[N.p., but probably Lawrence, Ks.]. November 10, 1856. pp. on folded sheet, docketed: "Novr. 10, 1856, Lydia Hall, Answered." Accompanied by a modern typescript of the text. Some dust soiling. Overall good. Item #WRCAM28054
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. 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 your due - & 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. When told at the office that such a letter was there, I claimed it at once, as in consequence of my chirography, a similar mistake has before occurred. Since that time I have usually taken the precaution in writing strangers - forgotten in this instance - of adding my name more in full. "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 recognised 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. And I must say it would have been - as your letter certainly is not - very annoying... "...My only object in sending you the newspaper slip - by the way, not an editorial opinion, but a report published, I am told in the official organ of the party of the writer, who witnessed & heard what he professed to narrate - was to ascertain whether as a historical account it is sufficiently true in its details, to be relied on. And that you may understand my reasons, without the shadow of a suspicion, I will tell you - what otherwise I would have kept to myself - not by way of eliciting any information you do not choose to give but simply in justification of the motive, even if the act were censurable. During the summer I commenced gathering up a few of the items of interest connected with life in Kansas as I have experienced & witnessed it for a year & a half, nearly. An attack of fever prostrated me early in Sept. & I have not since resumed my labors, any more then to be possessing myself of such facts as come within my reach. The paper sent you was the only version I had then seen of a transaction too important to be omitted, & devoid of confidence in the writer, any farther than it was for his interest to be truthful & having no means of knowing how far this might be, I adopted what seemed to me the only fair & honorable course, before making use of the report. If I erred, I trust to your clemency for pardon - confident that it will not be withheld. "...We at Lawrence are a hospitable & wholehearted people, though a combination of untoward circumstances may eclipse sometimes the exhibition of our best qualities."