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Memorandum of agreement bewteen Klaus and Gray
June 13, 1857
Gray agreed to transfer lot number 77 on the levee in Quindaro to Klaus in return for $100 in cash in six months and $1000 worth of mason work, labor, and materials for building in Quindaro. The document outlined various prices for mason work with cut sand stone corners, dust sand stone window and door caps and sills, etc. Gray was to deliver a design for the building before the memorandum was signed but the purpose of the building was not specified.

Keywords: Construction; Gray, Alfred; Klaus, Fredrick; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Stonemasons; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Gray, Alfred ; Klaus, Fredrick

Letter, J. P. Root (?) to Rev. S. Y. Lum
March 19, 1858
Mr. James Root wrote from Wyandotte about the possibility of providing support to organize a Congregational Church in that city. He explained that a number of denominations had organized but they had a small number of members and no buildings. A Congregational minister, Mr. Storrs, had been dividing his time between Quindaro and Wyandotte but was going to focus on Quindaro in the future. He asked for whatever support was possible.

Keywords: Churches; Congregational churches; Lum, S. Y; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Religion; Root, Joseph P., 1826-1885; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Adair, Samuel Lyle

Freight bill for George Collamore
June 26, 1857
The bill documented the shipment of one box of merchandise and one bundle of "rockets", from St. Louis, Missouri, to Quindaro, Kansas Territory, via Pacific Railroad and packet [boat].

Keywords: Bailey, S.H.; Collamore, George W.; Commerce; Freight and freightage; Missouri River; Pacific railroads; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Adair, Samuel Lyle

Freight bill for George Collamore
September 16, 1857
This bill documents the shipment of merchandise [possibly doors and windows] from St. Louis, Missouri, to Quindaro, Kansas Territory, on the steamboat Thomas E. Tutt.

Keywords: Collamore, George W.; Commerce; Freight and freightage; Missouri River; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Adair, Samuel Lyle

Freight bill for George Collamore
September 24, 1857
This bill documents the shipment of 2 cases of merchandise from St. Louis, Missouri, to Quindaro, Kansas Territory, on the steamboat Star of the West.

Keywords: Collamore, George W.; Commerce; Freight and freightage; Missouri River; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Steamboats; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Adair, Samuel Lyle

Diary, G. W. Paddock
April 12, 1857 - July 28, 1860
G. W. Paddock was a minister and free state supporter who came to Kansas Territory in 1857. He describes his daily activities and his religious work, as well as his impressions of the city of Wyandotte while the constitutional convention was meeting there. His entries for this time period indicate he visited the convention, although he does not discuss the substance of the proceedings. The 1857 portion describes some of the free state controversies. He also mentions working with American Indians; however, his descriptions are often stereotypical and uncomplimentary. A number of entries from this diary were selected, but the entire diary is not included.

Keywords: Daily life; Free state supporters; Paddock, G. W.; Religion; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Paddock, G. W.

Photograph, Office of the Union Pacific Railway Co. Eastern Division, Wyandotte, Kansas, 1867
1867
A view of the Union Pacific Railway Co. Eastern Division office, Wyandotte, Kansas, 1867. It is part of a series titled Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division. The photograph was taken by Alexander Gardner, Gardner's Photographic Art Gallery, 511 Seventh Street, Washington. This is the building where the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention was supposedly held.

Keywords: Gardner's Photographic Art Gallery; Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882; Kansas City, Kansas Territory; Photographs and Illustrations; Railroads; Stereographs; Union Pacific Railway Company Eastern Division; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Gardner, Alexander , 1821-1882; Gardner's Photographic Art Gallery, 511 Seventh Street, Washington.

Letter, C. [Charles Robinson] to My Dear S [Sara Robinson]
July 4, 1859
From Quindaro, Charles Robinson wrote to inform his wife about matters of business pertaining to this young city on the Kaw. He believed "railroad matters look[ed] very well for Quindaro, for example. Robinson also takes this opportunity to scold his wife about her attitude toward the people of Lawrence, some of whom she apparently thought were 'aristocratic or exclusive but I know of no one more exclusive than yourself; I do not know whether from pride of Character or circumstance or something else."

Keywords: Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Railroads; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Robinson, Sara T. L. (Sara Tappan Lawrence), 1827-1911; Stevens, Robert S.

Authors: Robinson, Charles

List of Members of the Constitutional Convention Assembled at Wyandotte Kansas, July 5, 1859
July 5, 1859
Document that list members who attended the Constitutional Convention at Wyandotte. The document lists name, county, city, birthplace, age, and vocation.

Keywords: Blanchard, A. J.; Constitutional conventions; Davis County, Kansas Territory; Davis, W. R.; F. A. Hunt & Co.; Funk, J. M.; Martin, John A., 1839-1889; Tappan, S. F. (Samuel Forster), d. 1913; Territorial politics; Warren, G. F.; Winchell, J. M.; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859

Authors: Robinson, Charles

Correspondence, John A. Martin to J. M. Winchell
September 7, 1859
In the weeks following the close of the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, John A. Martin, the convention's secretary, and James M. Winchell, president of the convention, were occupied with the campaign for its ratification. This letter from Martin, dated Atchison, September 7, 1859, addressed some of the steps that had been and should be taken in the document's behalf during the bitter, partisan campaign leading up to the October 4, 1859, referendum.

