I own the OSU History Department, who are not related to Benton or any of my kindred. Their job is to RECORD history, not alter it, then strut about like peacocks handing it out to whom they judge more deserved!
This is a Conversion because some of Ed Ray’s historians have written and sold history books – for profit! I am authoring several books about my family history – for profit! In affect, Ed Ray and his historians, have altered my families historic brand. They are cattle rustlers, and claim jumpers, as far as I’m concerned!
Conversion is an intentional tort consisting of “taking with the intent of exercising over the chattel an ownership inconsistent with the real owner’s right of possession”. In the United Kingdom, it is a tort of strict liability. Its equivalents in criminal law include larceny or theft and criminal conversion. In those jurisdictions that recognise it, criminal conversion is a lesser crime than theft/larceny.
Examples of conversion include: 1) Alpha cuts down and hauls away trees on land s/he knows is owned by Beta, without permission or privilege to do so; and 2) Gamma takes furniture belonging to Delta and puts it into storage, without Delta’s consent (and especially if Delta does not know where Gamma put it). A common act of conversion in medieval times involved bolts of cloth that were bailed for safekeeping, which the bailee or a third party took and made clothes for their own use or for sale.
John Fremont explored the vast wilderness looking for a place and time slavery did not exist. He was ridiculed for his attempt. Where is Lincoln? He appears to be a man without a cause and a nation. While Fremont rides into the valley of 500, Lincoln is testing the muddy waters of the Old Wishy-Washy. How supportive was he of Fremont? Was he betting on him to lose – who wouldn’t – and dishonest Abe could pick up the shattered pieces of an experiment gone wrong? When Lincoln won, John returned the favor. The West was his. I believe John was thinking about forming a new nation if the Confederacy won. Every state east of the Mississippi would be a slave state. Losing to Stonewall Jackson put an end to Fremont’s new nation. This was the excuse to fire John. Abe’s all free, or all slave speech was the other…
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