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Samuel F. Tappan to Thomas W. Higginson

Dates: June 27, 1859

Creator: Tappan, S. F. (Samuel Forster), d. 1913

The main focus of this letter, written from Lawrence, Kansas Territory, by Samuel F. Tappan, is the case of Dr. John Doy, who had just been convicted of abducting slaves from Missouri. Doy had been sentenced to five years imprisonment, but his lawyers got a two month suspension so they could file an appeal with the state Supreme Court. Tappan outlines the evidence against Doy, which he said rested on the testimony of one proslavery man. He reiterates the story behind the Doy kidnapping in case the recipient, Reverend Thomas W. Higginson, is not aware of all the details. The letter ends by mentioning the strength of the Democratic Party in Kansas Territory.

  • Samuel F. Tappan to Thomas W. Higginson
  • Samuel F. Tappan to Thomas W. Higginson
Samuel F. Tappan to Thomas W. Higginson