Keywords: Constitutions; Democratic Party (U.S.); Martin, John A., 1839-1889; Medary, S. (Samuel), 1801-1864; Nebraska Territory; Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891; Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- ); Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; United States. Congress. Senate; Winchell, James M., 1823-1877; Wyandotte Constitution; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Martin, John A., 1839-1889

Correspondence, Reinzi to Sir [J. M. Winchell]
July 22, 1859
In the midst of the convention, a "Rienzi" of Wyandotte wrote to convention president James M. Winchell concerning a potential threat to Winchell's life. The ill-will toward Winchell had been sparked by the convention's "silly and ill advised move . . . To deprive Indians, (who by treaty stipulation have acquired the rights of citizenship) of the right of suffrage with negroes."

Keywords: African Americans; American Indians (see also Native Americans); Constitutions; Native Americans; Suffrage; Winchell, James M., 1823-1877; Wyandotte Constitution; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Rienzi

Letter, A. [Alson] C. Davis to J. A. Halderman
June 19, 1857
Alson C. Davis, a Democrat legislator and party leader from Leavenworth (later Wyandotte) County, wrote from Wyandotte that he strongly favored "the establishment of a first class democratic paper" in Leavenworth. He believed this was vital "to the Cincinnati Platform Democracy" and was willing to pledge an additional $400 to the cause; a Mr. Beach had previously offered to give Halderman "a bonus of two thousand dollars" with which to start such a newspaper.

Keywords: Davis, Alson C.; Democratic Party (U.S.); Halderman, John Adams; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Newspapers; Partisan press; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Davis, Alson C.

Letter, P. S. Post to Judge J. A. Halderman
September 23, 1857
With this letter, P. S. Post sent Halderman "some copies of the first no. of the 'Wyandott Citizen'--our new democratic paper." This was obviously the project A. C. Davis had corresponded with Halderman about the previous June, as Davis is commended for his support. This short-lived newspaper was edited by Ephraim Abbott. (In 1858 Post would be involved with the founding and publication of the Western Argus in Wyandotte.)

Keywords: Abbott, Ephraim; Davis, Alson C.; Democratic Party (U.S.); Halderman, John Adams; Journalism; Newspapers; Partisan press; Post, Philip Sidney; Wyandotte Citizen; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Post, Philip Sidney

Resolution, Quindaro Common Council
March 13, 1860
Date March 13, 1860, this "preamble and resolutions" discussed the current situation with regard to railroad developments and appointed Thaddeus Hyatt and Charles Robinson agents for the city to secure a land grant from the Congress to facilitate railroad construction through their town and beyond.

Keywords: Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company; Hyatt, Thaddeus; Land grants; Missouri River; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Railroad companies; Railroad land grants; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; United States. Congress

Authors: Quindaro Common Council

Letter, C. Robinson to "Dear Madam" [Emma Willard]
March 30, 1860
In response to Willard's letter of March 22, Robinson wrote from Quindaro that he was "gratified" to learn of her interest in Kansas history and that she was "disposed to examine for yourself the random thrusts of the press." Robinson went on to make some interesting observations regarding his interpretation of Kansas events and the importance of the various factions, free state and proslavery.

Keywords: Abolitionists; Ewing, Thomas, 1829-1896; Free state cause; Kansas question; Law and Order Party; Lecompton Constitution; Millard, Emma; Proslavery; Proslavery supporters; Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- ); Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894

Authors: Robinson, Charles

Muster Roll, Kansas Volunteers for the Protection of the Ballot Box, Wyandotte County
1857
The Kansas Volunteers for the Protection of the Ballot Box were free state supporters who were determined to see that fair elections were held in Kansas. James Lane was appointed to organize companies throughout the territory. General Order No. 1, found on this site, included instructions for listing the members of each company. This muster roll was prepared as a result of that order. This muster roll for Captain A. H. Macauley's company listed the officers and enlisted men, their age, place of birth, where from to Kansas, Kansas residence, and a place for "remarks." The latter was used to record the type of weapon the individual was issued or brought with him: e.g., Sharps, Western rifle, Carbine. All the men appeared to be residents of Quindaro, Wyandotte County in their twenties or early thirties.

Keywords: Election fraud; Elections; Free state militia; Free state movement (see also Topeka Movement); Free state supporters; Guns; Kansas Volunteers; Kansas Volunteers for the Protection of the Ballot Box; Macauley, A. H.; Militia; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Sharps rifles; Topeka Movement (see also Free state movement); Voting; Voting fraud (see also Contested elections); Weapons (see also Guns); Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Robinson, Charles

Document, Quindaro, Taxes Received from Charles Robinson
[August 1, 1860]
This is an itemized statement issued by Quindaro Township for the taxes paid by Charles Robinson in 1859 on property owned in the city of Quindaro.

Keywords: Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Real estate; Real property tax; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894

Authors: Quindaro Township

Expense Account, Pay Roll of the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention
July 5, 1859 - October 3, 1859
This document listed the expenses for the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, including per diem for delegates (individuals listed by name), payments for printing, and some post-convention canvassing costs.

Keywords: Constitutions; Financial statements; Winchell, James M., 1823-1877; Wyandotte Constitution; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Unknown

Register of Voters. . . Quindaro, Wyandott County
[August] 1859
George Bodenburgh, clerk, apparently compiled this voter list--"Registry of Voters of the township of Quindaro, Wyandott County, K.T. for the year A.D. 1859"--in the summer of 1859, as he noted at the bottom that he would be at Charles Chadwick's office to receive and record additional registrants on August 18 and 19, 1859. The register contained more than 250 names, with residence (all Quindaro) and occupation (farmers, merchants, laborers, lawyers, etc.).

