Edward Fitch Correspondence
Edward Fitch came to Kansas in 1855 as a representative of the New England Emigrant Aid Society of Boston. This collection consist of letters of Sarah Fitch, Otis Wilmarth, Sarah's father, and also a short family history written by Sarah's daughter.
- 1854-1870, 1928.
- Fitch, Edward, 1832-1863 (Person)
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Biography of Fitch, Edward
Edward Fitch came to Kansas in 1855 as a representative of the New England Emigrant Aid Society of Boston. He settled in Lawrence and served as the first school teacher. In April 1857, he married Sarah Wilmarth; they had three children. During William Quantrill's raid in August of 1863 on Lawrence, Edward was killed by one of the raiders.
The collection consists of correspondence from Edward to his family in the East. In his letters he discusses the pro- and anti-slavery conflicts in and around Lawrence, his finances, and daily life.
1 folder (52 items)
Scope and Contents
The collection also contains letters of Sarah Fitch and Otis Wilmarth, Sarah's father; including a detailed letter from Sarah to Edward's parents describing Quantrill's raid and Edward's death and funeral.
The collection also contains a short family history written in 1928 by Julia Fitch, Sarah Fitch's daughter.
RH MS P429
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Susan Walker, January 1982
NOTE: The letters are transcribed.
The Fitch family has the original letters. See: Watkins Community Museum for information and copyright for publication purposes. Letters were published in Kansas History, v.12, nos. 1-2 (spring-summer 1989).
- Guide to the Edward Fitch Collection
- Edward Fitch Correspondence
- lt March 1982 mg 2004
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Edward Fitch Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P429, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas