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Collection Reference Number GLC06211
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1857 
Title John McLean to Lewis Cass regarding Kansas
Date 25 July 1857
Author McLean, John (1785-1861)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Expresses his hopes that Robert Walker, the territorial governor of Kansas, would not use military force against the pro-slavery people of Lawrence, Kansas, and reflects on James Madison's wise refusal to send a military force to the Hartford Convention during the War of 1812. Insists that "One decision of a court will overturn all that [Kansas slavery advocates] could do," and cites the demise of the New Court party in Kentucky. Lewis Cass was then vice-president. McLean was a supreme court justice. Letter shows docketing in Cass's hand.
Subjects African American History  Supreme Court  Judiciary  Law  Bleeding Kansas  Slavery  Westward Expansion  State Constitution  President  War of 1812  Politics  Military History  Government and Civics  Hartford Convention  
People McLean, John (1785-1861)  Cass, Lewis (1782-1866)  Madison, James (1751-1836)  
Place written Cincinnati, Ohio
Theme African Americans; Law; Westward Expansion; War of 1812; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859