Nov. 6th 1856
Rev. T. W. Higginson
Last evening I received your favor containing copies of my letters. I am much obliged to you for your kindness, Since you left, however, I have received the Travellor regularly-
Your letters in the “N.Y. Tribune” have been read here with much interest and to many have given renewed strength to the contest, and those who radical enough to see and work for the end, are thankful to you for your bold utterance of the truth in regard to Kanzas. The trial of prisoners is now going on at Lecompton. I have not been able to attend this trail, having been suffering from “Dumb Ague,” but, I give
you what particulars I have learned. There have been in all some twenty tried, all but two of whom have been acquited; those two were charged one with “assualt with intent to Kill”, and the other with “ manslaughter in the first degree”. The first was sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labor and the other to six years, with hard labor on the public works. Seven of the acquited persons were re-arrested on leaving the Court Room. We hardly know what to do, the people here are burning with indignation and desirous of releasing their brothers from this bondage, but Lecompton is entirely surrounded with U. S. Troops & the town is well guarded by Titus’s hounds. The Governor has been absent some time and Marshalls and Sherifs are having a nice time trying to arrest F. S. men
Several attempts have been made within the past week to arrest Capt Walker and others, but they have failed Titus has threatened to bring his whole force down to aid in these arrests, if he attempts such a thing, Capt Walker’s men will fight, - then the Gov. bubble will be burst and the ball will be opened. It is as much as Capt Walker can do to keep his men from mobbing the hounds who come to arrest him.
Gov. Geary’s conduct in the South of Kanzas, you will have probably heard before this letter reaches you. It proves only more distinctly that he is nothing but a tool. He arrested all the F. S. men he could first, which was but few, seven in all they having got out of the way. He commissioned Martin White the man who murdered Fred Brown
as Justice and left six Dragoons to aid in making arrests. He promised protection to notorious scoundrels, who but a few weeks before, were burning and murdering on Sugar Creek. A guerilla party of seven F.S. men, commanded by Capt Homes a brave fellow from N. Y. who has taken up arms against our enemies and sworn never to lay them down till Kanzas is free, finding the Gov. did not give them justice, determined to administer it themselves. Two hours after the gov. left it they entered the house of a Capt E. Brown a Pro Slavery Bandit, took him prisoner and stripped the dwelling-
When Geary heard of it, his Dignity was wonderfully wounded Homes daring to prove that there was no peace, after he had pro claimed it. The Dragoons chased Homes and his brave band of seven to the borders of Missouri, into which Homes
penetrated fifteen miles, and meeting a man who had been engaged in the burning of Ossawatomie, they plundered him of everything. This is the first foray into Missouri, and having learned the way it will not probably be the last. These bands are not generally beneficial to our cause, but men at and around Ossawatomie who have suffered as much, are filled with a determination never to rest, till their foes or themselves are crushed out. It was bad for our cause, for Homes to have plundered in Missouri, at the present moment, but it is not be wondered at when we consider what provocation they have endured. “Dictator Geary is terribly wroth at this thing and threatens to inflict on the Hero of this adventure the most condign punishment, if he ever gets hold of him.
Our Lexington Co. have met with a sad loss lately. Brown went to Lexington last week, for the purpose of seeing about our luggage. When he got there, he found the place deserted by all except Bowers, and that a party of thieves, calling themselves F. S. men and belonging to the Plymouth Co, headed by a fellow named Buchanan, had made a descent upon Mr Hatfield premises and taken off all the trunks, carpet bags etc, but four belonging to the Co. My trunk was not taken, but the larger part of my clothes, being in Cuming’s trunk was stolen with his. Brown & Harris lost everything, Cuming & Dunnell, Dr. Stewart also. I have my books left, but no clothing but what I have at on. They took also a large chest of Carpenter’s
tools, belonging to Mr. Brewster, who was a member of our Association. The amount of loss cannot be less than $1200. Mr. Bowers remains on the Settlement, the two Harts and Stewart will be back, they have gone to Nebraska City, for provisions. Swietzer and Babb, have secured splendid claims on the Big Blue. Harris is working in the Herald office, where I also am engaged. Brown is in Topeka, defending Harris’ claim from being jumped. He has to carry his revolver all the time and expects every day to have a strife about it. Cumings is in Topeka. Dunnell has gone to Lexington to see what he can recover. Dunning and several others are in Nebraska City. Wesson has left for the East. Bundy & Atwood are still at Tecumseh. Oliver has left for
the East. Harris still remains at Ossawatomie. Another of the Dr’s Co. is in town and I believe that is all I can hear about.
The boys all feel bad about losing their things, it is worse because it was done by pretended friends. Stewart was at Nemaha City when Eldrigde’s Train came in, and came down as far as Plymouth and was arrested with the train, Stewart took Col. Eldrigde and the other conductors, severerly to task for not resisting the troops and excite a great deal of amusement by his criticism on the management etc He left at Lexington.
I believe I have told you all the news relative to the true Co. In Lawrence Stearns, myself and others are about starting a Literary and Social Club, Stearns giving a room free for reading & debating meetings We want to form a Library and should be thankful for donations of Books. If Mr. Parker would present us with copies of his sermons etc it would be very acceptable. The Com. are distributing clothing etc a large quantity of which has already arrived. We are all very anxious about the Election. I remain Yours for Freedom
R. J. Hinton
[xxx] Stearns sends regards