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Edmund B. Whitman to George L. Stearns

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Creator: Whitman, E. B. (Edmund Burke), 1812-1883

Date: February 20, 1858

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: George L. Stearns Coll. #507

Unit ID: 90594

Summary: This rather lengthy report from Lawrence, Kansas Territory, addresses many issues, especially those surrounding the Lecompton constitutional controversy. With "the Topeka Movement . . . abandoned," the question is what would take its place to resist the Lecompton Constitution if it were accepted by the Congress. The territorial legislature had formally "protested against the admission of Kansas into the Union under the Lecompton Constitution," and "the Mass of the people are determined" to resist its imposition. Whitman makes many other interesting observations about the political situation regarding Democrats and Republicans and even abolitionists: "men who seek here and now, on this issue, to break the back bone of slavery forever." In addition to the political, Whitman describes his "labor of distributing the clothing . . . for the relief of Kansas," and discusses in some detail the financial situation regarding the Committee, his personal debt, Kansas relief, and support to John Brown.

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Title (Main title): Edmund B. Whitman to George L. Stearns


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Local Note: TKO Doc ID 100478