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Letter, John M. S. Williams to Theo. Hyatt, Esq.
November 22, 1859
Williams, an official of the Emigrant Aid Company, wrote to Theodore Hyatt of New York from the offices of Glidden & Williams (California Packet Office), Boston, regarding the payment of "$2500 for some lots . . ." which was to cover a note Williams had accepted from S. C. Pomeroy. But Williams also comments on KT politics: "I have been trying to raise $1000, to help Mr. Pomeroy in the Election (December 6?), his chance for the U S Senate, being very good; but he needs a little pecuniary assistance . . ." Pomeroy's election was critical because "he will have great influence on the course of the future Rail Road in Kansas . . . ."

Keywords: Atchison, Kansas Territory; Election, State Officials, December 1859; Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891; Railroads; Town lots; United States. Congress. Senate; Williams, John M. S.

Authors: Williams, John M.S.

Letter, T. [Thomas] C. Wells to Mother [Sarah Elizabeth Clarke Wells]
April 3, 1856
After spending part of much of the winter back East, Wells returned to KT in April 1856, beginning this letter home from aboard the steamer "James H. Lucas" and finishing it on April 13 at Juniata, near Fort Riley. He commented on the trip, by rail and boat, and on the fact that there were "Quite a number of people on board from South Carolina and Georgia going to Kansas." But they would not last long, and "The free state people must eventually conquer--the South cannot compete with the North in sending emigrants." Wells' plans upon his return were to sell his Juniata property and take one close to Manhattan, something he describes having done in a subsequent letter.

Keywords: Detroit, Michigan; Free state; Georgia; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Railroads; South Carolina; Southern emigrants; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Travel; Wells, Thomas Clarke

Authors: Wells, Thomas Clarke

Letter, S. C. Pomeroy to Dear Hyatt [Thaddeus Hyatt]
August 6, 1857
Pomeroy again reports to Hyatt from Atchison regarding various issues having to do with their investments in that town--"the Rail Road matter," which went "well," had led Pomeroy to make tentative plans, it seems, to found a town across the river from Atchison on land he already owned to tie to the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad. "If the Rail Road can be put through next season, we can sell [Atchison] lots enough to make such sinners as we are rich as sinners ought to be."

Keywords: Atchison, Kansas Territory; Calhoun, John; Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Railroad promotion; Railroads finance; Town development

Authors: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891

Letter, S. C. Pomeroy to My Dear [Thaddeus] Hyatt
January 17, 1859
In this letter from Atchison, Kansas Territory, Pomeroy updates his business partner on the progress of Missouri's railroads, which were about done to St. Joseph, and then proposes that they "put the Lightfoot [a river steamship owned by Hyatt] upon this River to run from Atchison to St. Joseph daily -- in connection with the cars." He said a fare of $2.50 could be charged for a "pleasant trip of not more than 3 hours down -- and 5 or 6 hours up."

Keywords: Atchison, Kansas Territory; St. Joseph, Missouri

Authors: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891

Letter, S. C. Pomeroy to Dear [Thaddeus] Hyatt
March 6, 1858
This letter from Pomeroy to Hyatt was written from the Planters House hotel in Leavenworth on March 6, 1858 (not 1859, as marked) and deals with a variety of subjects, financial and political. Pomeroy began with comments on banking, property, and railroad promotion, and ends with observations about Kansas politics and the Lecompton Constitution, which he believed was finished. "Kansas is as sure to freedom as Plymouth Rock." Even if the proslave constitution passed Congress, all it would do is re-ignite the forces of freedom: "Kansas is safe to the free state party. So don't spend any more time , strength or money about it. The victory is won! . . .The millennium for the free labor interests of the Country will begin in 1860!"

Keywords: Atchison, Kansas Territory; Banks and banking; Free State Party; Free labor; Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872; Hyatt, Thaddeus; Kansas Territory. Legislature; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Lecompton Constitution; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Railroads; Squatter Sovereign; Town lots

Authors: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891

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