Keywords: Bodenburgh, George; Chadwick, Charles; Elections; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Skilled workers; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Unknown

Letter, Alfred Gray, Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Geo. W. Patterson
June 18, 1860
Gray wrote this draft of a letter to George W. Patterson concerning a treaty between the U. S. government and the Delaware Indians at the request of Rev. Pratt, a missionary to the tribe. Gray was concerned that the treaty was unfair to many of the Delaware and that the U.S. government was negotiating with four older chiefs, not some of the younger members of the tribe. He wrote that many of the Delaware were too intimidated to complain.

Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Delaware Indians; Gray, Alfred; Indian lands; Indian treaties; Native Americans; Patterson, George W.; Pratt, J. G. (John Gill), 1814-1900; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Gray, Alfred

Agreement for the establishment of the Quindaro Town Company
November 1, 1856
The document outlined the details related to the establishment of the Quindaro Town Company. It called for the distribution of lots (shares) among the four founders and outlined plans for selling the remaining lots. It also proposed how proceeds from the sale of lots would be used for various improvements and the number of lots designated for civic purposes.

Keywords: Economic development; Guthrie, Abelard; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Town companies; Town development; Town shares; Town site speculation; Walker, Joel; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Guthrie, Abelard ; Robinson, Charles ; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Walker, Joel

Letter, S. [Silas] Armstrong to Dear Sister
December 27, 1856
Silas Armstrong wrote to his "sister", probably his sister-in-law, from Wyandotte, Kansas Territory. Armstrong told her that he was trying to locate a spot for her land grant, or "float", before the "whites" settled on it. He discussed with her investment of part of her land grant into the Wyandotte Town Company, of which Armstrong was President. Armstrong stated that he was also part of a Wyandot Nation delegation, which would be traveling to Washington, D.C.

Keywords: Armstrong, Lucy B.; Armstrong, Silas; Shawnee Indian Reserve; Wyandot Float; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Armstrong, Silas

Photograph, John Gill Pratt and his wife Olivia Evans Pratt

This photograph of John Gill Pratt and his wife Olivia was taken in a room in a building in Wyandotte County which had been part of the Delaware Mission School. John Gill Pratt was a Baptist missionary to the Delaware Indians and served as superintendent of the Delaware Baptist Mission. He had some training as a doctor and worked as a printer at the Shawnee Manual Labor School. He was involved in some of the treaty negotiations during the territorial period.

Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Baptists; Card photographs; Delaware Indians; Missionaries; Native Americans; Photographs and Illustrations; Pratt, J. G. (John Gill), 1814-1900; Pratt, Olivia Evans; Treaties; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Armstrong, Silas

Freight bill for George Collamore
June 20, 1857
This bill documented the shipment of 21 cases of glassware from St. Louis, Missouri, to Quindaro, Kansas Territory, via the steamboat Oceana.

Keywords: Collamore, George W.; Commerce; Domestics; Freight and freightage; Missouri River; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Armstrong, Silas

Quindaro Desk
1856-1861
Walnut desk used by abolitionist Fielding Johnson in Quindaro, Kansas. The word "Quindaro" is painted on the back of the desk. The town of Quindaro was settled by anti-slavery activists. Johnson, a merchant and agent to the Delaware Indians, was known to aid fugitive slaves.

Keywords: Abolitionists; Daily life; Delaware Indians; Fugitive slaves; Furniture; House furnishings; Immigration (see Emigration and immigration); Johnson, Fielding; Merchants; Objects; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Settlement; Underground railroad; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Armstrong, Silas

Book, Gunn's Map and Handbook of Kansas and the Gold Mines
1859
This book by O.B. Gunn, a civil engineer in Wyandotte, provides basic information about Kansas Territory and the living conditions there. The first half outlines statistics about the population, climate, crops, telegraph access, etc. for the use of potential settlers. The second half describes routes to gold mines in Western Kansas Territory and advises the best travel seasons and provisions necessary to make the journey. Includes more than 20 pages of business and trade advertisements, including Gunn's own advertisement on p. 57.

Keywords: Crops; Daily life; Gold mines and mining; Gunn, O.B. (Otis Berthoude, 1828-1901); Kansas Territory; Kansas Territory. Legislature; Land claims; Mining; Native Americans; Pikes Peak gold rush; Railroads; Settlement; Telegraph; Weather; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Gunn, O.B. (Otis Berthoude, 1828-1901)

Letter, [Lucy B. Armstrong] to Dear Sir [Thomas Hendricks]
November 10, 1857
Lucy B. Armstrong, in this unsigned letter to Thomas Hendricks, Land Office Commissioner, requested that he take action on her behalf to secure her entitled plot of land, per treaties with the Wyandot tribe made on March 17, 1842 and Jan 31, 1855. Hendricks had previously told her that Wyandot lands were all claimed, and that she should apply for Shawnee lands, though at present her request had not gotten any attention. Her husband, John M. Armstrong, was the brother of Silas Armstrong, and deceased at the time of this letter, leaving her with 5 children. Both Silas and John were leaders of the Wyandot Nation.

Keywords: Armstrong, John M.; Armstrong, Lucy B.; Indian lands; Indian treaties; Shawnee Indians; United States. General Land Office; United States. Surveyor General; Wyandot Indians

Authors: Armstrong, Lucy B.

