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T.D. Heed letter to his sister, Susanna Mercy Heed

Call Number: RH MS P783


This photocopy is of a July 1, 1867 letter from merchant Thomas Dougherty Heed, written from Fort Harker, Kansas, a military post along the Santa Fe Trail in Ellsworth County. Heed, a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, addresses his 3-page letter to his sister, Susanna Mercy Heed of Bucks County, describing the traffic on the Santa Fe Trail, negative interactions with Native Americans, buffalo herds, and the local gambling and violence. Also included in the collection is a photocopy of an 1867 promotional circular issued by the Kansas Bureau of Immigration.


  • Creation: July 1, 1867


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Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


2 folders ; 25 x 38 cm

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Physical Location

RH MS P783

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, James R. Shortridge, 199[8?]

Guide to Thomas Dougherty Heed Collection
T.D. Heed letter to his sister, Susanna Mercy Heed
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mh, 2007. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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T.D. Heed letter to his sister, Susanna Mercy Heed, Kansas Collection, RH MS P783, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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