Six Months in Kansas by a Lady. (Association Copy)

First edition. This copy with the signature of Samuel Cabot (d. 1885) of the well-known New England Cabots who was a director of the New England Emigrant Aid Society.

With another ownership signature of wealthy Bostonian, Harvard graduate and avid yachtsman Andrew C. Wheelwright (1827–1908). Wheelwright married Mary Caroline née Cabot Wheelwright.

In a series of eye-witness letters, Hannah Anderson Ropes describes the troubles in Kansas and the invasion in Missouri. Ropes had relocated to Wakarusa, Kansas as part of the exodus of abolitionists sponsored by the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Society seeking to make Kansas slave-free, a Free Soil state.


Description: Six Months in Kansas by a Lady. (Association Copy)

Boston: John P. Jewett & Co., 1856. 12mo. 231 pages. Early rebinding in quarter brown cloth with red leather spine label and blue-papered boards. Small binder’s ticket for U. Holzer of Boston. Scattered dampstaining to bottom margins of most pages; last leaf of text with inexpert mend; overall, very good.


Wagner-Camp 279c – “This glowing account of conditions for settlement in Kansas consists of a series of letters written in 1855-56 from Lawrence. It contains a full description of the immigration of 1854.” Rader 2832. Sabin 72143.  Howes p310.

Price: $125.00

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