From Samuel Ayres to Lyman Langdon

Title: From Samuel Ayres to Lyman Langdon
Creator: Samuel Ayres
Description: Samuel Ayres writes a letter from Centreville, Linn County, Kansas, to Lyman Langdon on January 7, 1859. The letter includes a copy of a December 30, 1858 article from the Lawrence Republican titled “Who is Responsible?” The article argues that the guerrilla violence in Linn and Bourbon Counties is not the fault of the Free State supporters, as many have argued, but is rather the fault of the proslavery Democrats. The article also explains how Captain Montgomery has tried to defend Free Staters: “his practice has been to warn an offender to leave in a given time . . . If he does not leave at that time, a company of men called ‘jay-hawkers’ goes and takes a part of his property . . . and otherwise frightens him, thus compelling him to leave.” Ayres ends the letter with the news that he has been instructed to put Linn County under martial law.
Date original: January 7, 1859
Organizations: Free State Party
Owning organization: Kansas Historical Society
Document Type: letter
Publication Statement: Misc.: Ayres, Samuel, Item 2
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Page Type: Digital Repository Object
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