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Authors: Finch, H.
Date: December 22, 1856
This letter, written from Osawatomie by A. Finch to Thaddeus Hyatt, chairman of the National Kansas Committee, provided general information about the inhabitants of Osawatomie and neighboring areas. It included a list of about half of the settlers residing in Osawatomie at this time, including the four pro-slavery voters. Mr. Finch went into detail about the most fertile areas that would be excellent sites for free state settlements, and about the economic conditions and financial needs of the settlers.
Keywords: Adair, Samuel Lyle; Agriculture; Chestnut, William; Churches; Economic conditions; Emigration and immigration; Finch, H.; Geer, Samuel; Hawley, John H.; Hyatt, Thaddeus; Mills and mill-work; Money; Natural resources; Osawatomie, Kansas Territory; Sears, W. A.; Settlement; Storrs, N. S.; Timber; Town settlement; Updegraff, Andrew
Certificate, Buffalo City, Kansas Territory, One Town Share
Authors: Buffalo City Town Association
Date: February 21, 1857
This printed form was made out to Charles Blakely, illustrated and completed by hand. Several towns were named Buffalo or Buffalo City during and after the territorial period. This particular Buffalo City was planned in Doniphan County near Eagle Springs. On February 11, 1857, John W. Geary, Kansas territorial governor, approved an act incorporating the "Buffalo Town Association of Kansas Territory" into Davis County. Neither town has survived.
Keywords: Blakely, Charles; Buffalo City Town Association; Buffalo City, Kansas Territory; Chadduck, G.B.; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Frazer, B.B.; Land acquisition; Town development; Town settlement; Town shares
Letter, I. T. Goodnow to Hon. John Wood
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: May 11, 1857
Isaac Goodnow wrote from his travels in Keokuk, Iowa, to John Wood, promoting another addition to the town of Manhattan: a non-denominational church. As he was appointed an Agent by the church Trustees, Goodnow was now also soliciting support for the construction of a church, as well as a college. He also alluded to the living conditions in Kansas as"education & morals rather above average, but in present wealth poor."
Keywords: Churches; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Religion; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Town settlement
Circular, Information for Kanzas Immigrants, 1857
Authors: Webb, Thomas H. (Hopkins), 1801-1866
Thomas Webb compiled this more comprehensive version of his earlier circulars by the same name. Containing much of the same information as the previous versions, such as details about the logistics of the trip to Kansas and subjects such as weather, farming, Indians, and employment, it features a large section that describes individual town settlements. This circular also addresses the proslavery and free state conflict, though in a nonpartisan manner, considering the interests of both groups.
Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Atchison, David Rice, 1807-1886; Books; Brown, John Carter; Circulars; Crops; Diseases; Education; Food; Guns; Land acquisition; Lawrence, Amos Adams, 1814-1886; Libraries; Merchandise; Merchants; Native Americans; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Newspapers; Religion; Thayer, Eli, 1819-1899; Town settlement; Transportation; Travel literature; Weapons (see also Guns); Weather; Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866
Act of Incorporation
Authors: Fields, Henry C.
Date: June 8, 1858
This handwritten copy of the act of incorporation for Wyandotte City declares that this town will be incorporated into Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory. It was decided in court after several taxpayers presented a petition requesting their incorporation into the territory and permission to establish a local government. This document was recorded by Henry C. Fields, clerk of the court at Leavenworth.
Keywords: Courts; Glick, Charles S.; Killen, Daniel; Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory; McKay, William; Petitions; Russell, George; Town settlement; Town sites; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory
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