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Letter, Hiram Hill to Dear Brother
Author: Hill, Hiram
Date: October 16, 1857

Hiram Hill wrote from a steamboat en route to Kansas Territory to his brother. Hill reported no major trouble on the journey until he had reached St. Louis and discovered that there had been a "run on the Missouri Bank" : no Eastern money was available, and businesses were not accepting paper money. Hill seemed to attribute this money shortage to a recent rush of emigration, and thought the situation would improve in the winter, though at the moment in Lawrence and Quindaro things were at a standstill since no one could withdraw money.

Keywords: Banks and banking; Economic conditions; Emigration and immigration; Hill, Hiram; Money; Steamboats; Travel

Receipt, United States Express Company to George Collamore
Author: United States Express Company
Date: December 20, 1858

This receipt documented George Collamore's claim of $100 as forwarded to him from Myers Richardson Miller Company in St. Louis, Missouri, via the United States Express Company.

Keywords: Banks and banking; Business; Collamore, George W.; Receipts; United States Express Company

Financial Statement, Mssrs Simpson Brothers to H. Hill
Author: No authors specified.
Date: August 1859

This document, prepared by the Simpson brothers (possibly Samuel Newell, H.M., and/or W.A.) for Hiram Hill, shows the amount of rent collected for each of Hill's tenants from May 1858 to March 1859. Hill owned several properties in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, which he rented to people and businesses.

Keywords: Hill, Hiram; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Real estate investment; Rent; Simpson, Samuel Newell

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