Kansas Territory – Letters from Mound City, 1859

Collection Summary

Title: Kansas Territory – Letters from Mound City, 1859
Call Number: MS 81-02
Size: 0.5 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased from Alfred Goodman Rare Books
Processed By: RJK, 9-18-1981; SMC, 5-4-1998; MN, 12-2008
Note: None
Restrictions: None

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Content Note

This collection includes seven letters which describe conditions in Kansas Territory in the years 1858 and 1859. Five letters were written by Frank Walker, one by Byron Corbin, and one by Myron Corbin. All three men are anti-slavery advocates who settled in Linn County, Kansas Territory, in 1857. Each letter is accompanied by an undated typewritten transcription.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1 FF 1 Letter from Frank Walker to Milo Walker. Frank Walker was writing from Mound City January 17, 1858 or 1859. Discusses slavery issue and homestead claims.
Box 1 FF 2 Letter from Frank Walker to sister Jane, 1858, from Mound City. Mentions raid by pro-slavery man from Missouri, Frank Walker was mistakenly taken prisoner by pro-slavery forces to Lawrence, and description of economic conditions.
Box 1 FF 3 Letter from Frank Walker to Augusta Walker dated May 4, 1858 or 1859. Letter reassures family that all is well with discussion of economic conditions.
Box 1 FF 4 Letter from Frank Walker to father, May 7, 1859. Letter is refuting accusation by "Old Col" that Walker was corporal of Montgomery Company. Letter expresses extensive concern that his reputation had been damaged.
Box 1 FF 5 Letter from Myron M. Corbin to Joseph Walker, July 9, 1859, describing farming conditions in Mound City during summer 1859.
Box 1 FF 6 Letter from Frank Walker to father April 25 indicating conditions in April 1859. States intent to prompt a claim on Delaware land where they opened up to settlement.
Box 1 FF 7 Letter from Byron Corbin to friend, n.d. Indicates Corbin joined Jayhawks.