Garrison in Kansas

November 26, 1855

This letter, from Garrison, is dated October 29, 1855, and comes from the Hall of Free State Constitutional Convention, Topeka. Garrison believes that Free State people outnumber the proslavery people by ten to one; he is critical of Governor Shannon’s proslavery speech, and includes a number of phrases used by proslavery press to describe Free State people. He indicates that the Convention is made up of many who are Conservative, that President of the event voted in Congress for the Nebraska bill, and that there is a very strong prejudice against Negroes “even in the Free State ranks’.