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Authors: Miller, Josiah
Date: June 15, 1857
Josiah Miller wrote from Lawrence, Kansas Territory, to his Father and Mother in Chester, South Carolina, before their departure for Kansas Territory. Miller informed them of banking practices and his new business enterprise-- raising stock. He also discussed the value of prairie land versus timbered land. Miller referred to the "bogus" election of the day before, which elected delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Lecompton. Free state men did not vote, and only 2,071 votes were polled. This clearly showing that, had the election been conducted fairly, the free state men would have won the majority.
Keywords: Banks and banking; Bogus laws; Bogus legislature; Business enterprises; Democratic Party (U.S.); Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Free state perspective; Illinois; Land sales; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Miller, Josiah; Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- )
Letter, Charles E. Mix to Sir [J. Thompson]
Authors: Mix, Charles E.
Date: January 29, 1858
Charles E. Mix, Acting Commissioner of U. S. Indian Affairs, wrote to J. Thompson, Secretary of the U. S. Department of the Interior, regarding an incident described to him by Andrew Dorn, Indian Agent in Neosho, Kansas Territory. In this incident, J. B. Thompson, president of an unnamed railroad company bought a tract of land from the Osage Indian tribe without the consent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Mix asked Secretary Thompson if it would be appropriate to punish Chapman under the Intercourse Act of 1834.
Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Chapman, J.B.; Dorn, Andrew J.; Indian Affairs, Commissioner of; Indian lands; Land sales; Land speculation; Mix, Charles E.; Railroad companies; Schroder, J.T.; Thompson, J.; United States. Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Letter, J. Thompson to Sir [Charles E. Mix]
Authors: Thompson, J.
Date: February 9, 1858
J. Thompson, Secretary of U.S. Department of the Interior, wrote to Charles E. Mix, Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs, instructing him on how to proceed regarding J. B. Chapman's unlawful purchase of Osage Indian lands for railroad use. He told Mix to inform Agent Andrew Dorn in Neosho, Kansas Territory, where the sale took place, so that he could warn the Osages not to engage in any further sales. Thompson also requested that Mix contact Chapman to inform him that legal proceedings against him would be instituted immediately.
Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Butler, Pierce M.; Chapman, J.B.; Dorn, Andrew J.; Indian Affairs, Commissioner of; Indian lands; Land sales; Land speculation; Mix, Charles E.; Railroad companies; Thompson, J.; United States. Commissioner of Indian Affairs
Letter, Your aff. husband [Joseph H. Trego] to My Dear wife [Alice Trego]
Authors: Trego, Joseph Harrington
Date: February 13, 1858
Joseph Trego wrote from Sugar Mound, Kansas Territory, to his wife, Alice, at their family's home in Illinois. Trego further expressed his disappointment that his wife did not plan to travel to the Territory with him that spring. The change in plans did not seem to disrupt those of the Smith brothers, Trego's companions, as they planned to gather their own families. Trego supposed he would stay behind and conduct business at the mill and perhaps enter the market for land sales. The mill's shelter had successfully been erected the day before, so their production would not not be so dependent on the weather conditions.
Keywords: Business enterprises; Land sales; Linn County, Kansas Territory; Mills and mill-work; Missouri River; Real estate investment; Sugar Mound, Kansas Territory; Trego, Alice; Trego, Joseph Harrington; Weather; Women
Letter, R. S. Stevens to J. W. Denver
Authors: Stevens, Robert S.
Date: April 3, 1858
Robert S. Stevens, writing from Washington, D.C. to Governor James W. Denver, reported upon the U.S. House of Representative's passage of the Crittenden-Montgomery resolution, which proposed to resubmit the Lecompton Constitution to a vote in Kansas Territory. While Stevens, and by implication Denver, supported the Crittenden-Montgomery resolution, he contended that it was in the Democratic Party's best interests for Kansas to be admitted under the Lecompton Constitution. Stevens also commented on his efforts to get New York Indian lands in Kansas opened to preemption.
Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Democratic Party (U.S.); Denver, James William, 1817-1892; Land sales; Lecompton Constitution; Native Americans; New York Indian Reserve; Stevens, Robert S.; United States. Congress
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