- Charles Sumner (1811-1874) was a United States senator from Massachusetts and a campaigner against slavery. This is a draft, ca. 1855, of a version of the speech delivered in New York on May 9, 1855, and published that year under the title "The anti-slavery enterprise." Internal evidence indicates that it was to be delivered to a Boston audience, probably on May 15, 1855.
- Eight-page letter from Westport, Missouri, regarding the Constitutional Convention for the future State of Kansas, in which two constitutions, one 'with slavery' and one 'without slavery', were under consideration. Includes accusations of political corruption of Kansas Territory Governors [Robert John] Walker and [Frederick Perry] Stanton. Signed 'McKown'.
- Three-page printed circular letter from the American Anti-Slavery Society, soliciting donations that will support the "gratuitous distribution" of anti-slavery publications in pro-slavery areas. Followed by manuscript note from H. B. Stanton to Francis Jackson in Boston, Mass., giving a personal apppeal for funds.