Yours of April 21 & 26 the latter containing the debate on the final vote upon the Kansas resolves are both before me. In regard to the conduct of some of our professed friends I know not whether greif or indignation is uppermost in my mind. Greif certainly fills my mind that many of the worthy settlers here must continue to suffer. Daily I receive letters and personal application for relief in remote sections that would move a heart of stone to pity. Deprived of their all the last year they bore on through a severe winter hoping to be able to make a crop this year, and be again independent. But alas they are likely to be disappointed. The great influx of new settlers has caused provisions to assume almost famine prices. A settler upon his claim with a large family of children who has already spent or been robbed of his all must be fed while he labors upon his own claim to put in his crop and make provision for the future if this cannot be done he will be obliged to remove to some of the towns where labor is needed and where he can earn his bread. But while he is doing this, some new comer a friend of Kansas it may be jumps his fine claim and the poor man
man [sic] is disappointed in his long and dearly cherished hopes. This state of things is a reality. I have seen it again and again. My reply to all appeals has been, Massachusetts will be true to her professions and to her history, she will come to your relief, be patient a few weeks longer and all will be well. Alas for my misplaced confidence. When I think of the men who have cheated us and of the black spot that they have fixed upon the hitherto fair escutcheon of my native state, indignation, bitter burning indignation fills my breast and drowns out the greif that had occupied it. From some men who voted against the resolves I expected nothing else for they told me they should oppose them from the outset, even before the Committee reputed. Among these I recall, my friends Porter & Twombly of Boston. But when Mr S. With his high professions of interest in Kansas and his repeated declarations in favor of state aid turned his coat in the shabbiest pretext my heart sank within me at his insincerity. He, if none other, had it in his power to know the truth. I have made diligent enquiry here from all persons likely to send information to the emigrant aid rooms and of other reliable newspaper correspondents and I can find no one who has sent any such
false information. Unless Mr S. can produce his testimony I must believe him guilty of gross deception for political purposes. O Politics what wrong will not be done in thy name! – At an early day in the session when a certain measure was under discussion one of these conscientious politicians said to a friend of mine that he feared it would injure the republican party if the measure should prevail by their votes. I shall not soon forget the indignant and caustic reply- If the measure is just & right it should prevail and any party that could not stand the effect ought to die. There are political friends of Kansas who would prefer by far to see her admitted as a slave state if by such an event the democratic party could be overthrown and themselves installed in power. Kansas, bleeding Kansas is of value to them only so far as it subserves their selfish ends.
The newspaper too! Has the Hunker Traveller, swallowed up the free spoken Atlas, the bold Telegraph and the radical Bolles – all, all gone. Well let them go, if worst comes to worst Kansas will try her hand alone, sustain herself. She cannot she shall not be enslaved, and when she resists the bloody edicts, and the Minions of slavery take courage to pounce upon her because the free states back down in their support, let not the short sighted politicians think that ostrich
like they can save themselves by hiding their heads beneath a bush – ruin and shame and speedy destruction will overtake them.
But I trust that other states will put on the mantle of freedom which Massachusetts has trampled in the dust. New York proposes I see to speak out boldly at the usurpations in the Dred Scott case and Vermont we hope will respond to an appeal which we have just sent up to her for immediate relief.
I have no doubt she will, if so no harm will result, tho. Man may have lost forever a good oportunity to show that the love of freedom and nature of oppression which characterized her at earlier day had not all become extinct, or if so feeble a character as to require only words to show it. – You will excuse my apparent severity – but I am sadly disappointed, as well deeply grieved and highly indignant.
[E. B. Whitman?]