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Letter to Captain Grover from Captain Sircoxy

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P828


This letter, dated November 3, 1857, is from Delaware Chief John Sarcoxie (signed "Sircoxy" in the letter) to Joel Grover, a free-state loyalist of Kansas Territory whose property in the town of Lawrence was a station on the Underground Railroad. Citing their prior contract, the Delaware chief asks for Grover's payment of $600 to the Delaware Nation as agreed upon completion of the Quindaro Road (a stage road from the Underground Railroad town of Quindaro, Kansas to Lawrence, completed in 1857).


  • Creation: November 3, 1857


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Biography of Joel Grover

Joel Grover was born on August 5, 1825 in Springfield, Livingston County, New York. He emigrated to Kansas Territory in the second party of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, settling in Lawrence. Grover was an ardent free-state loyalist, serving as Captain of the first free-state military company which was organized at Lawrence. He served in defense of Lawrence in the Wakarusa War of 1855, served in the Kansas House of Representatives in 1867, and held various political offices in Lawrence and Douglas County. Captain Grover died at Lawrence on July 28, 1879.


1 folder (1 leaf) ; 25 x 38 cm

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Physical Location

RH MS P828

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, William J. B. Burger, 2003.

Related Materials

Joel Grover diary, RH MS P423, Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library

Joel Grover letters, documents, and miscellaneous items, RH MS P51, Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library

Guide to the Captain Grover Letter
Letter to Captain Grover from Captain Sircoxy
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2007; revised by skt, 2011. Finding aid encoded by mh, 2007.
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Captain Grover letter, RH MS P828, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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