Free State Men in Kansas-Their Future Policy

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    “Free State Men in Kansas-Their Future Policy,” National Era 11, no. 553, 6 August 1857, p.127.
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    Free State Men in Kansas-Their Future Policy.

    Much curiosity has been manifested to know what the precise course of policy would be, on the part of the Free State men in Kansas, in the future. We have nowhere seen it so succinctly stated as in the following letter, written from Topeka, upon the evening after Mr. Parrott was nominated as the Free State candidate for Congress. It will be read with much interest:

    “The line of policy for the future, in favor of which nearly all the speakers expressed themselves informally, is about this: To poll a full vote, both members of the Legislature and State officers, and for the Topeka Constitution, at the Free State election in August; and afterwards to go into the Territorial election in October (as Governor Walker has expressly guaranteed that the election shall be held under an act of Congress, and not under bogus laws,) and elect the same delegate to Congress, and the same men members of the Territorial Legislature , as are chosen for those positions at the Free State election. It is then expected that the Territorial Legislature will meet, expunge all former bogus enactments, leaving all the sheriffs, judges, and other bogus officers, like Othello, with their ‘occupations gone’-memorialize Congress for admission under the Topeka Constitution, and adjourn sine die. There will then be no laws in existence except the Topeka laws, and Governor Walker will not probably find his duties very arduous.

    “All the speakers expressed a conviction that the moment it should become apparent, through the legally prescribed means, that an overwhelming majority of the people of Kansas want the Topeka Constitution, and will adhere to no other, the Democratic party will no longer dare to keep her out of the Union.

    “Should the Lecompton Convention attempt to force a Constitution upon the people without first submitting it to them to vote upon, a determination was manifested immediately to put the Topeka Government in force, if necessary at the point of the bayonet.”

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