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Letter, John A. Martin to Sir
Author: Martin, John A., 1839-1889
Date: c. 1858

In his capacity as chairman of the Atchison County Republican Central Committee, John Alexander Martin apparently wrote this draft of a letter to a member of the Democratic opposition, responding to an invitation to make a speech in support or participate in a discussion of the proposed Wyandotte Constitution. The campaign for its ratification took place in August and September 1858. Martin expressed a willingness to speak out for the constitution, but he objected to the proposed format ("the programme of discussion you have laid down"). Martin insisted that the Republicans were "proud" of the constitution and "are willing to go before the people with the members of the Democratic party" and discuss its provisions "on any fair terms."

Keywords: Atchison County, Kansas Territory; Black Republicans; Constitutions; Democratic Party (U.S.); Martin, John A., 1839-1889; Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- ); Wyandotte Constitution

Letter, S. G. Jones to Friend [Franklin] Crane
Author: Jones, S. G.
Date: December 18, 1858

This letter, written by S. G. Jones of Jones, Kidney, and Co., was addressed to Franklin Crane, a member of the Topeka Association. Apparently, Crane still owed this company some money and they were writing to ask him to pay the balance.

Keywords: Crane, Franklin Loomis; Jones, Kidney, & Co.; Jones, S. G.; Money

Letter, S. [Salmon] P. Chase to S. N. Wood
Author: Chase, Salmon Portland
Date: October 18, 1859

From Columbus, Ohio, Governor Salmon P. Chase wrote Wood, a former Ohioan, regarding Kansas politics and his (Chase's) political prospects, speculating about the senatorial contest and the presidential contest of 1860. Chase also was pleased that the Wyandotte Constitution passed by a good margin and believed it would be political "suicide" for the Democratic majority in the Senate to oppose it. "To reject Kansas would be to throw away all." On the back is a "confidential" note from Chase's clerk, M. W. Delahay.

Keywords: Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873; Constitutions; Delahay, Mark W.; Democratic Party (U.S.); Ohio; United States. Congress. Senate; Wood, S. N. (Samuel Newitt); Wyandotte Constitution

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