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Title Letter [manuscript]: Davenport, Iowa, to Mr. P. Cheauteau Jr., St. Louis, 1841 Nov. 1
Author LeClair, Antoine (b.1797)
Date
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Letter, dated Nov. 1, 1841 in Davenport, Iowa, from Antoine Le Claire to Mr. Pierre Chouteau, Jr., in St. Louis, regarding payment of a debt. Le Claire, one of the founders of the city of Davenport, Iowa, discusses the money he owes to Chouteau, which he cannot pay even though he is owed quite a lot, and then proceeds to ask Chouteau to lend him 1,000 piastres. George Davenport, who has delivered the letter, will pay Chouteau this amount, and assume Le Claire’s debt. Le Claire closes by referring to Chouteau’s possible purchase of lands from the Sauk and Fox Indians in the spring, in Washington, and is hopeful that he will soon be able to repay both the principal and interest on the loan.
Names Chouteau, Pierre (1789-1865); Davenport, George (1783-1845)
Places Saint Louis, Missouri, Davenport, Iowa, United States
Keywords money, debt, sale of land, land speculation, fur trade, fur trader, trade, commerce, goods, financial transaction
Theme Trade and Indian Economies
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Language French
Additional Information Verso of leaf [2] indicates that the letter was addressed to Pierre Chouteau Jr. in St. Louis, and delivered personally by Mr. G. Davenport; it also contains traces of wax seal, and filing information.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 500
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue