859
Isaac Goodnow, writing from Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, on his way to New England, related his experiences with a Mr. Vivaldi, a newspaper editor in Wyandotte, to C. E. Blood in Manhattan. Goodnow told Blood that Vivaldi would run a series of articles and advertisements about Manhattan in short order, and that promotional articles needed to be submitted as soon as possible. Goodnow also emphasized that, upon his arrival to Manhattan, Vivaldi should have his "expectations" met, and that all efforts should be taken to impress him.

Keywords: Advertisements; Blood, C.E.; Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Newspaper buildings; Newspapers; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Steamboats; Town development; Town promotion; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory; de Vivaldi, Charles F.


Letter, I. T. Goodnow to My Dear Brother [Joseph] Denison
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: May 7, 1859
Isaac Goodnow wrote en route to New England from Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, to Joseph Denison in Manhattan. Goodnow told Denison to expect a shipment of 36 tons of lumber and building supplies to be brought on the steamboat "Gus Linn", which was build specifically to navigate the Kansas River. He also wished that Denison dispose of two yokes of steers, in order to pay on the College.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Construction; Denison, Joseph; Freight and freightage; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Kansas River, Kansas Territory; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Steamboats


Letter, I. T. Goodnow to Dear Br. [Joseph] Denison
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: May 16, 1859
Isaac Goodnow wrote from his travels in New England to Joseph Denison. Goodnow was concerned that the finances of the College were being handled carelessly, as he had received word that city taxes had been paid on College lots when it was his understanding they were not even eligible to be taxed. He also stressed that the building supply accounts be kept organized. Goodnow included checks amounting to $150 with his letter to Denison.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Denison, Joseph; Finance; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Marlott, Washington; Taxation


Letter, Thomas H. Webb to M. F. Conway
Authors: Webb, Thomas H. (Hopkins), 1801-1866
Date: May 31, 1859
Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway, general agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas Territory. Webb informed Conway that the Company's Executive Committee had approved Isaac Goodnow's request for a donation for Bluemont College in Manhattan, Kansas Territory. Bluemont College later became Kansas State University.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Conway, Martin Franklin; Education; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Schools; Universities and colleges; Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866


Letter, Geo. S. Park to I. T. Goodnow
Authors: Park, George S.
Date: June 7, 1859
George Park wrote from Parkville, Missouri, to Isaac Goodnow in New York City. Park confessed to Goodnow that he would not be able to pay into their investments this season, on account of hard economic times. However, he was willing to sell his property in Manhattan, which had been a "continual drain" on him from the beginning. Park criticized Goodnow's efforts: "I think you are too fast That country hardly wants a college yet. We perhaps had better have waited until times are better."

Keywords: Business enterprises; Economic conditions; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Park, George S.; Parkville, Missouri; Pikes Peak gold rush; Real estate investment; Town lots; Universities and colleges


Letter, Joseph Denison to Dear Bro. [Isaac] Goodnow
Authors: Denison, Joseph
Date: June 8, 1859
Joseph Denison wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to Isaac Goodnow, who was traveling in New England. Denison reported recent college construction expenditures to Goodnow, illustrating his attempts to "financier as faithfully and as economically" as he could, and updated his on the construction's progress. He encouraged Goodnow to sell city lots and obtain land warrants, both of which were in high demand.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Construction; Denison, Joseph; Finance; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; School buildings; Steamboats; de Vivaldi, Charles F.


Letter of endorsement from N. P. Banks
Authors: Banks, N.P.
Date: June 15, 1859
N. P. Banks wrote a general letter of endorsement supporting the construction of Bluemont Central College, currently in progress. This recommendation would better Isaac Goodnow's credibility and reputation as he continued to solicit donations and investors to support the College.