Letter, Lucy B. Armstrong to C. E. Mix
July 23, 1858
Lucy Armstrong, widow of John M. Armstrong, a Wyandot Nation leader, wrote to Charles E. Mix, Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Armstrong wrote that Commissioner Lawrence, in the service of Indian Affairs, had threatened that, because she was such a bother in the matter of obtaining her land entitlement, he would revenge himself to her. She countered to Mix that she had not been a bother, but was upset because the land finally granted her was in three separate pieces, one below the high water mark, and alluded to Mix that she thought Commissioner Lawrence was assigning these poor claims to the Indians in order to leave the better ones for themselves.

Keywords: Armstrong, Lucy B.; Indian Affairs, Commissioner of; Indian lands; Indian treaties; Mix, Charles E.; Munsee Indians; United States. Commissioner of Indian Affairs

Authors: Armstrong, Lucy B.

Signatures of Indian Widows requesting exclusion from Wyandotte
ca. 1859
This document, which carries the signature of Lucy Armstrong and other widowed Indians, supplements their request to the Kansas Territorial Legislature to amend the Act of Incorporation of Wyandotte city. The women wished to have their private lands excluded from the city, maintaining that they were not consulted about being included, their lands were remote, and the city taxes too high for them to pay.

Keywords: Armstrong, Lucy B.; Barnett, James; Barnett, Matthew; Beaver, John; Indian lands; Johnson, Sarah; Kansas Territory. Legislature; Punch, Margaret; Solomon, Mary; Town companies; Walker, Lydia; Williams, Charlotte

Authors: Armstrong, Lucy B.

Letter, S. G. Jones to Friend [Franklin] Crane
December 18, 1858
This letter, written by S. G. Jones of Jones, Kidney, and Co., was addressed to Franklin Crane, a member of the Topeka Association. Apparently, Crane still owed this company some money and they were writing to ask him to pay the balance.

Keywords: Crane, Franklin Loomis; Jones, Kidney, & Co.; Jones, S. G.; Money

Authors: Jones, S. G.

Legal deposition, Daniel Powell vs. Moses Grinter
April 23, 1859
This is a written transcript of testimony given by Rial Hoisington for a lawsuit, Daniel Powell vs. Moses Grinter. Hoisington and Powell were hired as carpenters to build and repair for Grinter's ferry service. Grinter, a Kentucky man and one of the first white settlers in present-day Wyandotte County, was hired in 1829 to operate the ferry service which crossed the Kansas River, connecting the Delaware Reserve with the Shawnee Reserve. Troops traveling between Forts Leavenworth and Scott sometimes crossed the Kansas River on a ferry operated by Moses Grinter. Grinter married Annie Marshall, a Delaware Indian whose people had been relocated to the Fort Leavenworth Indian Agency in the early 1830s.

Keywords: Ferries; Grinter, Moses; Hoisington, Rial; Judd, Byron; Kansas River, Kansas Territory; Lawsuits; Legal documents; Powell, Daniel; Stockton, J. Stillwell; Water transportation

Authors: Jones, S. G.

Letter, Cornelius Seth, et al. to Commissioner of Indian Affairs
July 26, 1859
Cornelius Seth, Lewis Denny, and Michael Gray, all leaders of Indian groups referred to as "New York Indians", wrote to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. The three acted as representatives of their tribes in order to obtain the land entitled to them by the a treaty signed January 1, 1838 at Buffalo Creek, New York. They contended that the longer the delay in granting them their land, the more problems both sides would have. The Indian leaders were especially concerned about tribe mates with homes in other states, who had never intended to settle in Kansas Territory and had sold their entitlements back to the government, to the disadvantage of those Indians who had remained in the Territory.

Keywords: Denny, Lewis; Gray, Alfred; Gray, Michael; Indian Affairs, Commissioner of; Indian lands; Indian treaties; New York Indian Reserve; New York Indians; Seth, Cornelius C.; United States. Commissioner of Indian Affairs

Authors: Denny, Lewis ; Gray, Michael ; Seth, Cornelius C.

Legal brief, Daniel Powell vs. Moses Grinter
August 5, 1859
This document, prepared by J. Stillwell Stockton, attorney for defendant Moses Grinter in a lawsuit against Daniel Powell, outlines Grinter's defense. Grinter maintained that it was not he who owed money to Powell for damages to a ferry boat, but Powell who owed him. Grinter, a Kentucky man, had run the ferry at the Delaware Crossing of the Kansas River since 1830.

Keywords: Delaware crossing; Ferries; Grinter, Moses; Kansas River, Kansas Territory; Lawsuits; Legal documents; Powell, Daniel; Stockton, J. Stillwell; Water transportation; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Denny, Lewis ; Gray, Michael ; Seth, Cornelius C.

Statement of William Walker, member of Wyandot Nation
January 16, 1861
William Walker, a member of the Wyandot Nation, described the political history of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Kansas Territory. Walker stated that a missionary had accompanied the tribe on their migration from Ohio to Kansas Territory, but that in a political dispute within the church organization, in which the ME Church split into North and South organizations, that missionary had returned to Ohio in loyalty to the North faction. The South organization had prevailed in K.T., though those supporters of the North built a separate church. Mysteriously, the ME Church buildings of both North and South organizations had been burnt down.

Keywords: Churches; Gurley, Rev. James; Indian agents; Indian treaties; Methodist Church; Ohio; Walker, William; Wheeler, Rev. James; Wyandot Indians

Authors: Walker, William

Letter, J. J. I. [John James Ingalls] to Dear Father [Elias T. Ingalls]
July 5, 1859
On the first day of the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, Ingalls wrote from Wyandotte, Kansas, with observation on the city and the nature of the convention, which he considered "not a very superior one." Nevertheless, the Republicans had a big majority, and Ingalls was "on some of the most important committees in the convention and shall be obliged to do some hard work."

