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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
Page from Ballou's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion
Authors: No authors specified.
This page from Ballou's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion features a large engraving illustration of Kaw (Kansa) Indians at the office of the Commissioner for Indian Affairs. The caption describes a situation in which various candidates for chieftainship had traveled to Washington, D.C., to obtain the Commissioner's endorsement of one of them over the others. The Indians are identified only as "Great Elk", "Little Dog", "Buffalo", and "Fleet Deer"; the Commissioner is not identified by name, and the page is not dated.
Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Illustrations; Indian Affairs, Commissioner of; Kansa Indians; United States. Commissioner of Indian Affairs
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