I can think and speak of nothing but the outrages of slaveholdersat Kansas, and the outrages of slaveholders at Washington, ? outrageswhich, if not met in the spirit of our fathers of the Revolution (and Isee no sign that they will be), our liberties are but a name, and ourunder its successive Principals, has been published by Mrs. Martha Burt Wrightof New Haven, giving sketches of Mr. Thayer, his pupils and their teachers. Amanuscript biography of Mr. Thayer was prepared by Mr. Franklin V. Rice ofWorcester some years since, which awaits publication.1 Papers relating to John Brown, 87, 88".This content downloaded from 184.108.40.206 on Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:44:15 UTCAll use subject to
1908.] THE EARLY HISTOKY OF KANSAS. 457Union proves a curse. But, alas ! sir, I see no principle of vitality inwhat is called freedom in these times. The palsy of death rests on thespirit of freedom in the so-called free States.1Dr. Howe was resolved that this palsy should give way toaction. He had a hand in calling and organizing the FaneuilHall meeting, which made him chairman of its committee,and he had a part of its funds sent at once to St. Louis for usein Kansas. On July 9 and 10, 1856, he went to the BuffaloKansas Convention, which appointed the National KansasCommittee, and from Buffalo he hastened to St. Louis, where,July 15, he drew on Mr. Jackson for eight thousand dollars,and then preceded Colonel Higginson and mj'self in a rapidjourney through Iowa. From Quincy, in Adams County,Iowa, July 22, he thus wrote to Mr. Jackson:As we approach the River Missouri we begin to get definite information. . . . We have passed two companies of Illinois men besidethose enumerated in my last.Lane is concentrating his force about Kenosha, above Nebraska City,and may attempt to force a passage there. It is said here and alongthe road that Persifor Smith [an army officer] and Missourians are determined to stop the train of emigration. They will I doubt notdemand their arms ; this may be refused and a collision ensue.All accounts from the Territory represent that many free State menare preparing to leave ; they despair of succour and peace.I have a letter which speaks of the effect of the distribution of the$2,000 which we sent on [early]. One man says, " it saved thecause " ; he meant I suppose for a ghort time.I doubt not that the moral effect was great. By all means and byevery consideration urge on and multiply the subscriptions, ? everything depends upon the East.The people of Iowa are in a blaze of indignation, but have no means.They will however go in for Fremont.2A letter from a member of the commission house of Simmons and Leadbeater of St. Louis, written from that cityJune 19, 1856, confirms what Dr. Howe thus writes about thegood effect of the early remittance of two thousand dollarsfrom the Faneuil Hall Committee's fund, and gives a contemporary picture of the sufferings, personal and pecuniary, ofthe free-state residents of Kansas. The writer of this letteri F. B. Sanborn, Life and Letters of John Brown, 249.