Keywords: Celebrations; Democratic Party (U.S.); Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900; Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas River, Kansas Territory; Missouri River; Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- ); St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Ingalls, John James

Letter, Ablard Wethier [?] to Josiah Miller, Esq.
June 26, 1860
Ablard Wethier wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Josiah Miller, seeking the whereabouts of Charles Robinson and requesting that Miller serve him this notice to appear. Wethier claimed that Robinson had invested in the Quindaro Town Company but had sabotaged its endeavors. Wethier also stated that Robinson was "fatal to any enterprise he touches" and that "nothing but such an incubus [as Robinson] could keep down Quindaro."

Keywords: Fraud; Miller, Josiah; Quindaro Town Company; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Town companies; Town development; Wethier, Ablard; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Wethier, Ablard

Letter, Alfred Gray to Hon. Chas. Robinson
December 24, 1858
Alfred Gray, a Secretary of the Wyandotte County Board of Trade, wrote from Quindaro, Wyandotte County, to Charles Robinson regarding the development of area postal routes. Gray also mentioned that the Board of Trade was seeking an Editor and Publisher of the Quindaro Chindowan.

Keywords: Gray, Alfred; Postal service; Quindaro Chindowan; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Town development; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Gray, Alfred

Letter draft, unsigned [Hiram Hill] to S.N. Simpson
January 22, 1857
Hiram Hill wrote from Williamsburgh, Massachusetts, to S.N. Simpson in Kansas Territory. Hill expressed frustration that he was not receiving the information he requested from Simpson about the site and shares he had invested in the new town, most likely Quindaro. Hill suspected he was paying more than other investors per share, which he claimed was unjust since he "was the first one that set that new town in motion".

Keywords: Hill, Hiram; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Real estate investment; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Town development; Town shares; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Simpson, Samuel Newell

Letter, John G. Pratt to Dr. C. Robinson
January 9, 1859
John G. Pratt, a Baptist missionary to the Delaware Indians, wrote to Charles Robinson from Delaware, Kansas Territory, describing the politics of the negotiations taking place with the Delaware Indian land purchase. "Old Sar-koxy," a Delaware leader, had indicated that Robinson was attending to his business, which angered younger Delaware delegates Isaac and Charles Johnnycake. Pratt indicated his confidence that the sale would take place regardless of who led the negotiations for the Delaware.

Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Delaware Indian lands, Kansas Territory; Indian treaties; Native Americans; Pratt, J. G. (John Gill), 1814-1900; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894

Authors: Pratt, J. G. J. G. (John Gill), 1814-1900

Letter, C. K. Holliday to Dear Mary [Holliday]
July 14, 1859
Cyrus K. Holliday wrote from the Wyandotte Convention to his wife, Mary Holliday, in Meadville, Pennsylvania. His efforts to ensure that Topeka would be the capital of Kansas Territory had set back his personal political career (territorially and nationally, that is; he had recently been elected mayor of Topeka). Cyrus anxiously awaited the return of Mary and their children, Lillie and newborn Charles.

Keywords: Capitals (cities); Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900; Holliday, Mary; Travel; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900

Quilt from Kentucky
1857
Whitework quilt brought to Kansas from Kentucky in 1857. The bedcover dates from 1840 to 1850, and is made of plain white cotton fabric. The designs are the result of quilting and extra stuffing which gives a relief effect. Jeremiah King brought the quilt to Kansas, settling in Wyandotte County.

Keywords: Daily life; House furnishings; Immigration and early settlement; Kentucky; King, Jeremiah; Objects; Settlement; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900

Letter, Albert C. Morton to Mr. [Hiram] Hill
January 1858
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, describing at length the efforts of Quindaro's citizens to grade a large Avenue through the town. Morton added that Quindaro was about to establish a city charter, which, if approved by the Legislature, would require the taxation of the citizens. He also mentioned a shooting the night before of a proslavery man who had lost his seat to freestatesman Charles Chadwick in a recent election under the Lecompton Constitution.

Keywords: Chadwick, Charles; Hill, Hiram; Lecompton Constitution; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Roads; Town development; Weather; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Pamphlet, "To the Public", an expose of the business practices of Charles Robinson
December 31, 1860
Abelard Guthrie, who had been a member of the Quindaro Town Company along with Charles Robinson, accused Robinson of abusing his position as Treasurer of the Company towards fraudulent and financially disastrous ends. Guthrie claimed that "the duty if every man is to expose villians whenever he has indubitable evidence of their true character," and berated himself for having trusted Robinson for so long. His accusations against Robinson are numerous, and he contended that "there is a moral poison in his very touch that blights and ruins whatever it falls upon."

Keywords: Business enterprises; Fraud; Guthrie, Abelard; Quindaro Town Company; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Real estate investment; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Town companies; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Guthrie, Abelard

Letter, Albert C. Morton to Hiram Hill
February 27, 1858
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Morton predicted a good property market for the coming spring, despite the "hard money matters" which had been the situation during the winter. He reported that the Shawnee lands would open soon, to have them paid for by the end of the summer, and that Hill's land investments in Manhattan were "in good standing". Morton added that Samuel Simpson has been busy lately, traveling back and forth from Quindaro to Lawrence.

