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Title Letter [manuscript]: Cherokee Agency, [Calhoun, Tenn.], to H.A. Wise, Washington, [D.C.], 1838 June 18
Author Ross, Lewis (d.1869)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: June 18, 1838, letter to Henry Alexander Wise, a Virginia congressman then in Washington, enclosing a letter to John Ross (lacking) and reporting on the progress of the Cherokee emigration. Ross notes that the emigrants were waiting at depots for land transportation and that 2,000 had already been sent by water. He comments that the Indians had "born their trials with the greatest fortitude" and that they were grateful for Wise’s support of their rights.
Names Wise, Henry Alexander (1806-1876)
Places Virginia, Washington, Tennessee, Calhoun, United States
Keywords dispossession of Indians, relocation, government relations, trail, civil rights
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast
Additional Information Lewis Ross was the younger brother of John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. The owner of several large stores and a resident of Calhoun, Tenn., Lewis Ross was one of the five wealthiest men in the Cherokee Nation. He was responsible for providing provisions and other supplies during the 1838 Cherokee removal to the west.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 783
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue