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Title Letter [manuscript]: Baltimore, [Md.], to John Hancock, [Philadelphia, Pa.], 1777 Jan. 4
Author Morgan, George (1743-1810)
Date
Document Type Correspondence; Financial Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: January 4, 1777, letter addressed to John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, informing the Congress that the western Indians had been quiet since the fall treaty conference, but recommending preparedness on the western frontier. Morgan suggests calling up volunteers and provisioning Pittsburgh. He reports on his offer to buy the stock of two fur traders at Cuyahoga and on raising regiments in western Pennsylvania. Noting that he has expended $600 to supply the Indians at Pittsburgh as promised by the treaty commissioners, Morgan also states that he expects to require another $600 for departmental provisions and expenses. Enclosures, including a report on the navy and garrison at Detroit, and speeches of Cornstalk and a Seneca chief, are lacking.
Names Hancock, John (1737-1793)
Places Baltimore, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Keywords Indian agent, militia, supplies, soldiers, fort, war, US War of Independence, Continental Congress, fur trade, fur trader, treaty
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information An Indian agent and land speculator, Morgan served 1776-1779 as Indian agent for the United States in the middle department and as deputy commissary-general of purchases for the western district, with headquarters at Fort Pitt. He was instructed by Congress to cultivate harmony and friendship between Indians and whites, and to preserve the peace. In the fall of 1776 at Fort Pitt, Morgan and congressional commissioners negotiated the first formal U.S.-Indian peace treaty with chiefs of the Lenni Lenape, Munsee, Mohican, Shawnee, and Iroquois tribes.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 608
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue