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Letter, James R. Mead to My dear Mother
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

Authors: Mead, James R.

Letter, James [Mead] to My dear Father
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

Authors: Mead, James R.

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