Keywords: Banks, N. P.; Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Universities and colleges


Letter, Isaac T. Goodnow to William Claflin, Esq.
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: June 16, 1859
Isaac T. Goodnow, traveling in New England, wrote to William Claflin. Goodnow told Claflin that he and Joseph Denison wished to honor him by naming their first building at Bluemont Central College "Claflin Hall". He promoted the College as to become the Harvard College of Central Kansas, and emphasized that Claflin would get more for his money investing in a "rising state" than he would in an older state.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Claflin, William; Denison, Joseph; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; School buildings; Universities and colleges


Letter, C. E. Blood to Dear Bro. [Isaac] Goodnow
Authors: Blood, C.E.
Date: June 20, 1859
C. E. Blood wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to Isaac Goodnow, imparting that the Vivaldi family had arrived in the town via the steamboat Gus Linn, Mr. Vivaldi having brought along his printing press and other equipment. The newspaper was then a "fixed and permanent fact." Blood updated Goodnow on the status of construction at the College and Joseph Denison's new home. He closed by reporting a rumor that there was a Republican majority in the Constitutional Convention at Wyandotte.

Keywords: Blood, C.E.; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Kansas River, Kansas Territory; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Newspapers; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Steamboats; Town development; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859; de Vivaldi, Charles F.


Letter, Ellen [Goodnow] to My Dear Husband [Isaac Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, Ellen
Date: July 1859
Ellen Goodnow wrote to her husband, Isaac Goodnow, from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, briefly relating the news of a friend's sudden death. She attached a list of items she wished Isaac to purchase while he was in the East, which mostly consisted of clothing items, but also included a clock and a microscope.

Keywords: Daily life; Domestics; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Merchandise; Riley County, Kansas Territory


Letter, Ellen D. G. [Goodnow] to My Dear Husband [Isaac Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, Ellen
Date: August 16, 1859
Ellen Goodnow wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to her husband, Isaac, who was traveling on the East coast. Ellen updated him on the progress of Bluemont College's construction, and suggested that they move into the school building temporarily to keep watch over loose supplies ("anything moveable is in danger"), especially doors and windows. She recounted an incident in which a housemate's accident left him with a deep headwound and included details of the treatment. Goodnow also listed more supplies that she needed from the East, gave Isaac clothing suggestions to keep healthy, and expressed her fatigue at running the household without him.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Construction; Denison, Joseph; Domestics; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Health; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Marlott, Washington; Medicine; Riley County, Kansas Territory; School buildings; Wounds and injuries


Letter, Joseph Denison [to Isaac Goodnow]
Authors: Denison, Joseph
Date: August 28, 1859
Joseph Denison attached this letter to Isaac Goodnow to the end of a longer one written by Isaac's wife Ellen. Denison advised Goodnow to purchase insurance for the college buildings as soon as possible, to prevent a large investment loss. He also suggested that, once the roof of the building was completed, that someone sleep there at night for security reasons. Denison added that the railroad from Wyandotte to Fort Riley now had a stop in Manhattan, complete with depot.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Denison, Joseph; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Insurance; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Railroads; Riley County, Kansas Territory; School buildings; Town development


Letter, Ellen D. Goodnow to My Dear Husband [Isaac Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, Ellen
Date: August 28, 1859 August 28, 1859
Ellen Goodnow wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to her husband, Isaac, who was traveling in New England. Goodnow mentioned that students, who would attend Bluemont College beginning in November, were coming to the area to board. She told her husband that they would be lodging with the Denisons during the coming winter, and asked him what furnishings they could provide. Goodnow also advised him about purchasing wallpaper and upholstery to decorate their church sanctuary.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Churches; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; House furnishings; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Merchandise; Riley County, Kansas Territory


Letter, Joseph Denison to Dear Br. [Isaac] Goodnow
Authors: Denison, Joseph
Date: September 7, 1859
Joseph Denison wrote from Soldier Creek, Jackson County, K.T., to Isaac Goodnow. Denison reported on the construction of the Bluemont College building, advising him that the lower floor would need plastering before classes could be held there in the coming winter. He recounted the sinking of the steamer "Gus Linn", which was carrying building supplies for the College, on a sandbar in the Kansas River. Denison also recommended that Goodnow see about purchasing a common seal for the Trustees of Bluemont College to use on legal documents.

