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F. B. Silkman letter

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P969


This collection consists of a single letter written by F. B. Silkman to his father from Leavenworth City, Kansas Territory. Silkman indicates that he cannot leave due to nobody else being available to mind the store; discusses the recent local election, indicating that three Pennsylvanians were elected and Thomas T. Slocum was elected mayor; proslavery men from Missouri pulled their man from the election when it became clear he would be defeated and some of them had gone to the Missouri side to try to get others to come and vote; and asks when Bloom will come to Leavenworth. He also asks if his father could ask Bloom about lot prices without letting him know Silkman wishes to know this information. Silkman indicates he's heard some town shares are going for a thousand dollars and that he would like to purchase a claim if possible before he leaves. He also mentions the river has been low and there have been few boats on the water.


  • Creation: September 5, 1855


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1 folder (1 leaf (2 pages)) : Handwritten, on blue lined paper.

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS P969

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Stuart Lutz, 2019.


Guide to the F.B. Silkman Collection
F. B. Silkman letter
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
F. B. Silkman letter, RH MS P969, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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