"Removal of Secretary Stanton of Kansas," Memphis (TN) Appeal, December 18, 1857, p. 2.
Memphis (TN) Appeal
Removal of Secretary Stanton of Kansas
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REMOVAL OF SECRETARY STANTON OF KANSAS
WASHINGTON, December 9. - The Administration, having been advised, by telegraph, that Acting Governor Stanton had called a special meeting of the Territorial Legislature of Kansas, the President, to-day, forthwith removed him, and nominated to the Senate, as his successor, General Denver, now Commissioner of Indian Affairs, who left Washington for the West last week.
The reason for the removal is that Mr. Stanton has violated the instructions heretofore given to both Governor Walker and himself, to do no act which would possibly disturb the peace of that Territory, but exert all the means in their power to preserve it. The sole object and purpose of convening the Legislature, it is considered, can only be to engender strifes and embarrass the people in voting on the slavery question in the form proposed by the Constitutional Convention.
No definite action was taken by the Senate on General Denver's nomination. It is anticipated that a heated discussion will take place when the subject again comes before that body in secret session.
Last week instructions were sent to Mr. Stanton to take every precaution to prevent disturbances at the ensuing election, and to afford a free and unobstructed exercise of the elective franchise.
Doubts are expressed as to whether Governor Walker's name will be sent to the Senate for confirmation.
Hon. Wm. Lawrence, of the Ohio delegation, distinctly contradicts the statement that the Democratic members of that delegation have resolved to vote against the admission of Kansas into the Union under the Constitution prepared by the Lecompton Convention. There has been neither action or discussion of the subject among them.