Keywords: Blood, C.E.; Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Construction; Denison, Joseph; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; House furnishings; Jackson County, Kansas Territory (see also Calhoun County, Kansas Territory); Kansas River, Kansas Territory; School buildings; Steamboats


Receipt, Surgical Attendance
Authors: Robinson, John W.
Date: October 26, 1859
This receipt documented payment received by John W. Robinson of Manhattan, Kansas Territory, for "surgical attendance & adjusting fracture on adopted daughter [of Isaac Goodnow]." Goodnow was charged $16.00 for the doctor's services.

Keywords: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Medicine; Receipts; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Robinson, John W.


Letter, T. H. Houston to Mr. [Isaac T.] Goodnow
Authors: Houston, T. H.
Date: July 27, 1859
T. H. Houston wrote to Mr. [Isaac T.] Goodnow wondering if he could sell a few Manhattan lots. She listed the lot numbers and their worth. She wrote she has not seen her husband, [Samuel Dexter Houston] who is at Wyandotte, for four weeks and that the "coledge appears very beautiful from our house."

Keywords: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Houston, Samuel D.; Houston, T. H.


Letter, Wm R. Clark to Dear Bro. [Isaac] Goodnow
Authors: Clark, William
Date: February 29, 1860
William Clark wrote from New England to Isaac Goodnow in Manhattan, Kansas Territory. Clark responded to a letter sent to him earlier by Goodnow, in which Goodnow asked Clark if he would act as a financial officer of Bluemont College. Clark admitted he did have reasons that might motivate him to accept, but added that he had "so little adaptation as to that [work] of begging money." He also feared, considering the present economic conditions in New England and within the Methodist Church, that he would not be successful in garnering any support for a College in Kansas Territory, as local interests currently prevailed. Clark declined the appointment.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Economic conditions; Finance; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Methodist Church; Universities and colleges


Letter, Marcus J. Parrott to Isaac T. Goodnow
Authors: Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879
Date: March 4, 1860
Marcus Parrott, Kansas Territory's elected delegate to Congress, wrote to Isaac Goodnow from Washington, D.C. Parrott reported the status of a bill recently submitted on behalf of the Trustees of Bluemont College, which would give them the legal title to the College site. Parrott did not foresee any obstacles to its passing, save the "procrastination of business by the House of Reps."

Keywords: Bills, legislative; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879; United States. Congress. House; Universities and colleges


Statement, Charles F. de Vivaldi for Isaac Goodnow
Authors: de Vivaldi, Charles F.
Date: March 11, 1860
This document, written and signed by Charles F. de Vivaldi, Editor and Proprietor of the Manhattan Express newspaper in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, authorized Isaac Goodnow, as "an agent of Bluemont College and regular correspondent", to sell subscriptions to the paper.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Newspapers; Riley County, Kansas Territory; de Vivaldi, Charles F.


Letter, J. [John] Pipher to Brother I. [Isaac] T. Goodnow
Authors: Pipher, John
Date: March 16, 1860
John Pipher, President of the Board of Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, wrote to Isaac Goodnow, informing him that their church would not be ready for dedication until April the 8th. Goodnow had spent time over the last several years traveling in New England, raising money for construction of both the church and Bluemont Central College. Pipher also referred to the debts held by the church and asked Goodnow how much he could contribute.

Keywords: Business enterprises; Churches; Construction; Finance; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Pipher, John; Riley County, Kansas Territory


Statement, Rev. W. R. Davis for Bluemont College
Authors: Davis, W.R.
Date: May 20, 1860
W. R. Davis, President of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas Territory, composed this statement, which declared that Bluemont College, founded by Isaac Goodnow, would "not interfere with the legitimate work of Baker University." Davis too believed that the College fulfilled a "great want" in the new Territory.

Keywords: Baker University; Bluemont Central College; Davis, W. R.; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Universities and colleges


Letter, Joseph Denison to Br. [Isaac] Goodnow
Authors: Denison, Joseph
Date: May 21, 1860
Joseph Denison wrote from Powhattan, Brown County, K.T., to Isaac Goodnow regarding issues of management of the church and college they had recently constructed. Denison had discovered that, due to the state of their treasury, some property needed to be sold in order to pay the taxes on the church lots. He also worried about the state of Bluemont College, as it had thus far only attracted 20 students.

