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Governor John Pierce St. John to Rev. Henry Smith

Dates: May 13, 1879

Creator: St. John, John Pierce, 1833-1916

Governor John P. St. John wrote this letter in response to Rev. Smith?s letter dated May 7, 1879. St. John informed Smith that the only problem with Southern blacks? emigrating into Kansas stemmed from the fact that many emigrants were destitute and in need of financial support. According to St. John, black settlers enjoy the same rights and privileges of white settlers. However, he also warned Smith that, while Kansas has a great deal to offer, the benefits of emigration were sometimes exaggerated. He encouraged Smith to be aware of these misrepresentations. St. John, in addition to his duties as governor, served on the board of the Kansas Freedmen?s Relief Association.

  • Governor John Pierce St. John to Rev. Henry Smith
  • Governor John Pierce St. John to Rev. Henry Smith
  • Governor John Pierce St. John to Rev. Henry Smith
  • Governor John Pierce St. John to Rev. Henry Smith
Governor John Pierce St. John to Rev. Henry Smith