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Photograph, Pike's Peak-The Leavenworth and Pike's Peak Express Company's Office, Denver City, K.T.
Authors: No authors specified.
Date:  Between 1858 and 1860
Photograph of an illustration captioned the "Pike's Peak-The Leavenworth and Pike's Peak Express Company's Office, Denver City, K.T." The drawing shows men standing outside of the Company's office. The source for the drawing is unknown.

Keywords: Business; Denver City, Kansas Territory; Leavenworth and Pike's Peak Express Company; Photographs and Illustrations


Letter, [C. Robinson] to "My Dear Sir" [Henry Wilson]
Authors: Robinson, Charles
Date:  May 12, 1858
This important document is reportedly a copy of a letter from Charles Robinson, Lawrence, May 12, 1858, to Massachusetts Senator Henry Wilson in which the Kansas governor expresses confidence that the Lecompton Constitution will be overwhelmingly defeated in the upcoming election and makes numerous observations about the state of politics--present and future--in Kansas. Robinson believed that half the Democrats would oppose the Lecompton instrument because they knew that freestaters would dominate any state government that would be admitted under it and subsequently "the Constitution would be changed in the 'twinkling of an eye.'" Thus, he predicted no Kansas admission until at least December 1859, and in the meantime expected Democrats to "take the lead in aiding in developing the resources of Kansas, & [the Democratic Party] will claim to be the special friends of our infant State."

Keywords: Democratic Party (U.S.); Election, Lecompton Constitution ratification, August 1858; Election, Lecompton Constitution, August 1857; English Bill; Factionalism; Free State Party; Free state supporters; Journals; Lecompton Constitution; Partisan press; Press and politics; Press and propaganda; Proslavery supporters; Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- ); Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; United States. Congress; Wilson, Henry, 1812-1875


Receipt, United States Express Company to George Collamore
Authors: United States Express Company
Date:  December 20, 1858
This receipt documented George Collamore's claim of $100 as forwarded to him from Myers Richardson Miller Company in St. Louis, Missouri, via the United States Express Company.

Keywords: Banks and banking; Business; Collamore, George W.; Receipts; United States Express Company


Photograph, Pike's Peak Emigrants, St. Joseph, Missouri
Authors: Bierstadt Bros., Photographers, N. Bedford, Mass.
Date:  1859
A view of Pike's Peak emigrants in St. Joseph, Missouri., 1859. Photographed by Bierstadt Bros., Photographers, N. Bedford, Mass.

Keywords: Bierstadt, Albert; Covered wagons; Emigration and immigration; Mules; Penton, White & Co. Pike's Peak Passenger & Freight Express Company; Photographs and Illustrations; St. Joseph, Missouri


Letter, John Brown to Gents [Old Brown's Parallels]
Authors: Brown, John , 1800-1859
Date:  January 3, 1859
Designated "Old Brown's Parallels" and dated January 3, 1859, from Trading Post, Kansas, this is one of the better-known John Brown documents from Kansas. Written for publication in the newspapers just before his final departure from the territory, Brown began by stating "two parallels"--one being the failure of government to do anything about the murder of free-state men (Marias des Cygnes Massacre) May 1858; the other being his recent raid into Missouri to free eleven slaves and take "some property." In the latter incident, only one white man, a slave owner, was killed, but "all 'Hell is stirred from beneath,'" as the governor of Missouri was demanding the capture of those "concerned in the last named 'dreadful outrage.'"

Keywords: African Americans; Border disputes and warfare - Free state perspective; Border disputes and warfare - Proslavery perspective; Brown, John, 1800-1859; Buchanan administration; Civil rights; Free State Party; Fugitive slaves; Hamilton, Charles A.; Jayhawking; Linn County, Kansas Territory; Marais des Cygnes Massacre; Missouri; Press and propaganda; Slaveholders; Slaves; Trading Post, Kansas Territory


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