Keywords: Economic conditions; Hill, Hiram; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Mills and mill-work; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Real estate investment; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Letter, Chas. Chadwick to Hiram Hill
March 25, 1858
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, regarding various aspects of town development. Chadwick told Hill of some controversy over his ownership of some lands, both "outside" and in town, which were also being claimed by Wyandotte Indians. He described the potential for new businesses to open in Quindaro, including a machine shop and foundry. Chadwick waited for the arrival of new immigrants and hoped the "eastern capitalists" would introduce more money into their economy. He added his comments about the fraudulent ratification of the Lecompton Constitution, suggesting that the Constitution would do the most good "with the. . .box under the woodpile".

Keywords: Business enterprises; Chadwick, Charles; Guthrie, Abelard; Hill, Hiram; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Railroads; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Robitaille, Robert; Town development; Walker, Joel; Wyandot Indians

Authors: Chadwick, Charles

Letter, A.C. Morton to Mr. Hill
April 30, 1858
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Morton reported that the arrival of two new Eastern businessmen had brought business growth to the town, including a sash and blind factory and new three-story brick building. Despite these new constructions, Morton described the atmosphere as "dull". Though it was a bad time to sell land, since money was scarce, with the recent opening of Indian lands to settlement it was an optimum time to buy land at a low price.

Keywords: Business enterprises; Economic conditions; Hill, Hiram; Indian lands; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Town development; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Photograph, Clarina Irene Howard Nichols
Between 1855 and 1860
Clarina Irene Howard Nichols and her husband settled in Quindaro, Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory. She was active in politics and women's rights. Nichols attended the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention 1859 where she secured for Kansas women liberal property rights, equal guardianship of their children, and the right to vote on all school questions. Susan B. Anthony paid tribute to Clarina Nichols in her "History of Woman Suffrage".

Keywords: Nichols, Clarina Irene Howard, 1810-1885; Photographs and Illustrations; Women; Women Legal status, laws, etc; Women Suffrage; Womens rights; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Grand Complimentary Ball
July 29, 1859
This ball was being held in honor of the Democratic members of the constitutional convention that was being held in Wyandotte at Overton's Hall. Music was provided by the Wyandott Cotillion Band. Numerous people were listed as managers, floor managers, etc.

Keywords: Balls (parties); Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Letter, Chas. Chadwick to H. Hill Esq.
April 26, 1858
Charles Chadwick wrote from Lawrence, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, regarding the land dispute between Hill and Robert Robetaille, a Wyandot Indian. Chadwick had been advised by Robert Lawrence (perhaps a local attorney) to correspond with a Nathaniel Pope Causin, Prosecutor of Indian Claims, in Washington. Chadwick, for Lawrence's support and assistance, had advised that Hill would pay him. Chadwick was to pass along Causin's card once he received it from Mr. Lawrence.

Keywords: Causin, Nathanial Pope; Chadwick, Charles; Hill, Hiram; Indian lands; Land claim disputes; Lawrence, Robert J.; Lawyers; Real estate investment; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Chadwick, Charles

Letter, Albert C. Morton to [Hiram Hill]
May 29, 1857
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill, who had invested in Quindaro, in Massachusetts. In this short letter Morton described the development of the town, and noted the increasing population, the availability of coal resources, and the arrival of a new storekeeper.

Keywords: Hill, Hiram; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Town development; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Letter, Chas. Chadwick to Hiram Hill Esq
June 1, 1858
Charles Chawick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, to tell him that it appeared favorable that Hill would win possession of the land disputed by Robert Robetaille, a Wyandot Indian. However, Chadwick feared that the decision may not be made as easily as he had earlier anticipated, since Robert Lawrence had been seen in Leavenworth and had not traveled to Washington to work with Nathaniel Causin. Nonetheless, Abelard Guthrie had given up trying to obtain the land as well, leaving Hiram as the only other claimant.

Keywords: Causin, Nathanial Pope; Guthrie, Abelard; Hill, Hiram; Land claim disputes; Lawrence, Robert J.; Lawyers; Long, Irving; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Robitaille, Robert; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Chadwick, Charles

Letter, A. C. Morton to Mr. Hill
August 3, 1858
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Morton had recently returned to Quindaro in order to vote on the Lecompton Constitution as submitted by the English bill. Having arrived there, he found the place to be "dull". Morton described many empty houses and buildings, left behind from settlers selling out to return home; money had also been lost in investments and bridges were washed out in floods. However, the Town Company had invested in a flour mill, which had commenced operations. Morton also discussed matters of buying and selling land warrants with Hill.

Keywords: Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Economic conditions; Election, Lecompton Constitution ratification, August 1858; English Bill; Hill, Hiram; Lecompton Constitution; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Real estate investment; Voting

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Letter, Chas. Chadwick to Mr. H Hill
August 24, 1858
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, regarding economic conditions in town. Chadwick asked that Hill promptly pay his debt to Abelard Guthrie, a fellow Quindaro investor, who was on the brink of bankruptcy. He added that Clinton County, Missouri, had voted not to invest in the Parkville and Grand River Railroad that fall, which had damaged the possibility for a boom in economic activity for the coming fall. Chadwick reported that heavy rains had hindered transportation on local rivers, but was optimistic that October might bring some money to the town through land sales. No news had been heard from Causin, the Washington attorney who was assisting Hill to retain some disputed lands.

