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Edward Everett Hale letter

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P960


Single handwritten letter, written by Edward Everett Hale to Abbott Lawrence, regarding the formation of the New England Emigrant Aid Company and requesting Lawrence to consider financially backing the company. The company was formed soon after the creation of the Kansas and Nebraska Territories, with the intention of settlers from the northeastern states going to Kansas to settle and help it become a free state, rather than a slaveholding state. Folder also includes envelope in which letter was sent.


  • Creation: May 14, 1854


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No access restrictions.

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Biographies of Edward Everett Hale and Abbott Lawrence

Edward Everett Hale was a noted Unitarian clergyman and literary figure from 19th century Massachusetts. Abbott Lawrence, a prominent 19th century businessman, diplomat, politician, and philanthropist, provided funds to the New England Emigrant Aid Company, to the extent that settlers named the town of Lawrence after the Lawrence family.


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Physical Location

RH MS P960

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, 2017.

Related Materials

Edward Everett Hale carte de visite, RH PH P2817, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

New England Emigrant Aid Company Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MF 99, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.



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Edward Everett Hale letter, RH MS P960, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States