Keywords: Bills, legislative; Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Churches; Denison, Joseph; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879; Taxation; United States. Congress; Universities and colleges; de Vivaldi, Charles F.


Letter, Joseph Denison to Br. [Isaac] Goodnow
Authors: Denison, Joseph
Date: June 21, 1860
Joseph Denison wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to Isaac Goodnow. Denison reported that Charles de Vivaldi, editor and owner of the Manhattan Express newpaper, was having financial trouble. He asserted that it was in their own best interest to help him out, lest the demise of the newspaper "discourage & sour" their investors. Such a loss of confidence would "injure the College and all other enterprises here beyond calculation." Denison also congratulated himself and Goodnow on thus far avoiding legal trouble related to the construction of Bluemont College.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Denison, Joseph; Finance; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Marlott, Washington; Newspapers; Riley County, Kansas Territory; de Vivaldi, Charles F.


Letter, John Kimball to Br. [Isaac] Goodnow
Authors: Kimball, John
Date: September 22, 1860
John Kimball wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to Isaac Goodnow, who was traveling away from his home in K.T. Kimball reported on the occupations of a religious camp in the town, within which "the Good Lord is converting sinners." Kimball also discussed the severe drought they were experiencing, and reported great damage to crops in the area. He added news of the Manhattan Express newspaper's expansion to Junction City and an acquaintance's journey to Pikes Peak.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Crops; Droughts; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Kimball, John; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Newspapers; Pikes Peak, Kansas Territory; Religious communities; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Travel; de Vivaldi, Charles F.


Letter, Joseph Denison to Br. [Isaac] Goodnow
Authors: Denison, Joseph
Date: November 9, 1860
Joseph Denison wrote from Cincinatti, Ohio, to Isaac Goodnow, who was also traveling in the East. Denison had been traveling in the Midwest as part of an effort to raise a relief fund for citizens of Kansas Territory, who had suffered as a result of a severe drought. His fellow churchmen and abolitionists were eager to help, as they believed that "the recent Republican victories are due in great part to the settlers and suffers in Kansas" who "must be helped or they will be starved out of the Territory."

Keywords: Denison, Joseph; Economic conditions; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Railroads; Relief; Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- ); de Vivaldi, Charles F.


Letter, Wm [William Goodnow] to Dear Brother [Isaac Goodnow]
Authors: Goodnow, William E.
Date: December 22, 1860
William Goodnow wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to his brother Isaac Goodnow, updating him on personal and business matters. He reported that the plastering and joint work in the College building was mostly done, and that he had ceased to work on the construction of their own new house until the spring. Responding to the secession of South Carolina, William exclaimed that the Union had been "smashed into a cocked hat!" He added that the Denison family was well but for colds, and confirmed that those settlers who had suffered on account of the drought and poor economic conditions were receiving aid.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Construction; Denison, Joseph; Economic conditions; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Goodnow, William E.; Health; Relief; School buildings; Secession; South Carolina


Letter, Marcus J. Parrott to Isaac Goodnow
Authors: Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879
Date: December 30, 1860
Marcus Parrott, Kansas Territory's delegate to Congress, wrote from Washington D.C. to Isaac Goodnow, confirming with him that he could safely count on the passage of his "College Bill" this legislative session. Goodnow, along with the other members of the Board of Trustees of Bluemont College in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, had submitted a bill to the legislature that would grant them legal title to the College and the land it occupied.

Keywords: Bills, legislative; Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879; United States. Congress


Photograph, Ellen Denison Goodnow
Authors: Bushby & Hart, photographers
Date: 1872
Ellen Denison Goodnow was the wife of Isaac Goodnow. They settled near Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas Territory. They were free state supporters and she is mentioned frequently in his diaries.

Keywords: Bushby & Hart, photographers; Cabinet photographs; Free state supporters; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Photographs and Illustrations; Riley County, Kansas Territory


Photograph, Isaac T. Goodnow
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: 
Isaac Goodnow was an early resident of Manhattan and was a free state supporter. He was a delegate to the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention and was one of the founders of Bluemont College.

Keywords: Free state settlers; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Photographs and Illustrations; Riley County, Kansas Territory


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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