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Sterrett (R. W.) Letter

(Mss. 3404)


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Biographical/Historical Note

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Summary

 

Size: 1 item.

Geographic location: Kansas.

Date: Apr. 23, 1857.

Summary: Letter written by a squatter, R. W. Sterrett, from Doniphan, Kansas, to his brother Innis concerning filing land claims in Kansas.

Citation: R. W. Sterrett Letter, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Biographical/Historical Note

R. W. Sterrett was a squatter seeking to file land claims in Atchison and Doniphan, Kansas. James Henry Lane, a political leader, organized the Free State party in Kansas to prohibit slavery in that state. He was actively buying town lots and developing property in Doniphan in 1857.

Scope and Content Note

The letter describes R. W. Sterrett's acquisition of town lots in Atchison and Doniphan, Kansas. It states that he must remain on his land near Doniphan until he can file a claim for it with the Land Office. It describes James Henry Lane's efforts to form a party of free state men, and to make Doniphan a free state town. Also described is the great influx of settlers to Kansas, and the rising price of land.

Index Terms

Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866.
Sterrett, R. W.
Kansas--History--1854-1861.
United States.  General Land Office--History--19th century.
United States--Public Lands--History--19th century.
Land settlement--Kansas--History--1854-1861.
Squatters--Kansas--History--1854-1861.
 

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