A GROUP OF EARLY KANSAS TERRITORIAL AND STATE LAWS, 1856-1877. Kansas.

A GROUP OF EARLY KANSAS TERRITORIAL AND STATE LAWS, 1856-1877.

[Lecompton, Lawrence, Topeka, Leavenworth, and the "bogus legislature" from Washington]: [1856-1877]. Fourteen separate volumes, comprising fifteen territorial and state legislative sessions, one volume of the laws of the "bogus legislature," and the first House Journal after Statehood. Paginated variously, some volumes with institutional rubberstamps and bookplates. Otherwise, texts are clean, with bindings in various conditions: some with loosened or detached sheep covers, others in intact sheep or 20th century cloth bindings. Overall Very Good.

The Territorial years in Kansas were a prelude to Civil War; Free State and Slave State factions struggled violently for control of the territorial government. Special attention, for example, is paid to the crime of burning down houses in the nighttime, particularly with persons inside. The Legislature passed "An Act to Prevent and Punish Armed Invasions from or into this Territory," designed to deter the pro-slavery Missouri Border Ruffians from causing trouble. A Memorial to Congress sought help in defeating those "marauding parties, that robbed and plundered the settlers." Another Act "forever prohibited" slavery. Territorial Governor Medary vetoed it, but it became law when the Legislature, by a two-thirds majority, overrode him.
We also offer the earliest laws of the State of Kansas which, after seven years of strife and turmoil, entered the Union as a Free State in late January 1861 under its 1859 Wyandott Constitution, which prohibited slavery. The power of the Slave States to block its admission had finally been broken by their secession from the Union.
We offer the following:
1. Laws of the Territory of Kansas. Washington: 1856. Pages 49-822, evidently as issued. John T. Brady, Public Printer, certifies on page 822, "The pages in the first part of the volume, before page 49, are intended to be filled in the bound volume of laws with the Constitution of the United States, the organic act of the Territory, and the index to said laws." These are the laws of the so-called "bogus legislature" with a draconian pro-slavery code.
2. Laws of the Territory of Kansas, Passed at the Second Session of the General Legislative Assembly. Lecompton: 1857. [4], 378 pp. AII 117.
3. Laws of the Territory of Kansas, Passed at the Third and Fourth Sessions of the General Legislative Assembly. Lecompton: 1858. 469, [2] pp. AII 183.
4. Private Laws of the Territory of Kansas, Passed at the Fifth Session of the Legislative Assembly. Lawrence: 1859. 233pp. AII 223.
5. General Laws Passed by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Kansas, at the General and Special Sessions of the Year 1860. Lecompton: 1860. 264pp. AII 252.
6. General Laws of the State of Kansas, Passed at the First Session of the Legislature, Commenced at the Capital, March 26, 1861. Lawrence: 1861. 334pp. The first State laws.
7. House Journal of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Kansas, Begun and Held at Topeka, on Tuesday, March 26th, A.D., 1861. It Being the First Session of the Legislature of the State of Kansas. Lawrence: 1861. 614pp.
8. General Laws of the State of Kansas, Passed at the Third Session of the Legislature. Lawrence: 1863. 128pp.
9. The Laws of the State of Kansas, Passed at the Fourth Session of the Legislature. Lawrence: 1864. 255pp.
10. The Laws of the State of Kansas, Passed at the Fifth Session of the Legislature. Topeka: 1865. 194pp, large folding plate.
11. The Laws of the State of Kansas, Passed at the Sixth Session of the Legislature. Lawrence: 1866. 314pp.
12. The Laws of the State of Kansas, Passed at the Seventh Session of the Legislature. Leavenworth: 1867. xxv, 295 pp.
13. The Laws of the State of Kansas, Passed at the Eighth Session of the Legislature. Lawrence: 1868. 104pp.
14. The Laws of the State of Kansas, Passed at the Ninth and Tenth Sessions of the Legislature. Topeka: 1871. 283, 287 pp. Item #32498

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