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Title Letter [manuscript]: Denver, Colo., to E[ly] S[amuel] Parker, Washington, D.C., 1870 Nov. 4
Author McCook, Edward Moody (1833-1909)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: November 4, 1870, letter from Edward M. McCook to Ely Samuel Parker, U.S. commissioner of Indian affairs, thanking Parker for honoring his request to be relieved of his "irksome" and "unfortunate" Indian duties. McCook questions whether the act creating the Colorado Territory would permit anyone other than the governor to assume the superintendency, but emphasizes that in any case he did not want responsibility for accounts. The governor’s political opponents had accused him of corruption relating in part to irregularities in the contracts supplying cattle to the Indians.
Names Parker, Ely Samuel (1828-1895); Grant, President of the United States, Ulysses S. (1822-1885)
Places Colorado Territory, Washington, D.C., United States
Keywords Indian Agent, governor, government, Bureau of Indian Affairs, corruption
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Culture Area Great Basin, Great Plains
Additional Information

Union officer, diplomat, and governor of the Colorado Territory, 1869-1873 and 1874-1875. As territorial governor, Edward M. McCook was also ex-officio superintendent of Indian affairs for the Colorado Superintendency from 1869 to 1870, when the office was discontinued and agents reported directly to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington.

Engraved letterhead by Western B.N. & Engr. Co., Chicago.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 179
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue