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Glimpse at Kansas life during the border wars

ALS, signed, from Lydia P. Hall to Governor John Geary of Kansas.

[N.p. but probably Lawrence, Ks.]: Nov. 10 1856.

[4]pp. Glimpse at Kansas life during the border wars. Folded sheet, docketed: "Novr. 10, 1856, Lydia Hall, Answered." Accompanied by a modern typescript of the text. Some dust soiling, overall good. Item #313094

A spirited, if somewhat rambling letter to Gov. Geary of Kansas Territory from a lady in Lawrence. Ms Hall writes during the turbulent border war period, and the point of the letter appears to revolve around a newspaper account of some incident in Kansas during the border wars.

An excerpt from the letter: "Gov. Geary, Dear Sir, Once more -- for an explanation & apology are yourd ue -- & I hope you are patient. You gave me the title of "Esq.", hence your letter was not put in my box & failed to reach me for nearly a week...Thanks for the promptness of your reply & the spirit of courtesy that pervaded it, but then, to be called 'Esq.' & upon the strength of that, to be addressed as a politician - isn't it funny? The title spares me, but the same letter to my recognized self would have been received as proof that you had mistaken me for a 'strong minded woman' or a 'woman's rights' advocate in the technical sense of those terms -& in either case, a politician."
Ms. Hall appears to find the prospect of being mistaken for such an activist annoying, and explains her intent in enclosing a newspaper account of events in Kansas during the border wars.

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