To Messrs. Blood, Hutchinson, & others composing the “State Central Committee” of Kansas.
The undersigned constituting a committee, appointed at a meeting of several of the citizens of Lawrence & vicinity on the 28th of Sept. at which meeting Judge Smith presided, beg leave to urge upon your attention several important points in reference to the present condition of Kansas; as instructed by that meeting.
This they do not as censors of your conduct, or with the remotest idea that you lack ability or inclination to present our claims to the “National Kansas Committee”, but merely to “stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance”, & to discharge, what seems to them an important duty in relation to the coming crisis.
1st They are of the decided opinion that no pacificatory acts of Gov. Geary can long avert the storm which they believe is destined sooner, or later, to burst upon the devoted heads of the freemen of Kansas.
As an approaching storm of the elements, sends forth its premonitions in the low rumbling thunder, so does the coming Missouri storm, which is perhaps to deluge Kansas with rivers of blood, even now utter its prognosticating symptoms.
We hear from every quarter, that the Missouri lion “is not
dead, but only sleepeth”; & that it only awaits a favorable moment
to make one more spring upon its intended victim. After the Presidential election,
it seems almost certain that our valor will again be tested, unless vigorous
preparations on our part, shall frighten the crouching tiger from his lair.
2nd The Committee & friends who composed the meeting, believe with Washington, that in time of peace”, we should” prepare for war”, & therefore they wish to urge upon you , & through you upon the National Committee at Chicago, the great importance of extensive preparation for this sad event. Munitions of war, are especially needed to enable us to compete successfully with those who can be influenced by no other weapon, than “Beechers’ Bible”. You are well aware, that the destruction of Osawattomie, was owing to the lack of ammunition on the part of its heroic defenders. Also, that when Lawrence was last attacked, it was impossible to obtain enough arms & ammunition, for very the small number of soldiers left to defend the town.
Common sense dictates, that our first duty is, to see that an abundance of arms & ammunition for the supply of the territory are obtained immediately, Comparatively small as is the number of fighting men left in the territory, yet a large portion of them, are to day destitute of the smallest weapon of defense. This should not be. We are aware that several hundred guns, & a quantity of ammunition, have very recently reached here. But what are they among so many unarmed emigrants continually arriving?
It should be borne in mind that 100 of our most effective weapons, have been
taken from our men by the valorous U. S. Troops, & that such outrages are
quite likely to be repeated. We need a sufficient number of weapons. to prevint
our being thrown into confusion by a repetition of such acts.
3rd The Committee beg leave to call your attention to the absolute necessity of extensive preparations being made to furnish our army with the means of support, previous to the closing up of all avenues to the territory, by the icy arm of Winter.
During the severe winter weather, transporting provisions over the “New Road” from Iowa, will be nearly impracticable, It is now October, & whatever is done in that respect, must be done quickly. No time is to be lost. At least 1000 Bbls, or 2000 Sacks of Flour should be immediately transported to Lawrence: either through Missouri, or over the overland route. This amount will be absolutely necessary to sustain a long continued siege; such as we shall probably be subjected to, if invaded.
4th Above all, we wish to represent to the National Com the importance of their providing means to transport hither, true men, who long to come to our rescue but who are not pecurically able.
The class of men we most need are moral heroes, & not merely fighting bravadoes. We do not wish our war, to be conducted on the principles of Border-Ruffianism—those of fiendish
rage, & savage cruelty. We therefore wish for men of principle & of course, for men of courage, for moral heroes, are never physical cowards.
Especially, as you are well aware, do we need men who are willing to cast in their lots with us, & who will not, after partaking of our hard fare for a few weeks, beat an inglorious retreat: but we want men who will “endure hardness as good soldiers “of Freedom.” It is unnecessary for us to prolong these suggestions, Gentl. We believe that you have the good of Kansas at heart, & therefore are taking such steps for our future welfare, as your judgment dictates.
In conclusion, we would suggest the election by a joint stock company, if it cannot be done in any other way, of 5 or 6 Stone houses, at a cost of $500 each. These houses should be situated on Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, & the streets East of that, about ¼ of a mile South of the “Cincinatti House”, & could be used as dwelling houses in time of peace. In case of an invasion they would serve as forts to defend the town.
It also seems important to us, that measures should be taken to secure within the limits of Lawrence an adequate supply of hay & corn, so that when the enemy comes, our horses will be supplied with food, as well as our men. All of which is very respectfully submitted.
George W Hunt C. Stearns Committee