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An invitation to an address written by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Channing, William F.

A printed invitation issued by William F. Channing in repsonse to an address delivered by Ralph Waldo Emerson on the topic of aid to the sufferers in Kansas. This address was given at the Tremont Temple in Boston, Massachusetts, and sponsored by the Young Men's Kansas Relief Society.

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Kansas Territory citizens to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America

This unsigned statement was written to protest "the practice of taxing the people of the Territories for the support of a Government in which they are not represented." The residents of Kansas Territory complained that they had had no voice in how these tax dollars were appropriated, and they asked this "honorable body" to remit to them these taxes. Since this was during the drought of 1860, they declared that they would use these funds for famine relief.

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Kansas Relief Committee, circular

Kansas Relief Committee

This circular, composed by the Kansas Territorial Relief Committee (also known as the Kansas Relief Committee) gives specific instructions for the proper way to donate provisions. It also provides information about where to send these provisions and encourages citizens of the United States to have compassion on Kansas citizens who are suffering during the drought of 1860. Agents and members of committees are also requested to furnish reports of their work.

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Patrons of Chase County

Wood, S. N. (Samuel Newitt)

S. N. Wood, Relief Agent for Chase County, and master of the Falls Grange subordinate chapter of the Patrons of Husbandry (Kansas State Grange), composed this circular for distribution to other subordinate granges in Chase County. The circular requests information on members' needs for farm relief. The circular demonstrates the broad, but often inadequate, network of social services provided by agricultural fraternities in the 1870s and the desperate conditions farmers faced during unfavorable economic or environmental conditions. George Wood (master of a subordinate grange in Chase County) provided his response by writing his answers in the margins.

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