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Sale 79: The George J. Kramer Collection of Western Trails and Routes

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Western Towns - Kansas

Lot 3068 *   

"Wakarusa, K.T., Apr 26, 1859", manuscript postmark on small cover bearing pen cancelled 3¢ dull red (26) to Athol, Mass., interesting original contents refer to both the slavery question and Rocky Mountain gold rush including "…I would not advise any eastern friend to come out here with the intention of settling…folks do not consider what a step they are taking till perhaps it is too late to recant; they have to then make the best of it, but many of them live discontented and wishing for the comforts that they have left behind…", Very Fine and rare, ex-Eggen.
Estimate    $300 - 400.


The Wakarusa War: Because law enforcement was biased in favor of the pro-slavery forces, Governor Shannon called for establishment of a Kansas Militia. In response to an armed threat against the free state town of Lawrence, free staters formed their own forces. On December 1, 1855, almost 1500 pro-slavery men began a week-long siege of Lawrence. Fearing large casualties and loss of the Governor's support, the pro-slavery Sheriff Samuel L. Jones was reluctant to attack the town. Ultimately, Governor Shannon visited the emplacements and negotiated a "peace treaty", so after eight days the Wakarusa War ended with only one casualty and the disbanding of the attackers. No battle was fought and a grand party ensued in Lawrence by the "victorious" residents.

Realized: $475

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