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Authors: Griffing, Jemima August (Goodrich)
Date: September 17, 1859
J. Augusta (Goodrich) Griffing wrote from Hartford, Connecticut to her husband James in Topeka, Kansas Territory. Mrs. Griffing was visiting family and friends in the East for the first time since her arrival in Kansas in 1855. She reported on her trip from Owego, New York to Hartford and her decision to leave her young son, Johnny, in the care of Mr. Griffing's family in Owego. She described Johnny's behavior in some detail. She informed Mr. Griffing that she planned to start her trip back to Kansas Territory in October 1859.
Keywords: Children; Connecticut; Griffing, James Sayre; Griffing, Jemima Augusta (Goodrich); Hartford, Connecticut; Travel; Women
Letter, Oliver Brown to Dear Folks
Authors: Brown, Oliver
Date: May 16 [1857?]
From Colinsville, Hartford Co., Connecticut (most likely, May 16, 1857), Oliver Brown wrote to his family regarding his current employer, "Mr. [Charles] Blair," who had agreed to pay Oliver $200, plus room and board, for one year. "Mr. Blair is now at work making 1000 Kansas butter knifes for Father," wrote Oliver Brown. He mentioned the presence of Brown relatives in that area and the favorable "reputation of the family [Browns] in Kansas" reflected among the residents there.
Keywords: Antislavery movements; Blair, Charles; Brown, John, 1800-1859; Brown, Mary Ann Day, 1816-1884; Brown, Oliver; Collinsville, Connecticut; Hartford, Connecticut; Weapons (see also Guns)
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