Keywords: Causin, Nathanial Pope; Chadwick, Charles; Economic conditions; Hill, Hiram; Land sales; Money; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Railroad companies; Railroads economic aspects; Railroads finance; Real estate investment; Water transportation; Weather; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Chadwick, Charles

Letter draft, unsigned [Hiram Hill] to Mr. Guthrie
October 23, 1858
Hiram Hill drafted a letter to Abelard Guthrie in Quindaro, Kansas Territory, in which he responded to Guthrie's request for repayment of his loan. Hill told Guthrie that he had his own financial difficulties stemming from his disputed claim, his inability to sell and rent his properties, and Guthrie's failure to fulfill his part of a contract to the Town Company by not grading certain roads. Hill was also frustrated with a lack of success regarding his land dispute claim against Robert Robetaille, and seemed to indicate his plan to withdraw his claim.

Keywords: Economic conditions; Finance; Guthrie, Abelard; Hill, Hiram; Land claim disputes; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Real estate investment; Town development; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Hill, Hiram

Letter, A. C. Morton to Mr. [Hiram] Hill
June 28, 1857
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Morton informed Hill that the package containing money from him had been located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and he expected to receive it soon. Morton also described various aspects of Quindaro's development, including the building of a new store, and confirmed that the railroad would in fact come to Quindaro.

Keywords: Hill, Hiram; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Railroads; Town development; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Letter, Albert C. Morton to Mr. [Hiram] Hill
June 17, 1857
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, concerned that he had not yet received $700 which Hill had recently sent to him. Morton also sought Hill's approval regarding the sale of a town lot with a house on it, the profits from which would be better used, Morton thought, in land investments. He also expressed concern that the railroad decide to pass through Quindaro, fearing that, if it didn't, it would "set things back."

Keywords: Hill, Hiram; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Railroads; Real estate investment; Town lots; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Letter, A. C. Morton to Hiram Hill
July 5, 1857
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Morton discussed the allegations of fraudulent investment activities on the part of Samuel N. Simpson, and told Hill that Alfred Gray, an area attorney and future Secretary of the Wyandotte Board of Trade, had lost five acres of land due to Simpson's deceptive practices. Morton updated Hill on Quindaro's development, stating that the prospects were good due to the railroad's anticipated presence in town. He added that he still had not received that package containing $700 from Hill.

Keywords: Gray, Alfred; Guthrie, Abelard; Hill, Hiram; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Real estate investment; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Town companies; Town development; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Letter, Albert C. Morton to Mr. [Hiram] Hill
July 8, 1857
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Morton reported on the status of Samuel N. Simpson, who had left his properties to Charles Robinson, free state leader and fellow founder of the Quindaro Town Company, and left town under suspicion of engaging in deceptive business practices. Another fellow founder of the Town Company, Abelard Guthrie, along with other investors, considered Simpson a "rascil [sic]". Morton also mentioned the progress of the railroad in the area, and the yet to be received package of money.

Keywords: Guthrie, Abelard; Hill, Hiram; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Railroads; Real estate investment; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Letter, A. C. Morton to Mr. [Hiram] Hill
July 31, 1857
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, providing for him some conclusions regarding Samuel N. Simpson's fraudulent business practices. Morton reported that, from information provided by Simpson's brother, Samuel N. Simpson had taken $40-50,000 from the Quindaro Town Company, and deeded the land of others. He had also given Hill an unauthorized bond, which was not valid. Abelard Guthrie, however, according to Morton, had offered to give Hill title to some land, in order to minimize financial losses brought on by Simpson's actions.

Keywords: Fraud; Guthrie, Abelard; Hill, Hiram; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Real estate investment; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Letter, A.C. Morton to Mr. [Hiram] Hill
August 8, 1857
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Morton related that the fall emigration had begun, Quindaro was crowded, and more buildings were being constructed than ever before. Morton also had found two men interested in renting the home owned by Hill upon its completion. He suggested that it would be best to "keep things quiet" about Samuel N. Simpson, and asked, on the behalf of Guthrie, if Hill planned to travel again to Quindaro.

Keywords: Construction; Emigration and immigration; Hill, Hiram; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Real estate investment; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Town shares; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Letter, Abelard Guthrie to Hiram Hill, Esq
November 11, 1858
Abelard Guthrie, a member of the Quindaro Town Company, wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, rebutting Hill's accusations that he had acted in bad faith regarding certain enterprises of the Town Company. Guthrie stated that he had intended to begin the grading work on Kansas Avenue and other roads, but had found that the Company's funds were depleted; he suspected a swindling. He defended himself in light of other land purchases and business transactions and expressed extreme frustration at his bleak financial situation.

Keywords: Economic conditions; Fraud; Guthrie, Abelard; Hill, Hiram; Land acquisition; Quindaro Town Company; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Roads; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Guthrie, Abelard

Letter, Chas. Chadwick to Hiram Hill
November 17 & 24, 1858
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, defending Quindaro from rumors that deemed the town defunct. Chadwick blamed the bad management of the Town Company for the current troubles, and described various opportunities Quindaro still had for further development. Though property was not selling at all, according to Chadwick, prospects for future railroad and ferry traffic still were positive. He expressed his disappointment at Robert Lawrence, and accused him of giving Chadwick a false impression of the likelihood of Hill winning the land claim dispute with Robert Robetaille. A businessman had landed with a great deal of machinery looking to build a "manufactory", and Quindaro's investors were doing all they could to woo him.

