First and Only Paper in Flourishing Territory
Kansas Weekly Herald
October 20, 1854
Dissolution. The co-partnership heretofore existing between Wm. J. Osborn and Wm. H. Adams has been this day dissolved by mutual consent. All debts contracted by said partners for carrying on said business will be paid by W. H. Adams and all debts to said firm must be paid to him....
Valedictory. With the present number of the Herald my connection as one of its editors and proprietors ceases. Its course hitherto has, I trust, met the approbation of the advocates of popular sovereignty, as asserted in the Nebraska-Kansas law, in every part of our country. Its neutrality on the exciting subject of slavery has not been questioned....I leave the Herald with the best wishes for its success....With this brief farewell I retire, glad to escape the hardships and vexations incident to conducting a press on an extreme frontier and under the critical circumstances attending this. -- Wm. J. Osborn.
To the Patrons of the Herald. We again appear before the public as the conductor of the press. Having purchased an interest in the Herald...we shall do our utmost to merit a liberal support. Having been connected with the press for a number of years, in other places, we enter upon the discharge of our duties with a full knowledge of the responsibility resting upon us....The Herald is the first and only paper now published in the young and flourishing Territory of Kansas. We shall aim to make it the Herald of glad tidings to all who are interested in the growth and prosperity of the far west....In the organization of the government, and in the formation of its institutions, we shall labor faithfully and earnestly for the great principles of the Nebraska-Kansas Bill, the right of the people to regulate their own affairs....We, in common with our fellow citizens, have our own views, but we shall not endeavor to force them upon others....The administration of President Pierce meets with our hearty approval....We shall labor for the maintenance and supremacy of the principles of the great National Democratic Party....To the breeze we freely unfurl our flag inscribed on its folds -- the Constitution -- a strict adherence to its charter, and against a latitudinous construction of it -- the Union as it is -- and the great fundamental principles of the Democratic party to sustain it.... -- Lucian J. Eastin.
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