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Letter, James R. Mead to [Father]
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: December 25, 1859
In this letter, Mead informed his father, who still lived in Davenport, Iowa, that he had established a trading post along the Saline River in order to trade with the Indians. Mead, along with his business partners, had stored up meat for the winter and had built a comfortable house. Apparently, times were still very difficult in Kansas, although Mead seems to have fared quite well. The letter ended with personal advice to his father about a mare who was no longer worth keeping.

Keywords: Business enterprises; Businessmen; Horses; Indian traders; Kansas Frontier; Mead, James R.; Native Americans; Ottawa County, Kansas Territory; Saline River, Kansas Territory; Trading posts


Letter, James [R. Mead] to My Dear Sister
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: December 25, 1859
James R. Mead wrote this letter from his home "somewhere in the West." He had a trading post about twenty miles north of the Saline River, west of Fort Riley, Kansas Territory. He described in detail the abundance of wildlife, calling western Kansas the "Land of Plenty." Mead and his business partners traded with the Kaw Indians, mostly for furs. His first impression of this tribe was unfavorable, but in his later years he came to respect the Kaw and believed that they were an honest people. He also mentioned the Copperhead Indians, who were more fierce and warlike than the Kaw; Mead and his companions were building a blockhouse in case there was trouble.

Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Bison; Hunting; Indian raids; Indian traders; Kansa Indians; Kansas Frontier; Mead, James R.; Native Americans; Natural resources; Ottawa County, Kansas Territory; Saline River, Kansas Territory; Trading posts


Legal document, trading license for John W. Forman
Authors: Vanderslice, Daniel
Date: ca. 1859
This document, an unsigned copy drafted by Daniel Vanderslice, outlines the conditions of a $5000 loan taken from the U.S. government by Harvey W. and John W. Forman and John Pemberton. These men had already purchased land in what had become northern Doniphan County, founded the city of Iowa Point in 1854 on lands previously owned by Iowa Indians. The document also describes the conditions of a one-year trading license issued to John W. Forman, which stipulated that Forman must limit his trading to only certain areas and specific Indian tribes.

Keywords: Business enterprises; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Forman, Harvey W.; Forman, John W.; Indian agents; Indian traders; Iowa Indians; Native Americans; Pemberton, John; Sac and Fox Indians; Vanderslice, Daniel


Letter, James [R. Mead] to My dear Father
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: August 26, 1860
In this letter, written from Burlingame, Kansas Territory, James R. Mead informed his father that he had come back to eastern Kansas to work for Mr. Titus, presumably the pro-slavery Colonel Titus. Mead still maintained a ranch and trading post on the Saline River. Mead also wrote to his father about a home that he was building in Salina, Kansas Territory. He called his buffalo hunting "a wholesale butchering establishment," and he was going to cure the meat. Apparently he had developed quite a reputation in the area, and he had been made sheriff of Saline County.

Keywords: Bison; Burlingame, Kansas Territory; Houses; Hunting; Indian traders; Mead, James R.; Osage County, Kansas Territory; Ranching; Salina, Kansas Territory; Saline County, Kansas Territory; Town lots


Letter, James [Mead] to My dear Father
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: December 1, 1860
James Mead, a rancher and trader from Saline County, Kansas Territory, wrote this letter to his father, who lived in Davenport, Iowa. Mead and his companions were going to "the river" to send a load of buffalo meat and buffalo robes to the folks back home. He also spoke of a trading excursion he had taken recently to a Kaw Indian camp about twenty miles from his trading post, listing the goods that were traded. Although other settlers were suffering during the drought of 1860, Mead and those in the vicinity were faring quite well. He once again mentioned Lincoln's election and inquired about whether or not "the Union is dissolved."

Keywords: Bison; Business enterprises; Droughts; Election, Presidential, 1860; Food; Indian traders; Kansa Indians; Mead, James R.; Prices; Saline County, Kansas Territory; Saline River, Kansas Territory


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