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Samuel Lyle Adair to John Brown

Adair, Samuel Lyle, 1811-1898

Samuel Adair wrote his brother-in-law John Brown from Osawatomie on October 2, 1857, to explain why he could not come see Brown in Iowa. Much of letter describes the general poor state of health in his locale, but he also comments on the political and especially the prospects for free state success in the upcoming election--Adair was not optimistic.

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Samuel L. Adair to S. S. Jocelyn

Adair, Samuel Lyle, 1811-1898

From Osawatomie, Kansas Territory, Samuel Adair writes that his family has been sick, and that others in the area have been ill or died. The bulk of his letter to Reverend Jocelyn deals with elections held by both proslavery and antislavery supporters in October 1855 and the number of Missourians that voted in the proslavery election on October 1. He describes the territorial legislature that met at Shawnee Mission. He indicates that a relative and his son and son-in-law have arrived in Kansas Territory, and that the relative had brought a number of weapons. The relative to whom he referred was probably John Brown, who was a half brother of Adair's wife, Florella. Samuel Adair writes that he is concerned about Brown's war-like attitude and describes a slaveholder who had left the territory because of concern about the "outcome." This appears to be a draft of a letter sent to Jocelyn.

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Marian S. Hand to Samuel and Florella Adair

Hand, Marian S.

Marian S. (Brown) Hand, Rawsonville, Ohio, writes her sister, Florella Brown Adair, and brother-in-law, Samuel Adair, inquiring about events in Kansas Territory and about their brother, John Brown, and his sons. She says that Kansas Aid Societies and Ladies Aid Societies were forming to help families that suffered in Kansas Territory. Her husband, T. W. Hand, adds a note to the end of the letter discussing politics. He feels that Fremont would be elected President and that would insure freedom in Kansas and the North.

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William Morris Davis to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday

Davis, William Morris

William Morris Davis, a Quaker and abolitionist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, wrote to Cyrus K. Holliday, who was speaking in PA. In response to a report Holliday sent of their work on behalf of Republican presidential candidate John C. Fremont, Davis sent $500.00 reimbursement to Holliday and William Y. Roberts, also of Topeka, Kansas Territory. Davis mentioned Jefferson Davis, secretary of war in President Franklin Pierce's administration and a Missouri slave owner. (March 4th, 1857 was the day James Buchanan took presidential office.)

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L. W. Halbe collection

Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981

The L. W. (Leslie Winfield) Halbe photo collection consists of 1500 glass plate negatives produced by Halbe during his teenage years. Halbe lived in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas, and began taking photographs of the region with an inexpensive Sears and Roebuck camera when he was fifteen years old.

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