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While Branscomb and Robinson were exploring, the New England Emigrant Aid Company was busy assembling a "pioneer party" of twenty-nine men to found their city.
Lawrence is the county seat of Douglas County and sixth largest city in Kansas.They moved out of the station amid the cheering of the crowds who lined the track for several blocks." In late July, the group met Robinson in St.Louis, who told them all he knew and provided them with transportation.Douglas applied popular sovereignty to Kansas in the Kansas Nebraska Act which passed Congress in 1854.After the law's passing, outrage united anti-slavery forces into a movement (which soon was institutionalized as the Republican Party) committed to stopping the expansion of slavery.Robinson remembered this view from the hilltop, and this doubtless had much to do in the final decision.
When he was asked, therefore, to go and explore the country with a view to locating colonies, it was not altogether an unknown land to him.
However, the Missourians never attacked, and the Lawrencians and the Missourians were encouraged by the governor to sign a peace treaty.
Such an agreement was finally made in December 1855, and eventually the Missouri army reluctantly left the area.
According to the Border War Encyclopedia, "Politics had not motivated Coleman to kill Dow, but the murder marked the genesis of the violent political divisions that characterized Kansas for the next 10 years." After hearing about the incident, the Douglas County sheriff Samuel L. Jones was a pro-slavery advocate and so he let Coleman go free while he arrested Dow's affiliate, Jacob Branson, for disturbing the peace.
Branson, however, was eventually rescued by Free-Staters, causing the pro-slavery faction to seethe with anger.
Douglas of Illinois promoted the idea of popular sovereignty as a middle position on the slavery issue.