Keywords: Business enterprises; Causin, Nathanial Pope; Chadwick, Charles; Ferries; Gold mines and mining; Hill, Hiram; Land claim disputes; Lawrence, Robert J.; Pikes Peak gold rush; Quindaro Chindowan; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Railroad companies; Real estate investment; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Timber; Town development; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Chadwick, Charles

Letter, Abelard Guthrie to Hiram Hill, Esq.
January 18, 1859
Abelard Guthrie wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Guthrie reported that there had been "considerable progress" in Quindaro lately: a railroad was being constructed, telegraph wires were hung, and a factory and foundry had been established. Guthrie told Hill that if Hill would forget the Kansas Avenue grading disagreement and repay him his debt, Guthrie would travel to Washington to obtain a railroad grant.

Keywords: Business enterprises; Guthrie, Abelard; Hill, Hiram; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Railroad companies; Telegraph; Town development; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Guthrie, Abelard

Photograph, Abelard Guthrie

Abelard Guthrie was a member of the Wyandot tribe through his marriage to his wife Quindaro Nancy. He was elected as the Wyandot delegate to Congress in 1852. He was involved in the development of the town of Quindaro and had business dealing with numerous early territorial settlers.

Keywords: Guthrie, Abelard; Photographs and Illustrations; Quindaro Town Company; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Wyandot Indians; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Guthrie, Abelard

Educational globe from Delaware Baptist Mission
1837-1867
Globe made by the Halbrook School Apparatus Company and used in he Delaware Baptist Mission in Wyandotte County, near Edwardsville, Kansas. The Delaware Indians came to Kansas in the mid-1830s, followed by the missionaries who came to educate and convert them to Christianity. The mission was founded by Ira D. Blanchard in 1837 and later run by John G. Pratt.

Keywords: Baptists; Delaware Indian lands, Kansas Territory; Delaware Indians; Halbrook School Apparatus Company; Missionaries; Objects; Pratt, J. G. (John Gill), 1814-1900; Schools; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Guthrie, Abelard

Letter, Chas Chadwick to Hiram Hill Esq.
August 8, 1857
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Chadwick told Hill that he had met with Charles Robinson the evening before and had discussed the matter of Samuel Simpson and his lands. Robinson seemed to think that Simpson would return to set things right with the Town Company. Chadwick expressed skepticism that this would happen, but believed Simpson could be contacted by sending letters to Boston.

Keywords: Chadwick, Charles; Fraud; Hill, Hiram; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Real estate investment; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Chadwick, Charles

Letter, Chas. Chadwick to Hiram Hill Esq.
August 30, 1857
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, concerning several 40 acre lots which were marked off shortly before Samuel N. Simpson left town. It appeared to Chadwick that those Simpson had purchased were purchased on the behalf of absentee investors, such as Hill, even though they had not been divided or designated in the name of any others. Chadwick presumed that Abelard Guthrie would allow Hill to have the land he thought was being purchased in his name upon payment to the Town Company. Chadwick also reported that prices of land were staying up in Quindaro, and that business development continued.

Keywords: Chadwick, Charles; Hill, Hiram; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Town development; Town lots; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Chadwick, Charles

Letter, Chas. Chadwick to Hiram Hill
September 19, 1857
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Chadwick told him of Samuel Simpson's return, and the business dealings that resulted from it. It appeared that all investors would get their land as promised. He expressed excitement about the construction of a new bridge, which would "secure [Quindaro's] Supremacy over Wyandotte and Kansas City" for easing trade in the area. Chadwick also mentioned an upcoming election, and asked Hill if he expected many from Massachusetts to emigrate to K.T. this season.

Keywords: Bridges; Chadwick, Charles; Emigration and immigration; Gray, Alfred; Guthrie, Abelard; Hill, Hiram; Kansas City, Kansas Territory; Quindaro Town Company; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Chadwick, Charles

Letter, A. C. Morton to Hiram Hill
September 21, 1857
Albert Morton wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, apologizing for his prolonged silence due to a lengthy illness. Morton referred to the upcoming October election, which would select the members of the Territorial Legislature. He also spoke of Governor Walker's attempts to regulate the election process by requiring that all voters be residents of the Territory for at least six months prior to casting a vote. Morton added that Samuel Simpson was in town again, but that nothing had been settled regarding his questionable business practices.

Keywords: Election, Territorial Legislature, October 1857; Hill, Hiram; Illness; Morton, Albert C.; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Simpson, Samuel Newell; Walker, Robert J. (Robert John), 1801-1869; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Morton, Albert C.

Letter, unsigned [Charles Chadwick] to Hiram Hill
December 14, 1859
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Chadwick reported that the Republicans (anti-slavery supporters) had been successful in recent elections. However, the economy was worse than the year before, according to Chadwick, money was scarce, and the city of Quindaro had not started collecting property taxes because the amounts would exceed the value of the property. A newspaper "The Kansas Tribune" had begun to circulate after a period in which there had been no newspaper, and the Parkville and Grand River Railroad was slated to be constructed through the town.

Keywords: Chadwick, Charles; Economic conditions; Elections; Hill, Hiram; Newspapers - Free State; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Railroad companies; Railroad land grants; Rent; Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- ); Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Taxation; Telegraph; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory

Authors: Chadwick, Charles

Statute, An Act to Incorporate and Establish the City of Wyandott, Kansas Territory
January 29, 1859
Printed version of the law passed in 1859 by the Kansas Territorial Legislature and signed by Governor Samuel Medary incorporating the city of Wyandott, Kansas Territory. The statute established city boundaries and the stucture and powers of the municipal government. The law was printed as Chapter 107 of the Private Laws of the 1859 Territorial Legislature.

Keywords: Kansas Territory. Legislature; Town development; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory

Authors: Kansas Territory, Legislature

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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