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Guide to the American Indian Collection
1651-1878
  MS 322

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Description is in English.

Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1702-1878, undated

Scope and Contents note

Included in this series is a variety of letters pertaining broadly to relations between American Indians and whites. The earlier material relates largely to relations in New York and New England, with the bulk of the later documents concerning the plight of the Indian tribes, including the Cherokee, in relation to their removal westward.

More specific topics covered in the letters include: the return of French captives ransomed by New Englanders; discouraging Indians from joining an expedition with the French; Maquas Indian complaints regarding settlement of Indian land; the care of a young Mohawk who contracted smallpox; a petition from the Narragansett regarding land; a letter from chiefs of the Seven Nations to George Washington; pleas for relief efforts and the addressing of grievances; a letter to the Spanish Governor of Pensacola found on a Creek Indian chief killed in the War of 1812; the murder of an Indian in Kansas and a description of Indians in Kansas.

There are also several letters of sub-agent and interpreter, Jasper Parrish, regarding his work with the Indian tribes of New York, specifically dealing with payment of annuities, potential disposal of reservation land, and data on tribal populations and size of reservations. With these letters is also a contemporary facsimile, apparently of an Indian manuscript discovered in Labrador. It includes a dated note about its provenance on the address leaf.

Of particular note are letters of introduction for John D. Lang and Samuel Taylor on their trip to visit Indians living west of the Mississippi River in 1842. The letter directed toward Indians themselves is an excellent summary of contemporary white stereotypes of Indian culture and religion.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Copy of a letter from the kings, chiefs and leaders of the Chickasaw Nation to the chiefs of the Seneca Nation
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter from "old king" (a Creek Indian) to the Governor of Pensacola
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Statement of the number of Indians belonging to to the Oneida Nation, from Eli Savage to Mssrs. Roice and Morison
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter from New England Justices of the Peace to Colonel Schuyler
1702 October 1
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Propositions from the Chiefs of the three tribes of the Maquas to Gov. Hunter, with his reply
1710 August 22
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter from Philip Livingston and others to [?]
1738 February 4
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter from Hubert Marshall and others to Colonel Stoddard
1745 December 21
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter from Thomas Scattergood, [J?] Kinsey, and J Smith about a young Mohawk with small pox
1757 June 3
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter of introduction for Sinake Chiefs travelling to Sir William Johnson
1774 June 18
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter from A. Fennis to Adam Comstock regarding Narrangansett peitition
1793 January 23
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter from the Chiefs of the Seven Nations to the President of the United States
1796 February 4
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Fragment of a letter referring to an Indian war (possibly Black Hawk's War)
1800s June
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Copy of letter from Jasper Parrish to E. Granger
1808 October 14
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Copy of letter from Jasper Parrish to Daniel D. Tompkins
1811 April 20
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Copy of letter from Jasper Parrish to John Armstrong
1814 July 27
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Copy of letter from Jasper Parrish to S[amuel] A. Ogden
1819 September 17
Box: 1 Folder : 1 State of Six Nations population by Jasper Parrish to Thomas L. McKinney
1824 October 11
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Populations by tribe, acreage, and distance from Canadaiuga by [Jasper Parrish]
1824 October 11
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Circular letter regarding aid for Cherokees to contest their rights in Court, addressed to Clement C. Moore
1832 January 18
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter of introduction to Indians signed by T[homas] Hartley Crawford and John C. Spencer
1842 June 21
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter of introduction signed by T[homas] Hartley Crawford and John C. Spencer to Superintendents of Indian Affairs, the agents, sub-agents and other officers
1842 June 21
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter from [Jonathan?] Ross and Evan Jones to Rev. Dr. Brainerd
1864 February 15
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Copy of a letter from Isaac T. Gibson to Vincent Colyer
1871 January 28
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter from John B. Jones to John D. Lang
1871 September 26
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter from Felix R. Brunot to John D. Lang
1872 December 2
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Copy of a letter from James Obadiah to J.M. Bryan, endorsed by Bryan
1877 October 1 - 1878 April 30
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter from "William" to his mother
1878 April 29
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letter from J.M. Bryan to William Stickney, endorsed by [Wm?]Stickney to John D. Lang
1878 April 30

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