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The James W. Denver Letters digital collection contains seven letters written to James W. Denver by various individuals from March 1858 to September 1858. Denver served as the Territorial Governor of Kansas from December 1857 to November 1858. The collection consists of correspondence written by Edward R. Smith, Judge Joseph J. Williams, George W. Clarke, and George A. Crawford. The letters involve concerns about land acquisition, appointments to territorial county seats, the location of those seats, and the antagonism between the free state and slave state factions of Kansas. All of these men except Crawford were supporters of the Lecompton Constitution which protected slave property and was defeated by direct referendum in January 1858. The letters reveal the increasing violence of the situation and the intensity of the conflict between the free state and proslavery factions in Kansas.
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