Killam, Mary Chesley, 1835-1916
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Call Number: RH MS P855
Overview This 7-page transcript of an undated letter from Mary Chesley Killam is a descriptive memoir of her pioneer years in Lawrence, Kansas from 1855 to 1863. Writing to a newspaper near her native village of Barnstead, New Hampshire, she recalls the appearance of Lawrence when she and her husband first arrived, incidents involving abolitionist John Brown as a frequent guest of their hotel, and pro-slavery attacks on free-state Lawrence, including William Quantrill's Lawrence massacre of August 1863.
Dates: between 1880 and 1889