Skip to main content

Letter from Josiah Miller (Wyandot Nation, Kansas Territory) to his father and mother, September 10, 1854

 Series — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P901

Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten letter, dated September 10, 1854, from free-state newspaperman Josiah Miller (Kansas Territory) to his parents in South Carolina. The unsigned letter, described by Miller as his first to them from Kansas Territory, details his plans for fighting slavery in the territory through his newspaper (the Kansas Free State, which on January 5, 1855 became the first newspaper published at Lawrence).

In this unsigned letter, Miller writes of his first contacts in the Territory, his efforts to develop and promote his newspaper enterprise, his zeal to use it as a weapon against slavery in the Territory, and his newly-formed partnership with Robert Elliott of Cincinnati. He details his reasons for selecting Kansas Territory, rather than Iowa, for his land investment and residency.


  • Creation: September 10, 1854


1 folder

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, N. Flayderman & Company.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original of letter is located at RH VLT MS P10. This item is fragile and can be used only with curatorial permission. Contact staff at or (785) 864-4334 for assistance if wishing to view the original letter.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States