He advocated, also, a dissolution of the Union, and the formation of a Southern Confederacy.
In the pro-slavery camp once, he entered the tent where a young Free-State man, a prisoner, lay dangerously ill, and savagely yelled, I thirst for blood, an expression which, in the debilitated condition of the invalid's health, superinduced a brain fever, from which he did not recover for many months.
This man, also, was the leader of the mob which tarred and feathered the Rev. Pardee Butler, and then put him on a raft on the Missouri River — for presuming, in a private conversation, to deprecate the lynching of a man who had suffered there a few days before for his political belief, and also for saying that he himself was in favor of making Kansas a Free State.
This man was appointed postmaster at Atchison; his brother-in-law is postmaster still at Doniphan; his paper received the government patronage, and printed the United States laws.
The Herald, published at Lea
es the seat of government to the Shawnee Manual Labor School......July 6, 1855
Governor Reeder, charged with irregularities in the purchase of Indian lands by W. L. Marcy, Secretary of State, June 11, is removed, and John L. Dawson appointed, who declines to serve......July 31, 1855
Legislature selects Lecompton as permanent capitol......Aug. 8, 1855
Governor Reeder announces receipt of notice of his removal, and Secretary Woodson becomes acting governor......Aug. 10, 1855
Rev. Pardee Butler, free-State man, set adrift on a raft in the Missouri River at Atchison for preaching anti-slavery doctrine (on his return the following April he was stripped, tarred, and covered with cotton)......Aug. 16, 1855
Delegates elected by a free-State convention at Lawrence, Aug. 14, which repudiated the acts of the State legislature, assemble at Big Springs, and appoint delegates to a convention at Topeka, Sept. 19, to draw up a State constitution and seek admission to the Union......Sep