New York Times, “From Kansas,” June 2, 1857

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    “From Kansas – Arrival of Gov. Walker,” New York Times, June 2, 1857, p. 1: 3.
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    Cincinnati (OH) Commercial
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    From Kansas – Arrival of Gov. Walker.

    Correspondence of the Cincinnati Commercial.

    QUINDARO, Kansas, Sunday May 24.

    The long-expected Governor of Kansas, Mr. WALKER, arrived in the Territory this evening. He came up from Jefferson City in one of the lightning line steamers, New Lacy, which reached the wharf of Quindaro about 7 o’clock. Our little town was all quiet, the stillness of the Sabbath evening rested around us. This was broken by the firing of a cannon on the river. The cause suggested itself immediately, and by the time the boat arrived at the landing a large crowd had collected. A band of music on the steamer piped as loud as possible to drown the din of machinery and bustle of the crowd.

    Gov. ROBINSON was conducted to the upper deck, and there introduced to Gov. WALKER. A few other citizens of Quindaro were also introduced. The crowd on shore gave three cheers, and called for some remarks from the new official. He excused himself from speaking, merely remarking that he was glad that peace prevailed in our borders, and that he would soon lay before the people of Kansas an address exhibiting his policy, and that he hoped that Kansas would soon become a State, which such institutions as the majority of her resident citizens should choose to adopt. He then retired to the cabin.

    The New Lucy laid at our wharf half and hour or more, so that after we went to the cabin, I had an opportunity to talk with Mr. WALKER a few minutes. He informed me that he has prepared a lengthy address, much longer than STANTON’S was; that he has discussed at length all the affairs of Kansas including the Slavery question, and that he has spoken frankly upon every subject, so that there shall be no ground for charging him with non-committalism, whatever may be through in regard to his opinions. He expects to go to Lecompton immediately. He said that STANTON was anxious to see him, and I do not doubt it, for he went to Kansas City yesterday for the express purpose of meeting him. There can be little doubt of STANTON’S desire to be delivered from the Governorship as soon as possible, for the position he assumed has rendered the duties of that office to him not a little difficult.

    I came up on the same boat with Mr. WALKER. He landed at Quindaro and will go back into the territory. No community could be more highly gratified than our citizen’s seem to be by Mr. WILSON’S arrival. Every citizen here is a Free-State man, and every Free-State man admires the Senator – regards him as a defender of the rights of the liberty loving citizens of Kansas.


    ST. LOUIS, June 1, 1857.

    Kansas letters to the Republican say that the Convention, which met at Lecompton on the 25th ult., resulted in the nomination of Messrs. CALHOUN, JONES and BALLEW as Delegates to represent Douglass County at the Constitutional Convention.

    Resolutions prepared by Col. Brewerton, a Southern Pro-Slavery man, were presented, taking strong Democratic grounds. These resolutions were adopted.

    Gov. WALKER, Senator WILSON, Gov. ROBINSON and others spoke in Lawrence on Tuesday. Gov. WALKER’S remarks were applauded. He reached Lecompton on Wednesday, where he read his inaugural. The Governor pledged himself to use every endeavor to have the Constitution submitted to the people for ratification.

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    Frederick Perry Stanton (1814–1894) – Stanton served as Acting Territorial Governors of Kansas in 1857. Stanton also served as a US Representative from Tennessee (1845-1855) and was a member of the Democratic party.
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