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W.B. Spaulding letter to D. P. [Daniel Peterson] Woodbury

Call Number: RH MS P784


This 2-page letter from W.B. Spaulding of Quincy, Illinois to his friend Daniel Peterson Woodbury of Weare, New Hampshire contains the writer's assessment of the Lecompton Constitution, framed in Lecompton, Kansas in 1857 by pro-slavery advocates for purposes of Kansas Statehood. Spaulding's views address President James Buchanan's support of the Lecompton Constitution and the resulting impact on Territorial Kansas and on the Buchanan presidency. Included is a letter with explanatory background from Dorcas Woodbury, granddaughter of Spaulding's correspondent.


  • Creation: April 17, 1858; accompanying background letter, April 10, 1974


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3 folders ; 25 x 38 cm

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Physical Location

RH MS P784

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Dennis Coffey, 2000

Guide to W.B. Spaulding Collection
W.B. Spaulding letter to D. P. [Daniel Peterson] Woodbury
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Spaulding, W. B, Letter to D. P. [Daniel Peterson] Woodbury, Kansas Collection, RH MS P784, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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