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Letter, James R. Mead to My dear Father
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: August 13, 1859
In this letter, James Mead wrote from Tecumseh, Kansas Territory, to his father about his efforts to secure a claim. He included information about the people of the territory, and the beautiful vegetation and flourishing towns. Mead also spoke of the immense amount of traffic along the Santa Fe Trail, and of the roads to Lecompton and Topeka which he declared were "the best roads I ever saw anywhere." He also described the buildings of Burlingame, Kansas Territory and the make up of the community. At the end of the letter, he mentioned the new constitution, which "is all Free State."

Keywords: Burlingame, Kansas Territory; Land acquisition; Land claims; Mead, James R.; Osage County, Kansas Territory; Prices; Roads; Santa Fe road; Transportation; Travel; Wagon trains


Letter, James [R. Mead] to Dear Father and Folks at home
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: November 7, 1859
In this letter, James R. Mead wrote his family and friends about his first buffalo hunt. He had just recently returned from this adventure and apparently he was extremely successful, having killed 30 buffalo. He wrote a rather detailed description of a buffalo's appearance so his friends and family would have a mental picture of this magnificent animal. Mead also mentioned other wild animals, such as prairie dogs and rabbits, commenting on their plumpness.

Keywords: Bison; Firearms; Hunting; Kansas Frontier; Mead, James R.; Natural resources


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


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: November 22, 1860
James Mead wrote from Salina, Kansas Territory to his father who lived in Davenport, Iowa. Apparently, Mead had heard news of Lincoln's election, but he did not know any specifics. The main focus of the letter was Mead's experiences buffalo hunting--he intended to send his father some of the meat. Between September 1 and the date of this letter he had shot 355 buffalo and killed 250 wolves. He had saved 250 buffalo hides and planned to sell them in St. Louis.

Keywords: Bison; Business enterprises; Hunting; Kansas Frontier; Mead, James R.; Prices; Salina, Kansas Territory; Saline County, Kansas Territory


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


Letter, James R. Mead to My dear Mother
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: December 25, 1860
In this letter addressed to his mother, James Mead wrote about his life out on the frontier near the Saline River, Kansas Territory. He assured her that he had plenty of groceries, including sugar, meal, flour, beans and apples, as well as coffee and tea. He also informed her that he had sent the family a load of buffalo meat and robes, and he discussed the local fur trade, listing different animals in the area. Mead spoke briefly of his long term plans, stating that he would ultimately like to go into stock raising. Throughout the letter, he emphasized the flourishing trade going on in Kansas, in one instance writing that "everybody trades."

Keywords: Bison; Food; Holidays; Hunting; Kansas Frontier; Mead, James R.; Prices; Salina, Kansas Territory; Saline County, Kansas Territory


Letter, James [Mead] to My dear Father
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: January 11, 1861
In this letter, James R. Mead wrote to his father concerning his buffalo hunting and trading. He had just returned from a trading trip, but he did not know what to do with all of the robes, so he planned to send them to his father. He included some advice about the best way to care for and sell these robes. He was hoping to come home to Davenport, Iowa for a visit in the spring, but only if the fur prices were on the rise; in a few days he was heading north to get more furs.

Keywords: Bison; Business enterprises; Clothing and dress; Indian traders; Kansas Frontier; Mead, James R.; Prices; Salina, Kansas Territory


Letter, James [Mead] to My dear Father
Authors: Mead, James R.
Date: February 14, 1861
James R. Mead wrote this letter from his ranch and trading post near the Saline River to his father in Davenport, Iowa. He vehemently declared that the stories about suffering settlers in Kansas Territory were "bare-faced lies." He wished that those in the East would stop sending relief supplies because "it all goes into the hands of favorites" and Kansas would be better off without it. He also provided his father with advice, telling him to appreciate his home in Iowa and to stay out of the way of any enemies.

Keywords: Famines; Iowa; Mead, James R.; Ottawa County, Kansas Territory; Poverty; Relief


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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