From James Henry Lane to R.M. Ainsworth

Title: From James Henry Lane to R.M. Ainsworth
Creator: James Henry Lane
Description: This is a copy of a letter written by Gen. James Henry Lane, labeled the first letter of the Wakarusa War. In the letter, dated December 1, 1855 and addressed to R.M. Ainsworth, Lane writes that a Free State man, Charles Dow, was “cowardly + brutally murdered by a gang of Proslavery men” in Lawrence, Kansas. Violence and threats followed, Lane says, and according to rumors, “this city is to be demolished without delay.”
Date original: December 1, 1855
Event: Wakarusa War
Owning organization: Kansas Historical Society
Document Type: letter
Publication Statement: Misc.: R.M. Ainsworth, Map Drawer M-212S
Organization location: For more information on using this image, contact Kansas Memory at: State Archives, Topeka, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka KS 66615-1099, Phone: (785) 272-8681, E-mail: Publication, commercial use, or reproduction of this image or the accompanying data requires prior written permission from the Kansas Historical Society. Use of this image also requires that credit be given to the Kansas Historical Society.
Page Type: Digital Repository Object
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